Archive for August, 2007

Cat’s Learning Socks

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I have completed the first two learning socks from New Pathways For Sock Knitters. Both pairs were knit using Rowan Wool Cotton on a US 5 circular needle. The periwinkle socks are the Little Sky Sock and the green are the Little Coriolis pattern.

Learning Socks

In knitting these socks I have already learned so many things! First there was the new way (to me at least) to do increases that Cat has dubbed L-Rinc and L-Linc. Why haven’t I seen these before? I’ve certainly knit things that would have looked nicer using this method than other increases.  Then there is CW for concealing wraps. So easy and with all the socks I’ve knit I had not done it this way before.  Then the EZ Sewn cast-off which can come in very handy for toe-up socks and Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on.

I certainly expected to learn completely new ways to knit socks, but I did not expect to learn so many new knitting techniques. I feel like I have a whole new bag of tricks that will come in handy on many future projects.

So what adult-size sock have I decided to knit first from New Pathways? I still don’t know yet! With so many fun new patterns to choose from and so many sock yarns in my stash I am still mulling over the options. 

Finally, a House Project

Monday, August 27th, 2007

After moving in months ago, it seems all house projects came to a grinding halt.  Nothing was on the critical path to completion and nothing much got done. We were burned out and busy doing other things too.  Now it seems we’re back at it…

Front Lawn

Several weeks ago I seeded the front section of lawn.  Then because there was even more rain in the forecast I seeded the side yard. I’ve also been researching plants for the two bed sections you can just see at the edges of the picture. One is the raised bed on the left that separates the driveway from the lawn and the other is the small semi-circle between the sidewalk and the garage.  Around the edges of the lawn and road we want to mulch with medium-shred bark, but we are currently experiencing sticker shock on the $24 per yard price tag.

Richard has a plan to pour the concrete for the back porch and BBQ area. That should come together later this week. Once the concrete is done we can build the master bedroom deck and begin thinking about the landscaping for the back yard.

We are also talking more about fencing and shelters as time is running short to bring the horses home from the boarding stable. Blondie’s ready.

Blondie in the Trailer

Last month I spent several hours training Blondie to load in a straight horse trailer.  She’s doing great! All the trust and training I’ve done with her paid off in a big way when she hopped in the trailer 5 minutes into her second trailer loading lesson.  Then she backed out nicely too. 🙂

My First Poncho

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Okay, so I’m a bit behind the times on this fashion item, but I think I can still pull it off.

Poncho

This is a simple poncho pattern that was put out by Urban Tribal Wear. It is knit from one skein of Wool in the Woods cotton/rayon blend that had dusty shades of pink, purple, blue, and green in it and two skeins of Wool in the Woods beaded cotton/rayon.  One of the beaded skeins was medium blue and the other was pink and green.  The two beaded yarns were held together and I had serious misgivings about how the colors might clash.  I was pleasantly surprised with the pretty, subdued results.

Poncho Close Up

This consumed 3 large skeins of yarn that have been marinating in my stash since I first started knitting.  Granted, it’s only been 2 years, but it still feels good to use them.  That made me wonder….what if I knit the yarns that have been in my stash longest, first? FIFO. First in, first out.

Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen.

Baby Shrug and Hat

Monday, August 20th, 2007

They are finished!

Baby Set

Both were knit in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino on size 3 needles. The shrug pattern can be found in Knit Simple, Fall 2007. The hat pattern is the same one my grandmother made me. Just by chance I found the same pattern at Knitting On the Net.

Sidetracked

Friday, August 17th, 2007

There were so many other things I was thinking about doing – going to see my horses, finishing Glenda’s shirt, knitting the second learning sock from Cat’s book… I can’t really say why this grabbed my attention again.  Likely because it should be a quick knit, easy to finish, and it provides a little extra warmth in my air conditioned office.

Poncho

This is a Wool in the Woods Poncho Kit that I purchased from another knitter’s stash sale. The pattern is from Urban Tribal Wear. The yarns are cotton and rayon.

Finished Socks

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Just some finished socks for today. These were knit from Regia 4 ply on a single 2.25 mm circular needle. They are 68 sts around.

Beige Socks

Beige Socks

These are my first pair of toe up socks. I based them on the instructions from Interweave Knits Summer 2007 with minor modifications like starting with more cast on stitches and doing a 60% heel.  What did I learn? An easy provisional cast on and that I need to practice short row heels.

Will I do toe up socks again?  Yes, I’d try it again.  Will I do a short row heel again? Yes, for the purpose of mastering the technique. I think I will always prefer a heel flap, but I should give the short row heel a fair chance and try it at least once more.

New Pathways For Sock Knitters

Friday, August 10th, 2007

WOW! I have just taken my first look through Cat Bordhi’s latest book New Pathways for Sock Knitters. It is amazing. I love Cat and I love socks so you can understand why I would be thrilled with this book.

New Pathways for Sock Knitters

Back

I expected to be showing you photos of the socks I plan to knit first, but not only are there just too many, but any photos that I could take would not do justice to the incredible details.  You just need to pick up the book and look at it in person!

What I can tell you is that the instructions and tips look very easy to follow, plus Cat has you try out these new ideas on a small sock prior to knitting a full-size version.  The patterns are incredible and so is the yarn used. I’m sure I’ll bring you photos of socks in progress as I get a chance to try out Cat’s new sockitectures. And if that’s not all this is just Book One!

Yippee!!!

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

At lunch I was able to get a copy of New Pathways for Sock Knitters from my LYS! My mom found out they had come in and she asked them to hold a copy for me, so I knew I was getting one. It’s just been such a long wait for this book that I am really excited. Since I was out spending money (an uncommon occurence for me) I also decided to get the new child’s bolero pattern from Knitting Pure and Simple, and the latest Interweave Knits.

More to come on the new book later! If only I didn’t have to work this afternoon…

Knitting For Babies

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

My mom has me knitting for babies. First, this pink hat that is the same as one my grandmother made me. All that’s left is to seam the two pieces together.

Baby Hat

And now this shrug from Knit Simple magazine. I’m using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino for both items. The shrug doesn’t look like much yet.

Baby Shrug

Since I started the baby items I have set aside the beige stripe socks.  They have changed a lot since the last photo that appeared on the blog.  I started the second sock from the outside of the yarn ball and have both socks at nearly the same point.  While this does make the color sequence go in reverse, that doesn’t bother me with these subtle color changes.

Toe Up Socks

I don’t know what I’m going to knit when these items are finished. I can guarantee there will be another pair of socks for on-the-go knitting, but I’m also eyeing several other options that I can knit from my stash like Wisp from Knitty, felted moebius bowls from Cat Bordhi’s book…speaking of Cat Bordhi, I can’t wait to see her latest book! I should also put the fringe on my Lady Eleanor so I can wear it this fall.

Would You Believe It – I’ve Been Sewing

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Finally, I have started sewing again.  Over the last two years I have only sewed a few days – literally one or two.  I just haven’t had the energy to put into it.  I had a week off before starting my new job and that finally gave me the time to get started.

To begin with I will be finishing the stack of formerly unfinished objects. First, I picked up these placemats:

Gustav Klimt Fabric

They are completely finished now. Then I moved on to this table runner:

Tablerunner

Preparation has begun on several other items as well.  It may seem strange, but my motivation is stronger to complete these items than to start new.  Not that I haven’t been thinking about new projects, I just feel it’s better to clear the stuck energy first.