Saturday, January 27, 2007

socks nearly finished

I am back on line. I was away for the last week and a half for a funeral - rest in peace Elizabeth. While I was traveling, I finished one of the socks I had started after the first of the year, and have nearly half of the foot of the second sock finished. It will soon be done and I will be back to my husband's sweater.

Socks are really a wonderful project to knit while traveling. They are small and portable. The only thing you really need to pay attention to when putting them away is dropping stitches from your double points. It can be pretty frustrating when you have to pick them up - especially when they have run! I travelled through several airports, both in the country and out of the country, and had no problems through security checks. It really does surprise me, as aluminum double points are pretty sharp objects...mind you, I'm not complaining. Having something to work on really helped to pass the time!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Sweater continues

Finally, I'm more than half way done with the first sleeve for hubby's sweater. The body of the sleeve is knit in reverse stockinette, with a series of ribs knit down the middle. Once the body of the sleeve is done, a tab will be knit from the ribbing to which the shoulders (back and front) will be attached. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS SWEATER TO BE DONE!!!!

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Back to the sweater

Last night was a great night to knit. The Bucks played the Gators - or should I say the Gators creamed the Bucks. At any rate, the time was not wasted - I went back to hubby's sweater; finished the front and started the sleeve. The sleeves are knit pretty plain, there's just a bit of pattern up the middle of the sleeve. Will post picture of the sleeve when I get some more knitted. I'm feeling pretty good about it - progress is being made!

Sunday, January 7, 2007


I knit, once a week, with a lovely group of women. They all knit projects that inspire me, and I must say, sometimes lead me astray from the projects I am currently working on. Once again, this has occurred. This past week, I stopped and Annie shared a feather and fan sock pattern with me. For my birthday, the group gave me a gift certificate from a yarn shop (Birds of a Feather). Using the gift certificate, I purchased Interlacements Tiny Toes 406 Fireplace Embers (a truly wornderful sock yarn), and put it aside until I found the "perfect" pattern for this yarn. Thanks Annie - my husband's sweater is getting a rest and I have started one of the socks!

Friday, January 5, 2007

New Yarn

Update on hubby's sweater - I've finally reached the armpit bind-off...not much more to go of the front! Yahooo!!

Yesterday's mail brought an awaited box. I received my Burly Spun by Brown Sheep. This yarn was purchased for the Knitting Pure and Simple Weekend Neck Down Pullover #224. I'm including the picture from the Knitting Pure and Simple website. This will be my first top down sweater - I've heard so many great things about top down sweaters - namely, no seams to sew! Alas, my cable sweater will have to wait again. With this yarn, this sweater should be a fairly quick knit on size 17 needles!...then I'll get back to the cable sweater.

Well, off I am to knit some more!!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Welcome 2007

The new year has started...uneventfully! I am still working on the sweater for hubby. I've got 12 inches of the front done...not much more to go...I keep telling myself that, so that I keep working on it.

My mind is already wandering to the next big project...a sweater for myself. I started this sweater this past fall, but other projects took precedence and this one got put on the back burner. The sweater is a Jo Sharp sweater with cables (my first cable sweater). I'm knitting it out of Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed. When I get started on it again, I'll post some pics.

Just after Christmas, I went to a quilt and yarn shop that was going out of business. I purchased a skein of Mango Moon recycled silk and am dreaming about what to make out of it...looking for some inspiration.