Monday, December 26, 2005

One legwarmer

I'm doing the legwarmers for my youngest daughter. She has longer legs than I do and you are looking at my leg. One took just about an entire skein of Wool Ease worsted weight yarn. The pattern is available online from Interweave Knits. It's called Cabled Leggings and is by Ann Budd. I believe it's in the subscriber only contents, but this month it's available to all by using the code word CABLE.

I used size 7 DPNs and did a K1, P1 ribbing at the top. The pattern just stops. I also omitted the last set of increases. 75 stitches are plenty, even for my fat calves. Her calves are definitely not fat. She's the one on the left.

Other daughter's sweater, purchased at Nordstrom's, was so cute I took a bunch of pix of it and hope to figure out how to make it.

While waiting for Santa....

I finished these Christmas Eve after dinner. We celebrate quietly with our daughters since our extended family is on the east coast. Oldest's fiance was with his folks in Ohio, so we got to enjoy her for this last Christmas before she becomes a married lady.

As the evening was winding down, I finished these off. As the youngest reminded me, 'cause she thinks I am a knitting machine, she's waiting for me to finish the leg warmers she requested TWO DAYS AGO.

But, I'm playing with Christmas toys, books and gadgets, so she will just have to wait. Besides, it's 70 degrees outside! Knitting-wise, I got 3 volumes of the Harmony stitch guides. Along the way, I placed some orders with Knitpicks and Herrchners. Merry Christmas to me...

Hope you all have a fun holiday week.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Ugg booties, finally

These have been on my 'to do' list for the longest time. I just got an email invitation to the baby shower [in January in Colorado - I think not] and several people on the Socknitters list have been talking about these again. So I got my UFO bag and did the second one today. Now to box them up and send them along.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I found the repeat!

I had to go just beyond the heel of the first sock before the yarn started to repeat. I usually have plenty of Sockotta left over, so pulled out yarn from the skein until I found my starting point for the 2nd sock. I'll keep the leftovers for some heels or toes or other embellishment.

I was so happy because I'm entirely too particular to have mismatched socks, especially with such an obvious stripe. This is Sockotta #605. I figure if I spend almost $10 and a week of my time, I want them to please the wearer, namely ME. These are not 'cheap' socks, although there are many more pricey sock yarns out there, so I made the extra effort.

Mitten scarf done

Just in time for the 1st day of winter and our 70 degree daytime temperature, the child's special request scarf is done.

My version is the 1st one, where, as a special twist, DD decided she wanted the pockets on the inside. The other one is from the website she'd originally seen it for $37. She might have even bought it, except it was out of stock and has since been taken down.

I did it in Red Heart acrylic because I knew the abuse it would have to take in both the wearing and washing. The finished size as blocked is 7" by 68".

She likes it, and that's what counts.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Mitten scarf is coming along

I've done just over 3 feet of the scarf. I anticipate another 3 feet will do what the daughter wants. This is from Red Heart acrylic and is working up quickly on size 10 needles. It contracted because of the cables and ribbing and I knew I was going to have to 'kill' the acrylic to permantly block it and soften it up. I did that this morning while it's still on the needles to make sure I will like the effect. I pinned the mitten pocket on to see how it would look. I did the pocket on size 5 needles so it would be sturdier.

I must stop playing around with my socks so I can finish this up this week.

The sock factory

I'm a selfish knitter. After doing some projects as gifts, I decided to get started on my Sockotta wardrobe. All a basic crew. No playing around or experimenting. The two I already have are the ones I reach for time and again. The cotton/wool combination is good for San Diego.

I have 4 sets of size 2 needles and 4 skeins of Sockotta. So I cast them all on to see how the colorways will work up. Then I note Herrschner's has free shipping until the 24th with a $25 purchase using the code M. There were 3 colors I liked and they were a bit cheaper than at the LYS. Total $25.47. Cool. Shipment qualifies for free shipping. My mom sent me some $$ as a present, so I gifted myself.

Sockotta 605 is striped!

This is what happens when you assume. I thought all Sockotta yarn was a mix you did not have to worry about. I have made 2 pairs. #9 Storm in blues and grays and #13 Granite in grays and white. I wear these a lot, especially on vacations when I do a lot a walking. So I find a local source, get 4 more skeins. Three of the four are as I expected. The trick is the single and double digit color codes are the mix. The others are somehow patterned.

I look online after the fact. Hmm... #605 is called a simple stripe. Not my 1st choice, but okay. I cast on and decide to work the cuff until the first repeat. As you can see, 7 inches later, there is none so far. When I got to the light blues I started the cuff with, I thought it would repeat. Then I saw the green come up again. What's going on? This may end up being my first non-matching pair of socks. Although lots of folks are okay with fraternal socks, it bothers me.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Wrapping central

Lastly - at least for today - my yearly wrapping workshop. I spent one day wrapping and decorating the gifts. We wrap everything! One year I wrapped a dozen bottles of hair gel. That heavy gift drove the kid crazy! DH is waiting for youngest DD to finish with exams to get her to wrap the stuff he got me.

It's a pain, or a happy hassle as I like to call it. I love Christmas!

Fun Socks for daughter

These are from a skein of Lana Grossa, a yarn I'd gotten on sale from Knitpicks when they were clearing out all but their own brand of yarns. It's a 100 gram skein and feels like Opal to me. Self striping and hopefully "fun." Simple crew sock.

Note the yarn stretchers. Got them a giftie for doing the soldier socks. An unexpected pleasant surprise. They are adjustable from 10 to 12 inches, so are quite useful.

Brother's socks

I just love the look and feel of this Fortissima cotton socka. It's 45% cotton, 42% superwash wool, 13% polyamid. Besides this gray and a black available locally, I could only discover a blue tweed and a natural color available from a Canadian vendor.

I did the sock with a short row heel I'm especially proud of.

Best laid plans

Like many others, I had planned to be totally done with Christmas knitting months ago. I was so proud of myself for finishing my mom's sweater by August. Then, in November, I got this idea to make my brother some socks. Finished those on the 9th of Dec then mailed them off. Get DD's Xmas wish list and she requested 'fun socks'. Finished those this Thursday the 15th.

Then other daughter sees this scarf online. Cabled with pockets to warm up the hands. The pockets are shaped like mittens. "Mom" can you make that for me? Stash Red Heart and I start to figure it out through trial and error with the help of some grainy photographs. I'm plugging along and she looks me dead in the eye and says, "How soon will that be done?" San Diego winters last about a minute, so the window of opportunity to get any use out of it is quite small.

I usually spend the week before Christmas reading and otherwise relaxing, but between furiously knitting this last scarf, waiting for Santa's elves to deliver the rest of the presents [aka, the men in brown in their square brown trucks] then wrapping them......

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Christmas chores

The only knitting I've been doing is the pair of socks for my brother's Xmas gift. A few more rows then I'll start the toe decreases on the second sock. I did most of this one on the road - back and forth to Las Vegas.

Don't ask. What happens there, stays there - as in my money!!!!

My soon-to- be- married daughter posted her Xmas wish list on the fridge for her last single kid at home for presents event [ I AM NOT CRYING!!!!]. Instead of all the things she needs for her new home, she asked for fun socks. Well, duh... of course her mommy immediately cast on some socks for her baby.

Speaking of soon to be married daughter. We spent last Saturday wedding dress shopping. What a surreal experience. When did my baby morph into a bride? She's thinking simple, kind of Grecian goddess. One place, checked out what they had. Settled on one after trying on about 6. Slept on it, then ordered it the next day. I'll be doing the alterations. It fits like a dream, but alas, my baby is only 5'3", so there's hemming involved.

We still have to decide on bridesmaids' outfits. Since my other daughter is the Maid of Honor......

So, my house is decorated for Xmas. The tree is up and my 1st Amazon order has arrived. Some more shopping and mailing off of gifts next week. Oops, then Xmas cards... I'm halfway done.

#1 daughter, who moved out this spring, is talking about moving back in before the wedding. Lucky I did not make her room my sewing or stash yarn room.

Life is sure interesting.