Monday, December 31, 2007

More Finished Objects

Here are my last finished objects of 2007.

Monkey Socks
Monkey Socks
Yarn - Socks That Rock lightweight in Flower Power (a 2007 sock club colorway)

Noro 170 Scarf
Noro Scarf
Two Weeknights with Warrick Scarf
Yarn - Noro Kureyon color #170

Friday, December 28, 2007

Finished Objects

I've been a bad blogger this month. Busy with lots of different things. So, I give you a quick finished object post.


Heart Seeds Socks
Yarn - Dashing Dachs Superwash Merino Sport, Heart Seeds colorway
Pattern - my usual top down


I started with the garter stitch dishcloths in an attempt to use up some of my partial balls of cotton that are too small for anything else. Then I decided to knit some Ballband dishcloths with some new cotton that I ordered. I've still got another dishcloth on the needles. Last time I got on a dishcloth kick, I made quite a few before putting down the dishcloth needles (in my case, size 7s). I wonder how many it will be this time?

Fingerless Mitts

Maine Morning Mitts
Yarn - Noro Kureyon, color #170
Pattern - Maine Morning Mitts from the book, "The Knitter's Book of Yarn" or found here

These were a super quick and fun knit. I started them on Christmas Eve while watching tv with the kids and finished them on Christmas night.

That's all the finished stuff for now.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Amazon Socks!

Amazon Socks
Pattern - my usual top down with Eye of Partridge heel flap and kitchenered toes
Yarn - Fiesta Boomerang, colorway - Amazon, purchased from The Loopy Ewe
Needles & Gauge - Size 2 DPNs, 6 st/in

These were such a fast knit. The yarn was nice to work with, but I had the worst time winding it. The yarn is a little slippery and it kept slipping on my ball winder. But once the winding was done, I had a pair of socks in a flash.

And another finished object...

Loopy Red Sock

My most recent order from The Loopy Ewe included a little kit to make this 'Loopy Red Sock'. I made this over the weekend and it is now hanging on my Christmas tree.

Next up for my sock needles...

Monkey Socks in Socks That Rock lightweight, colorway - Flower Power


Heart Seeds
Dashing Dachs sportweight (bought at Wool Girl) destined to be yet another pair of plain stockinette socks.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bye Bye Comments

This is just a test post to see if Haloscan is working.

Monday, November 19, 2007

More Socks

The sock kick is still going strong around here. I finished two pair last week. That puts me at 3 pair finished this month. I wonder if I can manage to get one more. I've got a very long weekend coming up over Thanksgiving, which will mean lots of knitting time (especially since I'm not cooking)...

Great Pumpkin Socks
Yarn - Storm Moon Knits Twilight Sock, The Great Pumpkin
Pattern - Just a plain ol' stockinette

Retro Rib Socks
Yarn - Silkie Socks That Rock, Walkin' on the Wild Tide (club colorway)
Pattern - Retro Rib from 25 Favorite Socks

I have already cast on another pair, the leg is just about done, but I don't have a pic just yet.

I am working on other things besides socks, I just can't show them yet.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

It's All About Socks

I'm on a sock kick in a major way. I finished a pair of Yarn Pirate socks this week.

Rum Runner Socks
Yarn - Yarn Pirate Supwerwash Merino, Rum Runner (club colorway)
Pattern - Stansfield 14 from More Sensational Knitted Socks

I've got 2 more pair in the works. The first sock of each pair is done.

Wild Tide Sock
Yarn - Silkie Socks That Rock, Walkin' on the Wild Tide (club colorway)
Pattern - Retro Rib from 25 Favorite Socks

Great Pumpkin
Yarn - Storm Moon Knits Twilight Sock, The Great Pumpkin
Pattern - Just a plain ol' sockinette

I've also got 2 more skeins wound and ready to go.


On top is more Socks That Rock, lightweight this time, in Flower Power...destined to become Monkey socks. On the bottom is Fiesta Boomerang in Amazon...destined for socks, but just plain stockinette ones. I've got even more socks planned, if only I could knit in my sleep.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Not Much To Share

Thanks to all who commented on my Fall Elegance socks.

I don't have much to share. Not much spinning is happening. I did finish up a new yarn, but can't share pics of it, because its for a swap.

I've been knitting (socks, of course). Here's a picture of a recently completed sock knit with Silkie Socks That Rock in Walkin' on the Wild Tide. Pattern is Retro Rib from the Interweave Favorite Socks book.

Wild Tide Sock
This is the Rockin' Sock Club colorway from April. I started this shortly after receiving the kit and then decided for some reason to take a break from it. The spirit of Socktober caused me to pick it back up. I know I won't finish the pair before the month is up, but I will keep on going and get the second sock cast on soon.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fall Elegance Socks

I completed my Fall Elegance socks yesterday.

Fall Elegance Socks
Yarn = Union Center Knits, Whatnot sock yarn, colorway = Fall
Pattern = Elegance Socks from Sockamania KAL

More Handspun

I went on a spinning binge about a week or so ago and I've got new yarns to share because of it.

First up, Cassis. Spun from roving I purchased at MD Sheep & Wool this year. The roving is Superwash Merino from The Drafing Zone.

Second is Chill. This is Superwash Merino/Tencel from Funky Carolina. This was September's club fiber. Look at that shine!
Chill up close

Both yarns are sport weight and are approximately 200 yds each.

Monday, October 22, 2007

No Rhinebeck for Me

I was one of the few who didn't get to go to Rhinebeck. But I did have a very productive weekend, and I scored some Yarntini at Woolgirl on Sunday night.

My biggest accomplishment was on my "Fall Elegance" socks.

Fall Elegance
These are being knit in Union Center Knits Whatnot Sock yarn. The colorway is "Fall". The pattern is from the Sockamania Knit Along and is called "Elegance Socks". The pic above is of the first sock which I completed Saturday morning. By Sunday night, I had finished all but the toe of the second sock. This is my first time doing cables. They were small, so I wasn't too intimidated. The leg is almost 7" long and it looks like I'm going to have lots of yarn leftover. You've gotta love yarn with generous yardage!

It's a start
I started a new pair of socks on Saturday. I'm using Storm Moon Knits Twilight Sock yarn in The Great Pumpkin and the Broad Spiral Ribbing pattern from More Sensational Knitted Socks. This is yarn I picked up at Stitches East. I'm really enjoying these. The gauge is 6 stitches per inch, so they are working up really quick!!

I also made some progress on a super secret, can't-blog-about-it project, because its a Christmas gift.

I've got a couple of new handspun yarns to share, but I'll do those in a future post.

Monday, October 15, 2007

11 Skeins of Sock Yarn Later

Stitches is over and was loads of fun. I attended on both Friday and Saturday this year. This was my first year attending classes. I took 2 classes; a toe-up sock class on Friday and a spinning class on Saturday. Both classes were great. I received lots of information. I have more confidence in my spinning now and I am ready to tackle a pair of toe-up socks.

Like last year, my shopping experience at Stitches revolved around socks. This year, I walked away with 11 skeins of sock yarn. I also purchased a cute kit for a beaded bag and lots of sock patterns.

Stitches Haul
Click the picture for a bigger view.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Two New Yarns

Here are pics of my two newest yarns, spun by me. Both are 2-ply, fingering weight-ish yarns.

Fiber: 5 oz. Hello Yarn Corriedale from the Fiber Club
Color: Cricket
Yardage: 500 yds

Fiber: 4 oz. Twisted Superwash Merino
Color: Sherwood
Yardage: 350 yds

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Charade Socks

Fresh off the needles!

Charade Socks

Yarn is Lisa Souza Sock! in What a Melon.
Pattern is Charade.

I've used several different Lisa Souza colorways before and never had this drastic difference in color intensity. I'm not going to say I love how they turned out, but I don't hate them.

Stay tuned for a post featuring new handspun yarns!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


It's Socktober!! And I've got socks on the brain. I've got so many sock projects in mind right now, that I think my brain is going to explode. I've got lots of socks on my to be knit list and I've only got 2 hands. Plus there are more great sock patterns and yarns turning up all the time.

I don't have any specific goals for Socktoberfest. I'm trying to focus on completing my current projects before starting more; and I'm making steady progress on both. But, I may cave and cast on a third before the week is out.

What A Melon socks = The first sock is done and the second sock is about half-way down the leg. Here's a pic of the first sock.


Rum Runner socks = I made lots of progress on Knit Night last week. I expect to finish up the heel tonight.

Rum Runner

Upcoming projects = Here's a pic of the yarns I have chosen for my next several projects (in no special order).

Future Sock Projects
From left to right:
-Union Center Knits, Whatnot Sock in Fall - pattern planned: Elegance Socks, October Sockamania pattern
-Socks That Rock Lightweight in Flower Power - pattern planned: Monkey
-Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Pebble Beach - pattern planned: Gwen
-Yarn Pirate, BFL in Calamity - pattern planned: Stockinette

And on another sock note, I'm signed up for a toe-up sock class at Stitches. So, it's going to be a very busy month for me.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Knit Night

My girlfriend, Connie, and I have started getting together every other Friday night for "Knit Night". We are getting together this Friday at my house. Its just the two of us, but we have a nice relaxing evening with lots of chatter and knitting.

Last time, I worked on my Charade socks. I got a lot of the leg done on the first sock. Here's a current pic of my progress.

What a Melon Charade
The yarn is Lisa Souza Sock! in What a Melon. I love how they are turning out!!

This week, though, I'm thinking about working on something new.

Rum Runner
This is Yarn Pirate Superwash Merino in Rum Runner. This is my first time working with this yarn and so far I'm very happy with it. I'm planning to use the Stansfield 14 pattern from the More Sensational Knitted Socks book.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Finished Objects

Two finished objects to share today!!

Another baby afghan.


I used Bernat Softee Baby yarn, color Chiffon print. You can't tell from the picture but there are little specs of blue, green, yellow and purple in there. The pattern is "Dainty Keepsake" from the Leisure Arts leaflet Keepsake Baby Afghans.

And socks.

Handspun Blue Raspberry Socks

I used my own handspun yarn. The roving is from Hello Yarn. It's superwash merino and the color is Blue Raspberry.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sock Knitting

I'm working on 2 sock projects at the moment.

The furthest along (probably because they've been on the needles longer) are my handspun Blue Raspberry socks. Here's a pic of sock #1. Sock #2 is on the needles and is rapidly approaching the heel.

Handspun Blue Raspberry

Next up is a new one.

What a Melon Charade
This is Lisa Souza Sock! in the What a Melon colorway. The pattern is Charade.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Evidence of Spinning

I've fallen off the blog wagon again. I had this ready to share this time last week and never blogged it.

A new 2-ply handspun yarn!
Bloom 2-ply
This was spun from Yarn Pirate Bluefaced Leicester roving. The colorway is Bloom.

I have a couple other spinning projects in the works. One is Hello Yarn roving and the other is from Twisted. I've made a mini-goal for myself to spend at least an hour every day over the next two weeks with my spinning wheel. My fiber acquisition has far outpaced my spinning lately, so I thought I should try to make a dent (even if it's a small one).

I received an order from Funky Carolina with 1 braid of Falkland wool in her Grape Nehi colorway.

Grape Nehi

And I'm still anticipating this month's fiber clubs from Funky Carolina and Hello Yarn, too.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Hedera Socks

I completed my Hedera socks yesterday!

Hedera Socks
Pattern - Hedera from Knitty
Yarn - Socks That Rock lightweight in Tanzanite
Needles & Gauge - Size 1 DPNs, 8 st/in

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

New Yarns

More new yarns have arrived. This time from The Loopy Ewe.


From left to right: All Things Heather, superwash merino, Festival; Fleece Artist, 100% merino, Rainforest; The Knittery, Merino Cashmere Sock (yummy), Orchid; and Fiesta Boomerang, Amazon

Monday, August 27, 2007

Baby Afghan

For years, I crocheted like a fiend. After I learned to knit socks, I barely touched my crochet hook. Well, the hook is back for a little while because a girl at work asked me to make two baby afghans for her, and well, I like to crochet them. One for a boy and the other in a neutral colorway. She asked me to make the "boy" one first. It worked up much faster than I expected and it's all done now. I used my usual stand-by for baby afghans...Bernat Softee, but I was less than thrilled with the yarn this time. Maybe because it was one of the "Marl" colors. The yarn was undertwisted in several places and a single strand was broken in others. So, despite the fact that I should have only had a few ends to weave in, I had lots.

Light Blue Baby Afghan

The neutral afghan is up next. I have a white yarn (Bernat Softee again) with tiny specs of baby colors picked out for it.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Fabrics and Such

100 yoyos

The above yo-yo's are all for a swap I joined. There's 100 of them in this picture. I actually made a few extras to keep for myself. They were a lot of fun to make. I've already signed up for another swap, this time using Halloween fabrics or colors. Here are some of the circles ready to be stitched up.

Halloween circles

Spiralling Socks - Finished

They are done.

Spiralling Socks
Pattern: Spiralling Socks from the Sockamania Club Knit Along
Yarn: Fly Supersport, Ruby Redmond colorway
Needles/Gauge: Size 2 DPNs, approx 7 st/inch

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Spinning, Not So Much

There hasn't been much spinning lately because I've been working on too many other things. But I'm sure spinning will resume in the near future. At least, it needs too. Roving has started taking over in my room (and I just bought 2 more rovings tonight).

New roving acquisitions are mostly related to the two fiber clubs I'm in.

First to arrive, was from Funky Carolina. This is Fallen and the fiber is Corriedale.


The Hello Yarn fiber this month is Wensleydale, which I've not tried yet. It is silky soft and has a very long staple length. Colorway is Mullusc.


5 + 5 = 10

I recently placed and received a large order of Socks That Rock, all mediumweight. Part of this order was my birthday present.

My order was shipped in one box, with 5 skeins each in 2 bags (hence the title of this post).

And without further ado....the pics.

Socks That Rock
Pebble Beach, Jade, Blue Moonstoe, Crazy Lace Agate, Calico

Socks That Rock
Space Dust, Mesa, Titania, Philosopher's Stone, Jailhouse Rock

My Rockin' Sock Club package arrived this week, but I won't post any pics yet. The yarn color is awesome, as always!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Bad Blogger and Sock Progress

Yes, I've been a bad blogger. It's been more than two weeks since my last post. I wrote a great big catch-up post on Monday, but never got around to posting it and now it seems out dated. So rather than do a big post, I will do a bunch of little posts over the weekend to catch up.

First up...socks.

This picture is from a little over a week ago.
Mismatched Pair

The purple one on the right is the first Hedera sock. I am using Socks That Rock lightweight in the Tanzanite colorway.

The pink/burgundy one on the left is also a first sock. It is the Spiralling Sock pattern from the Sockamania Club Knit Along. I am using Fly Supersport in the Ruby Redmond colorway for this one. Since this yarn works up quick, I'm concentrating all of my knitting efforts on this pair. I need to get a pair done before the end of the month for the Sock A Month KAL 4. The second Spiralling sock is now past the halfway point, but I'm starting to get concerned about having enough yarn. I weighed the first sock and the remaining yarn before starting the second sock and weight wise everything looked good. But that remaining ball of yarn is looking very small to me. If the yarn holds out, I hope to have this pair finished before the weekend is over.

Monday, August 06, 2007


I had a bit of startitis last week. I started two new pair of socks in the same day. Here are the new ones.

2 socks

On the left: My own handspun from Hello Yarn superwash merino roving. Color is Blue Raspberry. Pattern is just my generic sock pattern.
On the right: Fly Designs Monarch Supersport in Ruby Redmond. The pattern is called Spiralling Socks and it is from the Sockamania Club Knit Along.

The other sock in progress is Hedera in Socks That Rock lightweight. Color is Tanzanite. I've got the first sock just about completed.

Hedera progress