Monday, July 27, 2009

I'm back to knitting

My hand feels much better, but I'm taking it easy. The good thing is that I picked up my ripple afghan and I started crocheting on that again. Maybe I need to go back and forth between knitting and crocheting for awhile?

My hand didn't stop me from buying yarn though. I got two orders from the Loopy Ewe this month. In the first one, I got from left to right: Handmaiden Casbash in forest fairie, Fleece Artist in Cezanne, and Brooklyn Handspun in Moody, Mint julep and flowering. I love all of these yarns.

Loopy Ewe - July 09

In the second order, I got Shibui sock in color 1675, Alchemy Juniper in The night air and dragon and Enchanted Knoll Farm in Sunflower.

Loopy Ewe - July 09 - 2nd

My hand made me feel bad, but the yarn made me feel better.

Monday, July 20, 2009

I can't knit!

I have stopped knitting for a couple of days because my fingers have been getting numb. It's not a continual numbness. I guess it's Carpal tunnel syndrome and I don't want it to get worse. I do have a glove to wear but that wasn't helping. I think it's because I have been knitting too many socks on double pointed needles. Maybe I will have to switch to circular needles for socks. It has been better the last two days, so I will back off for another day or two. Maybe I will pick up my ripple afghan since it's crochet.

I did finish another sock before I stopped knitting. It's Trekking Zitron XXL in a demin colorway (335). I used size 2 needles. These should be great with jeans.

Trekking XXL sock completed (denim)

I then started a basic sock using Sweet Georgia sock yarn in the saltwater colorway with size 2 needles. I really like the yarn and the color.

Sweet Georgia sock - Saltwater

I am still working away on my Girasole (I'm on chart E) and I've started the sleeves on my Central Park Hoodie.

I have been buying quite a bit of yarn from the Knitter's Edge. That place is my downfall. But, I still love it there.

I got two skeins of Zauerball. Tropical Fish and Summer Meadow. Pretty colors.


Two skeins of Prism Saki sock yarn. One colorway is Freesia:

Prism - Freesia

The other colorway is Aruba. Eileen (from Knitter's Edge) is working on a sock using this colorway and it is very pretty.

Prism - Saki - Aruba

I also got Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino to make a baby hat. The colors are an off white and denim. It's such nice soft yarn. I got the pattern from Jimmy Beans Wool.

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino

I also bought 4 skeins of Encore worsted yarn in purple to make a baby blanket.

Plymouth Encore - purple

Now if I could only knit.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Yarn Clubs are fun

I have been getting shipments from the Yarn clubs I have joined. It's like Christmas when they come.

From the Rubber Ducky Yarn Club, I got pima petite in lilac. It's such a pretty color.

Rubber Ducky Sock Club - June 09

From the Intentions Yarn Club, I got Family. It's 200 yards of wool. Feels so soft!

Intentions Yarn - May 09 - Family

From the Sundara Sock Club, I got 3 skeins. From left to right: Bronzed Sienna, Basil over Buttercup, and Ember over Flame. I love Sundara Sock yarn.

Sundara - June 09

From the Loopy Ewe sock club, I got Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in the colorway Rusty Willow Sawfly. Cool accessories too! Not pictured is also a Loopy Ewe stitch marker.

Loopy Ewe Sock Club - June

I finished one Trekking sock and cast on for the second sock. Hopefully, I will finish this pair by next week and then I plan on casting on with Sweet Georgia sock yarn. I can't wait to try it.

Trekking XXL - Denim - 2

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Knitting Like Crazy

I am really knitting like crazy and actually finishing projects!

Here are my Sundara socks in prickly pear that I completed earlier. I loved the color.

Sundara Sock - prickly pear complete

Then, I finally completed my Malabrigo socks. I started these in December using two cable needles (two socks on two needles). I am not really fond of this method as it seems to take so long to complete a pair of socks. I like doing one at a time. At least I finish one sock and then it gives me the incentive to finish the other sock. Cable needles are nice, but I still like the double pointed needles. The color of these socks is Tiziano Red and I used size 1 1/2 needles.

Malabrigo Socks

I also completed the July KAL for my dishcloth group. The pattern is called Beach Umbrella by Andi Worthy. I used size 7 needles with Peaches and Creme in deep purple.

July KAL - Beach Umbrella

Then I started another pair of socks using Zitron Trekking XXL in color 335. It's like a denim color. I am using the Signature Double pointed needles in size 2. As you can see, I am almost finished with one sock. I will probably complete the one sock this week.

Trekking XXL Sock - 335

I finally finished the front of my Central Park Hoodie and started on the sleeve. I am working slowly on the girasole. It's not that I don't like it, but I have been on a sock knitting kick. I also started another sock, but I will tell you about that another time.