Archive for December, 2009

Rushing Rivulet Socks

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

This is the last of the 2 projects I was keeping secret. I’ve scheduled this post to be published about the time the giftee will have received them.

Rushing Rivulet Socks

Rushing Rivulet Socks

Rushing Rivulet Socks

Pattern: Rushing Rivulet Socks (Rav link), Riverbed sockitecture by Cat Bordhi, published in New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One.
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in colorway Bucks Bar
Needles: 2.5 mm Addi Turbo and Knit Picks circulars
Notes: Originally I thought this yarn was too pastel for my Mom, but on second thought it has a lot of colors in it that she wears, meaning that the socks will go with lots of clothes. The pattern was selected because I thought it would be a good candidate for the handpainted yarn, a pattern that would disrupt pooling and striping.

The one thing that I would be aware of if you use the Rushing Rivulet stitch pattern is that it has a fair amount of stretch so you can probably decrease from your normal stockinette stitch count. These socks are looser than I normally knit, but not so much that they aren’t wearable.

With that, I wish you all Happy New Year!

WIP Wednesday, 12/30/09

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

It’s the last work-in-progress Wednesday for 2009. Phew! In the next day or so I’ll show you all the knitting I completed this year. When I was looking at last year’s end of year wrap up something I found funny is that I had a pair of fakeisle socks on the needles then too.

Looks like I’ll be in pretty good shape going into 2010 with just the socks and Birnam Wood in progress.

1. Birnam Wood – I’m itching to get started on this again.

2. Fakeisle Socks – for the most part these are my lunch time project which means they gain about an inch a day. One sock is finished with the gusset decreases, the other has about an inch – then it’s smooth sailing down the foot.

Fakeisle Socks

3. Ulmus the 2nd, Almost the Same as the 1st – pre-blocking photo. It is now dry and needs to be un-pinned for it’s photoshoot.

Ulmus the Second

4. Korknisse – I don’t know how many of these guys I’ll make right now, but I left them on the list as they still need faces before I can call the 4 of them complete.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas

Staccato Inspired Socks

Here’s the final reveal on one of my Christmas knitting projects which by now has been opened by the recipient. I did show these socks before when they were partially finished, but then I re-knit them from the toes up.

Staccato Inspired Socks

Staccato Inspired Socks

Staccato Inspired Socks

Staccato Inspired Socks

Pattern: Inspired by Staccato Socks (Rav link) by Veronik Avery, published in Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in colorways Tahoe, Bucks Bar, and Motherlode; Opal Uni-solid in purple.
Needles: 2.5 mm Addi Turbo and Knit Picks circulars
Notes: I originally followed the pattern stitches through the heel, but I had misgivings about the inflexible nature of the wavy pattern the whole time I was knitting the foot. Finally I gave in and ripped them back to the toe. Starting again, I kept my color sequence, but knit a simple 2×2 ribbing using Cat Bordhi’s Riverbed sockitecture numbers. I think the original stitch pattern would work with a sproingy yarn that’s not knit as tightly as I like to knit my socks.

Toes, heels, and the cuff are striped 2 rows of each color with Tahoe and Bucks Bar. The rest of the sock is also striped in 2 rows of each color, alternating between Motherlode and solid purple. While it was fun to use this much color it did leave quite a few ends to weave in! Next time I’ll learn how to weave some of them in as I go or I’ll use a single handpainted yarn for the toes/heels/cuffs.

WIP Wednesday, 12/23/09

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

It’s been a busy few weeks! Even though we try to keep Christmas low key it still takes a lot of time to decorate and wrap gifts. Buying gifts took very little time at all – it was very well planned and done in the early morning hours.

There has been a bit of knitting, plus I have the last shipment of Shakespeare in Lace 2009 to show you.

1. Birnam Wood – set aside so I could finish Christmas gifts.

2. Fakeisle Socks – moving along still, maybe a bit slower than before as I’ve been working on other things. Both socks are at the start of the heel flap now.

Fakeisle Socks

3. Ulmus the 2nd, Almost the Same as the 1st – I planned to make this the same as mine, only smaller. However, I clearly was going to run out of Serengeti (the variegated color) so I had to mix it up and knit the patterned rows in the brown. I’m still happy with how it’s turning out.

Ulmus the Second

4. Korknisse – Hey look it’s distraction knitting! This cute little pattern has been on my radar for a long time. This week I was restless enough with my other projects to give it a go. It’s definitely quick and easy; these little guys just need their eyes and mouths drawn on.

Korknisse

Finally, it’s the last shipment of Shakespeare in Lace for 2009. Please imagine the yarn as a deep purple. My camera thinks it’s more of an indigo. The pattern is the Rosalind Shawl by Sivia Harding. The design is based on Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

Ulmus the Second

It looks like it will be fun to knit, but I can’t even think of starting it until I finish up Birnam Wood. If you’d like to see more photos of the shawl there are some lovely ones on Flickr.

WIP Wednesday, 12/09/09

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

It’s been a while – let’s see, I had a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Then a hellish week at work. Then the bitter cold came (lows at 11 degrees Fahrenheit, as DH said this was nothing in MT, but there we were prepared for it). Then the pipes froze. Then the power keeps going out for 2 seconds at a time, 5 times an hour in the morning. And I continue to worry about Miss Blondie with the icy cold water to drink. Yeah, fun times.

I have gotten LOTS of good knitting time at least.

1. Birnam Wood – set aside so I could finish Christmas gifts.

2. Not-So-Secret Christmas Project #1 – knitting finished, photos taken, just need to be washed and wrapped. Then I’ll show you photos after they are gifted.

3. Secret Christmas Project #2 – knitting finished, photos taken, just need to be washed and wrapped. Then I’ll show you photos after they are gifted.

4. Fakeisle Socks – last Saturday I needed an easy take along project so I grabbed a ball of Regia Brasil from my stash. My go-to pattern for this self patterning yarn is a 70 st sock with a long ribbed cuff, the rest knit plain. Now since the event I needed the take along project for, I should have put these down and started another Christmas knit, but it’s too easy to keep knitting….

Fakeisle Socks

In other news, remember all the knitted cupcakes? Well all but two have been gifted. In return one of the receivers sent me this Patons Stretch Socks with a nice card. I was super excited because I’ve been wanting to try what I would consider a Summer sock yarn – not much wool content and elastic to make up for the sproinginess of wool.

Patons Stretch Socks