Monday, July 30, 2007

New Stuff

I finished a pair of socks yesterday.
Yarrow Ribbed Socks
Pattern - Yarrow Ribbed from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn - Opal Kollektions-entwicklung color #123.1
Needles & Gauge - Size 1 DPNs, 9 st/in

I also finally got around to washing a new yarn I spun.
Lily Pad closeup
There is approximately 380 yards of fingering weight, 2-ply. This yarn was spun from Funky Carolina Superwash Bluefaced Leicester roving. The color is Lily Pad.

And, some new rovings that just arrived from Hello Yarn.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sock Progress

Sock progress this week has been slow. I spent all day Sunday reading Harry Potter and I've been spending a good bit of time each evening so far this week with the spinning wheel. Here's a progress pic of my current sock projects.

Sock Progress

On the left is the second Opal Sock in the Yarrow Ribbed Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks. I'm hoping to complete these socks before the end of the month.

On the right is the first Hedera sock. I'm using Socks That Rock lightweight in the Tanzanite colorway. This is my first time using the lightweight.

I'll have some new handspun yarn to share next time.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Waving Lace Socks

I finished the Waving Lace socks last night.

Waving Lace Socks
Pattern - Waving Lace from Favorite Socks
Yarn - J Knits Superwash Me Sock, color AC #126
Needles & Gauge - Size 2 DPNs, 8 st/in

I'm still working on the Opal socks and I'll be swatching for another pair soon. I'm going with some Socks That Rock Lightweight for the next pair.

In Stash News, I received 3 packages this week. First to arrive was my Yarn Pirate order. A skein of Pretty Pirate.

Pretty Pirate

Then 2 packages on the same day. My first order from The Loopy Ewe and the first Yarn Pirate Booty Club package.

Here's what I got from The Loopy Ewe.

Scarlet Fleece in Poodle Skirt

Posh Yarn in Bay

Interlacements Tiny Toes in Summer Fruit (#204)

Pictures of the Booty Club yarn won't be posted for a few more days.

That's it for now. I'm still anticipating a couple more packages this month. Two with spinning fiber and one with the new Harry Potter book.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Lots of Stuff

I've got lots to share!

Sock Progress

There was lots of sock knitting this past weekend. I finished the first Waving Lace sock and started a new sock. The Waving Lace sock is being done with J Knits and the new sock is the Yarrow Ribbed pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks in Opal.

Waving Lace
Opal Sock


I have two new handspun yarns to share. First is a 2-ply spun from the Party Roving I bought at MD Sheep & Wool.

Crazy Yarn

Next is also a two-ply (which is intended for a pair of socks) spun from Hello Yarn Superwash Merino roving in Blue Raspberry.

Blue Raspberry


I also received some roving that I ordered.

Two braids of Superwash Merino from Funky Carolina. Colorways are Desire and Raspberry Lemonade.

Funky Carolina - Desire
Funky Carolina - Raspberry Lemonade

And Superwash Merino from Twisted. Colorway is Sherwood.

Twisted - Sherwood

That's about it for now. I'm expecting more packages this month (2 fiber club shipments, a Yarn Pirate order, and the first installment of the Yarn Pirate Booty Club. There will be more spinning and knitting to share soon too.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Sunkissed Handspun Socks

Yesterday, being the 4th of July, meant I got an extra day off from work. It was a relaxing day and I finished a pair of socks.

Funky Sunkissed Handspun Socks
Pattern - my usual top down with Eye of Partridge heel flap and kitchenered toes
Yarn - My own handspun. Roving details: Funky Carolina Superwash Merino, color - Sunkissed
Needles & Gauge - Size 2 DPNs, 7-8 st/in

They are very soft and squishy!

Monday, July 02, 2007

An Update

Yes, blogging continues to be sporadic. The dishcloth craze has subsided. The sock mojo has returned. And spinning continues.

I have two pair of socks on the needles at the moment.

Handspun Sunkissed Socks
Handspun Sock
These are being worked in my very own handspun (roving from Funky Carolina). I'm very happy with how this first sock has turned out. The second sock is on the needles and is almost half way done. I'm hoping to have this pair completed by the weekend.

J Knits Waving Lace Socks
Waving Lace Sock
This is my first time using J Knits yarn. Its not as soft as some other yarns I have used, but I'm confident it will soften after washing. Its not splitty and has been easy to work with. I like how these are turning out, except for the cuff. I followed the pattern for the ribbed cuff, instead of doing what I usually do and knit the cuff with a 2x2 rib. I'm not really a fan of the 1x1 rib.

Spinning updates and pics to come in a future post.