Sunday, October 29, 2006
I have been racking my brain to figure out what to do with the Spirit Trail Yarn, formerly known as the Pomatomus sock.
I hadn't been able to think of anything and it was making me crazy.
So yesterday, I come downstairs to see my 1.5 y/old son wrapped in the yarn. He apparently has found my knitting bag, opened the ziplock and had pulled the yarn clear across the room, around the kitchen table and was tangled in it....good-bye Pomatomus sock.
So,I have been ogling the Embossed Leaves sock, googling in, stalking pictures on Flickr feeling a little sad that the pattern is only available through Interweave knits magazine.
Lolly even did a interview with the designer which further fueled to my stalking and need to knit this sock.
So, I'm sitting here a few minutes ago--listening to Lime and Violet on the "Knit Pod" as Princess B calls it--I stretch, look over to my right and spot
"Interweave Knits, Winter 2005".
That's right people, the ONLY IK that I have, has the sock pattern in it!
As I said, cue Hallelujah Chorus now....
Now, if I can only untie the knots that were created when a certain cute little 18 month old decided to dress himself in the yarn (could it be that he wanted to be the Pomatomus for Halloween?).
I'm all set.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Fake-Rhinebeck, it's that time of year again.
Ahh-the colours of fall, the smell of wool.
Let's take a peek shall we?
The weather was beautiful, the shades of yellow and orange gorgeous on the fake-drive to fake-Rhinebeck:
and even cakes:
Yarn cakes, the best kind!!
Then, the haul:
(Click to see notes)
The Koigu.....oh the Koigu
and the handspun
Even swift itself was from Fake-Rhinebeck. When the doors opened, I made a bee-line for this crafster:
Sigh--what a great day at Fake-Rhinebeck.
For now, I'm tired--so I'm going to curl up with some of that tea, that doughnut and some sock knitting!
See you next year!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Yep, I frogged it again.
It's really making me crazy that I can't get this pattern.
Of course, part of the problem could be that I am doing it on one long Addi and not DPN's. I could switch but I don't' have the proper size DPN's (*cough, need to buy needles, cough*) .
(I have a Boyer Needlemaster, but the cords are so tight it's hard to do socks on one long circular)
The yarn is gorgeous and I want to make something beautiful....
maybe it needs to be something else.
What does this yarn say to you?
*Not the most accurate picture--it's so yummy, like an Orange Sorbet*
This yarn is speaking to me too. This is the Pink and Brown Yarn that I dyed a few days ago.
It says "Neapolitan" socks, but what pattern?
Part of me says Jaywalkers, but maybe I need to broaden my sock horizon. It's a pretty fat yarn, so likely no lacy stuff.
I did this little swatch because I thought a heart pattern would be cute, but maybe with the different colours it doesn't have the right effect.
Can you see the heart?
What do you think?
I haven't knit a stitch all day....Nothing last night...
I need some sockspiration for Socktoberfest
Oh, and if you leave a comment this time, I promise not to delete it.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
For those who gave comments--thanks.
I got so excited for the comments yet so frustrated with blogger that I accidentally deleted them...so, if you want to re-post, I'd love to see the comments fly!
I have had a whole bunch of hits and some weird searches...
if you're looking for
"how to knit with 60 sticks": I can't help you
"anna marie ripping people off": it wasn't me, really
"annmarie photos turkey": I've only cooked one turkey and there's no picture here.
"22bad friend 22 2B comic": um....how'd you find me?
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The "I Dreamed of Africa" Socks.
*This is my first pattern and basically just came from imagination. I picked up my Vogue Knitting book and thought the Butterfly Stitch pattern looked a bit like sunbursts. Since I was going to be knitting them in Africa with yarn in orange, green and yellow—I thought it fit*.
Approx 560 yards of Fingering Weight yarn. I dyed mine with Kool-Aid—(short tutorial after the pattern)
US 1 needle (2.25mm) Mine done with one long circular.
1 darning needle.
32 stitches over 4 inch in Stockinette part of the pattern.
*Honestly, I did the gauge check only to write up this pattern. I think if you’ve got a fingering weight yarn, you’re all set. By all means, try on the sock as you go to see if it fits*
RH= Right Hand (needle)
LH=Left Hand (needle)
TBL=Through the back loop
Cast on 60 stitches using the long-tail cast on method.
Work in the round marking the beginning of the round, be careful not to twist stitches.
Work in 2 x 2 ribbing for 1 inch (I did 12 rows)
On last row, decrease one stitch at end of round.
Start Butterfly Stitch pattern: Multiple of 10+9=59
*Note: I got this stitch pattern from Vogue Knitting—The Ultimate Knitting Book*
Rows: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: K2, *sl 5 wyif, K5; Rep from * , end sl 5, K2.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8—Knit around.
Row 10: K4, *Bowknot st, K9; Rep from * to end last repeat K4.
K5 strands AND next stitch together, to make one stitch.
*Note, I did mine through the back loop to make it easier*
Rows: 11, 13, 15, 17, 19: K7, *sl 5 wyif, K5; Rep from *, end sl5, K7.
Rows: 12, 14, 16, 18: Knit
Row 20: K9, *Bowknot stitch, K9; Rep from * to end.
Repeat rows 1-20 4 times total—giving you 8 butterfly sections in all.
Short row heel (or heel of your choice) picking up 1 extra stitch prior to returning to the rnd so as to close any gaps and to return to 60sts.
I do my short rows heels and toes like in Alison’s Ankle Socks.
Knit all rounds on the foot until 2 inches before desired length (try on as you go!).
Short row toe.
Graft toe stitches together on the top of foot.
Wear socks and dream of Africa!
If you knit a pair, send me an e-mail and a picture (or link to a picture).
My Kool-Aid Dying method:
Only natural fibres will dye. The yarn I used is 100% Merino Wool
I wrapped the yarn around chairs in my dining room approx 5 feet apart.
I divided the yarn into thirds and soaked in water for approximately half an hour.
I used 1 orange, 1 packet lemon-lime (green) and 1 packets Lemonade Crystal-Lite.
I put the powder into Mason Jars (which would hold 500mls/2 cups) and filled almost to the top with water.
I put the divided yarn into each colour as far down into the jar as possible.
Microwaved for 2 minutes. Rested 2 minutes. (Maybe push the yarn down further into the jars as you go to ensure all the yarn is coloured)
Repeat * 3 times more for a total of 8 minutes microwaving and let rest.
When cool to the touch place in sink. You may rinse at this time but be carefull of your water temperature and treatment of the yarn, so as not to felt it!.
Hang to dry. Voila
If you like this pattern let me know!
Shadkitty has made some too:
First there's this:
and a little detail:
It's so cute!! (If I do say so myself).
It's really big though--which is weird because I got gauge and did the right size, and he does have a really big noggin.
I think I'm either going to tighten the running stitch on the road, or put another running stitch through the bottom part that could be tightened. That and maybe a tie--since the monkey doesn't want to keep it on.
His Daddy is holding his hands down here and the picture is fuzzy..Well, because he never sits still long enough to take a picture.
He just doesn't sit still.
He ran laps around the Dr's office yesterday for the 1.5 hours we waited. (Long story, but they called me 2 weeks ago to reschedule to yesterday, made us wait 1/2 hour before tell me that she didn't have me "on the list"). He ate everything in he diaper bag and then entertained everyone by running full tilt through the offices.....)
(Crappy picture...Bad lighting as we enter week 3 of rain)
The S'more Jaywalkers...Okay so they are not really finished--but one is completely done and the other is still an anklet. I just was so happy that I wanted to wear them.
I got the whole first sock done this weekend--in relatively little time. The Jaywalker pattern is so easy to remember, that it just clicks away.
Can't say the same for the Pomatomus. It's still sitting there--because I'm afraid I'm going to have to frog back tot he ribbing again. I think I'm going to put a lifeline in, so I don't' have to go through this again.
and last but not least, the biggest and most exciting FO--which I can't take credit for but will be SOOOO happy to use:
My very own swift!!!
Hubby and FIL made it for me yesterday.
I had found a picture of a homemade one, once, but no details as to how to make it.
On Saturday night I went googling around and found plans here.
They had to buy one little tool, but the rest of the stuff they found in the basement.
The gear thingy (very technical I know) is actually a Sk8board bearing!!
They wanted to shelaque it for me..But I couldn't wait to use it--it needed some tweaking, but now it's great.
I almost bought one on Joanne's dot com on Saturday night--it was half off and cheap shipping to my sister--that's what prompted this whole thing.
It's nice to have something that hubby made and re-cycles old material.
Oh and I almost forgot!
I did some dying too!
It's all about the brown and pink:
It's not quite dry yet, but I can't wait to wind it with the swift!
Yeah--so that's it for my weekend.
How was yours???
Friday, October 20, 2006
Or if you have felted with this yarn and are now laughing to yourself--just read on anyways.
I bought 2 balls of it for a felting project (didn't know what, just had to have it).
I decided to make a purse for a friend whose Birthday is today (Hi K!)
So..I made a booga bag--figuring with 2 balls it would be a little small but that would be fine.
Now I have felted before--and making the felted clogs that I have made usually takes between 30-50 minutes to felt properly.
So, I popped the purse in the wash, set the timer for 10 minutes (so the water wouldn't drain out)--got the baby up from his nap and went back downstairs to stop the washer.
When I peeked inside to "check" I actually did a double take.
I thought the purse had been caught in the washer and had ripped.
Whooooo-doggie did it felt!
This is before:
Yep--now it's about big enough to carry a cell phone and keys.
Luckily for me, my friend is not a huge purse person--she might just like it.
It's a bit dissapointing, but the colours are so gorgeous I will use it again.
I went back to the LYS to show the owner and we had a good laugh.
She used 3 balls to make a purse that was supposed to end up 10X14 inches and it's 8 X 11.
She's really sweet--she offered to GIVE me her purse as she felt (no pun intended) bad that mine had become so small.
And she gave me buttons!!! She has been given jars and jars and jars of buttons by people who just wanted rid of them.
We searched through one jar and found the buttons for the "Charlie's Hat" for Aidan.
I guess if my friend doesn't like the purse, she could always use it for....um... a pencil holder???
Anyways..on to the blog love:
remember this lip balm that i ordered from JC Handmade?
IT's won-der-ful stuff. I carry it around in my pocket and put it on many times a day.
It smells exactly like she named it "warm pie" with just a hint of berries or something.
And--my yarn arrived from 'Through the Loops" so I started right back into my S'mores Jaywalkers. Yeah!!! (She also has a really funny Betty/Veronica comic up that's so cute)
Lime and Violet are back with a new podcast.
I get to hang out with K and have "grownup time" and watch a movie--yeah!
It's a good day!
Edited to add: Okay, not such a good day.
I gave the present--she loved it, we laughed, she admired the colours, showed it to her hubby and then.....
she started to scratch...
she's allergic to wool.
very allergic to wool.
i made her face puffy and she scratched herself almost raw until she washed the wooly bits off.
i am a bad bad friend.
um..yeah, so can you felt with cotton?
sigh--now i don't know what to make her......
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Hourglass Sweater--haven't touched it.
S'mores socks--waiting on the yarn.
Cat barf socks--nope
Pomotamus--still kicking my butt
AIdans hat--more than half done!!
At least that's something positive.
And I've made a baby hat too. Typical me, forgot to take it's picture before I gifted it.
It's the baby hat from Last minute Knitted gifts in Mission Falls Peony seen here:
It was cute and for a cute baby!
things to do:
finish Aidan's hat,
do some Birthday knitting
Figure out my list for the holiday KAL that I'm a part of.
Write up the Kenya sock pattern
Maybe, actually finish a project?
I totally forgot to say that over Thanksgiving weekend we went to Mary Maxim's and all I bought was this:
It's kinda a strange thing--I can either buy everything or nothing.
So many nice things---so little $$.
So, I did treat myself to the pattern book because I have loved looking at other's versions of this cardigan.
Also, my sister was here on the weekend so we had to go "yarning". The Quinte Handspinners were having a demonstration/sale/enabling expedition so we went.
It was literally up the road and sooooo much fun. The weird thing is, even though I have never touched a spinning wheel--I walked in and named the brands just because I had seen pictures on other knitting blogs!!
It was nice--one nice lady asked me to sit down and spin--but since my sister had to get on the road I actually said No. (it hurt a little).
I soooo want to spin. They invited me to the guild, but since I have little ones and a hubby that is gone most nights...I do my crafting (knitting) at home..By myself.
They had spinners, weavers (a giant loom in the studio), handknit items, handspun...Felted things....Sigh.
Okay, apparently blogger would like you to turn sideways to see this picture.
I think the green will make some nice socks and the pink is for a hat for Princess B.
I actually touched the wool and was not afraid to buy it. It goes back to childhood--having a pair of wool pants that were so itchy that I had to wear nylons, tights and sometimes leggings under them and I'd still itch.
Wool, nice sheepy wool.
I did some enabling of my own. My sister was here to pack up the trailer for the winter and on the way out she introduced me to the niece of family friends who is a knitter also!
We told her about the spinning demo and since it was just at the end of the road, she should go.
We found her there later and on the way in she mentioned that she has a sheep farm. My sister and I actually stopped in our tracks and I said "You grow yarn!!!". They are meat sheep, but still, they have wool.
She asked if we knew any knitting websites. I laughed to myself and thought I could fill her e-mail with different pattern sites, blogs and "stuff".
speaking of "stuff" I've written too much. I think I'm being fuelled by the chocolate covered coffee beans I've been munching since yesterday...Maybe that's why I can't sleep.
tomorrow--some progress pictures and hopefully the Kenya sock pattern.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
When did you start making socks? 2004
I went to the LYS (which I can actually walk to) to look at yarn--I bought some sock yarn at Christmas time when purchasing some wool for felted slippers.
Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I taught myself by using the pattern that was free with the yarn and found it quite easy.
The only thing I didn't like was that I would get a jog between the dpn's.
What was your first pair?
My first pair was this pair:
How have they "held up" over time?
They've done really well. The jogs are less noticeable with multiple washings.
they have become a bit fuzzy, but they are still fit really well and haven't slouched at all!
What would you have done differently?
Learned to knit with 5 dpns--I've found this technique has eliminated the jogs I used to get.
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I have recently developed a love for Koigu. I received some from my first Sockapalooza pal--as she read that I didn't like wool as I found it "too itchy" and decided to treat me!
I make Alison's Ankle Socks out of them...and I loved working with it.
I bought 2 skeins in the summer, that I haven't used yet...I'm saving it. It's too good and I don't want it gone!
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I have never crocheted socks, as I don't crochet. My sister just gave me a pair of socks for Princess B that she crocheted and they look cool!
I like doing one long circular a la Magic Loop--since I bought my Addi's. I have tried 2 circulars as well.
I recently bought some bamboo Dpn's which are quite nice also.
Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? Or short-row?)
I am currently loving the short row heel (and toe) that I learned while doing the ALison's Ankle socks. That pattern teaches you a different short row, that uses a reverse YO and twists the stitches so as not to get holes. I have tried a couple of other short row method and couldn't figure it out.
I have done 2 pairs of heel flap socks and got holes when picking up the stitches.
Grumperina has an entry about picking up stitches a "pretty way" that I might like to try.
Also, I would like to try other heels--Eye of Partridge etc etc.
How many pairs have you made?
Apparently I've made 13 (I"m actually waiting for some more S'mores yarn from Through the Loops to finish the Smore Jaywalkers, but they are complete anklets right now, so they count)
Only 5 pairs of those have been for me....I am making more for me now...
Saturday, October 14, 2006
You must go here or here to the MySpace page for NewWorldSon.
If they play anywhere near you, you must go see them.
So, I'm sitting in the concert..listening, LOVING the music, feeling the groove and I'm totally noticing Josh, the guitar players Fair Isle Sweater...
Does that make me a freak??
Friday, October 13, 2006
I went out for pizza and bowling with friends last night and there was enough snow on the highway that we were driving 40kms (24mph)and were sliding.
I like snow in December, when it's white and fluffy and Christmas-y.
not in October when you're not sure the baby has boots or a warm coat, 'cuz now he's walking and he will want to run around outside...
blechy blech blech.
I actually just turned on the furnace in our house, thinking that maybe 15 (59F) degrees (Celsius) was a bit too cold for the kiddies.
but--on a good note--it's sweater weather!
woohoo...So I guess I should work on the hourglass....
nah, more sock knitting.
and tea drinking--I've got whatever cold little man has--wondering if his head is filling is full of fluid like mine is...
Thursday, October 12, 2006
from Kate. She sent it to me as "leftovers" from making her Daughter some pants.
Go over there and read her blog.
She's had a rough time lately but has managed to keep her head up. She is am amazing sewer, knitter and has a really cute little girl.
Through the Loops saved me and is sending me some Knitpicks S'mores yarn to finish my Jaywalkers!
They are currently sitting as anklets, since I only bought one skein (silly me).
You should see her socks in this post!
just wanted to share.
It's kinda a strange--I started blogging a year ago, just wanting a place to showcase some of the things I've made.
I've actually "met" people through blogging.
I haven't actually met anyone personally--but in reading blogs, you sometimes feel like you know someone.
you share in joys, losses and the love of socks!
Anyways, hello to the readers out there in blogland.
Nope, not really.
It was busy with (too much) driving, too much eating, never too much family and fun fun fun!
We drove home (my family side) Friday night and up to visit my step-brother, SIL and nephew's brand new house! (two words Gor-geous)
We had Thanksgiving dinner (all 16 of us), went for a nice hike, ate some more and then hubby had to drive back home here for church on Sunday.
Sunday afternoon we went to African Lion Safari (we lived 10 minutes from there growing up and went 1 time!) with the kids.
At what point do they actually have enough of an attention span or interest to notice the giraffe's and/or zebras outside and not say "Oh look, a dead tree" or "Oh look Mommy, water!"
Sigh--I had fun.
Some pictures of Princess B
We then had another Thanksgiving dinner with my cousin from BC.
I did stay up late some nights working on the sock.
Remember that sock?
Well now it looks like this:
This is all I have done on the sock.
This, after I had to rip back to the ribbing FOUR TIMES before I caught my groove.
I"d make it to row 12 over and over and then just get lost...I felt like telling the sock to get lost.
Finally yesterday I was able to sit down and work properly on the P-sock and now have finished up to row 22.
I'm actually getting it, and it feels good.
(SO good that I put the progress bar up to 15% to make it look like I've done something)
I was pretty frustrated on the weekend, so I cast on for the cat-barf-yarn sock for Jaywalkers for me.
I have only spent an hour on it, but I have this:
I'm starting to like it more and more...
And in bragging news:
Lolly featured the "I dreamed of Africa Sock" on her blog the other day.
It has also been featured on Flickr Explore--so lots of views on Flickr and hits on the blog.
A couple of people have asked for the pattern, so I will try to write it up in the next couple of days.
And that's my turkey day report.
speaking of Turkey, for some reason I have had a few hundred hits from Turkey in the past week.
something about the "Who wouldn't love a handknitted gift KAL" that I'm a part of--they keep finding it...So.
Friday, October 06, 2006
This sock is kicking my butt.
I had to frog the first 4 rows about 4 times..Then I got the hang of it and spent the entire night working on rows up to 13.
Then today, I picked it up to see if I could really master the pattern--and lost it.
I've had to rip back 3 rows again and now I've lost my place....
It's so pretty and I just want to keep going--but now I'm stuck.
The YO's are tricky and when I rip back they disappear......
it's nice though--and I think I was right about the yarn needing to be this pattern.
The twisted rib--soooooo pretty:
I'll have to study it this weekend.
No more posting for me--I'm in laundry-land as we leave tonight for a weekend away for Canadian Thanksgiving.
It will be so much fun--I LOVE Thanksgiving.
I love pumpkin pie, turkey leftovers, fall air, coloured leaves. Love Love Love it!.
I bought one of these "warm pie" lipbalms
as seen here:
with a description of "apple, cinnamon, maple, vanilla, and pumpkin" I could not resist.
I also had a great cup of tea while knitting the socks. Gingerbread Tea.
Have you tried Adagio??
You'll see the link on the sidebar for a $5 coupon if you enter your e-mail address.
It's sooooo worth it.
My sister told me about it and has ordered some. I ordered the Ingenui-Tea maker and lat years holiday spice flavour sampler (I don't see it there but it has Gingerbread, Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, Chesnut, Candy Apple and Candy Cane).
I've given a set as gifts. Another nice thing is, you can get points!
I have sent out some invites and if people redeem them, I get points toward a future order.
It's happy tea!
OK enough about tea, must get packing
It's my Dad's Birthday today!
Happy Birthday Dad!!!
Bye all--we're back Monday night...
Thursday, October 05, 2006
oh yeah--I spoke Monday night at Church about our Kenya trip--and as a gift they gave me a Magnetic Poetry for Mothers kit!!
I've always wanted to have one of these and I"m so excited.
I've had 2 playgroups and hubby has been gone on a retreat.
We tried to get out to the park yesterday but when little man woke from his nap and we got ready then it started to rain--again.
Sigh--I'm getting sick of the rain.
literally sick--the rain makes my headaches worse...So let's talk knitting!
I hadn't worked on the hourglass in a about a week--I think I was too much in sockland. But I am about to split for the arms (I think)
I have finished the S'more Jaywalkers--but ran out of yarn, so they are footies right now. I have a lead on a Sock Saviour, who might have some left overs to send me! I love knitting blogs.
The day I finished them, I didn't even notice that the sweater I was wearing matched almost exactly.
I cast on last night for the Pomatomus socks with the yarn I got from Gromit. The yarn actually spoke to me and said "Pomatomus"--well I don't think it really said that, since I can't pronounced it-but I could see this yarn as those socks--so that's what they will become.
Has anyone knit the Pomatomus? I am having trouble with the pattern. To start the leg it says:
"LegSet-Up Round: [Yo, k2tog, (p1, k1 tbl) five times] to end of round. (The sequence will be repeated twice for each needle, or 6 times in total.) "
Does that mean I do the YO & K2tog 5 times also, or just the (p1,K1tbl) 5 times?
thanks!Okay, blogger is messing up...I need to walk away. The sun is actually shining today so I think it's a day for a road trip somewhere fun.
Monday, October 02, 2006
I set the camera on the dashboard and took a picture myself on the highway while hubby was driving. We took a little road tour to go bed shopping at a store I thought looked cool
Kind-a IKEA-ish no?
(you can see little man in the background...he saw the camera and said "cheese")
Then i did something to fix this:
That would be hole #1 I saw in little man's Jaywalkers. When I turned around in the car to talk to him I saw the big gaping hole at his ankle.
He's had the socks for 3 weeks!!!
Hubby took them off and laid them gently in front of me when we got home--good man.
I found three holes in total--one looked like a dropped stitch and 2 were from where the yarn had broken. I don't get that because this is Fortissima sock yarn and it's not old and hadn't been used before.
I darned all the little holes back together--fixed them I should say, not "darned" at them.
Anyhow--I am now inspired by this post from Mamascrappalota blogga (my mouth actually fell open when I saw how beautiful that yarn is)--so now I must dye.
I am going right now to paint that yarn that has been soaking for a week (that's just sad).