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  • knitting1105 11:14 am on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply


    I finally finished these mystery socks from the Knitterati Sock club.  The given name was Provence, which I love, having lived a year in Aix-en-Provence during college.  Very pretty and soft, it was a fun knit.

    This was a mystery knit where the clues were doled out one week at a time.  The sock was knit from the toe-up and called for the EZ sewn bind-off at the end, my only change was to do my favorite tubular bind-off instead, I think that it is stretchier and has a better finished look.  The yarn was enjoyable to knit with and I would definitely add this to my approved yarn list.  I know that we had a pair of socks from the CookieA sock club last year, also from this vendor.

    Pattern: Provence
    Pattern Source: Janel Laidman’s Knitterati Scok Club 2012, May pattern & yarn
    Yarn: Little Red Bicycle Boneshaker BFL Sock
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 5/31/12
    Date Finished: 7/15/12
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s size medium





    • Kathy 12:28 pm on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love the color of those socks!!! Love the pattern too.


    • Diane 11:17 pm on August 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Very pretty–love the color


  • knitting1105 11:06 am on June 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Socks and Spinning 

    It seems that all I have been working on lately is spinning and socks. Having a new sock yarn and patterns come every month does not help the issue any.  And now I want to add basketry to the mix…

    First off, spinning.  I finally finished plying this yarn.  The fiber is from Into the Whirled, and was part of the February/March SAL.  I am a bit behind on this spin-along thing as you can see.  Those 2 months were a blur to me, and I just could not get much done.  This is a 3-ply with 2 plys of the color Delectably Delicate, polwarth/silk and one of the coordinating blue.  I have a bit of the variegated color left, and a braid of the pink coordinate to spin up.  I will ply the remainder of the main color with 2 plys of the pink, and then have a 3 ply pink coordinate also.  There are 880 yards of 3-ply here, and with the other coordinates, I do think that I have enough to make a simple sweater!!!!

    And on the sock front I am still working on the February socks, Hibernia, from Knitterati sock club, yarn from.  There are a massive amount of cables and many directions happening in these socks, so it is taking FOREVER.  Kelly green is not my color, but with the amount of work that has gone into them thus far, I will not be gifting these.  It is Mad Color by Fiber Arts, the color is Emerald Green (80% Superwash Merino, 20% nylon), 420 yards, 4 oz.

    Clue #2 on the May Mystery socks is finished, and I hope to complete the rest within the next day or two.  I love this pattern, just not sure that it is my color.  These will probably be added to the gift pile, and I will reknit a brighter pair for myself.  This yarn is from  Little Red Bicycle (80% BFL, 20% nylon), color: Heliotropium, and is proving to be yet another great sock yarn.

    As if I did not have enough sock knitting to do, the June installment from the CookieA club came today.   I love this month’s patterns, both of them.  I will make one out of this colorway for myself, and the second pattern will be perfect for socks for Dan using some brown handspun that I made specifically for him.  Yet another yarn base that I have not tried from Plucky Knitter, it is Primo which is merino/cashmere/nylon; colorway is Vintage Icebox.

  • knitting1105 8:08 pm on June 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Little Wing 

    I finished the Little Wing Shawl and blocked it out.  Ethan took photos for me.  I wish that I had enough yarn to make the shawl larger.

    Project Specs

    Pattern: Little Wing
    Pattern Source: Knitterati Sock Club by Janel Laidman
    Yarn: Handspun from Fiber Optic pencil roving.  Color: Honeysuckle
    Needles: US 5
    Date Started: 5/26/12
    Date Finished: 6/4/12
    Finished Dimensions: 30″ tall, 42″ wide

    And I finally finished the first clue for the May KAL mystery socks.  Clue 2 came out LAST Friday, and Clue 3 today.  I am behind, but should be able to speed up on these.  I like the color knit up much better than I did in the skein.  I continue to remain a fan of the top down shock however.

    • kathytny 10:11 am on June 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      me too! (about being a fan of the top down sock instead of the toe up). call me old fashion? Is there a benefit to toe up that top down doesn’t have?


      • knitting1105 10:22 am on June 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        The only benefit that I can see is that you can knit 2 at a time and make them as long as you have yarn for. I find that no matter what kind of heel I choose, the toe-up is never as good a fit as the heel flap, which I can make longer to accommodate my high instep. And I can try the sock on as I go to check the fit.


  • knitting1105 1:01 pm on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    I don’t get Knitting Podcasts 

    Perhaps someone can help me here.  Having watched a couple of Knitting Podcasts, some recommended by fellow knitters, I do not understand the appeal, nor why advertisers would pay for this.  Some might say the same about my blog, but you can just quickly look at the photos and don’t have to hear cats barfing in the background or the inane babbling of the host, or worse the showing of items on their iPad by bringing it closer to the camera lens.  Trying to watch one the other day and I felt like it was watching a train wreck in slow motion.  I love blogs with video, especially when it is explaining a technique, and I enjoy looking at the photos on blogs.  There is one blogger I follow where I only look at the photos, she is a great photographer, but I could never read her text—too cutsie.

    I finally blocked out my Little Wing shawl by Janel Laidman.  I wish that I had more yarn to make it bigger, but it did block nicely. It is drying outside on this beautiful day, and I will have finished photos later today.

    • Joan 10:49 pm on June 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I know exactly what you mean – and I only did audio podcasts! I do like Fiber Beat, because Wonder Mike does actual interviews. I think it is only available in audio.


  • knitting1105 9:06 am on June 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Sock Report 

    The Sock Report is a new eMagazine, the brainchild of Janel Laidman, a favorite designer of mine.  It is a free bi-annual magazine devoted to socks and knitting which uses sock yarn.  And as every sock knitter knows, or if you ever start knitting socks,  it is easy to build up a stash of sock yarn.  After all, it only takes one skein to make a pair of socks, so you are not committed to purchasing a sweaters worth of yarn.  Also, one always needs to have extra colors on hand for colorwork or fancy toes.  It makes a great souvenir from a vacation.  Your husband doesn’t notice as much with one small skein at a time entering the house. And then, when you start spinning, you have even more fingering stash to use up, again in smaller quantities as you try all of the wonderfully dyed fibers available.  This magazine is right up my alley.  Here are some of my favorite projects:

    This color combination reminds me of my recent Laidman shawl:

    Doesn’t the pink gradient version look like my handspun?

    And of course, since I have so much handspun to knit, I was immediately drawn to the shawls.

    This shawl has been on my list since I first saw it.  It was in her club from last year, Arcadia:

    And there are lots of socks of course, I really want to knit a pair of these:

    And fun things too…

    As you can see, the photography is beautiful.  There are articles to read, new yarns to discover, and even a fun contest.

    One pattern for $6.50, or the whole set for $16.

    Off to read more!

    • Barbara 3:18 am on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      “Your husband doesn’t notice as much with one small skein at a time entering the house.” (Chortle) Sounds like a great reason to buy this book. The shawls and scarves look beautiful.


    • thewooleryguy 6:55 am on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      How did this escape my radar?!?! My queue just got a little longer!


  • knitting1105 6:04 pm on June 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Weekend knitting 

    We drove to Detroit this past weekend for a party, and when I was not driving, I got quite a bit of knitting done.  First I finished the Little Wing shawl by Janel Laidman, which was the featured pattern in the Knitterati club this month.  I chose to use some of my own handspun, which was from a Fiber Optic pencil roving called Honeysuckle Rose.  I had exactly 400 yards, the pattern yarn was only 410 so I thought that I would be good.  First, my yarn was a bit uneven, hopefully I have gotten better since spinning this.  The pattern called for 12 repeats of the lace section, I was able to get 10 1/2, and only had 10 inches of yarn left.  I was calculating how far I could go with my yarn and I maximized it.  This will be just a scarf, and I think that I will put it in the gift pile.  I have it soaking right now, and will block it out later this afternoon.

    The other project that I made progress on is a mystery sock also by Janel from this months club patterns.  I chose to use the club yarn, Little Red Bicycle, that came with the shipment.  The first clue on both socks is almost complete, and the second clue came out on Friday.  I am anxious to get to that as it starts to become very interesting.

    While in Detroit, in addition to seeing the many great new friends that I made thanks to Judy, Bob took us to the Eastern Market on Saturday morning.

    What an amazing place, I had not been there since college whcn it had become a bit seedy and unkempt.  A group has been restoring all of the sheds and it is beautiful, vibrant and packed with produce, flowers and people.  Bob took this photo of Dan and I and in the background you can see the interior of one of the beautifully restored buildings.

    • Monica Koehler 8:28 pm on June 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      So glad you got to see the Eastern Market again, in it’s current state. Glad your trip was productive too. It was great to see you~ mk


    • Diane 12:15 am on June 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I like the color of the socks, be sure to post the finished project. The picture of you and Dan is very good, would love to go to the Eastern Market someday–looks like fun!


  • knitting1105 12:35 pm on May 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Basket bombing 

    You have most likely heard of yarn bombing, covering a tree or other urban object with knitted fabrics.  In the local Arts District, a local artist, Karen Gubitz of Woven Earth created baskets for these two trees just outside the gallery where she has an amazing exhibit.  I had watched this installation going up (I walk right by it on my way to my local knit night), and was reminded of it by Tricotreat’s blog post, check it out for some great in-progress photos.

    On June 9th I have signed up for a woven trellis building class through the local Park District at our amazing little conservatory, and I had a suspicion that it was the same artist.  I was very excited to find out that I am right.  Now, I am debating also taking her 4 week basket making class.  If you live in the area, you should definitely attend this show at Janice Elkin’s gallery on Lombard & Harrison.  One of the best local shows I have seen.  I wish that I had both the money and space for one of her art objects.

    On the knitting front I received my May installment from the Knitteratus sock club by Janel Laidman. The yarn is from  Little Red Bicycle (80% BFL, 20% nylon), color: Heliotropium, another fun project bag, stitch markers and note card.

    The club always features a pattern and a mystery project.  The main pattern this month is a shawl that was shown knit out of this yarn.  I have chosen to save the club yarn for the mystery socks and knit the shawl out of this handpsun, which is a Fiber Optic yarn from her pencil rovings.  You can see more on my previous posting about this yarn.

    Here are both wound up and ready to knit.

    And the first section of the shawl complete.

    • wovenearth 1:15 pm on May 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      So excited that you’ll be in my class. Thanks so much for the comments.


      • knitting1105 4:12 pm on May 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You are welcome! I am excited to be in your class. I am thinking of making the plunge for the basket class also. Your exhibit was extraordinary.


  • knitting1105 7:00 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Another Mystery Project 

    2 months ago I knit a beautiful shawlette (as you may know I am not normally a fan of those miniature versions of the great shawls), there is a mystery project in the Knitterai sock club again and I loved the last project so I decided to plunge ahead.  The pattern called for green yarn, and after trying a variegated yarn, I opted instead for using one of the 2 skeins of Wollmeise that I snagged on Ravelry.  I want to really see what all the hype is about this yarn, and if it is mainly a scarcity issue, or really worth something.

    I am saving the green club yarn for the socks which I have also started, but not a lot to show at this time.

    I have only knit the first clue, I am a week behind schedule.  I have no idea what this long skinny thing will become…

    • kathytny 11:18 am on March 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Been starring at your picture for a few minutes and VERY curious myself as to what the heck that “thingie” is going to be! I love the color of the yarn, but green is my fave color.


      • knitting1105 11:21 am on March 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I know, wait until you see the second clue finished. It is a long, skinny cabled thing…


      • Doreen 4:44 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I bet its a dickie. You know a piece of neckware that is supposed to simulate an undershirt, so that one only has to wear the dickie and an overshirt.


    • kathytny 12:16 pm on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Keep progress photos coming!


  • knitting1105 6:36 pm on March 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Boreal Socks 

    I finally finished my Boreal socks from the January installment of the Knitterai Sock Club by Janel Laidman.  I have to redo the cuff however, as it is too tight.  The directions called for the EZ sewn bind-off.  I chose to do a tubular bind-off instead, as it would be more elastic, and not as floppy as some I had seen online.  However, I knit the set-up rows with the twisted rib, and that has proven to be too tight, so I will have to remove the last few rows and knit them again.  I knit a few rows of 1×1 rib after the pattern to give the cuff a more finished look.

    Project Specs

    Pattern: Boreal
    Pattern Source: Knitterai Sock Club
    Yarn: Hazel Knits Entice MCN, color Iceland
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 1/20/12 (started with the knitting)
    Date Finished: 3/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s large

    • Gro 1:11 am on March 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      They look stunning!


    • Barbara 4:37 pm on March 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      They are really pretty! I see that a lot of your magnolia blossom has fallen, but it makes a very good background for the socks.


      • knitting1105 8:26 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        It is a good background. Didn’t get enough tree time to properly enjoy the fragrant blossoms.


  • knitting1105 12:07 pm on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Red Socks 

    I am finally returning to finishing up the first installment for 2012 of the CookieA sock club.  The yarn was a beautiful fiery red by Alisha Goes Around called Richness (of Martens) Fingering, which is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere and 10% silk.  While the cashmere is very soft, my experience the past year with other brands has been that it pills a lot.  It will be interesting to see how this works.  This is a very hard color to photograph given the brightness of the red, and the sheen of the silk.

    I ended up choosing the Makoto socks, even though I was not initially drawn to the 3-dimensional qualities of the knit sock.  It is supposed to relate to a fortune cookie, and I think that it does a good job of that.  One of the cookie recipes was for fortune cookies, and I am anxious to make them with my own fortunes inside, I am thinking knitting themed.  Hoping to be able to do that for my SnB group on Monday.


    These need to be finished in short order, as I now have a new sock pattern and yarn coming EVERY month.  The Knitterai Club (Janel Laidman) arrived 2 days ago.  While I am not a fan of green, especially the Kelly greens, this color has grown on me as I look at it.  It is Mad Color by Fiber Arts, the color is Emerald Green (80% Superwash Merino, 20% nylon), 420 yards, 4 oz.  I love the project bag that came along also.

    And, my first flower of the season as always.  Judy tried to figure out what this perennial was last year (after the flower was gone), the green foliage stays on through the summer.  I still don’t know it’s name, but love it and it will always now remind me of her and the beauty of new growth in the spring.

    • Carol 6:11 pm on March 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      The red socks look really cool. I would like to see them with a foot inside too. I love your green yarn. What pattern will you knit with it?
      Your flower is really pretty. I would be interested in what it is. If you want I will show it to a friend that might know.


      • knitting1105 8:27 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I found out the name of the flower. It is a Hellebore. I will never look at it again without thinking of Judy.


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