Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Decisions, decisions

I can cast on my next pair of socks at midnight (3.5 hours from now, but I doubt I'll stay up lol). There are 2 sock patterns per month (1 from the book, 1 free). This month, they are:

Free pattern: The nanner socks:

Pattern from the book: The On-Hold Socks (rav link):

I don't know which one I want to do first. I fully intend to do both. I'm also having trouble picking out a yarn. I have a blue one that I can use; but again, I don't know which pattern to do it with.

So, which pattern do you guys think I should do first?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The socks are done!

I am finished! Well, except for the blocking. I have to wait for my sock blockers to come in the mail (I'm hoping they'll be here Monday). This is the first pair of socks from the Ravelry Socks from the Toe-Up knit a long (KAL). The socks are a tad bit looser than what I like, so I am giving them to my best friend. Here are the details:

Needles: Size 3 dpns
Pattern: Wendy's Lacy Rib Socks (rav link) from her Socks from the Toe-Up book
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, colorway Pool (not happy with the yarn btw)
Toe: Judy's Magic Cast-on, CO 20 sts and did 3 increase rows before increasing as indicated in the pattern.
Heel: Slip-stitch heel
Started: June 4, 2009
Finished: June 27, 2009 (I was distracted by other projects)
Project notes: Pattern very easy to memorize; is very stretchy! Go down a needle size or 2. I made the small size, but they fit my bff's medium sized feet.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Talk about being a follower

I've fallen in love with the Girasole by Jared Flood (his blog is brooklyn knits-link to post). Wendy has done it, and I have several friends planning it or doing it. Most of the projects on ravelry are done either in fingering weight yarn (for a shawl) or in worsted (for a blanket). I want something in-between, so I've thought of finding a nice DK weight yarn to use. If I do use worsted, it will likely be Cascade Eco wool, and if I use fingering, it will probably be Tempted (she's also doing a girasole). I don't like shawls though. However, one of the knitting gurus at the LYS is doing it in fingering weight, and I really liked it. I'd mentally envisioned this blanket as being a future baby blanket, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do. Lol, I just bought the pattern, so I may be in a bit of trouble if I find the perfect yarn any time soon.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Almost done!

My little elefante is only lacking eyes and a tail. I've been a little lax on posting pics, so I've posted some below.

The feet bore a fun resemblance to cupcakes.

The feet and the body.

Fast forward almost a week...... nearly finished! If I make this again, I will NOT crochet the ears as per the directions. I can surely knit something easier than it was to crochet them.

I kinda sorta sewed the head on crooked, so I'm going to have to sew the eyes in so that the elefante is looking to the side. I'm not sure how I'm going to do that, so I'll probably set her down until SnB on Wednesday.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The elefante has a head

The elefante has a head! My pic is a bit misleading though-its not really attached to the body. I still have to crochet the ears. I tried tonight, but it was so tight that I was damaging my fingers. I'm going to wait until I relax a bit.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Elefante butt

Progress check on the elefante! I have sewn in the ends on the legs (I didn't want to "finalize" sewing on the legs until I got all of them on there and it looked ok) and started the trunk.

lol, my finger hurts again. I really should wear a bandaid on it until it recuperates.

Monday, June 15, 2009


This is somewhat hilarious, but I knit too much last night. I finished the body for the elefante and attached 2 legs. The tip of my index finger on my left hand is beet red and sensitive. I just tried to knit a row on the sock and it hurt too much to do any more. I am officially a weenie.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Pic from WWKIP

Here is the picture from the world wide knit in public day event in Tulsa yesterday. Stacy of Tempted Yarns (website, Etsy store) took the picture. Left to Right: Logan and his socks for his dad (blog), Cody with a skein of Tempted (I want to say the colorway is Sherwood, but don't hold me to that, and Cody is blogless), and me holding the first of my lacy ribs socks.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Knit in Public day

Today was Worldwide Knit in Public day. Several of my SnB friends and I went to Tulsa to the farmer's market to knit there. Then we went on a yarn crawl, hitting 3 stores. I came home with some cute Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM), all the same colorway (P713) but 2 different dye lots:

I actually like the more faded one better, but there was only one skein (of course!), so I can't use it for socks. I'm thinking of making these with it (pic from Ravelry):

Cute, huh? I have one really cute pic of my friends and I at the KIP, but I'm waiting for permission to use it from the photo-taker.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Found something bright and shiny to distract me

I've bought the yarn to CO this pretty pretty distraction: Elefante. I've got a cute light pink for the body, a darker pink for the ears, and a chocolate brown for the end of the trunk and feet (its all berroco comfort by the way). Adorable, no? I've been effectively distracted.

Oh, and here's the sock progress after SnB tonight:

One thing I'd like to note. This is Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Pool. Numerous people have told me that they've never had a problem with this yarn bleeding before, yet it has turned my needles greenish blue and leaves marks on my fingers after I've only knit a few rows. I have messaged Madelinetosh and asked for advice on how to stop this; I'll let you know what she says (you know, in case something like this happens to you). 

I'm going to go cast on an elefante.

Monday, June 8, 2009

More sock progress

Since I'm too lazy to drag out my digital camera, you get a iSight pic. I've turned the heel, and now I've just got to decide how long to make the leg portion. It looks like the spiral coloring is going to be gone on the leg. Oh well.

I went to the local yarn store today, just to sit and knit with friends. There was also a learn to knit class going on at the same time. I helped some of the students wind their hanks into cakes (ball of yarn), and helped one girl cast on. It was fun.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sock progress

I think I'm making decent progress. I'm in love with the spiral striping! I wonder what the variegation is going to do when I get to the heel.

Friday, June 5, 2009


I've transferred the non-knitting posts to the other blog, so everything should be just about knitting. :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

This makes me incredibly happy!

I'm on the Yarn Harlot's blog post about her Dallas stop. Link. Squeeee!

In other news, I CO a new sock. Its part of the Socks from the Toe-Up KAL on Ravelry. Here is my progress so far:

I think the pooling is interesting. I'll keep going for another few inches to see how it turns out before I decide whether or not I'm going to change yarns.

As always, I'm easily distracted. In keeping with that trend, I'm going to try to learn how to knit continental tonight (I'm a thrower). 

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I've made a change...

I have changed the purpose of this blog from TTC to knitting. To see my ttc blog, please go here. I'm trying to figure out how to move all of my TTC-related posts over to the new blog so that you don't have to read them if you're here for knitting. Until I figure that out, just gloss over them.

I hope you enjoy the new content of this blog. I'll do my best to AW my knitting habit.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I finished the first of the sunrise socks (link is to wendy's downloads page). I learned how important it is to make sure you leave enough tail when you cut that yarn-I had about 8 stitches left to bind off (I used wendy's sewn bind-off) and about an inch of yarn. I ended up tightening up the tail yarn all the way around the sock in order to gain an extra 2 inches of yarn so that I could finish. I am not pleased with the ribbing on the cuff; I might rip it out and redo it. The sock is sized a bit big too-I've recently read on Ravelry that Wendy advises going a size down. I knitted the small, so I guess I should have used size 3 needles instead of the 4s that I got gauge with. 

I'm proud of my first toe-up sock, and love the color. That's not going to stop me from giving in to second sock syndrome though. I've signed up for the Socks from the Toe-Up KAL on Ravelry, and it started yesterday. I'm going to use the Madelinetosh Tosh sock below to knit Wendy's Lacy Ribs socks (link goes to the Ravelry page-the pattern is in her new book Socks from the Toe-Up). I'm really tired, so I'll CO tomorrow on my lunch break.


So I meant to finish that sock last night, but I stayed up until at least 3am on Friday, Sat., and Sunday nights. Therefore, I was really tired last night and fell asleep at 6:30pm. I woke up again at 1:30am, went back to sleep at 3am, and got up at 8am. Yet I'm still tired. I'll be ready to start the ribbing tonight I hope (assuming I can stay awake).

Monday, June 1, 2009

Stitch n Pitch & Project Update

There's this thing called a stitch n pitch. Local yarn stores reserve blocks of tickets, we buy them, and then everyone knits at a baseball game. We have a minor league team in OKC called the Redhawks, and our SnP was last Saturday. It was a lot of fun, despite DH's sour mood. I had cast on a toe-up sock on Thursday for practice before starting the Socks from the Toe-Up KAL on Ravelry (starts today), but didn't make much progress because of the amount of time I spent driving to see the YH at Dallas.  I finished the toe increases at SWAK on Saturday afternoon, and continued to knit at the game.

Here's what I had about mid-game:

I spent all day Saturday and Sunday knitting, so here's what I had this morning:

Pattern is Wendyknit's Sunrise socks and the yarn is tempted good grrl into the blue. 

As for my foot being on the YH's blog, she's doing the post about Plano tomorrow. Fingers crossed that I'll see my tattoo there.