Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Stash Building

Here are my recent yarn purchases. If you are thinking it looks like a lot of sock yarn, you'd be correct. For some reason I have been especially drawn to sock yarn lately. I especially love the Koigu in the front with the lavenders, purples and greens. Perhaps this is because these were my wedding colors. Here is a close-up.

There is also som Reynolds Soft Sea Wool in Navy and Cream for some fair isle socks, Regia silk and some Lorna's Laces....

So much yarn, so little time.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Socks Revisited

DSC_1133, originally uploaded by suntheim.

I had a lot of trouble with socks. These ones have been cast on and ripped out about 8 times.....I attempted these almost 2 years ago, and ripped them out so many times, I finally gave up and stashed the yarn away. I successfully completed a pair of worsted weight socks about a year ago, and have recently become enthralled with all the cool socks there are to knit, and been on a bit of a sock yarn shopping spree!

I really wanted to try the Yarn Harlot's Sock Recipe, so after a few more false starts, here we are! I chose to use a knit-on Cast-on, despite the Harlots advise to avoid it, because I find my long-tail cast-on is way, way too tight for most garment, but my knit-on seems a lot more flexible. Perhaps in the future I will try another method for casting on, or cast on with larger needles. Not bad though, and stretches enough for my foot.

Socks on 2 circs

Pattern: Yarn Harlot's Sock Recipe

Yarn: Reynolds Swizzle

Needles: Size 1 (2.5 mm) 16" Addi Turbos (2 of them)

Gauge: 8.5 Stitches per inch (a little off from the Harlot gauge of 7.5 stitches per inch, but they fit my small feet just fine!)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Baby hat frenzie

Here are my two latest editions to the baby hat frenzie.

The first is yet another fruit cap

Pattern: Ann Norling Fruit Cap
Needle size: 8
Yarn: Tahki Cotton Classic

DSC_0912, originally uploaded by suntheim.

DSC_0911, originally uploaded by suntheim.

The second is a pattern that a friend found in a parenting/pregnancy magazine and asked me to knit.

Pattern: Bunny Beanie
Needle Size: 9
Yarn: Baruffa Maratona & Phildar Kid Mohair for the pink fuzzy inside ear

DSC_1112, originally uploaded by suntheim.

DSC_1114, originally uploaded by suntheim.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Not feeling well is good for my knitting

Haven't posted in awhile. School is kind of kicking my butt, so I haven't had much knitting time. However, yesterday I was feeling very dizzy and out of it, so I went home sick, and although I did not do much knitting yesterday (I mostly slept), I did pick up my needles today, as I am feeling somewhat better, but not well enough to focus on schoolwork. I doubled the length of Branching Out. Tonight I am hoping to finally finish Bunny Beanie for a baby that was born about a month ago.

I am also a new Auntie (again) to a beautiful baby girl, and have a project on my needles that won't be revealed until later for the new baby. But if you are on Ravelry, you can check my WIPs and see pics of the secret work there.

I also never posted pictures of the finished Not Your Standard Issue Sweatshirt which has been complete for awhile. I am wearing it often, now that the weather finally got cold. So here you go! Knit in Knit Picks Main Line on Size 10.5 Needles. The perfect lounge-around sweater for fall!

Also recently finished is a pair of Fetching Fingerless Mittens made with left over Main Line on Size 6 Double Points. I loved the pair I made for my sister for Christmas last year, that I wanted a pair for myself.