Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Sock Pron

Mmmmm. Oooooh. Ahhhhh.

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That's a Hedera from Knitty, size 1 needles, Socks That Rock in the Lapis colorway. I am an official STR addict.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Mother's Day, a.k.a. Sonia's Birthday

My baby is two years old. I cannot believe it. It seems like it was just last week I was swaddling her in blankets at the hospital and sniffing her sweet smelling baby head.

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We had her birthday party at Pizza Hut due to extenuating circumstances (like the freakin' A/C going out AGAIN!(!!!) and the buckets of rain that would have made all our planned outdoor activities really soggy and not much fun.) I forgot the camera. Stupid! Anyway, fun was had by all.

On to Mother's Day. I made this bracelet for my mom. She LOVED it. And the green looked really good on her, too.

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And knitting. I finished the Broadripple socks. I'm ashamed to admit how long ago I started them. Second Sock Syndrome bit me in the ass. So here they are on my fat ass feet.

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I used Knitpicks Dancing in the Ballet colorway. Not the brightest thing I've ever done. The yarn is great, very soft and stretchy and lightweight and cool. It just doesn't work very well with this pattern. I think a more stripey variegated would have been better. Luckily I have a ton of more stripey variegated sock yarn in my increasing-by-the-day stash, so I can have a go at these again sometime. These are for my grandmother who has enormous bunions (don't worry, Grams doesn't have internet access so she'll never know I'm talking about her freakish feet) so I did a round toe instead of the pattern's toe hoping to give her more room for her weird ass feet.

P.S. Yes, that's the PUPPY in the background. She's not very smart, but if she does one thing well, it's grow. Last weight check she was 70 lbs. She is eight months old.

Ah, what the hell. Here, have a picture of her too.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Some FOs

Did my first lace shawl for my mother. The pattern is Lucy Neatby's Faroese Flower Shawl. It was a very fun knit, and what a great well-written pattern. I would definitely recommend it. The yarn is Blackberry Ridge Fingering in Loden. A very huge THANK YOU goes out to Betty who surprised me with the kit at Christmas. She's awesome. We love Betty.

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Also, I have a felted tote bag. The yarn for this bag has been knit up and ripped out so many times, as you can see below. Anyway, it's finally a FO! The pattern is Glampyre's Felted Tote with Skulls and I think mine came out better than the one pictured in the pattern. The yarn is Knitpicks Wool of the Andes, and I used a tiny bit of Bernat Frenzy at the top.

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I also have a few pairs of socks finished that just haven't made it into pictures yet. One pair is lost in the mountain of laundry somewhere, and the other I can't keep off DH's feet long enough to take a picture of!

Anyway, that's it for now. Currently working on a Kiri with Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud. I'm using size 1 needles instead of the needle size called for in the pattern. I swatched with a bunch of different sizes and they all looked like shit except for the size 1, so itty bitty yarn with little bitty needles it is. I'm guesstimating I'll have to do 16-18 pattern repeats to get it to the size I want. Not too bad.

Also, I'm still plugging away at the Triangles in Triangles shawl. That one's in Knitpicks Shadow, color Oregon Coast. Man, I love this yarn.

Finally I have four (blush) pairs of socks on the needles. What can I say? I love socks! And here in the fifth layer of hell, also known as "Texas anytime but January," it's something I can actually wear. I finally decided to join the rest of knittingblogland in making a pair of Jaywalkers. Those are being done in Knitpicks Sock Garden Pansy. Lovely stuff. I think they're discontinuing it, though, and that makes me a sad panda. Then I have a Broadripple in Knitpicks Dancing Ballet. That's for my 90-year-old grandmother. I hope she likes them. :)

Uh, what else. Oh, then I decided to try the two socks on one circ method, and I'm making a modified Fancy Silk Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks in Knitpicks Sock Memories Easter. I call them my Finding Nemo socks, because that's just what the colors remind me of, plus the little lace pattern looks like bubbles in an aquarium.

And finally a really cool fair isle sock that uses one solid color and one self-striping yarn to achieve a really neat effect. I'll have to get some pics of the WIPs, and I promise to stop neglecting my blog.

Gee, looking at this entry, you'd think I like Knitpicks, huh? I'm all for supporting local economy and all that jazz, but with gas being 3.00 a gallon there's no way I'm driving an hour away to the nearest LYS. LOL I really wish someone would open a LYS here in my town. Actually, I really wish I had the balls, resources and know-how to do it, but naaaaaaah.