Thursday, September 22, 2011

Another sock bites the dust

I finished the Abstract Fiber sock in the koi pond colorway using a size 1 needle.  I really like this sock yarn.  I love the colors.

Abstract Fiber - koi pond - finished 9-11

Since Halloween is coming, I had to knit a Halloween sock.  I am using String Theory colorworks in the electron colorway.  I am just using a basic sock pattern for this sock with a size 1 needle.  I plan on knitting an afterthought heel.  I love the colors.  I am calling this my witch sock.

ST continuum - electron sock 1

I also finished the September Mid Month KAL for my Monthly dishcloth group.  The pattern is Dishcloth Panel Dishcloth by Emily Jagos.  I did not use a knitted or crocheted border on this.  I did use a size 6 needle with Peaches and Crème in yellow.

September 2011 Mid Month KAL

I am knitting away on my Central Park Hoodie.  I really need to get this finished.  I am almost finished with the first sleeve and hope to start the second sleeve tomorrow.  It would be nice to wear it this fall and winter.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Some socks are a challenge

I finished 3 pairs of socks that had patterns.  They weren’t real complicated.  When you knit a patterned sock, you have to concentrate because of the change in stitches in the rows.  After knitting 3 patterned socks, I decided I needed a break and picked a basic sock pattern using Abstract Fiber’s supersock in the koi pond colorway using a size 1 needle.  This sock was more of a challenge than the patterned socks.

When knitting the leg, I dropped a stitch and had to rip back to get the correct stitches on the needle.  Then I got to the heel flap and dropped a stitch.  I had to rip back again to the beginning of the heel flap and start over.  Then I got to the leg and yes, I dropped a stitch again.  This time, I had to rip back to the leg and start again with the heel flap.  Thank goodness three times was the charm and now I have finished the first sock.  I don’t know if it was me or the new ChiaoGoo red lace needles that I was using. Go figure.

Abstract Fiber Sock 1 Complete

I love the yarn and the colorway of the socks. 

My local yarn shop finally got in some Lorna’s Laces Solemate yarn and I bought a skein in the Vera colorway.  I just have to pick a patterned sock to knit with this yarn.

Solemate - Vera

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It’s a wonderful knitting world

Well, it’s been a nice week so far.  The weather has been great, I had time to spend with friends, and I was able to get a lot accomplished around the house (including knitting).

I finished the Capucine hat.  This was a wonderful knit.  It was a very easy pattern and I loved the yarn.  I used Noro Kogarashi in color 10 with a size 10 needle.  The yarn is silk and wool.  It was a very fast knit.  I knit the hat in one day and did the tassels later.  I may just do another one of these.  This will keep my head and ears warm this winter. It makes a big difference when you love the yarn you are using.

Capucine Hat

I finally blocked the Sugared Violets Shawl.  I used size 6 needles with The Sanguine Gryphon’s Traveler yarn in Gaudi House.  I really love this shawl.

Sugared Violets Shawl complete

I couldn’t resist buying some yarn this week.  I got Bugga yarn from the Sanguine Gryphon.  Colors are Blue Emperor Dragonfly, Autumn Tiger Beetle, and Tulip Tree Beauty.


SG - Bugga - September 2011

I was also able to get yarn from the Numma Numma update last Friday.  She had a new yarn called Happy Hour, which is 50% wool and 50% silk.  I got two skeins in that base: Anise and Julep.  I couldn’t resist a skein of the Usual in After Dinner Mint.  You can tell that I like the color green and I am beginning to love silk mixed with wool.

Numma Numma - September 2011

I am working hard to get the basic sock completed using Abstract Fiber in time for the end of Summer of Socks 2011.  Only problem is that I keep dropping stitches.  Hopefully, I am back on track.  Off to try and finish one sock tonight.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Finally the rain is over….I think

We had so many days of rain lately and the sun finally came out on Friday.  Fortunately, we didn’t have any problems, but many people lost power for several days.  Now that it’s September, I guess that we will have some hot and humid days to look forward to.

I have been busy knitting.  I finished the Sugared Violets shawl, but haven’t blocked it yet.  Pictures coming after I block it this weekend.  I also completed the September Dishcloth KAL.  The pattern is There’ no place like home by Sue Schaeffer.  I used Peaches and Crème yarn in verde green with a size 6 needle.

September 2011 KAL

I also completed the Froggie Bath Puppet.  This is so cute and fun to make.  I made it for my great nephew.  I used Cotonade in color 531 (a lime green) from a kit I got at the Knitter’s Edge with a size 7 needle.

Puppet 2

I started a basic sock pattern sock using Abstract Fiber Supersock in the color koi pond with a size 1 needle.  I love this yarn and how it knits up.

Abstract Fiber basic sock - koi pond

I also started another shawl.  It’s the Copykat shawl, but I am knitting a plain version with Swans Island merino yarn in marine blue with a size 5 needle.

Copykat shawl - Swans Island

I also bought some yarn from the Knitter’s Edge for some quick hat patterns.  I got Katia’s Fabula in color 91.

Katia - Fabula - color 91

And I got a skein of Noro Kogarashi in color 10.  I plan to cast on the needles with this yarn tomorrow.  The hat is really cute. Can’t wait to post the finished picture.

Kogarashi - color 10

Hope we have beautiful weather this week.  I think we deserve it.