Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A Blast from the Past

I was cleaning my desk and crafty room today and happened upon this blast from the past...a counted cross-stitch I did back in 1997. I don't have the pattern information, but it's done on linen and measures about 5.5" square.



I've been very tempted lately to give cross-stitch another try. I've got too many things on my plate right now, crafty and otherwise - but maybe sometime after the new year!

Friday, August 25, 2006

My KSKS package!

My KSKS package arrived today!! My pal was Debbie and she did a great job! I got two skeins of Sweet Georgia Yarn in the Willow colorway (which is actually a bit more lime than this picture soft! I also got a set of KnitPicks size 1 dpns, a few stitch markers, a tape measure and some lovely chocolate (not shown because sadly, ants had found their way into the packaging! just the packaging of the chocolate, sign of them anywhere in the rest of the box, which I thought was a bit odd). I also got a very cool project bag that Debbie made - it's even lined! The pattern she gave me is the Zigzag Cloverleaf Socks pattern by Desi Knitter...I can't wait to try these!

Thanks Debbie!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

New Finds

Today, the kids and I had to go do car stuff...emissions testing and get new tags. All of that happened to be very close to Old Time Pottery and I've been meaning to go there for a while. The main thing I was looking for was some sort of wreath or something decorative to hang on the front door. I have a lovely Christmas wreath and much as I'd like to, I just can't leave that up year-round. I did consider making my own wreath (I made my Christmas one), but wanted to look for something ready-made first.

I was quite pleased to find this! Just greenery, not seasonal and definitely to my liking:

I was also very excited to find this...a new WIP knitting basket!

Yay for new finds!

Another Solitary Sock

I swear I really am going to go back and knit the second socks to all these poor lonely socks...

Here we have the latest single sock, Hagrid. The pattern is Mock Croc Socks from KnitPicks. The yarn is Socks That Rock in the colorway Petrified Wood. Knit on size 2 needles.

Someday I will find a way to take a flattering picture of my foot.

I really, REALLY like the way this sock is constructed. It is a plain stockinette heel flap, but the flap seems much wider than others I've done and seems to fit my heel very well. The toe is a bit more round than others I've done, too. I'm eager to get started on the second sock! It's so wonderfully brown and...well...Hagrid-ish.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Go Illini!!

Hooray for finished socks!! Perfect timing, too, since my sister's birthday is 9 days away. Guess I'd better get these packed up and ready to mail soon!

In other knitty news, I picked up an old sock out of the knitting basket and am going to finish it before going back to my Ginny and Fawkes socks. I love orange and orangey shades, but I needed to look at something different for a while!

Funky Scarf Swap Questionnaire

Are you allergic to any fibers? No

Do you prefer any fibers over others? I'd rather not have acrylic, but other than that, no

Thinking back to Scout’s post about what funky means to you, post an image of something that you think is funky! Umm...will have to come back to that one...

Would you prefer funky yarn or a funky pattern? either one, really, but I do love yarn!

What are your favorite colors? I love most colors, so pretty much anything goes - no pastels, please!

What is your favorite piece of art? sorry, I'd put the image here, but am having trouble - here's the link:

What colors would you never have up close to your pretty face? usually not pale pastels

Would you prefer an actual scarf or a cowl? a scarf

When you wear a scarf do you prefer a wider/shorter scarf or a thin/long scarf? I'd prefer a longer scarf, but it doesn't matter much if it's wide or thin.

What is the climate like where you live? hot summers/fairly mild winters, little to no snow

Would you prefer a functional scarf (to keep you warm) or one just to funk-up your wardrobe? either one!

What else would you like your partner to know about you? I'll probably like whatever you come up with, so don't agonize over your choices, LOL!

Monday, August 14, 2006

More Sockish Than Before

I spent some time this weekend working on my second Illini Jaywalker. I'm not sure why it was so hard to get back into knitting a sock this time. I think it has something to do with the needles I'm using - Bryspun dpns, size 2. Very, very blunt tips and a tad bit flexible. I've gotten used to the flexible part - I think my issue is with the lack of pointy tips. Anyway, I got quite a bit done on Illini2 and am almost finished with the gusset decreases! Thankfully, all the stripes are matching up perfectly with Illini1.

Here's a picture of me showing Rosemary my sock progress (click images for a closer look):

And here's a gratuitous shot of me, since I've been a Self-Portrait Sunday slacker for so long:

Friday, August 11, 2006

Slow and Steady

In order to combat Second Sock Syndrome, I am forcing myself to work on the second Illini Jaywalker. I did work on lace yesterday, but it's raining this morning so I couldn't take pics of it outside, as usual. So here you can see the slight progress I made with Illini2 last night. (pardon the bad flash) It's not much, but at least we're into the actual pattern now.

Thankfully, I did remember where in the self-striping pattern I started the first sock, so the two should match up very closely.

I'm kinda itching for a pair of knee socks sometime soon. I'm sure I'll rethink that once I'm actually knitting them, but it sounds good!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Slow Progress

What a week. We had to have our dog, Maggie, put to sleep on Friday - quite unexpectedly. We knew she had some problems, but she got very sick very quickly last week and the vet agreed that if we didn't do it, we could only try to keep her comfortable. Of course, we didn't want her to suffer or be in pain and when it was obvious that she could no longer keep food or water down, we knew it was time. Obviously, it was all very emotional and as a result, I really had no energy for knitting for a few days. Thankfully, my emotions are leveling out and I've been getting things done again.

So for the past few weeks I've been waiting for my Zephyr laceweight to arrive. In the meantime, I learned that a friend was going through a very difficult time and I was overcome with the urge to knit her something she could wrap up in. So I took out my baby alpaca and cast on for the Icarus shawl. I don't know if this will end up going to that particular friend...I hope so, but right now I'm not feeling any urgency to finish it quickly. (Click the pics for larger versions)

I also started the second Illini Jaywalker. As you can see, I haven't gotten very far. I have a bad case of Second Sock Syndrome. Zephyr DID finally arrive!! And I can't stop looking at it! Or knitting it! My Tiger Eye shawl is now just 35 rows from being ready to start the borders!!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


It's finished!! Fana would have been completed much, much sooner, but I ran out of the cream yarn and had to order more (not available locally). I did take pictures of the last hurrah, though, so let's walk through steeking together, shall we?

Measuring and marking where the steek seams should be...note the purl rows on the top of the sleeve: this is the facing you use to cover up those unsightly armhole seams on the inside of the sweater.

Sewing the steek seam

Making the first cut

More cutting

Both steeks cut

Sewing down the facing

Close-up of the actual shoulder

The final product!!! (I'll get a picture of Ethan wearing it one of these days...right now it's just too hot for him to cooperate)

The only modification I made to the pattern was the collar. It calls for a fairly wide, double-thickness collar and we just don't need that here in TN, so I just made a regular crew neck. Perhaps not true to the Norwegian spirit, but a little more practical for the actual wearing of the sweater, I think.

All in all, this was very fun to knit and the steeking was really not that big of a deal once I was actually doing it. So if you're looking for a first Fair Isle sweater project, check out Dale of Norway's Fana!

You Know I Can't...

...just work on one thing...

First, some scribble lace! This is Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Berroco Hip Hop, worked on sz 17 needles.

Next, the start of my own Gryffindor scarf! I'm doing the 1x1 rib version with SWTC Pure Soysilk on sz 6 needles. The actual colors are a shade darker. In real life, the gold isn't bright at all.

Finally, I scrapped!!