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More finishing along

Last week I went to Madrona. which gave me a great opportunity to stock up on some Goth Socks and get quite a bit of knitting done!

First I worked on the socks that my mom abandoned, mentioned a couple posts before this one. Although my mom gave them back to me because she didn’t like the color, I got tons of compliments while wandering around Madrona and knitting them. And it wasn’t long before they were finished!

Yarn: Four Seasons Gründl Hot Socks, color 933
Started: ? Fall 2008
Finished: 2/17/2012

Then I pulled out another longstanding WIP, my Herbivore. After checking the pattern to see where I had left off, I realized that I only had a few more rows to knit if I wanted it to be the length specified in the pattern. Because I had quite a bit of yarn left, I did a few extra repeats.

Pattern: Herbivore by Stephen West
Yarn: Tosh Merino Light in Baltic
Started: 2/20/2011
Finished: 2/20/2012

Coincidentally I finished it exactly one year after I started. I bought the yarn last year either from the Fiber Gallery Madrona booth, or immediately after coming home.

I also made quite a bit of progress on some plain socks from yarn I dyed in Stephania’s class in December:

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day…

The Truffle Mitts!

Pattern: Truffle by Samantha Roshak
Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Chocoberry
Started: 12/30/11
Finished: 1/30/12

I got this kit in October 2010 at the Hazel Knits trunk show at The Fiber Gallery. I was drawn to the color, even though it’s not really my typical favorite. (I think everyone loves this color!)

I finally got around to knitting them after wishing I had something to keep my hands warm but leave my fingertips free for iPhone swiping. I modified the pattern a bit to have the full cable section at the top of the hand (instead of the truncated version specified on the pattern), which also increased the length a bit. Other than that, I knit it as written.

Next time I think I’d make the palms in stockinette, both because I’m not so fond of ribbing and also because they’re a little snug.


A couple more FOs

I went to a holiday party for my knitting group, and a couple of things happened.

We have a gift exchange, and I got this lovely yarn spun by smallsmallfaery:

It’s about 130 yards of Romney, and although it says 11wpi, which is a worsted / aran weight so it will be perfect for my big Chevron blanket*.

And I was thoroughly embarrassed that nearly everyone was wearing a Noro Striped Scarf, and mine (which I started ages and ages ago) was still a WIP. So I got motivated:

Noro Striped Scarf

Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf
Yarn: Noro Kureyon in colors 40 and 233, 2 skeins each
Started: 1/18/2009
Finished: 12/18/2011

So, just shy of 3 years later I have finally finished my scarf! I feel pretty silly admitting that, but I just don’t often get into the mood of knitting something in 1×1 rib. Now that it’s done I’ve been wearing it most days!

Then while traveling for the holidaze, I finished a much more recent project, Melanie’s 2011 Birthday Socks.

Yarn: Sophie’s Toes in Grandma’s Blueberry Pie
Started: 11/6/11
Finished: 12/24/11

Melanie modeled them and had the idea of posing with the lights leading from the tree to the plug, so we did.

*another WIP I really should put some stitches on

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In September of last year, I knit the Milkweed shawlette, and I found a new love. This knitting craving goes well with my fingering weight stash, and the end result is a little touch of girly without being a full on shawl. Best of all, it’s faster than a pair of socks and makes a great gift!

Which is why I’ve knitted a couple of shawlettes lately. First off, Damson:

Pattern: Damson by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Sock in Gold Dynasty
Started: 10/17/11
Finished: 11/6/11

I’ve had this yarn hanging around from the Woolgirl sock club for a while, and when I decided to knit a shawlette for someone who loves fall colors I figured this was the right yarn.

Unfortunately, for some reason I ran out of yarn quite a bit before the end. I checked and double-checked my gauge, but I’m really not sure why. (I also foolishly ignored the comments of another Raveler who had run out of yarn using this same kind.) Luckily I was rescued by someone else with the same yarn and was able to finish the shawl! I’ve already picked out yarn for my Damson, one with lots of yardage. 😉

Then I knit Multnomah as yet another gift shawlette:

Pattern: Multnomah by Kate Elsa
Yarn: Yarn Daze Sock in Snoopy Pirate
Started: 11/20/11
Finished: 12/4/11

I have a couple more on the needles for me, but first I feel the need to knit some socks…


Socks and Shawls

The knitting around here has been mostly secret, but I did manage to finish up a couple of public things…

Greek Isles Handspun Socks
Started: 7/27/2011
Finished: 9/25/2011
Yarn: Handspun sock yarn in Greek Isles superwash merino roving (Pigeonroof Studios?)

Unfortunately one of my larger sock blockers is hiding. I’m sure it’s around here somewhere. I finished spinning the yarn during Tour de Fleece this year. The tag on the roving didn’t say where it was from, but some Googling has lead me to believe that it was Pigeonroof Studios. I must have bought it in person or got it as a gift, though.

The other project is a little shawlette:

Pattern: Traveling Woman
Yarn: Stitchjones Glam Sock in Marine
Started: 9/10/11
Finished: 10/1/11

As you can see it’s currently blocking. :) It’s a very easy pattern, and a pretty quick knit too!

In other knitting news, yesterday I went to my LYS in search of a crochet hook for beading. I have some pretty little ones that I’ve used before, but this time my size 10 crochet hook (it looks like size varies between companies, but between 1 and 1.3mm) was just not small enough. Unfortunately, that’s the smallest size they carry.

So after calling JoAnn’s (no, they didn’t have it either) I ordered sizes 13 and 14 online. (0.85mm and 0.75mm respectively). Hopefully these will be small enough. I honestly can’t imagine how much of a hook they can really have at that size!

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Girasole and Spinning

A friend was out of town and I was taking care of her plants, so I took the opportunity to block Girasole in a cat-free location.

Girasole blocking

I’m happy with it, but I have no idea how I’m going to use it now that it’s done. I’m not really a shawl person… I wore my Milkweed to Madrona with a little pin as a scarf-like thing, but that isn’t really going to work with Girasole since it’s circular. But I’m still glad that I made it – it’s definitely the most genuine lace project that I’ve done so far.

After finishing Girasole I immediately embarked upon the 52 Pair Plunge and Tour de Fleece almost all at once. I’ve been knitting mostly on Hedera-esque:

And spinning quite a bit. First up is a 4oz superwash merino braid labeled only “Greek Isles”. I’m sure I bought it at a fiber festival – most likely Rhinebeck, but I have no idea where it’s from.

The skein on the left hadn’t been washed when the picture was taken, but now it’s fluffed up and looks a lot like the one on the right.

Then I moved on to some BMFA fiber (a Sheep to Shoe kit) in Little Bunny Foo Foo:

So far I’m really enjoying getting back to spinning!

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Get out the super glue

I have finished an epic WIP, Girasole, but I don’t have decent pictures yet. A full post about it will come when it’s blocked, but for now, here’s a teaser:


Now, as for the title of today’s post… I’m going to whine a bit.

I was so very excited for the Kollage Square Circular needles to come out in sock sizes with cables that weren’t a string. I love knitting magic loop, but the original cable was *so* flexible (really basically a string) that I never bought any after trying a friend’s needles.

Well, after preordering and waiting for a backorder I finally got my needles – a pair each of 40″ circular needles in 2.25 and 2.5mm. I enjoyed working with them, but the 2.25mm needle had a weird join – the metal was crimped out a bit at the join and snagged the yarn. I emailed Kollage, and they were very nice about replacing my needle.

Last night I opened up the replacement 2.25mm needle and started a pair of socks – the join is fine. :) Then when cleaning my desk I picked up some socks on the old needle, which I had stopped working on because of the annoying join, and the cable fell out of the needle when I picked them up. Hrm… probably because of the wonky join.

Well, apparently not because as I was working on the pair of socks from last night on the new needle, the cable popped out on that one too! Keep in mind I’ve only used these needles for about 1 hour last night, and maybe 15 minutes this morning before the join broke.

Guess it’s time to get the super glue.

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I went to Portland last weekend to visit my sister and my friend Rachel, who was visiting the west coast from New York! We went to two yarn stores, but I managed to avoid getting any new yarn.

I also finished Ishbel on the train – here it is blocking (excuse the bad cell phone picture):

Blocking Ishbel

The wedding is next weekend, so I’ll try to get more pictures of my friend wearing it then. :)

After finishing Ishbel, I became mysteriously inspired to work on my Herbivore, which I started in February and have been neglecting ever since.


The color is actually this one:

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Baltic

As you can see I’m still having too much fun with Instagram.



As I alluded to in my earlier post about the steeks, I’ve recently borrowed a sewing machine from my knitting buddy Erin. This sewing machine is going to help me achieve a dream – something that I’ve been talking about for years!

I’m making a T-shirt quilt.

As you may have deduced from the music I sometimes put at the bottom of my posts, I’m a fan of the metal / hard rock genres. I have a *lot* of T-shirts. Some of them date back to 15 years ago or more – I started buying them towards the end of middle school. And, frankly, their condition is getting a little worse for wear. (I found several holes in shirts which I was still wearing up to their rather timely demise.)

A lot of strategy has gone into planning this quilt. My sewing skills are limited, and the sewing machine, while perfectly serviceable, is not one meant to sew knit fabrics. With the knowledge of my quilting friends and the internet, I decided to put interfacing on the backs of the shirt squares – to give them stability and make them easier to cut out. When I mentioned this to a much more accomplished sewing member of my knitting group, she suggested that I come over and use her rotary cutter, then put the interfacing on afterward.

Who am I to decline such a generous offer? I went over on Saturday and spent about 3 hours cutting out all the T-shirt designs. My sewing mentor also made me little scrap samples with some of her interfacing as well as the one I’d purchased – I severely underestimated how much I needed… I got enough for about 3/20 squares. Of course, hers was a much better choice, so I might be better off buying a different one.

I’m so excited to finally make this project a reality… but I think I’m going to need a lot more help. I’ve never sewn a binding or tied a quilt or done any of this before… but I can learn.

Listening to: Falling Snow ~ Agalloch, The Promise of Deceit ~ Katatonia


2010 Projects

I listed them before, but then I got bored and made a couple of mosaics…

The Socks

2010 sock mosaic

The Rest

notsocks 2010 mosaic

(minus the soaker, which I never got a picture of)

click to embiggen, and all that jazz