Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Finished socks!

Woot, another finished project!

The project is "Child's first socks" from Nancy Bush's "Knitting Vintage Socks."

Not bad for my second pair of socks, eh?

The yarn is Koigu KPM in 1043-10, the needles were an addi turbo US size 1, using the magic loop method.

These socks went surprisingly quickly. I was a bit worried since they were both my first patterned socks and my first top-down socks, but I'm really happy with the way they came out! The only issue is that I apparently knit a bit more loosely on the second sock, and it came out a tiny bit bigger than the first. Oops. Oh well, close enough.

I bought these shoes and they're too big, but perfect for wearing with socks, right? Actually, they're still a little big so I think I'll give them to my cousin. But they look cute in the picture!

Here's another one, which unfortunately shows the mess in my living room, but has a better shot of the shoes and the pattern:

I'm also working on a Mimi Verylong (link in the sidebar) using GGH Soft Kid. The one in the pictures on the pattern page is not that attractive, in my opinion. But the mohair makes it very light and fuzzy, and much better looking :) Pictures to come soon, hopefully!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Cami done!

Woot, finally another FO! It's been a while! Here are a couple of shots--

The cami came out pretty well. When I started it, I was quite inexperienced, so I was worried the fit wouldn't be quite right, but it actually worked out.

Unfortunately I did make a mistake in the shaping of the top, and although no one else would probably notice, I've become pretty anal about the things, and every time I put the top on, it was all I could see. So I decided to give it to my aunt. We're the same size, so it worked out well!

I started a christmas gift for my mom using navy yarn. The dye is totally not sticking though, well, except to my hands! These pictures don't quite do it justice, but it's my best effort to show it:

Monday, November 06, 2006

I'm back!

Er, so I never did get better about posting here. Oh well. That's partially because up until recently I hadn't been doing much knitting. Just wasn't feeling it I guess. But lately I have been knitting up a storm! I finished the watermelon socks (yay my first pair of finished socks!) but haven't had a chance to take a nice picture yet, so that update'll have to wait. In other news though:

It's a near-finished honeymoon cami! Yay! All that's left is to graft the straps together and weave in the ends. So close! And although I was worried about it being too big, it actually fits really really well! Another yay!

And of course since I finished the watermelon socks, I had to start another pair! So I started doing another toe-up sock with Regia Jubilee. The self-patterning yarn is fun! It's neat to see how it comes out as you go.

I got bored of just doing stockinette stitch socks though and decided to spice things up with a patterned sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. The pattern is "child's first sock" or something like that, and the yarn is Koigu KPM in, um, 1043? Something like that. I loooooove the koigu. It's so soft and, um, sproingy. (yes I made that word up but that's ok) I thought the yarn would be lighter blue, but I'm very happy with it because the color is sooo pretty. It looks like the ocean ^_^ I was going to call these my "seasocks" but then decided it sounded too much like seasick, and now they're ocean socks instead. The pattern even kinda looks like waves!

Let's see a closeup of that pattern:

Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Yes, yes, I am a delinquent! I have been very bad about updating lately. And I'm work, so I have no camera with which to take pictures of things!

The mystery manos presents were, in fact, the hats from LMKG. I made complimentary ones in Bears/Illini colors for my parents, and then made one in Packers colors for my friend Mu. Everyone was suitably impressed. I've also finished the scarf I was working on...it just needs the ends woven in and to be blocked. More on that soon, I promise!

Here's a picture from christmas break, featuring Mu in his hat:

Monday, December 05, 2005

So cute!

My precious kitty has decided that his new bed is right in the middle of all my knitting projects. Sure, he'll get cat hair all over them, and it makes it hard to, you know, work on them, but he's so cute!

You can see the finished watermelon sock, the scarf I'm working on, an in-progress wrist-warmer from LMKG, and part of the manos mystery gift in there, peeking out around the kitty.

And what's that? Why yes, it *is* the directions for the honeymoon cami! I finally got it back out, and I'm now about 6 or 7 inches into the body. Yay! I'm a little worried I should have made it a little smaller, but I'm reserving judgment at this point. I may finish it though and decided it needs to be ripped out. We'll see!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Gifts? Check!

The mystery Manos gifts are done! Of course, I can't say what they are, for fear that the recipients may read this, but here's a sneak peak:

Yay for Illini/Bears colors!

My other knitting has mainly been a scarf for myself.

I've got maybe about 4 feet done on it. The yarn is Reynold's Odyssey, color 410, a nice blend of greens and blues. Each ply of the yarn is a different color, so the color blending comes out nice and smooth. The shape of the scarf is borrowed from the HiP scarf, knit at an angle, so it's not quite as boring as an otherwise plain stockinette scarf would be.

And finally, I had these beauties waiting for me when I got back from Thanksgiving:

It's sock yarn from the sweetshop in the color "Beach" and Regia Jubilee in "India." I also ordered a long size 1 addi turbo to try out some magic loop sock knitting. I think I'll try it out on the Regia. Yay, yarn!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

One down...

One to go!

This sock was a real learning experience. Lots of false starts, lots of tearing out, but I think that the next one will go a lot more smoothly because of it! My final snafu (hopefully the last one, at least!) was that my bind off was way too tight. But problem solved, and I have a nice, wearable sock that fits! Yay! Now I just have to make another...

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Manos.....hands of fate

No wait, that's something else. But isn't this yummy:

Everyone gets all worked up over Manos. I've never knit with it before, but now I guess I'll see what all the fuss is about! It certainly comes in a ton of gorgeous colors. It's actually going into a present, so I'm afraid I can't reveal what it's destined to be. You'll just have to wait and see!

Meanwhile, in worse news:

Looks good, right? Wrong! That, my friends, is one really tight sock. So soon thereafter, it became about 1/3 of a sock again. I ripped out all but about 3 inches and started over. This time, I'm adding some increases around the arch of the foot and ankle. So far so good! I'm back up to the heel again, further updates to follow. Wish me luck! I have to figure out how to make sweet socks before my yarn from the sweet shop gets here!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

What is it?

Much as Bubba is trying to cover it up in this picture:

It's a sock! (Well, the start of one at least):

Yeah, it's been a while since I've posted here. I wonder if anyone actually still reads this at all ^_^ I've still been knitting sporatically. Work takes up too damn much of my time =/

I saw this great sock yarn over on Marirob (scroll down to the stripey sock in the yarn called "beach"), and decided I must have some! Unfortunately, I've never knitted a sock before, and as it's kind of expensive, hand dyed yarn from the sweet shop, I decided that I should have a trial run with making socks first. So I went down to my friendly LYS and picked up some Artyarns supermerino and some size 1 dpns, and went to it!

The pattern is from here. There was some drama and swearing when trying to un-do the provisional cast-on, as the waste yarn had gotten worked into the sock yarn a bit, but with some clever crochet hooking and a large amount of patience (did I mention the swearing?), I got it straightened out, and it's been pretty much smooth sailing from there!

What's that, that one blurry picture of Bubba wasn't enough? Ok, here's Bubba sitting in a shoebox in the sun:

Sunday, June 05, 2005


Man, I haven't been doing too well at keeping this thing updated, have I? With the hectic-ness of the end of the semester, I didn't get the cami done by graduation. In fact, I still don't have it done. It has instead become a bit of a kitty bed:

Apparently I need to get to work making Bubba a kitty pi instead. Actually, what's been taking up my knitting time lately is the new sweater I'm working on. I got a few balls of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk to make a scarf and decided I liked it so much I had to make a sweater with it instead. So I'm trying out the Ribby Cardi with it. I'm about 5" into the back, and it's so nice and soft! I could see this being a sweater I wear a lot.