Sunday, February 25, 2007

More socks

It's hard to believe that nearly a week has gone by since my last post. I have been busy with St. Patrick's Day activities and my knitting has had to take a back seat. That's not to say that I haven't been knitting.

I finished my green and purple scarf. I knew that I didn't have enough yarn for a long scarf, so I modified the Irish Walking Scarf pattern by putting in a keyhole to draw the other scarf end through. It worked out great!!

I also cast on two socks. First is the second of the blue pair; then I cast on another Feather and Fan pattern sock out of my Knitpiks Essential sock yarn.
Lastly, an update on my husband's sweater...I have about 2 inches to go on the sleeve and all the pieces/parts are knitted...then comes the joining and finishing...the end is in sight!!!!

Monday, February 19, 2007

socks and scarf

Well, the blue sock is finished. It really fits nice. I knit the sock a little shorter than what is called for in the pattern (1 round of pattern).

And here's the scarf. I have 2 balls of the purple and 1 of the green, so the green stripes will be half as wide as the purple...that's the plan!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

scarf, socks, sweater

Here's my knitting update. The second sleeve of my husband's sweater is just past the halfway point. I try to knit a few rows on it every day, but other projects keep getting in the way...

I am really excited about my blue sock! The change in needles was a huge improvement. I'm knitting the foot now and the fit is way better! These are really going to be nice spring - summer socks, as the yarn is merino, cotton and acrylic. I do keep looking at more Interlacements Tiny Toes Yarn. I really love the pair I have...and just want more!!

In the meantime, I washed my winter jacket and mistakenly decided to throw my very first knit scarf in the washer with it - I was washing with cold water...well, what do you think happened...I now have a felted scarf - still wearable, but I'm not happy with it. Luckily, I had purchased some yarn at a couple of months ago at a yarn store closing...and of course, it does match my jacket. I started knitting the Irish Walking Scarf out of it - it will be striped.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Sock size

Happy Valentines Day to one and all! Well, we have been hit with quite the storm in Cleveland. Most everything is shut down today, so it's going to be a great day to sit and knit as the snow flies!

I've been knitting along on my sock, but I'm disappointed with the way it fits - it's way to big in the instep and foot. I just know I won't be happy with it. It looks like this sock will be a "rip out" project!...sometimes it feels like...boy, I just wasted all that time! Yesterday at the knitting goup, I worked on it for a little bit, but hestated working much more on it until I decided what to I switched over to the sweater sleeve and worked on that. When I came home, the sock was still on my I picked up the other color of yarn (blue) and started to knit the sock on size 2 needles. WOW...what an improvement! The taupe sock I was working on will now be ripped out for sure. Ah...the joys and disappointments of knitting!!!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

New Socks

I received yarn in the mail which I had ordered for the Orchard Sock pattern. I so liked that pattern, I just have to knit it in the yarn called for! I started to knit the pattern on size 4 needles (as is called on in the pattern). I finished knitting 2 ribs and decided that I would like the stitches to be a little smaller, so I ripped out and started over on size 3 needles. Big improvement. Here are 2 pictures - one taken with flash (left), one without (right). The yarn color is more accurate in the with flash picture, while the pattern shows up much better in the no-flash picture.

I haven't forgetten the sweater I'm working on...the sleeve is getting done...slowly!

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Knitting update

I was able to meet with my knitting friends today - got out of the office early! It was really fun - I'm writing because they were on me for an here goes...

I finished the first sock. Things did not go smoothly...because of yarn and needle size...not the pattern. I knit most of the foot, tried it on and realized it was too big. I tore it out and started the gusset by decreasing every row instead of every other. When I reached the final decrease, I decreased 4 more stiches and continued with the pattern. The socks are really cute. I like the pattern sooo much that I ordered the yarn it calls for - can't wait to knit that pair...see how I am about socks!

The yarn arrived for my husband's sweater, so I've started the second sleeve. I knitted to the first increase on the sleeve last night and went to bed. Today, I took the sleeve with me to the knitting group and started to knit away. I kept knitting, chatting and listening until I looked down to look for the last increase row and realized that I had knit 13 rows, in which there should have been 2 increase rows! That's what I get for knitting without paying I'm in the midst of ripping it out!

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Socks, socks, socks

Yesterday afternoon, I realized that I was going to run out of yarn for my husband's sweater, so I ordered a couple more skeins. This gave me an excuse to step away from the sweater and do something with yarn that has been "burning a hole" in my knitting stash. I bought some Artyarns Supermerino before Christmas with the plan to use it for fingerless gloves. I changed my mind and started a pair of socks. This yarn is listed on the Artyarns website as worsted weight, but I believe it is DK weight. At any rate, I had found a pattern online in the June 2006 issue ( called Orchard socks designed by Wendy Mortimer. I am knitting these socks on (US 5) double points. Here's the picture from the website.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Where does the time go?

This week has just flown by. I finally finished the socks, but haven't worn them yet. They turned out soooo nice that I'm waiting for a special occasion to wear them - what's wrong with that!? I suppose I'll just have to make a special occasion!! Whenever I get finished with one pair of socks, I start planning my next pair....which ones to make, which one to make???

Since the socks are done, I'm back to the sweater. One sleeve is nearly done - I'll finish it this afternoon and then cast one the second sleeve. Why is it that when you get closer to being finished, the end seems even further away?!