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Casting On

I finished a rather large secret project and figured it was the cue to begin one of my phases of frenzied casting on. The truth is, I hate casting on. I’d much rather knit and knit and knit some more, so when I feel like casting on I like to run with it. And run with it I did…

We all know I’ve been waiting years for the Ribby Cardi, and I even swatched already, so I cast on and left it in the “yarn room” by my DVD watching chair. It’s on a cone so I don’t anticipate taking it anywhere. Instead I’ve surrounded it with all my knitting accoutrements and left it in a convenient place to grab while I’m watching Bones on DVD.

Ribby Cardi

Of course that wasn’t enough so on Saturday I headed over to the bead store, bought some beads, and started Ice Queen.

Ice Queen

Ok, not that impressive yet, and I haven’t even started the beading. But a provisional cast on of 156 stitches! I haven’t worked with Kidsilk Haze before, and I’m not sure I’m a fan – I actually really don’t like silk but it belonged to a friend who is allergic to mohair and was up for grabs. I figured I could use it to knit something for a gift and I had just seen the Ice Queen pattern… But it’s kind of like knitting with fuzzy dental floss.

Of course, when starting lots of new projects it’s important to finish older ones to free up needles.

Shooting Stockings

Pattern: Gentleman’s Shooting Stockings from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Universal Yarns Ditto
Needles: 2.25mm
Started: 11/12/08
Finished: 12/1/08

This is a nice relatively mindless textured pattern. The texture is much more visible in real life than in the picture. I modified the pattern for a 72 st cast on and no calf shaping (because of the shorter cuff) for a woman’s L size.

So if I were sane that would be the end of it, but I’m not so I went on a mission into the garage to try to find that Christmas stocking I was knitting for my mom last year and finish it. The mission was unsuccessful – unfortunately I think I put it “somewhere safe”. I have a tendency to do that with things and then forget where that safe place was. In fact, during the search for the stocking I found some great cherry print fabric I bought to make a sundress with and put “somewhere safe” over a year ago – I’ve been looking for it ever since.

But I think you’ve had enough for one night so we’ll talk about the rest of my new projects another day.

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Thanks everyone for the scarf suggestions. It got me thinking and looking, and I decided on one which no one mentioned. It is, however, in Scarf Style which Toby mentioned. That got me looking through the book where I found the Here and There Cables (Ravelry link) scarf. It’s just what I was looking for – something with a lot of textural interest that is also reversible. I might take out one repeat and make the scarf a narrower, though.

There were also a couple of other topics in the comments, which I decided to revisit. By “not boring” I meant I didn’t want it to be boring-looking. I’m actually perfectly happy knitting boring stuff because it allows me to pay attention to a movie, and I have a very long Netflix queue. (And Ravelry queue, for that matter, good thing they’re complementary.)

Patterns like Monkey and Jaywalker are probably so popular for just this reason – they’re relatively easy to knit, but produce nice non-boring socks. My current one is a modified version of the Gentleman’s Shooting Stockings from Knitting Vintage Socks.

Shooting Stockings

It’s a simple textured pattern, but it adds some interest to this yarn. Although if I had known originally that the yarn was stripey, I might have done something a little less fancy. In any case, I think they’re turning out well.

Shooting Stockings - macro

The closeup of the stitch pattern is a little blurry, sadly winter light isn’t great for taking photos.

And thanks to Cindiluhu and Chris for validating my sock-knitterness. The truth is that I want to knit other things. I’m not planning on stopping the sock knitting – not even close! But I do want to knit a few things that aren’t socks. And the actual process of knitting a sock vs. a sweater doesn’t make that much of a difference to me. The problem is more that when I go to cast on a new project I don’t grab the yarn for that sweater I want to knit, I grab more sock yarn. (There’s a lot of it, it’s in exciting colors, I don’t have to swatch!) But I *do* want a Ribby Cardi and a new scarf, so I should really get to knitting them.

As for sock leftovers… I have tons. This problem is compounded by the fact that I have small feet. I was actually thinking I should find someone with a loom and get them to weave me a scarf with black yarn for the warp and stripes of all my crazy sock yarn leftovers. I think it would be cool! Maybe in exchange for a pair of socks… 😉

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Not at Rhinebeck

I’m on the wrong side of the country for Rhinebeck this year, and it’s sad. It’s the first year I haven’t gone to Rhinebeck since the first time I did. And then I didn’t make a Rhinebeck sweater, either! But I hope all my yarny friends are enjoying Rhinebeck anyway. :)

I did, however, finish some socks:

Pattern: Gentleman’s Fancy Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks – highly modified to make a woman’s small
Yarn: Yarn Pirate Merino / Tencel in Dogwood from Alyson
Started: 9/25/08
Finished: 10/18/08

Lately it seems like I want to knit simple things while watching Netflix. So I’m powering through the simple socks and leaving the less simple ones to languish. Maybe it’s a lesson I need to learn about myself, or maybe I need to catch up on podcasts and knit some of the more complicated ones!


Catching up on reading.

Since the cross-country road trip I’ve been shuttling between Salem, OR and Seattle, WA and knitting here and there. Actually I haven’t been doing as much knitting as I expected – and my spinning wheel is still in pieces on the living room floor. Mostly I’ve been reading lots of books. Nothing knitting related.

Most of my yarn is packed along with my sock blockers and all my knitting books save Knitting Vintage Socks… and my swift and ballwinder which prevent me winding the two skeins of yarn that have appeared at this address. Whew.

I’ve learned I can be a single-WIP girl when I’m forced!


Pattern: Oak Ribbed Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Meilenweit 100 Colortweed color 1004
Started: 8/8/08
Finished: 9/24/08

These socks are the twin socks pictured in that entry. MJ and I have a collection of matching yarn with which we plan to make matching socks, and – once she finishes hers – these will be our second pair.

Since I was out of accessible projects I grabbed some Yarn Pirate merino tencel and started another pair of socks today. I’m beginning to be very glad that I packed so much “emergency yarn” for the road trip.

Listening to: Walls of Jericho ~ Fair to Midland

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They’ve been a long time coming…

When I met Lynn and a bunch of other knittyheads at WEBS she gave me some lovely sock yarn as a gift. I knit so many socks, she said, and she doesn’t – obviously I would use this yarn in no time.

Well, that’s not exactly true. It was October 2006. When I did finally get around to knitting the yarn the socks took me a month to finish!

Pattern: Yarrow Ribbed Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Dicentra Designs in Abalone
Started: 7/1/08
Finished: 7/31/08

I’ll pretend that I artfully posed the socks on the pile of moving boxes, but that is actually where I’m going to let them sit to dry. This moving thing is crazy!

The fact that the socks took me forever to get around to is actually because I kept having ideas (and ideas, and ideas) about what to do with this particular yarn. I wound it ages ago and then started being indecisive about my pattern choice. I think the Yarrow Rib, which I finally decided on, was a good choice. The yarn is fairly high contrast – yet strangely harmonious! – and any patterning would be lost in it.

So thank you Lynn for the fabulous yarn which will finally get worn as its intended object – just as soon as it gets colder.

Listening to: Wicked Game ~ H.I.M., September Sun ~ Type O Negative

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I already posted this in my head…

I finished a pair of socks, finally!

Pattern: a highly modified version of Gentleman’s Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: ONline Supersocke Savanne-color
Started: 5/25/08
Finished: 6/18/08

I’m still working on my goal of knitting all the socks from Knitting Vintage Socks, but from the start I decided that modified versions were fine since I have very few males to knit socks for. This is one of those cases – I took the Ringwood stitch pattern and plugged it into a pair of socks that is me-sized. The yarn is one that I bought on my trip to Seattle for sock camp and also a new one for me. While I was knitting I got a lot of comments on these socks – the color combination really is gorgeous!

The yarn itself is a fairly standard wool/nylon blend, and it’s a bit scratchy compared to the 100% merino hand dyed yarns I’ve been working with lately. But – like the Noro socks – I think it will be perfectly comfortable on the feet and almost certainly hold up very well.


Knitting In Public

Saturday was WWKIP day. Since this post is a bit late I’m sure you all already know about it. I was working so I couldn’t attend the Boston gathering, but I managed to KIP on my way there and back – it ended up being great for my trip home which was complicated by some sort of subway issues.

Quite a bit of knitting is being done but nothing is getting finished. And some of it isn’t blogable at the moment, but these socks are:

I can’t believe how many comments I’ve been getting on them! The yarn is ONline Supersocke Savanne, and the colors are very nice. The stitch pattern is from Knitting Vintage Socks – the Ringwood socks in the book are mens’ half-hose, so I just made a regular sock size with the stitch pattern.

Yesterday I finished the gusset and have about 2 inches left to go before starting the toe. Hopefully I’ll finish up this week.


What? It’s the end of the year?

Well, it has come to my attention that the year is almost over. In fact, I got my STR club package and it was the last package and I think that’s when it really hit me. Um, 2007 is practically over! (You think the fact that it’s December and I am frantically trying to finish this knitted Christmas item would have clued me in, but I guess not.)

Right! Well, I was just talking to Catherine about knitting resolutions for next year. This year I didn’t really start with any resolutions. I did pledge to try to buy only 1/3 of the yarn I used. I didn’t completely succeed with that, but I did use more yarn than I bought this year, which I think is pretty good.

In April I decided to knit all of the socks from Knitting Vintage Socks , which I’m still working on. But I never said I would do it this year, and it hasn’t been a year since April quite yet anyway.

So what about knitting goals for 2008? Well I do want to continue working to get the stash under control. I also would like to work on trying more of the different types of yarn that I have in the stash. As much as I want to try new yarns, I tend to knit with the same ones over and over.

I was thinking it might be fun to do a little sort of “sock club” with my stash – maybe throw skeins of yarn in brown bags and write months on them blindly and then open one each month and force myself to cast on socks with it. That would be interesting…

I also want to knit a sweater in 2008. Maybe start my Rhinebeck sweater a little more than two weeks ahead of time. 😉 I have yarn for a couple of sweaters that I’ve been thinking about knitting for a good while but haven’t actually started yet – the two foremost in my mind being the Ribby Cardi and this Adrienne Vittadini sweater. Well, that and Durrow.

Now back to the grindstone – I’ll keep brainstorming about knitting goals for the new year.

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More Swap Socks

My pal Suemoon got her socks, so now I can post them! (She has pictures on her blog too!)

Pattern: Child’s Sock in Miranda Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns in Sweet
Started: 8/19/07
Finished: 9/2/07

I’m going to leave it at that for now as I’m pretty busy, but I’ll be back later with more content, promise!

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I’m part of the Knittyboard Sock Exchange – actually I’m one of the people running it – and since my swap pal received her socks I can post them now!

My first pal was Jenneke and I knit her these socks:

Pattern: Little Child’s Sock (with modifications) from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Camouflage
Started: 7/31/07
Finished: 8/13/07

Of course she took an even more beautiful picture:

Now to finish the socks for my other swap pal!

Listening to: Intolerance ~ Tool, Cryin’ ~ Aerosmith

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