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  • knitting1105 8:10 pm on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Mrs. Crosby, Satchel, Sock   

    Glad to be finished 

    This pair of socks seemed ot have taken forever to knit, I am thinking because I was not enjoying the yarn.  The yarn is one of the things that I won at YarnCon.  It is Mrs. Crosby Satchel yarn, color Northern Parula.


    The yarn is a single ply, and I found it not to be a pleasure to knit with.  The single ply would split occasionally while I was working with it, and there were places in the yarn where it got quite a bit bulkier, a thick and thin type of yarn, although not throughout the skein.  This color would not be a choice of mine, and I am pessimistic on how the socks will hold up.


    The pattern is a simple twisted rib, and then I used some workhorse sock yarn for the heels and toes.



    These will be gifted to my husband, and I will watch carefully how they wear.


    Now to decide my next socks, always love to have a pair on the needles, as it is a great travel project.


    • Diane F Hamilton 5:02 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I hope Dan “wears” them well.


  • knitting1105 6:09 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    A bit of sparkle 

    It seems that I have been busier the past couple of weeks, so my knitting has been mainly socks and shawls that do not require a lot of concentration. These socks were knit with yarn that I purchased at YarnCon in 2015; from The Cyborg’s Craft Room, color way is Bangarang.  I loved the colors and the sparkle.


    The yarn did not disappoint (as happens from time to time).  It was a joy to knit with, and the colors are gorgeous.  The sparkle is just a little bit of bling here and there, and does not overwhelm the socks.  Because of the strong colors and the sparkle, I knit a simple twisted rib sock, perfect for this yarn as a pattern would have taken away from the material.


    Here are a couple of detail photos.  They are really much prettier in person as they catch rays of light when you move.


    I love carrying the twisted rib on the top of the foot.  It helps to keep the socks snug when wearing them.


    And on a gardening note, we got a lot of plants in the ground last weekend.  Dan started everything from seed in our basement.  He set up an elaborate system of lights and pulleys and timers and heaters.  I am sure that our house glows at night.  In spite of planting a lot, and already giving some away, we still have a lot of starters.  Some things need to wait for a bit warmer weather.  Basil especially, as we killed it twice last year by putting it out too early.


    This was our Rhubarb last weekend.  My friend Stephanie came over to draw the flower.  I don’t remember ever seeing it flower like this.  Quite interesting.



    • Diane Hamilton 6:20 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You have been busy as usual. Love the socks! In all the years that Dad grew rhubarb on the farm I don’t ever remember it flowering like yours, very interesting!

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      • knitting1105 6:52 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! I never remember having the rhubarb flower before either. It was a great year for our plant. had to give a lot away to stop it from shading the neighboring seedlings. I cut the flower and gave it to my friend to take home and draw. It was hallow on the inside, but a thick skin.


  • knitting1105 2:15 pm on February 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Shipping made me do it! 

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor my Batwing pullover, I needed to order some additional balls of Karabella Aurora 8 yarn for the collar.  Happily I found them at Hampton Knitting Yarn, and ordered up 6 balls in the now discontinued color.  Of course, that total came to almost $60, and shipping would have been an additional $6+/-.  If I hit $100, everything would ship for “free”….

    Who could resist that argument?

    Not me….

    A good friends swears that sock yarn does not count in your stash.  For sure, it is one thing that I will definitely use.  Nice handwritten thank-you note with the yarn, and some mints.  Quick service too.  I love the colors of the Cherry Tree Hill yarn, will be fun to find patterns for.




  • knitting1105 11:40 am on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Rainbow Groove 

    This morning I woke up to several inched of surprise snow on the ground, and only a couple of days after the first day of Spring!  Not happy.  So, this bright post will remind me of what is sure to be around the corner: colors and flowers and sun.  My knitting and spinning has been on a total Rainbow groove, I originally called it a rut, but my friend Andi from SnB said that there is no way that rainbows are a rut.  Is it my desire for spring, or just need for more color in my life?

    First I knit with this amazing yarn, Monkey socks in progress.


    Which inspired the purchase of this fiber:


    Which prompted me recently to go to Knitterly Things, and look at her beautiful self-striping yarns, they have been on my radar for a long time.  So, my splurge included this Vesper Sock yarn, I was originally going to get another rainbow, but opted for a more serene color palate:


    And, while I was there, these mini wee-skeins called to me to be knit up into something hopefully creative…


    And for a true rainbow, I am making the Dot socks from the Vogue Sock Knitting on the go:


    Here is my cuff, using JaWoll Sock yarn for this:


    And to be totally forthright, as I was organizing and cleaning my stash today, I forgot that I had purchased this last fall at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool from River’s Edge Fiber Arts


    Happy Spring everyone!

    • FogKnits 12:40 pm on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love each and every one of them! I’m a bit of a rainbow addict too 🙂


    • Linda 5:07 pm on April 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful socks….love the orchid heel. I have not tried this pattern yet; makes me want to get started.


  • knitting1105 4:27 pm on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Color for my Feet 

    This past weekend we took a city retreat for my husband’s birthday. Very luxurious, and let us ignore the long cold winter for a bit.  Of course, I needed to take along knitting, and it needed to be a small, portable easy to work on project.  Socks it was.  I chose this yarn, that I believe I purchased from someone’s destash, but i can’t really remember where or when.


    This is so incredibly beautiful, I was saving it for the right time/person.  Unfortunately, this person stopped dyeing yarn a couple of years ago.  When I was winding it up I fell even more in love with the colors.  The dyer was Family Pendragon.


    There was a last-minute urgent work item that I was tending to, and remembered everything but the waste yarn to do the tubular cast on.  I tried it using the same yarn to no avail, and then tried just a regular cast on.  The yarn screamed at me that it needed to be done perfectly, so I just played around with it, and when I got back home cast on with the waste yarn for the tubular cast on.



    And I am so glad that I did.  At the moment I am doing a twisted 1×1 ribbing for the cuff, not sure where I will go after that.  I was thinking that the Monkey Socks by CookieA might be worth another go with this yarn.  In the meantime, I am really glad that I started over.  These will be so fun and bright.


    • Erin 5:04 pm on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gorgeous color!


    • leslieagray2015 6:58 am on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely beautiful! My son walked by my monitor and was immediately struck by the stunning colors, so you know it has to be amazing! 🙂 What a gorgeous colorway!


      • knitting1105 10:14 am on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! I am in love with it, making me want to purchase some Vesper sock yarn now, which has gorgeous bright colors.


    • elaine 10:26 pm on March 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful skein!


  • knitting1105 3:37 pm on June 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Just for Dan 

    This past winter Dan picked out this wool and Bison down sock yarn at the local winter Farmer’s Market.  I am finally getting around to knitting this up into socks for him.  The Bison down is supposed to be both really soft and extremely warm.  My first thoughts with this yarn is that it is a bit stiff to work with, but I am thinking that it will wash up very nicely.  Often the softer sock yarns do not have the strength to hold up as socks.


    The pattern is a simple one designed by me.  I will post the finished pattern when completed.  It is essentially mirrored cables on each side of the leg, with ribbing in between.  The top of the foot continues in pattern to the toe.  It bugs me a little bit how the reversed cables look slightly different.  I wonder if this will even out in the washing.


    Starting the heel, so the back of the sock pattern is stopped here.


    At the same time I am trying to keep track of whatever I am knitting on in this journal, the thought being that I could retrace my steps with notes when I put something down for a long time.  We’ll see how it works.  Means that I must keep this book with whatever project I am working on…








  • knitting1105 1:30 pm on March 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Soft to the Hand 

    I recently finished the second of my 12 items for the Spin the Bin Challenge.  This was a fiber from River’s Edge Fiber Arts, called Monkey.  Silk, bamboo and Merino.



    It was a dream to spin, but the fiber was so silky that it was not a fine spin.  Thinking that this would feel so good on my hands, I chose to make a 3ply yarn for some future mittens.  Yardage was not as good as I would have liked, 160 yards of 3 ply, 4 oz.


    On the knitting front, I am currently finishing up some CookieA socks from my last club shipment last winter.  The yarn is Tanis, made in Canada. 70% super wash merino, 20% cashmere and 10% nylon.  Look at their website, the colors are amazing (my color is off in this photo, it is really a lovely soft green, color Julep, which describes it well). This yarn, called the “Purple Label Cashmere Sock” is a dream to knit with, I have another skein in my stash that was from my birthday Twin that I now can’t wait to pull out.  Not sure how easy this yarn is to get in the US, that was the great thing about the past 2 sock clubs, was finding and trying yarns that I would not have necessarily found on my own.   Even though I have size 9 feet, I am knitting the size small in Cookie’s pattern.  When I took classes from Cookie, I realized that she knits so incredibly tight that my gauge is never the same as hers.  Not sure yet if these are for me or a gift…


  • knitting1105 8:32 pm on December 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Goodbye Cookie, and Cookies 

    My last shipment from the CookieA sock club, of which I have been a member for the past 3 years, arrived a couple of days ago.  As Part of the club, every other month Cookie sends a skein of custom dyed yarn from an Indy dyer, 2 different sock patterns, and 2 cookie recipes.  Over the past 3 years, I have enjoyed trying out different yarns that either I had not heard of, or were not available to me.  Most of them I liked, and I have stayed true to the club and knit one of the sock patterns for that month with the given yarn.  There still remains a couple of past patterns/yarn that need to be knit up.  The cookies, I have tried a few recipes, but since I was the only one eating sweets, I did not bake up most of them.  However, I did make Madelines, and loved them.

    This pattern that was from August 2013, Artemis, and the sock yarn is from Miss Babs, color: Inkwell.  I love, love, love the color of this yarn, and the yarn knits up very nicely.  The socks are recently finished just in time for my husband for Christmas, used almost every last inch.  The pattern, however, is not a favorite, I find it to be very uninspiring, I could have come up with cables on the leg and a twisted rib foot section.  Normally, Cookie’s patterns have an intricate flow to them, the pattern proceeds onto the foot, and the heel is incorporated, something was missing from this one.  Knitting it up firmed my resolve to stop the club, save some money, and work with what I have.  While my husband will love them and the color is beautiful, I find this the most disappointing pattern of her’s that I have knit to date.


    A detail shot of the cables on the leg, 2 bands of slightly different width’s and repeats around the circumference.


    Pattern: Artemis
    Pattern Source: Cookie A’s Sock Club 2013, August pattern
    Yarn: Miss Bab’s Cosmic Fingering Yarn, color Inkwell
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 11/?/12
    Date Finished: 12/18/13
    Finished Dimensions: Men’s size large

    Tanis Fiber Arts, the last shipment of yarn for me from the club, arrived a few days ago.  Last year I received a skein from this dyer as a birthday present that is begging to be knit up.  This color is right up my alley, and I like the pattern, so these will be for me.  Casting on after the Christmas knitting is finished.   Being in the club for 3 years has been great, Cookie is a great designer, and her attention to detail is phenomenal, hardly a mistake in the patterns, and when found they were corrected in short order.  That said, I am seeing some repeats of designs. While the club was fun, it is time to use up some of the yarn in my stash, finish up past CookieA club knitting, go to my newest sock book for inspiration, finish up some Janel Laidman socks from her past club, and try designing some of my own socks.


    Ironic that I am saying goodbye to Cookie at the same time that my new Dr put me on a Gluten/Dairy/Refined Sugar free diet.  No more cookies for the time being.  I am embracing this new diet, and feel if I can make it through the holidays, I am clear sailing.  You might just see some of the great new recipes that I have been trying here also.

  • knitting1105 8:33 pm on April 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    What I Learned Today 

    Any guesses?




    • Diane 8:47 pm on April 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I bet it has something to do with knitting!


  • knitting1105 10:16 am on April 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    All things knitting, of course 

    The other day I was given a wonderful surprise by my friend Mimi.



    The shopping bag I had seen someone with earlier, was it Mimi?  And of course I coveted it.  Love the cards, who can resist googly-eyed sheep, they will be reserved for that special note to that special knitter. And the little pouch that Mimi sewed.   Thanks!

    On the knitting front I am 2 months behind in my CookieA sock knitting.  Currently I am working on the Ernie socks from the February installment.  This is just sock #1, will be gifted to my favorite husband. I added the ribbing at the top, he would not like the faux cable sock pattern to just end at the cuff.  I have finally turned the heel, and hope to finish these this weekend.  Spinning seems to be taking an inordinate amount of my time lately, more on that tomorrow.


    Then this lovely lavender from Dream in Color came the other day, the April club shipment, I think that these will be for me, love the color.



    • Jojo 5:12 am on April 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wowee! Those socks look super complicated but absolutely amazing! Super talented knitter! X


    • 1marylou 11:09 am on April 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I like your bag. It looks as if you’ve got a great start on the sock for your husband.


    • Mimi 1:51 pm on April 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yay! Glad you liked it. Have you made socks with that DIC before? I am thinking about getting some for socks.


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