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  • knitting1105 12:05 pm on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Sand, knitting and Scrabble 

    That was the crux of my weeklong vacation at my sister’s wonderful beach house on Lake Michigan with my husband, daughter, son, and 4 of his friends.  Lots of cooking, resting, knitting, and laying on the beach.   I bought a scrabble board for the house (how can any vacation property be lacking in scrabble?), and my husband and I squared off.  I should have quit when I was ahead 4-0.  It is always interesting to play scrabble with him, as his brain holds the most amazing amount of abstract facts, bizarre words, etc.  Like “kerf”, the amount of wood that is taken away by the saw blade during a cutting.


    I also started on the arch socks, but only finished one sock to the toes, as I wanted to come home and get the directions for a star toe from my Nancy Bush book.  I followed the pattern carefully, but I believe that there is a mistake in her math on the gusset.  I need to check on Ravelry and see if anyone else found this to be the case.  In any case, I improvised, and made it work.  I also changed the heel to an alternated slip stitch on every other row.   I want to do the ribbed version of these socks next with a solid color yarn.  They look a bit funny at the moment, seem better when on as they hug the arch of your foot.


    Then, I started on the cardigan from the cover of the Poetry in Stitches book.  That is progressing along nicely, and the colors as always are amazing together.  I am following the directions, in which have you adjust the pattern at the sides, we will see how it all fits together.  Not sure if this is better than just knitting the pattern contiguously.  I was not as speedy as I had been last year on vacation with my polar bear sweater (my contribution to the Ravelympics and my own personal best of a Dale of Norway adult stranded sweater in 2 weeks).


    I also broke down and purchased the Fall 2009 Interweave Knits while on vacation.  I saw the Bandelier socks knit up by MarrianAn on Ravelry with a variegated yarn instead of the multiple colors.  Now, I need to try that also.  There was not much else that interested me in the magazine, however.

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  • knitting1105 7:03 pm on August 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Vacation Knitting 

    Packing for a vacation, and remembering everything that I need to take is always a bit stressful.  I usually get all of the miscellaneous things I need (often with one trip back to the house from 2 blocks away to get that one or two missed items), but my clothes are the last to be packed (and I often over-pack those as a result).  My most stressful packing by far is knitting.  I must have something for the car that does not require loads of concentration, something more detailed for the trip, all of the instructions, and of course the correct needles in all required sizes and lengths, and up or down a size for good measure in case gauge is not working out.

    I remember my famous plane trip to Australia (15 hours in the air after landing in California).  I had packed a pattern for a very intricate pair of socks in my carry-on (other knitting was in checked baggage) that I was sure would hold me over on the long plane ride.  As we sat waiting to board the plane in Los Angeles, one of 5 double pointed needles broke.  And, I had purchased these expensive rosewood needles just for this occasion as kind of a celebration.  I thought, no problem, I am capable of knitting socks with 4 needles, although I prefer 5.  Soon after take-off, when I decided it was time for some Zen concentration to take my mind off the 2 kids kicking my seat behind me (I finally had to succumb to asking the father to control them hours later, and he was less than pleasant, but obliged), I set down to work on my beautiful socks.  Soon, the next needle broke.  I was done for knitting on that plane ride (I now carry 2 sets of needles for every sock project).  I thought that since we were going to Australia, land of wool, that I could surely replace these needles in one of the many cities that we were in.  Little did I know that knitting is not popular in Australia, and I spent my entire trip both trying to find replacement needles, and desperately seeking some beautiful Australian wool to bring back and make a sweater.  Finally did find the beautiful natural wool in Tasmania, never found sock needles.  Who would have thought  that a country known for it’s wool would have been full of knitters interested only in fuzzy and sparkly yarns?

    So now to leaving tomorrow for a week at the beach.  Last year I knit most of my Polar Bear sweater in that week (part of my Ravelympics feat), and I wanted something complex and entertaining.  So, Poetry in Stitches kit that I recently purchased on Ravelry from someone with too much yarn and too little time (not my problem—right!).  I am excited to start this.  I am also bringing along 2 socks to work on (Arch Socks with a hand paint yarn from Rivers Edge Studio, and STR 2008 sock club socks “Holidazed”).  Wish me luck.


    And just in case, I have a back-up of a Hanne Falkenberg kit, but I would have to hand-wind all of the balls of yarn.

    • theLady 9:05 pm on August 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      That first paragraph could have been written for me as I frantically tried to pack with the exact same concerns on Friday! Yarn, projects, needles, directions, tools, and that things that I might perhaps need if I got to them… Argh! And that was just the knitting stuff! Have fun with your kit! I hope they re-print that book. And I must agree with you on the STR patterns – from what I’ve seen, they’re pretty simple. The Rock and Weave sock pattern that I bought when I was a very green sock knitter was so poorly written and actually pretty simple. When I bought it though, having been knitting for only a few months at the time, it was more than I knew how to do. Now I look at all of their club patterns and they do look pretty basic. Also, I was interested in the sock club a few years ago, but now my experience with sock and fiber clubs is that I’d rather just buy what I want! I usually don’t end up liking surprises. Not my colors.


    • Adagio 12:13 am on May 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Very beautiful! I love the colors. Is the cardigan knit in the round, then steeked? Did you ever get it finished?


      • knitting1105 8:01 am on May 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Not yet, it is so close though.


        • adagio 7:04 pm on May 28, 2011 Permalink

          So, is the entire cardiagan knit in the round and then steeked? I tried steeking once. I would love to make this cardigan. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try steeking again. Thank you and good luck on completing this gorgeous cardigan.


    • knitting1105 11:50 am on June 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      As far as steeking goes, the first time I took a class and did it with expert supervision. The second time, I was too scared, so I hired my former teacher to steek and cut for me. Then, I just got gutsy. I would suggest starting with a baby sweater so that the time commitment is not as high. good luck!


      • Adagio 8:28 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I live in an extremely rural area; no local yarn shop. Is there a book or website that you can recommend on how to increase in pattern? Thank you.


    • knitting1105 8:49 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Look at this post, as I talked about how I increased in the sleeves, my preferred way. I am currently working on a pair of socks, and they are decreased in the round, and I just K2tog n pattern for those. I hope that this helps.



  • knitting1105 9:04 am on August 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Finished another pair 

    I finished my 3rd to the last pair of STR (Socks that Rock) 2008 club socks.  Only 2 more left to go.  The pattern was okay, I like the twisted rib cuff, but as always, found the yarn to be too thick for my taste (even in the light weight version).  I changed the heel from the standard reinforced rib, to an alternating slip stitch.  I think that it goes better with the sock.  The pattern is less than inspiring.  I might have been interested in it in my first year of sock knitting.  I think that these sock clubs that have sprung up all over strive to find something interesting to make, and succeed only occasionally.   The only pair that comes to mind from the past 2 years that I would remake is the ones by the Yarn Harlot  -Lenore (and when the package came I was NOT interested in them at all).

    So, here are my recently finished socks, which will go in a drawer as a future gift to someone:



    • Mel 9:04 am on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh I am in love with these socks! Love the colors, love the pattern! I admire your talent and assume you and your family have the warmest feet in OP during those long winter months!


  • knitting1105 12:57 pm on August 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Back to STR 

    Finished up my Ilga’s Socks by Nancy Bush last night with the last of the end weaving.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, just watched TV and took a Zen-like approach.  Perhaps I can use this technique to finishing the ends on a couple of sweaters that have been sitting for literally years.  I love the color of these socks, and they match perfectly with a flower in my rain garden (don’t ask me what it is, native to Illinois, and the butterflies love it, beautiful vibrant color).



    Now, I am moving back to the Socks That Rock 2008 socks that I never knit up last year.  I got bored with the club, and the lack of challenge.  While the colors that they dye are beautiful, even their light weight is heavier than I want for most of my socks, and it definitely would not work with stranded sock knitting (at least if you ever wanted to put on a shoe or boot).   So,  I had 3 skeins, and 4 patterns left (one month came with 2 patterns for the same lot).


    I chose the top skein, which was called Tide Pooling, and am working on the sock pattern that came with it, Cloning Anemone Rib.  A very simple pattern, the colors are pretty and it has a springy, squishy feel to the ribbing.  Not a sock pattern that I would have gravitated towards, but okay.


    • MrsPete 9:56 pm on August 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Your socks are lovely.

      Jim says the flower is butterfly weed – http://www.mortonarb.org/tree-plant-advice/article/839/summer-prairie-plants.html

      I am trying to decide on something else besides socks to make with my STR too (mediumweight). I am thinking lightweight scarves or a cowl. I like the baktus, and especially the lacy baktus.


      • knitting1105 11:41 am on August 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks MrsPete, I wish that I knew the names of all of the lovely flowers in my yard. I will have to have Jim come over.


    • theLady 11:05 pm on August 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful socks! I like to look at the insides of stranded knitting too. Too bad the STR club was boring for you. Are you going to do a sock give-away again?


      • knitting1105 11:41 am on August 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think that I might, I am just knitting away and stashing any socks that I do not want to keep for myself. They always make a great birthday present.


        • theLady 12:05 pm on August 11, 2009 Permalink

          Re: my sock summit post:

          Dang, you must be fast if B. Walker thought so! I had suspected it:-)
          I’m glad you got to do some armchair traveling via my post! Yes, disorganized is precisely the word for the L. panel, I just couldn’t put my finger on it at the moment. And yeah, I just was so appalled at the un-called for snark of that dyer… well, I share! That’s what I do! It sure is nice to use stash yarn, sort of more than buying new stuff. It’s something I need to keep remembering!


  • knitting1105 12:14 pm on August 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    All finished but the finishing 

    I finished my Ilga’s socks yesterday.   I went with friends back to the Milwaukee Art Museum to see the Rohlf’s exhibit and 8 American Masters again.  What a truly wonderful exhibition.  So, I had lots of car time for mindless stockinette knitting, as I was already done with the stranded part on the second sock.  Now, I just have to weave in all of those loose ends.  The socks look a bit big, as there is no ribbing, but fit the foot nicely.  I used a size 1 needle for the stranded color-work, and a size 0 for the stockinette.  Here is a photo of the inside of the finished knitted socks.  Now to those ends…



    I love how the inside of a well executed fair isle project looks almost as good as the outside.

  • knitting1105 8:03 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Ilga’s Socks 

    I started a new pair of socks on the last day of the July Sock Knitter’s Anonymous challenge.  You could do any stranded color-work pattern, so I chose Ilga’s Socks by Nancy Bush as my pattern.  I had originally flagged these socks as something that I would like to make when they made their debut in Interweave Knits.  I again noted them when they were featured in the Favorite Socks book by Interweave Press.  So, I was happy for the challenge.   I chose orange as the main color for the foot, and picked colors that I thought went well with that; red, yellow, purple, lt brown…


    The yarn is Jawoll, by Lang.  I really like this sock yarn, and like the weight of it, especially for stranded knitting.  I am having yarn envy every time that I look at socks made with the Woolmeise yarn.  But, alas, I cannot get that here.  For a solid commercial yarn, I like this the best.  It also works great for my husband’s work socks, which need to be thin enough to fit in his dress shoes.  I am on a mission to find someone who hand dyes semi-solids in a yarn of this weight that I can use for stranded knitting.  Most are just a tad too heavy.  So, here is the start to the pattern Ilga’s Socks, with my color modifications.  I had to knit and rip back a couple of times to get the colors to work together well.  I am happy with the results.


  • knitting1105 9:17 pm on August 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Lizards are finished 

    The lizard socks are both now finished.  I just need to embroider the toes on them.  I photographed them, and put them in the sink to be washed and blocked.  While I think that they turned out very well, I am less than happy with the variegated yarn that I bought.  I think that I am going to search out hand painted solids that I could have in a multitude of colors.  My European friends have access to Woolmeise, which looks like a truly amazing hand dyed yarn.  Someone has to do this here that I would like.  I have a a couple of options in mind, then I just want to purchase volumes of different colors from the same person so that I do not have the issue of weight differences.



    I made most of the second pair while my husband drove us to and from Milwaukee to see a special exhibit.  A retrospective on Charles Rohlfs, a furniture designer from Buffalo, New York in the early 1900’s;  and 8 early American masters, many practicing in versions of impressionism.  It was truly a wonderful exhibition, and I would highly reccomend it to anyone.  It is there for 2 more weeks.


    • Jane Prater 11:20 am on August 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      These are just stunning. The color choice was wonderful and the photography is great. Now, can you chart the design on that magnificent chair?


  • knitting1105 10:00 am on August 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Lizard, part 2 

    I finished up the first Lizard sock, and have started on the second.  The pattern is so cute.  I might have to do these again with a different yarn, as I am less than pleased with the variegated yarn that I chose.  The Regia silk is very soft, and wonderful on the foot, but lacking in stretch and memory.  The socks are incredibly warm, and will make a great pair of winter socks.  In the second photo, you can see how I put a striped bottom on the foot, and added gusset increases.  I saw this done by a fellow Ravelry knitter, and thought that it made a lot of sense for me.  It also gives every stitch on the bottom of the foot it’s own short float, which makes it feel more substantial.



    I received my next to the last copy of Vogue magazine.  coverOne by one I have let the knitting magazine subscriptions expire.  Vogue was the one to hold my attention the longest, but I have so many projects in que, yarn enough to do me for quite some time, no desire to store a lot of past issues, and Ravelry inspirations hitting me daily—not to mention Twist Collective.  I need to figure out what to do with the past issues that I have and see if there is anything that I really need to keep.

    • theLady 2:19 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      What a lovely foot! I am a big fan of your mittens and socks.
      I know what you mean about too much inspiration, almost. I have thought about letting me subscriptions expire, but then I always see a sweater done up slightly differently on Ravelry than in the mags, and I love it and want to knit it! So I end up happy to have them. I bet members of your local knitting group would be happy to have the back issues you don’t want, or if you post them on Ravelry if your geographical location has a group, I’m sure some knitter on a tight budget would love them.


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