Saturday, August 19, 2006

A sudden change of pace

Enough is enough! Someone I work with keeps turning the air conditioning to FRIGID. So I've pulled out some yarn I have in my stash and decided to make myself a cardigan. I started it last night. The pattern is one I've had my eye on for a while, Bristow, from an old issue of Knitty.

(Know what? Black is very hard to photograph!)

After having made little except socks for a while, I'm surprised that the needles don't feel huge and awkward. I'm sure that when I go back to socks, they'll seem tiny and fragile. Not like it's going to stop me!!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Socks again!

Here's an update on my Mom's socks. I'm really having fun with this self-striping yarn. I don't have the label anymore, but I bought it at a store here in town called Meijer (a nice Dutch name, that). It's fun to watch the stripes emerge. The only issue that I have with it is that the yarn seems to be quite scratchy. Maybe I'm spoiled because I've only ever worked with Koigu or Artyarns, which are nice, soft, and "squishy". I hope that the socks will soften up when I wash and block them.

The colors are almost spot on in the first picture, but the second is more recent. I've knit a few more rows beyond even what's shown here.

I have all this lovely wool/silk yarn in my closet that's waiting to be made into a sweater. That was supposed to be my project this That was before I became addicted to socks.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Up and Running

My computer is back to normal again. I don't know what happened; something with the cord, I think, but I threatened to buy a replacement cord, and it got the hint and snapped back to obedience.

Here is the photo I promised of my secret pal's latest benevolence:
What a great game this is! (Thanks again, Secret Pal!)

I also have a Finished Object to report: The Crazy Colors socks are done!!!

Crazy Colors Socks
Started: Around July 4th or so
Finished: August 9, 2006
Generic Top-down socks, using Melanie's Twist stitch pattern on US size 1 DPN's
ETA: Artyarns Ultramerino4, colorway #106.

I'm trying to decide what to do now. I'm itching to start some new socks, but I haven't worked on the Lace Leaf Socks in weeks. I've got the yarn and pattern for a sweater, too. Decisions, decisions...

Saturday, August 05, 2006

No photos-just a quick check in

I've had some computer problems this week--GRR! I think I've just about got them fixed, but I just wanted to check in and update. I'm at the library, though, so no pictures today.

I wanted to say again HOW AWESOME MY SECRET PAL IS!!!! I came home from work this week to find yet another package in my mailbox!!!! She sent some KnitPicks sock garden yarn in a Pansy Colorway (I love pansies!). And Barbara Walker's "Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns" just because I said I didn't have a stitch dictionary. I used to check that book out from the library all the time when I was little (like twelve or thirteen). And Chocolate. Mmmmm. Chocolate. And despite the heat wave hitting the country this week, the chocolate stayed neatly in its wrapper!