Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Quick Commentary

A friend queried about the deleted comment from my last post. I explained that I had deleted the spam comment. I also turned on the "prove you're a human being" feature of my blog.

By the way, have you seen this wonderful rabbit-snake clip yet? I found it over at cute overload, of course.

Friday, January 26, 2007

What to do with the leftover sock yarn?

I haven't been here recently. My mother had a knee replacement and it has been a trip, to say the least. When it's all over, I'm going to have a lot to say about the healthcare system here in the U.S.A.

But today I am going to answer the question of what I've finally decided to do with the leftover sock yarn.

I actually tried the Mason-Dixon Knitting log cabin squares solution. I just didn't like it.

I tried the mitred square blanket. One square was my limit.

This, for some stupid reason, has struck my fancy.

It's based on a 32-stitch cast-on, three ridges of garter stitch, then with a four-row garter-stitch border I've got honeycomb stitch for the inner square, then a final three-ridge garter stitch.

I'm not exactly enjoying the knitting of it. It's not about enjoying ... it's about not being able to put it down. And with such small squares, I'm just about starting one when I'm finishing it. I love the way it comes out, so it's either going to end up a scarf or a blanket or a shawl...something.

This is really good in-bed knitting.

Yes, the man in my life is a saint. He looks like an angel, too.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


This is what I made from the Regia Bamboo that my SP8 gave me.

And this is what I'm making with the Artyarns Ultramerino my SP9 gave me. Every so often, I end up with a blurry photo, and I'm sorry that this is one of them. This is the "Child's Fancy Sock" from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks.

This yarn is just absolutely lovely to knit with.
I don't quite know how I'm going to deal with knitting ordinary sock yarn again. This is just such a wonderful yarn in my hands!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Scarf Progress

Also known as mindless knitting.

This pattern was described to me by someone at my local SnB last year. I modified it for my purposes so it actually is not the same lovely scarf she had - the two rows lined up differently on her scarf.

I have finished the scarf since the pictures you see here. I needed something completely mindless and I couldn't keep my eyes off the one skein of UltraMerino my SP8 gave me. In fact, I've been forcing myself not to cast on the UltraMerino sock yarn my SP9 gave me because I hadn't picked out the perfect pattern yet.

I've also been playing around with a laceweight glove (13 stitches per inch...yes, I am crazy). And I finished the Bamboo socks (that took me forever) and then wore them before taking a picture ... sorry, next week. They really are lovely, though. That's really lovely yarn.

And right after I post this, I'm going to go block the sweater (the sweater I knit out of my failed attempt to knit a skirt) in preparation for seaming it. All I've got to do is seam it and knit the button bands and neck. This will be the first sweater I knit for myself. Slap me, ok?

So anyhow, this scarf pattern is as follows:

1)cast on 40 stitches.
2)repeat *knit 3 purl 1* to end.
repeat following two rows to end:
3)slip first stitch, knit 1, purl 1, repeat *knit 3 purl 1* to end but purl last stitch (row will end with two purl stitches).
4)slip first stitch knit 2 purl 1 repeat *knit 3 purl 1* to end.

cast off.

Progress photos: