Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Not enough yarn yet

So far I have resisted buying more sock yarn. But Susan will be ordering more, especially when Charlie bought some I had my eye on. Some of the colorways she had looked familiar, so for the past couple of days, I have been fondling and photographing my sock yarn. I took a lot of close ups then printed them out to carry in my knitting bag. The better to fill in the color gaps.

As you can see, I do not have nearly enough. I've researched the colorways available in the yarns the store carries and have carefully made some selections. You see, when I'm not knitting, I'm thinking about it.

This is my mostly likely to get knit up sooner than the others.

Traditional wool/polyamid sock yarns

Then there's my cache of acrylic/nylon sock yarns for those who may be allergic or will mistreat the socks.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

New sock yarn discovery

This is some seriously yummy stuff. I made up this sample sock for the Bonita Knitting Store from Austermann Step yarn. It's 75% wool and 25% polyamid and comes in 100 gram, 420 meter skeins. The extra bonus is the Aloe Vera and Jojoba oil smooshed in it. The 1st row felt a bit slick, but then I got used to it. Made a plain sock to bring out the yarn pattern, but it's more the soft feel of the yarn that appeals to me.

It will be a test to see if I can resist buying lots of it.

This is color 11 - Dune

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The subject is feet

I have a thing about feet. I think it's because, along with hands, they are the part of me I can always see. Living in San Diego, my toes are exposed for 5 to 6 straight months. Regular pedicures are a must. I've got lots of shoes because feet must be accessorized. These are most of my shoes, but I've got some stored in secret corners of other closets. I used to have lots of heels and other pretties, but now it's all about comfort first. When I was in the Navy, I had about 10 pairs of black pumps and 5 of the white. Different heel heights accounted for some, but if I found a comfy pair, I'd get at least 2. The most I've ever spent on a pair of shoes is about $250. They were black pumps I used in uniform.

By extension, I've always liked socks too. I used to buy funky socks even though I could only wear them with civilian clothes. So far, I have knit 59 pairs of socks. DH has some and others were gifts. These are all mine!

I store my socks at the foot of the bed in this chest, under my 'blankie'

I have 5 of those photo storage boxes (so far) of hand knit socks. I have them sorted by yarn type with my Sockotta and other cotton blends together, the Opals in another. One box contains my handwash only socks.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Magic! It didn't take that long to get down to my size. I put my foot in the wet clogs to shape them, but it'll be a day or two before I can wear them. I'm so happy with the tweed effect.

Doubtful at this point.

The classic Fiber Trends Felt Clogs. I made the women's large since my toes are 9 1/2 wide. This would have normally used just 3 skeins of Patons Classic Wool, but with the color mix I needed 2 1/2 of the brown and just 1/2 of the beige. I had my doubts this would work out.

The vest and the first bottom panel of my Many Seasons Vest from this fall's Knitting Workshop is done. 3 more seasons and a plain panel still to go.

Monday, October 16, 2006

The factory is closed

These are just 2 of the 12 scarves I made in the past week. I'd been working on some for the Breast Cancer event at the LYS last week, using stuff from my stash and my store discount to buy yarn. WELL, at the event on the 7th, the owner had solicited and received a big box of pink yarns from Crystal Palace. She stated she had a goal of 100 scarves. I told her she just couldn't say something like that to a former military woman. A numerical goal is a challenge. I committed to a total of 20.

Only the last four got a bit tedious, but I had a lot of fun experimenting with all sorts of yarns I do not normally use. Now I know why people are addicted to scarf making. Instant gratification. But I don't usually wear scarves. I did buy some extra lace weight Kid Merino for a ruffled scarf since it's such a light bit of fluff that adds a splash of color.

Back to long list of WIPs. Now, if my DH wouldn't come up with these brilliant ideas. He thought it would be nice if I made newly married daughter and husband matching sweaters for Xmas. I don't think so. He now thinks I need to make the son in law a Xmas stocking. That's a possibility, but then no one else in the family has a hand knit one.

Monday, October 09, 2006

My 21 year old daughter walked away from this when it was on its roof with just bumps and bruises. Most visibly the seat belt rash on her neck. She was around the corner from the house on Friday on her way to class when she reached over for something and hit a parked SUV just so. Her VW went airborne and both front wheels flew off. She even walked through glass barefoot without a cut. Life is good.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

My second home. The Bonita Knitting Store is about 1 1/2 miles from my house. Additional shelving has just arrived in anticipation of new yarns being added to the inventory. Did I mention the yarn cave also has some empty shelves? This is the temptation I'm constantly bombarded with!

My Icarus shawl on display. When I have a special occasion, I'll have to swing by the LYS to get it.

A student's 1st sock. Joy, joy, joy. Gloria finished her 1st sock and even started the second.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Dangerous situation. I rearranged the YARN CAVE when I got some big clear storage bags from WalMart. I found my 3 bins of Cotton Ease fit under the 1st shelf along with my 2 boxes of miscellaneous acrylics. Now I have EMPTY SPACE on 2 shelves and once I'm done with my vest and cardigans in progress, even more on the top shelf. Must .... get .... more .... yarn ....

Felting Kit. I was putting my felting tools away, then thought of sharing the secret of my 3 felting projects. I had been tying a pillow case closed, but just got a zippered one. But my secret weapon is this old pair of sneakers. They flop around in the hot water and make it felt up faster.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

So much TV and other musings

With the new TV season upon us, my only regret is that I only have 2 VCRs which limits me to just 3 shows in one time slot. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the most crowded, as I am especially addicted to Dancing With the Stars. I know a DVR is more efficient, but just call me old school.

Lots of TV means lots of knitting. The photos posted earlier are my current accomplishments. I am pleased to report my summer goal of conquering lace has been achieved. I feel confident I can attack an all over lace project soon. But first I finish my 2 cardigans and 3 socks in progress while still doing my Workshop homework [student] and the occasional private knitting lesson [teacher]. My next goal in progress is color work.

Next Saturday is the Breast Cancer Knit In at the Bonita Knitting Store. I have another ruffled scarf in Kid Merino cast on and ready to work on while Susan hosts the Pink Party from 12 to 5.

I missed the Whistlestop Sunday, as I had spent the entire day Saturday at Bonitafest at the Bonita LYS, my second home. I knitted at the booth and schmoozed with all the neighbors. I turned the heel on the sock I'm making from Magic Stripes. With the really elastic 2 needle cast on, I made the cuffs long enough to reach mid calf.

Mom requested a hat to match the green coat she wears when walking her new dog in the chilly mornings. Bob suggested making the dog a hat to match. I made it up as I went along. It's more of a gag gift. The hats are being mailed to Virginia today.

The panel is ready for duplicate stitching, embroidery and beading.

My first jump into color work. This is the first band in my workshop vest. It's a simple pumpkin repeat. I did not realize I would need 13 bobbins dangling from my work. I was pleased it was not the mess I thought it would be.

The lace sampler is done and blocked. I used Peppermint Alpaca Cloud from Knit Picks.

This center section was all centered double decreases.

The Butterfly is just too cute, but what a pain! Here I practiced [as in struggled with while cursing] yarnovers on every row and double yarnovers.

The Fern section had the decreases far removed from the yarnovers making it more wavy. The center section was aligned vertically in the graph.

Close up of edging, Cat's Paw and Tree of Life motifs