Wednesday, February 28, 2007

FO- Monkey Socks

I *just* finished my Monkey Socks!!!!! I love them. I used Knitpicks Memories sock yarn in the Yukon Colorway on two size US2 circulars. This is the quickest I've ever finished a pair of socks. They only took me a week and a half, and I even took a few days off from knitting in there...not bad....LOL.

Tomorrow I get to start a pair of Entrelac Socks :)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

It came......

my knitpicks order. The one I posted about below. The Serengeti Gloss is a little darker than I anticipated, but I still like it. In the pic, L to R, we have Burgundy Gloss, Serengeti Gloss, Vineyard Heather Shadow, and Dusk Essential. In the back you can see my size 1, 2 &3 24" circs, and size 1 dpn's.

now chant with me "must finish monkey socks...MUST finish monkey socks" over and over again in hope that I can resist winding up the hanks of Gloss and starting the Entrelac socks.


yes, me, I'm a slacker. When I finished sock #1 in my pair of Monkey Socks (this past Wednesday), I had every intention of having sock #2 in the pair done by Monday night. Well, I *gasp* haven't felt like knitting for the past few days, and haven't done any knitting at all until last night. I sat down and forced myself to work on sock#2. I have to force myself to finish these socks. I will not allow myself to start my next sock project until my Monkey Socks are finished. The yarn for my next project will arrive either today or tomorrow, so the pressure is on. Speaking of my next sock project, I am going to be knitting Eunny Jang's Entrelac Socks from the spring 2007 Interweave Knits. I am going to use Knitpicks Gloss yarn in the colors Burgundy and Serengeti.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

One Monkey Down....One to go

I have sock #1 in my pair of Monkey socks FINISHED!!!!! I LOVE this pattern. It's very quick and pretty. I kitchenered the toe and wove in my ends last night while watching Lost. This morning I cast on for Monkey sock #2. I am having serious Second sock syndrome with my Regia sock #2, so I figure that I'll force myself to work on it after I finish my monkey socks.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Monkey Sock

Yesterday, I decided to start knitting a pair of Monkey Socks. I read on some forums and heard on a podcast that it was a really quick and fun knit (It is!!!!). I cast on for these socks yesterday (Friday, 2pm-ish), and as of now (Saturday night, 8pm) I am almost done with the heel (picture taken after starting 4th leg pattern repeat), and I haven't even really spent much time working on it. Now that's a fucking fast sock! Patterns as quick to knit up as this pattern is, are the cure to second sock syndrome. I am using Knitpicks Memories sock yarn for my monkey socks, in the Yukon colorway. This yarn has been sitting in my stash for almost a year now. I am also knitting these socks on 2 circs instead of DPN's like the pattern calls for. I love this pattern. I've wanted to knit it since the winter 2006 knitty was published, but I've put it off. (I don't know why.....I'm nuts so there's no telling why)

Friday, February 16, 2007

Finished sock!

As you can see in the pic, I have sock #1 finished, and have sock#2 started. I'm not using a pattern, it's just a basic St st sock with 2x2 ribbing and a short row heel, and on size US1 circs. The yarn is discontinued, Regia Strato. I no longer have the ball band so I cant give you a color #, but some online stores called it "Troll".

I frogged the mitten I posted about before. I made a nice, warm winter hat with my leftover Malabrigo instead (and *might* have enough leftover for a pair of fetchings) I'm still working on the dream swatch head scarf, it's lost some momentum and become to project to work on during my breaks at work. On the Garterlac baby blanket, i have 3 side triangles completed, and am about to start the row of the 4th side triangles. I Kind of hope my sister is pregnant with a boy (it'll be a while until we find out) so i can use up some of the blue yarns in my stash for baby sweaters and hats. I'm itching to start a cabled raglan cardigan for this tyke.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Playing around

With all the knitting I've done, and all the things I've made, when it comes to changing colors, I've never done anything more complicated than stripes. And striping is extremely simple. So I found a few Fair Isle charts and decided to play around with them using some scrap red and blue yarns that I had in my stash. I started out having some problems with my tension, but it's evening out as I get used to the technique. In the Pic, you can see the chart I choose (found it free online, but I forgot to write down the site I got it off of) and what I have so far of my practice piece. I added a few stitches to the sides of the chart so I could have a bit of a red border on all sides. I'm beginning to think I might make some hats with a Fair Isle motif for a few Christmas presents this year.

Monday, February 05, 2007

It's been a while since I've .....

...made a WIP update post. I've Currently got 5 projects OTN, but I'm only posting 3 pics. The 2 that I'm not posting are a Mitten that needs to be partially frogged and re-knit because I didn't make it quite long enough, and the other is a blanket I'm making using worsted weight yarn and the Kerry Blue shawl pattern. The mitten just isn't worth posting a pic of right now, and the blanket.....well, I just didn't feel like hauling it out and photographing it. Even though it's not all that big yet.....LOL

This is a sock I started a few days ago. I used this yarn for a sock last year, and wasn't happy with how I closed the toe (top down st st sock), so I frogged the whole thing, and the yarn has just been sitting in my stash bin ever since. When I finished my Clapotis, I got two very strong urges. One was to knit a sock, and the other was to start a fine gauge lace project. Well, I had the sock yarn and needles so I started this sock. I don't have any Lace yarn in my stash other than the leftovers from my peacock feathers shawl, so I couldn't really start anything with that.


This is the beginnings of the Garterlac Baby blanket I posted about before. I love knitting garterlac/entrelac so it goes really quickly. I'm very happy with how it's turning out. I think I'm going to have to make one for DD as well. She keeps asking "mine?" Whenever she sees me working on it.

And, this is Knit & Tonic's Dream Swatch Head Wrap using fingering weight yarn and size 3 needles. I didn't want mine to be as wide as the pattern specifies (approx 4 inches) so I downsized a little bit.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Now, the Clapotis really is a FO

I just un-pinned her and she is beautiful!. The first pic to the left I had her draped over part of the banister...pretty shot but you cant really see the beauty of the Clapotis. Plus, I forgot to get my house shoes out of the pic before snapping The pic below, I just tossed it over the back of my couch. I soaked and pinned her out on Wednesday...and she was finally completely dry this morning. 2 days to dry isn't that bad. It would have been quicker though if I would have been able to pin her out in a more open area with better air circulation. But I was anxious to get her blocked so I pinned her out in my bedroom. So, for 2 nights in order to climb into bed I had to either climb over DH or the foot of the bed....LMAO.

After I finish a few of my WIP's, I'm going to start another lace project. I love knitting lace. I've decided on knitting the Shetland Tea Shawl in A Gathering of Lace. I am going to use knitpicks Shadow yarn, but I can't decide on a color. I like the Vineyard Heather, Lost Lake Heather, and Oregon Coast Heather. What do you think?