Saturday, February 24, 2007

A pair of socks richer!

new Jaywalkers

Yup, I finally finished them! Details:
Pattern: Jaywalkers
Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Meadow colorway

Needles: size 0 addi turbos

Comments on yarn: I LOVE THIS YARN!!! It's by far my most favorite sock yarn so far. Better than Lorna's. I love the way the colors show up in it. I love how soft it is (it's 60% superwash wool, 25% mohair and 15% nylon). It's got a nice sheen to it, and the socks are soft and warm.

Next up on the portable project front is a pair of mittens for my roommate. These were requested and I told her that I'd knit them for her as a Christmas gift. Obviously, I'm running a little late on Christmas gifts, but we knew that from the way the Reflection Aran Pullover is going. The mittens are supposed to match this scarf:

Ann's Scarf

I'll be using a Lorna's Laces yellow for the dots and a nice navy blue from Louet

nascent roommate mittens
I'm still working on the sweater for my brother though. Maybe that'll get done in March.

Almost one month has passed without me buying any yarn at all! I'm so proud of myself!

Sunday, February 18, 2007


Alright, I've been tagged with that six weird things about me meme. So here we go...

  1. I have to pick up the phone on the second ring.

  2. My left ear has two cartilage bumps while my right ear only has one.

  3. I get anxious when I watch movies that take place under water, as though I, myself, am about to drown.

  4. If I get drunk and someone starts talking in French - even just a word, I have to seriously force myself to think and speak in English

  5. I enjoy organizing things. I like taking everything out of a drawer, cleaning it out and then rearranging everything in an orderly fashion. I would actually do this for fun...

  6. Both my inside and outside toes on both feet curl in or point towards the middle toes.

Ah yes, I'm supposed to tag six people. So I tag: Beta, Ravi, AJ...i could tag more but it's getting annoying to create the I'll leave it at that.

I've had strep throat for the past few days. Let me tell you something folks, it's horrible. But I've done a bit more work on the website I'm planning, and I just turned the heel of the mate to the Mountain Colors Jaywalker. I think this is the fastest second sock known to man. I'm already psyched for my next sock. I'll be knitting it out of the second skein of Mountain Colors I have which is in a completely different colorway (much more green and hot pink). That will be after I finish a pair of mittens for my roommate (an extremely belated Christmas gift). Since I've been sick, I couldn't really concentrate on any confounded charts, so I haven't made any progress at all this week on the Reflection Aran Pullover for my brother. But we'll get there.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

This Abominable Chart

To hell with this.

From now on, I'm doing it my own way. I think this will make the garment actually look like it should in the photo.

Take that Melanie Falick!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The magical appearing sock!

Mountain Colors sock #1

Do you ever pull out something from your knitting bag only to find that it's almost done and you don't even remember knitting it? Well. That's what happened to this sock. I pulled it out of my bag yesterday and said, woa...this baby's ready for a toe! So i took it on over to The Point and whipped up some toe decreases and a nifty kitchener toe. It looks pretty nifty, even if the leg is just a bit too tight.

Mountain colors Sock

Somehow, while I was knitting that sock, I managed to make quite a bit of progress on the Reflection Aran Pullover:

Reflection Aran Pullover front progress

The different dye lots are actually giving a bit more depth to the I'm worried now that the rows on the chart won't be enough, but I think that by the time I get to the neck shaping, if I haven't figured the chart out by then, i might as well just make it up. I'm not getting too too worried about it yet though because I've still got a ways to go until I get to the breaking point. I'm on like row 77 or something of 160. Slowly but surely we're getting ahead. I must be getting really bored with it though to unwittingly knit a whole sock though. I can't wait until it's done.

As soon as it's done I'm casting on for the Weekend Pullover from Weekend Knitting. Yes, I realize this is another Melanie Falick pattern, however, it's a simple sweater knit in the round. I think I can take it!

So, I got my new issue of Interweave Knits in the mail today. I think I'll get used to it. Once the photographs in the front remind me less of ads and more like actual garments, and once I can forget that they're using twice the amount of space for the same amount of patterns, I think I'll like the new layout. But it also seems to me that this issue is lacking in a lot of the fun stuff as well. But maybe that's just because they organized it differently and it just looks like there's less columns and words. So we'll see how it goes. I purposefully haven't really looked at the patterns yet because I'm still trying to not buy tons of yarn. I haven't bought anything this month!!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

I'm doin it!

I do have like at least four sweaters worth of yarn, and then an infinite number of socks, that dress from Knit 1 that still needs to be finished and mittens for my roommate. I've got a giant shawl as well. I think I've got enough yarn to last me through October, and so i'm doing it:

I originally thought that I would go from February through October, but then I realized that I really didn't buy too much yarn in January (only one skein of BeSweet, but since that's going to a charity I don't care, and maybe a skein or two of sock yarn for a gift - which is a double whammy allowable in the rules). Also, going from February to October might be bad for my Rhinebeck 07 experience...