Sunday, April 20, 2014

Socky Sunday





 Ruth, Martha and I are all doing socks this week.
I had not intended to do socks again. Well, at least not a pair
of "have to think" socks.  Maybe a brainless pair.
I did a lot of swatching this week. I was determined to teach
myself two-color brioche.  And I did. But not without lots
of mistakes.  Brioche is sooo cool.  Amazing. But two color
is a little tricky.  The whole goal was to make a scarf to use
of the yarn from the Endpaper mitts.  I did not like any of
the combinations. I even attempted a chevron pattern.
No go.  Soooooo am now making a one-color brioche
scarf that is totally brainless....All of that swatching and training
makes for very dull blog posting....LOL

I cast on 72 stitches for socks, and looked around for
a pattern.  Found the Rivercat Pattern - free on Knitty.
It has a lot of purling, and not sure if I like how the purls
look, but I think they will flatten out a little once I block
them.

Yarn is Fiber Optics - same as last pair.  I'm determined to
use Rhinebeck yarn as much as possible.  Just starting
the heel flap.  Leg is 7" long.  I don't like how she did
the heel flap so I'm doing the one I usually do.
So far, so good.


Ruth is working on yet another pair of cute little
socks for her granddaughter..  CUTE !!!!
Cascade fixation yarn.


















Martha is working on a pair of socks using Lornas Laces yarn.
Pattern is Purl Lace Socks from Socks Socks Socks book.
She has a lot of purling in hers also.














I like how the pattern works with the yarn. So pretty!

Today is Easter and we got to see our new little
niece Faith.  She is such a doll.  All of the excitement
wore her out.  She is 2.5 months old already.



















Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fantastic Finish

Ruth finished up her Highlander Sweater this week.
It's amazing!  I saw it on Monday when it was 98% done.
this picture does not do it justice.

(Ruth: I'm sorry it came in upside down and I could not fix it)

The colors ad pattern are amazing. She did quite a few things in 
between getting this done as mentioned in the previous blog posts.

She is currently working on a pair of socks for her granddaughter.
 Cascade fixation yarn.  Love the colors.



I finished up the Endpaper Mitts this week.
I did one with sticks and one with circ needles.
Liked the flow of the circs much better.
They are not blocked yet - hope to get that done this week.


Also finished up the Tesserae socks.  I love these socks.
Fiber Optics Yarn - Foot Notes .
I did alter the pattern to make a ribbing top so they would
stay up.

They will be a Christmas present, though they fit me perfectly.  I can't
believe I'm giving them away.

Martha did not have any knitting to share this week.

Here it is Sunday night and I have NO knitting to work on.
I played around with a two color brioche pattern this afternoon,
perhaps to use up the yarn from the mitts. I think I might make
it just one color brioche, and use the multicolor yarn.  Also
swatching for a sweater.

 Raise your hand if you think swatching is boring !

Have a great week.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring!


After a HUGE snowstorm last week, Spring is here TODAY!
Yippee!

Since last update I am done with one Tesserae Sock, and have
a good start on the 2nd leg. 













I love this pattern.....so brainless, yet satisfying.



 The yarn can be hard to read, because of the colors.
Harder than black even.

I am almost done with the palm of the 2nd Endpaper Mitts
I tried best as I could to make them match, but it is not working
out perfect....not even near perfect.














I love them anyway.  Mickey has been laying on my lap nights so I cannot
work on these when that happens....LOL. Hope to finish up this week.

Martha is almost done with her Francie sock, made from Classic
Elite Alpaca. They are for her daughther's singing professor....
She said he's a very snazzy dresser, not afraid of color and design,
so she hopes he likes them.....I like the way the pattern
works with the yarn.















Ruth is almost done with her Highlander sweater. She has the sleeves done
and is working on the buttonband....it is soooo pretty.














She finished up her Through the Loops Mystery socks....I think
they turned out wonderful.  They are for her granddaughter.


















Speaking of her granddaughter, check out this picture...she is a dancer.
I think she looks like a FairyGod....


Joe and I took a ride to the Holley  Falls today - since it
is so pretty out.  People come from miles around, all  year long
to see the falls. 



Happy  Spring !

Sunday, March 23, 2014

This and that....

Worked on this and that this week. 


Finished up Joe's brown socks.  Plain plain socks.
The color is really nice though, you can't tell from
the pictures. It has flecks of gray.  I'll put them away
for Christmas.


Continue to work on the Endpaper Mitts. Not something
I can do exclusively.  I'll finish up the thumbs together when
both are done.  Just starting thumb increases on 2nd one.  I
got some size 2 16" needles that are working much better for
me than the sticks did.  More consistent stitches.













 
Also started a pair of brainless socks.  Yarn is Fiber Optic Yarn
FootNotes purchased at Ravelry a couple of years ago.  Pattern
is Tesserae Sock.  I modified the pattern a little and added ribbing
on the top.
 

I like ribbing, especially when they are for someone else. These
will be a Christmas present.   The color is really rich, and hard to
see the stitches.  I've had to pull out my magnifying glasses a few
times.


Ruth finished up another wonderful Wurm Hat. Yarn is:
She is generously giving it to Martha. I love it,don't you?
Yarn is Feederbrook Farm, and she did the picot edge.


 
 She is almost done with her Through the Loops Mystery socks.
Her  granddaughter, Moriya, wants them because they are so nice.
 

Martha made a cat toy today, which her cat could care less
about so far...LOL.  She is making Francie pattern socks for her daughter's
music teacher out of Alpaca Sox, which is 60% alpaca, 20% merino wool, 
20% nylon. It is fluffy !



She finished up a pair of socks this week out of Creatively Dyed yarn.
Pattern is Cable Rib socks by Erica Alexander.

Notice how we all seem to work our way back to socks...LOL

I guess the good thing about this winter, is I had enough socks
to wear....

Till next week...













Sunday, March 9, 2014

Really Cool Stuff

Sometimes, well most of the time, I think knitting is Really Cool.
I'm still amazed every time I turn a sock heel or kitchner stitch
a toe together....

This week I was poking around some of my favorite blogs.

Very Pink
and
 Knit Purl Hunter

I always learn some really cool tricks when I read them. Some I
can use, and some not right now.

Knit Purl Hunter has a little tutorial on making a neater
SSK stitch.  Follow the link above to check it out.

Basically, you ssk ( I slip one knit wise and one purl wise)
and when you come around to that stitch again, instead of just
knitting it, you knit it through the back loop.  I did it on the
toe of Joe's sock that I just finished, and it made a nice difference



It's hard to see in this picture because the yarn is so dark, but
trust me, it is nice.  This is the actual yarn color.

I finished up his 1st sock this week, and have a little start
on the 2nd one.....



Also working on the Really Cool Endpaper mitts pattern.
I was afraid I would not be able to figure out the thumb
directions, but I finally did get it. 

I cannot work on these exclusively, so thank goodness
I have the brainless socks going too.

Ruth made a Really Cool hat for her granddaughter.  Pattern is
Stephen West's Windschief out of Berrocco Vintage yarn.


and she's making a Wurm hat for Martha out of Feederbrook
Farm yarn.(the blue hat in progress).  She's also been working away at her
Highlander sweater sleeves....

Martha is working on a Really Cool sock
Cable Rib Socks by Erica Alexander, yarn is Creatively dyed.

The colors are lovely.  I thought, and she said, that these are Ruth colors!
She is making them to go with her recent sweater.


In other news:
I've been in a funk this week.  My fun meter is super low.  Thank
goodness there is always knitting to pull me out of it. I need spring,
I think. 

Have a Really Cool week, blog readers.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Three

Ruth, Martha and I all have different things going on this week.

One
I started the Endpaper Mitts - free pattern on Ravelry.

I love the gradient yarn some people used.  Can you see the dark blue
is going into purple?


I have wanted to make these for some time.  Gradient yarn is pricey!
I poked around on Webs (yarn.com) and found some Lang Mille
Colori Baby
that looked like it would work.  I got Valley yarns Huntington
for the plain white.


The Mille Colori is one ply, and it is a little troublesome when the white
gets wrapped around it...it is separating. But for my budget, and this project,
I think the combo is just what I wanted.  I am really wishing I used
circ needles, though.  I just didn't have any that would work well. I'm
not a fan of sticks, especially with colorwork.

Also started a pair of brainless socks for Joe. After a few attempts,
I got going.  They were too big at first. Using Size 1 needle with 72
stitches now.   Yarn is from Oak Meadow Alpaca Farm purchased
at Hemlock.  Alpaca, Wool and Nylon. I made him a pair last year and
they are wonderful.


The color is actually a rich chocolate brown.  Just turned the heel.

Two
Ruth finished up her first Wurm hat.

I said first because she plans to make more.
Notice her nice hem with the picot edging.  I got to fondle it
in person on Thursday and it is so very nice.  Yarn is Feederbrook Farm
yarn. The colors are wonderful. 

She finished up her baby sweater this week, with a matching
hat.  Yarn is Berroco Vintage. Pattern is Beyond Puerperium by Kelly Brooker

 
 The picture does not do this little sweater / hat justice.  It is really 
special when you see it in person.  Lucky Baby!!!!!

Three
Martha finished up a cute little baby sweater.

Springtime Baby Cardi, by Kaity Von Rader,  
yarn Maratona by Zegna Baruffa-Lane Borgosesia. Yarn was a gift from 
her knitting friend Ann.

So cute!!!! It looks so soft.  Lucky Baby!!!


In other news, we celebrated Tiffany's birthday last weekend and this weekend.
Why two weekends?  Last week was her birthday, but Joe was  too sick
to have company over (pneumonia) so we had a small dinner then, and had
the family over yesterday for lasagna.

Her friends got her a cake last week:


This weekend she got homemade cake from mom (me).



Mom looked so pretty in her winter cardinal sweater:


Had a nice time with Joel and Vicky.

Joe was feeling much better, thank goodness...

NO leftovers!


Here area some old pictures
she hasn't changed much

2011:

2012:


Love her to death!


Still snowing here...I really hope the summer is nice to make up for this
shitty winter!  But really, who can complain about so much knitting time!

Have a knitfull week.