Thursday, December 21, 2006
So now I have one more pair that needs finishing (I'm working on the heel flap) before Monday and I'm home free. The hubby already knows he's getting socks in January and I'll work in them on the plane to California.
Since I'm not entirely sure where my camera is at this moment, I have no pictures today. I'm madly trying to get everything done at work so I can leave for a week and not have a disaster when I return.
Wish me luck, I'll let you know in January how things turned out...
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I've decided to wait until they are all done to graft the toes so I don't have to relearn how to do that 6 times. I'm sure by the time I'm done I'll have it down, but it's not something I've used often enough to just do it. I now have 2 pair waiting for closure, and I'm doing the toe decreases on another. I have started the heel flap on the next pair, am about an inch shy of the heel flap starting on one more. That's five for those of you keeping score at home. The sixth pair is for my hubby, and I've already told him that he may not get his socks until we get back from vacation. That will give me something to take on the plane, now that I think about it...
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I now believe that I have picked yarn for all my recipients (now up to 6) that I like and have accurate shoe size information on all of them. That brings us to the progress!
Here we have my various stages of progress. The pair waiting for toe grafting is Trekking XXL color 135. The pair just past the heel is Sockotta color 5618. The pair just started is Lorna's Laces Shephard Sock color 50 amish. The socks to be started later is Austermann Step color 6. All using the basic Harlot recipe and size 0 (2mm) addis. I have the rest of the sock yarn at home, this is just what I have in my bag at the moment.
I started the Lorna's socks last night. For the first time ever I knit in the car! Dramamine rocks, I just wish I had thought to try that years ago.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Friday night the hubby and I bought a new car. His van had started having issues precisely when the warranty expired. Now we are the proud owners of a 2007 Prius with all the goodies except leather seats. He had the pleasure this morning of filling the tank for $20 with over 400 miles on the tank. Brilliant!
Saturday afternoon we went to a holiday open house where I purchased more candles. That evening was a Halloween gathering with friends. Very low key this year, not many costumes and not as many people as last year. Good times were had.
Sunday was big geek day. Characters were created, background stories were invented, dice were rolled and in the end much turkey was consumed. Mmmm autumn feasting!
Monday night the hubby and I had a meeting with a Real Estate investor to learn more about what she does and how we can get into that as well. I'm excited about things taking off in that direction.
Tuesday evening I spent in Ritual for Samhain. It was a lovely time spent in communion with the ancestors. I honored my aunt who passed in the spring and wore my Diamond Shawl for the occasion. Standing there swinging my arms back and forth I felt like I had wings. A friend commented that the way it moved, the shape and the color reminded her of a Luna Moth.
Wednesday I took the day off from work to attend the Women's Financial Conference. I snoozed and snuggled in bed longer than I should have and didn't hit the road quite as early as I had planned. Traffic wasn't too bad getting into Seattle and I made it there before things got started. There were some great speakers and much information. I will certainly attend again next time they are in town.
That brings us back to today. You may have noticed that I didn't mention much knitting in the last week. There wasn't much. I had a pair of socks to work on yesterday, but found that the speakers were so engaging that I took notes more than I knit. The countdown is on for all the holiday knitting I thought would be great fun and no problem last month before the van crapped out and life got crazy busy. We'll see if I can get it all done!
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
This is the last picture I took of it before the final product, here it's just past the 650 stitch per row mark. I had every intention of taking pictures of it before and during the blocking process, but evidently my brain fell out between here and there, so then there's this...
I didn't swatch this and when blocked out it came to more like 60" square than the 52" mentioned in the book. It's a good thing I'm tall! ;-)
Irish Diamond Shawl from Folk Shawls. US 7 addi turbos, Zephyr yarn in the Blueberry color. I used about 1 1/2 of the 2 4oz balls I started with which would be about 1900 yards-ish.
Friday, October 20, 2006
I have a new outfit to go with the shawl, I'm totally jazzed. I'll be the best dressed Witch at the party! I'm sure pictures of that will be posted as well.
I've started one pair of holiday socks and am really loving them. I'll start another pair soon and perhaps get pics up as well. Hard to say since they are gifts and the intended recipients may actually stop by here occasionally.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I did do a little work on some socks I'm planning as holiday gifts. So far though, I'm just not feeling the love with the socks. In fact, I even frogged the socks I was making for myself with the sock yarn I got as a birthday gift. Perhaps once I get the Diamond done I'll be able to get into socks. For now it's really all about getting through purling 650+ stitches.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
This is the Irish Diamond shawl. The yarn is Zephyr in the blueberry color, on US # 7 addi turbos. I love this yarn and I'm really looking forward to finishing this so I can see it all blocked out. The down side of this project is that it gets bigger with every pattern row. I'm currently up to ~400 stitches per row and it seems to take forever to make progress on it now. I hope to have this done by the end of October.
Here we have Box Lace. The color is more a cranberry than the bright red that comes through here. The yarn is Cashwool by Baruffa, a superfine merino. Size 7 Denise needles. I'm hoping to have this done for the holidays.
Here we have the Icarus shawl. Like the Diamond this is in Zephyr, the Mushroom color. Also like the Diamond it grows with every other row. Size US # 3 addi turbo needles. I don't have a deadline for this project, I just couldn't resist it any longer. This pic doesn't really show the color very well, but it's a cool almost cream almost gray that really does resemble a fresh mushroom.
Finally we have Feather & Fan in unspun icelandic wool on US # 8 addi turbos. I love this project. I have no deadline on this one either, but it's my go-to piece when the lace and tiny stitches of any of the others get to be too much. Now that the weather is turning colder I can't wait to finish this warm and cozy wonder. It has that comforting raw wool smell that makes me want to curl up with it in front of a fire and hibernate for the winter.
The Rose of England is back on the needles with the bellybutton cast on. I'm using the Cashwool by Baruffa and US # 2 addis. For those who asked I am using the magic loop method, at least in the beginning. Me and dpns don't get along, so I use it whenever I can. I will probably switch to a smaller circ. when I get done with chart A since it gets a little funky when you have 5 repeats per round and the slipping your round marker and such.
Monday, September 18, 2006
We had a pretty full weekend so I didn't get back to ROE, but maybe tonight. I did pick up the Feather & Fan shawl and got some good progress done on that one. I told the hubby what I liked about that project is that I haven't screwed it up yet! He made all the right condolence noises and made me soup. What a guy!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
I was sad to discover last night that my Dad's talent with a camera was not passed on to me genetically. I have some learning to do with my new camera. I tried to take pics of my other WIPs last night, but alas, they mostly looked like crap. So now that I've learned a thing or two about that I'll try again soon.
I know you've all been on the edge of your seat wondering if the Diamond shawl and I have made up. We had a long heart-to-heart last night. We got the issue resolved, and it promised to never do that again. We'll see. :-)
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I'm also considering frogging the ROE and starting over. I read the instructions for the belly button cast on, and it makes such a beautiful center, I may have to try it. Since I'm still debating that and I was too tired and got home late last night I didn't do anything with ROE. I didn't want to continue forward if I'm just going to start over, and I didn't want to start over if I didn't have time to get some good progress done on the new start. So I did a couple rows on the Box Lace shawl and went to bed.
Hopefully tonight I'll have time to get some laundry and knitting done. I hope to have pictures of the other shawls I'm working on up soon. Maybe I'll even feel up to getting the Diamond shawl out of time out. Maybe...
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Here is the progress so far on ROE!
This is what I got accomplished Sunday afternoon and evening. I would have liked to work on it last night, but spent the evening fighting with my new camera and laptop. Evidently they don't want to play well together. Luckily things went more smoothly today at the office.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Here it is blocked out in my hallway, the only place long enough for the 102" finished length.
And here are a couple shots of the detail...
Sunday, September 10, 2006
I have a digital camera! New camera, new blog, new projects. What more could a girl want? Pictures coming soon!