Saturday, October 31, 2009

Fall Back

Don't you just love when you finish a project that has taken awhile to complete? I finally finished the Croc Socks by Monica and I am so happy how they came out. I used a size 1 needle with Sundara Sock yarn in basil over buttercup. I just love the pattern and I'm so proud that I completed this pair.

Croc sock - Finished

A close up of the pattern:

Croc sock - top

I changed the pattern from a short row heel to a heel flap:

Croc sock - Heel

This pair completed my goal of 12 socks in a year. Considering that I finished my first pair in July, I am so excited. To reward myself, I started on my Multnomah shawl. Pictures will come on the next blog post.

I also had to reward myself with more yarn:
From Sunshine Yarns, I got her Classic Sock yarn in New Moon Alice and Bitterroot:

Sunshine Classic yarn

I must really like the Bitterroot because after I got the yarn, I realized I already had a skein. Don't you just hate that?

I also ordered more yarn from the Loopy Ewe. I couldn't resist buying Dragonfly Fibers Djinni yarn. This is the same yarn base that the Sanguine Gryphon uses for her Bugga yarn. From left to right, the colors are: Blackberry Bramble, Dragonfly, Texas Bluebonnet, and Riptide.

Loopy Ewe 1 - Dragonfly Djinni

I also got Fleece Artist Nyoni yarn in Amethyst (this has silk in it) and Madelinetosh Tosh sock in Terrarium.

Loopy Ewe 2 - Fleece Artist - Madelinetosh

Tomorrow morning we can sleep late. Daylight savings time ends here. Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour. I hate when it gets dark early. Can't wait for March when the clock spring forward.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Trick or Treat?

Well, only two more crazy weeks to go and then it should calm down except for the holidays coming up. At least I'm not planning on knitting anything for gifts so that should make my knitting less stressful. It's hard to believe that Christmas is 2 months away.

I have been trying to finish up some socks. I did complete the Artisan Acres Lambkin socks in Turquoise Mine. I used a basic sock pattern with size 2 needles. I really love this yarn and I'm glad that I have more of it.

Artisan Acre - Turquoise Mine - Complete

I finished one croc sock and started on the second one. I would really like to finish it this week, but I'm not sure that I will be able to make it. But, I will be happy if I get close. I do feel as if I really accomplished something with this sock. The pattern looks really hard, but it's really not hard to do.

One Croc Sock Finished

I also finished the October Mid-Month KAL for my dishcloth group. It was a house or log cabin. It's cute. I used size 7 needles with chocolate Peaches and Creme yarn.

October 09 Mid Month Dishcloth

I got a couple of shipments from the Loopy Ewe. One was the Dream in Color Knitosophy yarn in Butterfly and Fiberfile Squooshy Sock in Inlet. Both are 100% superwash yarn.

Loopy Ewe - Late Oct 09

Then I purchased FiberOptic yarn in Bordeaux batik, Autumn leaves, and Sapphire batik. This is 80% superwash and 20% nylon.

Fiber Optic Yarn

This week is Trick or Treat week. Wonder what Tricks or Treats I will get?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Busy Week but still knitting

What a week. Between working, teaching, taking a class, and getting ready for a wedding. It has been hectic.

The wedding of my niece turned out great. We were concerned about the weather. It snowed at my house on Friday. They were calling for rain on Saturday, but it really only spritzed a little and the clouds did part for awhile and we saw blue skies. The ceremony went off without a hitch and the reception was great.

This week will be another busy week, but I am finding time to knit. I started another Artisan Acre Fiber Art Lambkin sock in the Turquoise Mine colorway. I am using size 2 needles. I really like the color. It has shades of browns and blues with a touch of turquoise.

Artisan Acre - Turquoise Mine - 1

I did work on my croc sock today and I am determined to finish the first sock this week.

More sock yarn found it's way into my stash. Some of it is from Sock clubs. From Intentions Yarn club, I got a skein of Simplicity in shades of brown. It's 100% superwash sock.

Intentions Yarn - Simplicity

From the Color Coop club, a skein of Miss Babs Seacell Handpainted superwash sock in Early Autumn came for this month's shipment.

Color Coop - Sept - Miss Babs - Sacell  Early Autumn

I also bought more Sundara Sock yarn. This was the October offering. I purchased two skeins, one in Graphite and one in Sour Apple.

Sundara Sock - October 09

I subscribed to Rowan Magazine again and they sent me 6 skeins of Rowan Pure 4 ply wool in spice with patterns to make a shawl.

Rowan 4 ply wool - Color 434

Off to knit more on my Artisan Acre sock. I am at the toe and would like to finish this one sock by tomorrow.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Finishing Projects and Starting New Ones

I have been trying to finish off some projects and start new ones. I finally got the Pagewood Farms Alyeska sock completed. Color is Turquoise with a size 2 needle. I love the color of this sock and the yarn is so soft.

Pagewood Farms Sock Complete

Today, I completed the Sunshine Yarn Twist sock in the Wildflowers colorway using a Basic sock pattern with size 1 needles. I wasn't sure that I liked this yarn, but they feel really warm on the foot.

Sunshine - Wildflowers Sock complete

I also completed the Monthy Dishcloth KAL. The pattern is called A Dish Monkey Cloth by Lindsay Sasseville. I used Peaches and Creme Yarn in Camel with a size 6 needle. It's a cute pattern that was a fun knit.

October KAL - Monkey

I purchased some Multiplicity Yarn by Plymouth to make a Rib Scarf. The yarn is thick and thin and looks really cool knit into a scarf.

Multiplicity - 3167

I started the scarf using size 13 needles. It's quick to knit and fun to watch how it will turn out.

Multiplicity Rib Scarf

Since I finished two pairs of socks, I had to start another. I am using Punta merisock yarn in color HP68 with a basic sock pattern. The yarn is nice and soft.

Punta Merisock 1

I started back on my croc sock and got past the heel decreases. Now on to the foot. Maybe next time I will have a picture of a completed sock - I hope.

I have to show you the new tote bag I bought. It's a Laurel Burch bag and I really love it. It's lightweight and I can fit a lot of projects in this bag. I am not a cat fan, but just loved this one.

Laurel Burch Bag - Cats

Well, off to knit some more. Maybe I will cast on for another sock?

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

No Gusset Holes

I found this video on You Tube and I'm in love. Finally, finally, finally a method that works for me. This is so great. Thanks KatAutumn!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Reaching a Goal

It's great to set goals, but it's even better when you reach a goal. Especially when you reach a goal before a deadline. One of my goals this year was to read 65 books. I was quite nervous because I got off to a slow start. But, I did catch up! I just love to read.

I have read the following books:

Living Dead in Dallas and Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
These are the Sookie Stackhouse books which are very entertaining.

Brides for Brothers, Daddy's Little Helper, Because of the Baby, Denim and Diamonds, The Wyoming Kid, and 92 Pacific Boulevard by Debbie Macomber
Her books are great.

Mercury in Retrograde by Paula Froelich

Fireside by Susan Wiggs

Miss Julia Hits the Road by Ann B. Ross

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani

Return to Sullivans Island by Dorthea Benton Frank

Making Waves by Cassandra King

Commencement by J. Courtney Smith

Prairie Tale: A Memoir by Melissa Gilbert


Cape Light by Thomas Kinkade

I enjoyed all of these books and just because I reached my goal doesn't mean that I will stop reading. It will be interesting to see how many books I can read until the end of the year. Want to take a guess?

Friday, October 02, 2009

It's Socktoberfest!

....and I have been knitting socks! I finished one sock using Sunshine Yarns Twist yarn in the wildflowers colorway using a size 1 needle. I like how this came out. I already cast on the second sock and got past the ribbing (I hate ribbing so I get it done as fast as possible). I used a basic sock pattern.

Sunshine - Twist - Wildflowers - Sock 1

Then I cast on a sock using Pagewood Farms Alyeska Yarn. It has cashmere in it and boy is it nice and soft. It feels so warm and it's gotten damp here in the East. I can't wait to finish these to keep my feet nice and warm. I am using a basic sock pattern with size 2 needles. I got one sock finished today and need to cast on for the second sock.

Pagewood Farm - Alyeska - truq - sock 1

I finally got back to my Croc Socks and I am at the heel decreases. This is Sundara yarn (basil over buttercup) using a size 1 needle. Can't wait to finish these, but it should go fast now since the pattern is only on one needle.

Sundara - Croc Sock 1 - heel turned

I also finished up the Mid Month September Dishcloth Knit a long. I used Peaches and creme cotton yarn in shaded pastels with a size 6 needle. This was a different pattern to knit.

September Mid Month KAL

Of course I had to buy more sock yarn since I am on a roll knitting socks. I got more Artisan Acre Fiber Arts yarn. I just love this yarn. In the Lambkins fingering yarn, I got Magic Mountain and Turquoise mine colorways.

Artisan Acre Lambkins 2

I also loved the colorways Pink filaree and Green Apple Martini. She didn't have the colors in the Lambkins, but did dye up some in the Cash Mer fingering weight. Well, I love the cashmere blends because they are so soft. So, I that didn't stop me from buying those two skeins.

Artisan Acre - Cashmer

And, I loved the Pagewood Farm Alyeska (cashmere blend) yarn so much, that I bought two more colorways in that yarn. I got Maple Leaf and Fabulous Fall. Great autumn colorways.

Pagewood Farm - Alyeska - Sept 09

Today, I went to the Knitter's Edge in Bethlehem and they got in Punta Merisock Handpainted yarn. Well, I couldn't leave there without buying two skeins. I got HP 92 (a red black colorway) and HP 68 (a green brown colorway).

Punta Merisock

I guess I better get to knitting socks.