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Posts from June 2007

Cooling Off

When the temperature starts to rise, one starts to think of ways to cool off.


As one who is fiber obsessed, I start to see clear, fresh water in my yarn.


Happy Fiberlicious Friday!  The roving that I spun the yarn from was Pippikneesocks, merino/tencel in color Choco Bird, purchased from Scouts Swag.

I've been continuing to knit my Icarus, but it doesn't make for very exciting blog posts.  To keep myself, and hopefully my readers interested, I whipped up another handspun pouch.


This one is knit from my earliest  spinning.  Spinneret introduced me to a kind and generous bunch of knitters and spinners who helped me with my drop spindle.  They also gave me bits of fiber to try.  I spun them all together and found the results quite charming. 


A few posts back when I showed the first of these bags that I made, along with a description of how to make one yourself, a number of people asked if the lining goes all the way to the bottom.  Yes, it does.  I find that fully lining knit bags helps with stability.  You don't want your hard work stretching out of shape when you fill it with your latest sock project.

In other news:

  • If you haven't read Aija's post from today, go over and read it.  She has some great etsy links, and pretty much sums up how I feel about etsy. 
  • I got an e-mail earlier in the week that one of my photos had been chosen from Flickr for Darius's COLORlovers blog.  This looks like an inspiring resource.  Go check it out.
  • Isn't it fun the Megan and Ashley picked the same yarn for their Fiberlicious Friday posts?  Each has their own beautiful interpretation of the yarn.

What I Shouldn't Be Doing. . .

. . .writing this post.  I've got so much to do today, but I couldn't resist showing you this gorgeous yarn that I got from the Plucky Knitter.  Besides, Megan started the wonderful Flickr group Fiberlicious this week.  I love an excuse to show off pretty yarn!  She also urges us to flash a bit of yarn on "Fiberlicious Friday", but I didn't have time yesterday.


The colorway is "Black Watch Plaid".  It's a single ply sock yarn.  I can't wait to give it a try.  My favorite size one sock needles are tied up in another project right now though.  So this yarn will have to wait.


. . . and on a completely different topic:


Who can resist pirate bandages?  Especially when they give you a little ducky with an eye patch!

The Promiscuous Knitter Strikes Again or What To Do With Your Spinning

Just because a knitter has a closet full of project bags, she should never hesitate to make another.  After all, they use up small bits of hand spun yarn very nicely.  Let us also not forget that multiple project bags mean that multiple projects will be accommodated.


I made this one from the Pigeon Roof Studios roving that I spun a few weeks back.


I knit it a few days after posting the photo of the yarn.  I has just taken me this long to get around to sewing the lining in.


I found the linen fabric at Purl Patchwork - the little blue cotton print was in the fabric stash.


It is easily tied to a belt loop for carefree knitting while in cafes or waiting in the grocery line.


I cast 4 stitches on a set of US size 8 DPN's and knit in the round, increasing 4 stitches in each alternate round. (Oops, sorry! Your bag won't have a flat base if you increase on alternate rounds, do it every round!)  Once the base was the desired size, I switched over to a circular and used the magic loop method, knitting until the sides seemed to be a respectable height.   An i-cord bind off was used for the top edge.  Finally there was a good dunk in a bath of Soak for some wet blocking. 


I let the whole thing sit around the house for a few weeks, then sewed a lining and made an i-cord drawstring with some leftover sock yarn.


Finished dimensions:

Diameter of base - 5"
Height of the sides to the i-cord bind off - 6 1/2"
Overall height - 11"
Length of i-cord drawstring - 26"

Summertime and the Living is Easy

I mentioned in my last post that I not a monogamous knitter.  Quite the contrary, I am rather promiscuous when it comes to my projects.  Take my latest finished project for example.  It is the knitting equivalent of a weekend fling.


It was all about the yarn for me.  I fell in love with the rich color of  this Alchemy Bamboo when I saw it at Modern Yarn.


I knew it had to be knit into something fairly simple to show off the subtle variations in the magenta yarn. 


Amy Singer's Montego Bay Scarf, from the Summer Interweave presented itself as the perfect choice.  I love the way the pairing of the bamboo yarn and the open stitch pattern creates a very drapey scarf.  The addition of a bit of fringe gives it sass.


DD#2 gives it attitude.


Montego Bay Scarf
Designed by Amy Singer, Interweave Summer 2007
Yarn:  Alchemy Bamboo; color Aubergine
Needles:  US #8 Knitpicks Options
Changes:  I added a three stitch garter border to the edges to help ward off rolling edges.
Amy braids the fringe in the pattern, I'm not sure if I'm going to do this or not.  I really like the movement of the fringe as it is now.  Perhaps if it starts to get a little ratty I'll braid.


Two more days of school.  Then SUMMERTIME!!!!!


Lets Talk About Yarn for a While

Have you tried Malabrigo Lace yet?  No?  Why not?


This yarn is everything you would expect it to be.  The amazing Malabrigo colors, the incredible Malabrigo softness.  It blooms as you knit with it.  With a price under $10 for 470 yards you can afford to make epic shawls.


I bought mine at Modern Yarn.  I all but dumped the bin of scrumptiousness over my head when I discovered it shortly after walking into the store on Thursday.  I kept making up my mind on color and changing it again because the colors were all so alluring.  In the end I settled on Garnet.  It's a good Project Spectrum choice.


I've chosen to make Icarus because the pattern shows off the color so well.
Don't worry about my Spun Stitches shawl.  It is seeing some knitting action too.  I've never, never been a monogamous knitter.

On a completely unrelated note, I've finally gotten around to installing Photoshop.  I immediately made a new banner for this blog.  (The old one was pretty weak.)  The customized banner seems to be showing up in Explorer and Safari.  But I'm a Firefox user, and for some reason the old banner still shows on Firefox.  Any Typepad users or techy gurus have any idea why? 

Now go out and buy some Malabrigo lace.  And if you go to Modern Yarns to buy it, save some for me.  I'm going back for seconds.

The Great Pom Pom Debate of '07

Opinions were strongly divided on the matter of pom poms.
There were many who were adamantly anti-pom pom, and an equal number who embraced the fun of it all.  As a few of you wisely pointed out they do have a function.  They keep your socks from slipping into your shoes.


So I tried it out.  I stuck one pom pom to one ped.  Cute, no?
The trouble that we have to face as knitters is this; our pom poms are not so durable.  Think about it.  You place your lovingly crafted pom pom on the back of your foot and it gets kicked, it gets bumped, it gets rubbed against the back of your shoe.  This is no cushy, top a of hat sort of affair.  No, our socks take a lot of abuse.  I fear the hand made pom pom on the back of a sock is not long for this world.  You remember how it was when you were a kid.  Did your pom poms last long on your store bought peds?  This little gem will be removed, despite its undeniable resemblance to my sweet bunny's tail.  Pom poms, I'm afraid fair better on hats.


Good bye little pom pom.


It is a harsh world, where only the strong survive.


I am offering the pattern below.



I named these socks for the famous golf course where the Masters tournament is played.  (Yes, I know I'm on a golf kick lately.)  The color of the yarn contrasted with the coral cuff remind me of the beautiful fairways accented by gloriously blooming azaleas that Augusta National is known for.

Augusta is knit toe up.

Yarn:  Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock; 80% Superwash Wool, 20% Nylon; 215 yards/skien; main color #207 Envy, 2 skeins; contrast color Poppy, #3919, 1 skein

Needles:  US#0 or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 9 st. = 1" in stockinette

Size: 7" at ball of foot and ankle, they stretch to fit my 9" wide foot and 8.75" ankle.  DD#2 is modeling the socks in the photos, her foot and ankle are considerably narrower than mine.

Cost:  $6.00

Pom poms or not, it is your choice. . .

I will e-mail a PDF file of the pattern when Pay Pal notifies me of payment.


No Babies Here

But I sure like to knit for them.


After seeing the adorable booties that Julie Frick knit many weeks back, I've been seeking out babies to make a pair for.  I took a trip to the library on Monday, dug through my stash for some STR and cast on.  They are so quick, easy and C-U-T-E!


Pattern:  Classic Cashmere Bootees from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, by Erika Knight
Yarn:  Socks That Rock - I lost the ball band and can't find the color on the Blue Moon site or the Fold.  Does anyone recognize it?
Needles:  US size 5
Time to make: Less than an hour each

Comments:  The only thing I'm not crazy about with this pattern is the seam up the back of the bootie.  Since they have a rolled top the seam shows.  I guess the thing to do would be to rip out the top 1/2" of the seam and re-sew that bit on the outside of the bootie.

Spinning and Stitching

I've been madly spinning my yarn for the Spun Stitches KAL.  After a bit of swatching I decided that my singles just wouldn't do the trick.  They were too thin and the swatch looked sparse. 


So, I spun another spindle full and plied them.  I've ended up with about 170 yards.  I'll need a lot more than that to knit a shawl.  But I am an impatient sort.


So I cast on for the Myrtle Leaf Shawl from Victorian Lace Today.  If you knit this shawl, be sure to check the errata.  There is an error in line 13 of the chart.


Between the spinning and the knitting this will be a long term project.  There will be lots of smaller projects thrown in along the way.


Including the second ped.  Thanks for all of your input on the pom pom.  For those who asked, I will be writing up the pattern as I knit the second sock.  It shouldn't take too long.


As I've been spinning and knitting, my kids have been folding paper.  They are in a origami phase.  We saw one of these amazing balls at a friends house.  He was nice enough to let us have it so we could figure out how to make one ourselves.  The balls have led to other designs.  DD#1 has been making frogs all morning.  Some of them even hop.  We'll be going to Pearl River Market this afternoon to stock up on more paper.