Monday, June 20, 2016

Emma

Emma is a split lace pattern with my favorite little fake cable in the middle.  The yarn is PennyRose Rachel (400 yards, 100 g, 100% SW merino).  Size 2.25mm circular needles, 56 st pattern. 






Friday, June 10, 2016

Still on a sock binge

I can't help it; I finish a pair of socks and then chart out another pair.  So here's the latest, which I gifted to a friend.

Tutti Frutti



Cute little lace pattern which is very easy.  I like knitting lace and I love playing with 3-5 stitch small patterns, and then and combining the patterns.  Holds your interest while you knit, but fairly mindless.

By the way, On the Wing is now available for free on Ravelry.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Socks!

I'm out of the Sock Madness competition, but it's fine with me.  There are times when you know that knitting a particular pattern will destroy your cranky hands and round 5 was the case.  So, not competing, but boy, am I knitting socks.  I'm happily designing and knitting away.  That's what happens to me after Sock Madness:  I want to design and make socks.  And of course, these will fit my small, narrow foot.  But it's the Madness that inspires me to get off my tush with my boring, same-pattern, basketweave socks and make something new.  So here's what's done.


This one is called Undulate because of the way the fake cables move left and right.  Yarn is KnitPicks Stroll (I think it might be an old yarn because I can't find it on their website).  Size 2.25mm needles.



This one is On the Wing because I sort of see flying geese on the front and back of the leg and little winged bugs on the side.  I have a good imagination.  Yarn is PennyRose Rachel, which I dyed.  100% superwash merino/ 100g/400 yards.  Size 2.25 needles.

I dyed and sold yarn for about 6 years and then retired from that a couple of years ago.  Still have a nice supply of yarn, so I can dye just about all my sock yarn if I wish.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Another rosette

Here's the 4th rosette from




Monday, May 2, 2016

Sock Madness - Round 4

Finished!  Sweet Nuttins is a lovely pattern by Adrienne Fong (aka Bellybutton Knits).  Cables, lace, beads, cute little ruffle, pattern on gusset and heel and toe.  Oh, my!  A neat challenge and pretty socks as my reward.  Click on the pics to see the beads!


If you like to knit socks, and want to learn new techniques and make unusual socks, Sock Madness on Ravelry is the place to go.  You'll have to wait until next Feb. to sign up for 2017, but it is such fun.  I'm speedy, but not nearly as fast as some of the knitters.  That's fine with me.  Teams are set up with the knitter's ability to zoom in mind. So this year we have 16 teams, ranging from very slow to beyond fast.  I'm somewhere in the middle, where I belong. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

My take on Slip Stripe Spiral

Slip Stripe Spiral was this year's qualifying sock for Sock Madness.  I didn't try to get gauge since I knew they would be much too big on me.  And indeed they were, and they fit the Hubz perfectly.


I just loved the techniques, and had enough leftover yarn to make me a pair.  The original pair was knit toe up, with a Sweet Tomato Heel and on 64 stitches.

I decided to re-engineer the pattern to fit my small narrow feet and legs.  So, a 56 stitch sock, knit top down with the usual heel and toe.



I love them to pieces!  Now I want to explore slip stitch colorwork patterns for socks.  I've done this technique many times before, but always for sweaters.  So this should be a lot of fun.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sock Madness - finished

I just finished the third sock for this year's Sock Madness.  I really love these guys, but they are big on my little feet.  About an inch too long, and very roomy.  However, I can still wear them and I shall.  They look like they fit, but trust me, there's a lot of sock under my foot.  I enjoyed this one very much!



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