Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sock update

I don't feel this has been a very productive week...well, almost 2 weeks (since my last post). I finally finished the first of the Seduction socks and have cast on , knit the leg and started the heel flap of the second sock.
In the meantime, my order from KnitPicks arrived. They had all of their books on sale for 40% off...I had to invest in a few: The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe, Book of Patterns by Ann Budd, Favorite Socks from Interweave, More Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. I couldn't help myself and had to order sock sock yarn. I ordered some new Felici (superwash Merino and Nylon) in Clay and immediately cast on a pair of Jaywalkers by Grumperina. I also ordered some Essential Solid in dusk and will be casting on Embossed Leaves by Mona Schmidt from the Interweave collection book. While knitting my Jaywalkers, one of my brand new Ebony Lantern Moon Sox Stix broke :(.

This past week, my friend Annie wound 2 skeins of Koigu for me. I purchased these a couple of weeks ago and just found the "perfect" pattern - Mad Color Weave by Christine (Tina) Lorin .
I also spent some time on the baby blanket I'm knitting. It measures 24 X 19...not much more to go and that will be finished...YEAH! Just in time - baby due next month.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Seduction Socks

Now that the Monkeys are done, I promised that I would go back to working on the baby blanket...and I did...for a little while. Then my thoughts started to wander to my next pair of socks. I went through my notebook of patterns and ran across the Seduction Socks from Interweave Knits (Ann Budd pattern). Once I decided on the pattern, I had to get into my stash and decide on the yarn. I ran across a yarn I purchased earlier this year. This is a yarn that I believe is discontinued - Froehlich Wolle Special Blauband...made in Switzerland. I had bought some of their yarn several years ago and fell in love with it, so when one of the local yarn shops obtained a "lot" of it, I jumped on the chance to purchase more. The thing I really liked about it was that matching reinforcing thread was included with each skein; of course, that is once I figured out what the thread was for...took me awhile. So the color I'm working with is a royal blue with with a ply of variegated pink and white thread running through it some nice texture and I'm using size 2 needles.
By the way...note that I now have sock forms! I purchased these on line at Ebay from CHAPPY'S FIBER ARTS AND CRAFTS. They are oak with cute little acorns cut out on set of pictures, I'll include a full size picture.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Monkey Socks Done

I've completed the Monkey Socks (first SOS pair)! This is a fun pattern to knit...and maybe because I knit them on size 2 needles, the project seemed to go pretty fast. This has to be my all time record knitting socks - just under a week. The color of this yarn is really beautiful. I like it so much that I picked up another Koigu color for another pair of socks! Today I also broke down and invested in the Lantern Moon Ebony Sox Stix in size 1 - another pair of socks waiting to happen!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Pomatomus Completed

YEAH! I finally finished my Pomatomus socks - I love them! It feels so good to have them finished! Thanks to Cookie for the pattern!
Now that these socks are finished, I've moved on to the Monkey socks. I am knitting them on size 2 needles using Koigu yarn. I've also done a bit of work on the baby blanket, as well as a baby bib that I started a while ago. Back to knitting!