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Socks and a Top

The Sidewinders are FINALLY done!! THANK THE HEAVENS!!! I was sick of these socks taking up room in my knitting basket making me look all unaccomplished!! LOL

These socks are not necessarily difficult but I was quite upset that they didn’t FIT when I finished the first that I waited an entire year to knit the second sock!  That’s my one finished Ravelympics WIP.

Sidewinders (2)

Sidewinders Socks

  • Source: Nona Knits
  • Size: 9M
  • Yarn: Gedifra Socks Color, 345 yds.
  • Color: Greens
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Cost: $6.56
  • Started: August 1, 2007
  • Finished: August 11, 2008
  • Mods: none.

I have a way more exciting FO for you than these socks tho. And way prettier, IMHO!

Lace and Cable Top (3)

The Lace and Cable Top! It’s DONE!! YAAAY! I LOVE IT! I have only one complaint: I think the boat neckline is too wide and it falls off the shoulders (one or the other shoulder, but not both at once). I may have to seam up a bit on each end.

Lace and Cable Top

I really like the fit of it. The yarn that I used, Elann Luna, really feels great against the skin. One thing tho, you have to be careful not to snag the top on anything: your bag, the seat on the train, your chair at work, etc. Cuz the yarn is soooo splitty that even knit up if it gets caught, that piece won’t look too pretty!

The lace repeats are very easy to remember so it is a very fast knit (if that’s all you have on your needles, but we all know that I have that KADD!).

Here’s a gratuitous boob shot close-up of the lace:

Lace and Cable Top (1)

Pretty, no?

Right now I’m trying to finish up a quick baby blanket that my cousin asked me to make for her to take the baby out of the hospital with. She asked me last Saturday. She’s due September 1st. Oy. WISH ME LUCK!!!!

Lace and Cable Top

  • Source: Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2008
  • Size: 40.5″ to fit a 44″ bust
  • Yarn: Elann Luna
  • Color: Fresh Cream, #5052
  • Needles: US 6 & 7
  • Cost: $17.56
  • Started: July 17, 2008
  • Finished: August 17, 2008
  • Mods: The neckline is too wide so I had to sew an inch on either side.

WIP Wednesday

First of all, thank you all so much for your warm comments and virtual hugs. Thank you to each and every one of you that emailed me and shared personal stories with me much like my own. In a sad way, it was nice to know that I’m not alone in having had such a weird life. I hope that all of you can find peace and a good side to your sadness as I will now try to find in this unfortunate event in my life. I hope to finally be able to meet my half-brothers and sisters and maybe form a relationship with them. I want my children to see what a NORMAL family is like. My father’s side of the family seems to be a good example of normal, loving people. I’ve gotten to speak to my aunt and uncle (father’s siblings). I will be meeting up with them soon.

As usual, the needles have not stopped around here. The same way that I cast on for a BUNCH of socks not too long ago, I’ve now been 100% into knitting sweaters. Right now I have FIVE sweaters OTN: four fully active and one that has been asleep for quite some time in the WIP basket.

Let’s start with the Somewhat Cowl (Yarn: Marshmallow from Decadent Fibers). I am progressing rapidly on this one as it’s mostly stockinette and am now halfway down the body. I don’t plan to make this as long as what the pattern calls for (24″ finished length in my size). With my gut I can’t make sweaters that extend too far below my waist or they get a crease line. HA! Here’s an upside-down shot of it:

Somewhat Cowl

Next up is the Central Park Hoodie (Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool). I’m knitting this sweater seamlessly except for the sleeves so it went way faster than usual. I also don’t like how the cable is stopped abruptly at the start of the hood in the pattern so I’ve continued the cable. I’ll make notes of my changes in case anyone is interested. I’m more than halfway through the hood and then on to the sleeves.

Central Park Hoodie

Number 3 is the Fairly Easy Fair Isle (Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky). There’s not much going on here. Stockinette until I get to the top part.

Fairly Easy Fair Isle

The fourth has been on the needles for quite some time and hasn’t been touched in ages. So not much to talk about there. It’s the Bog Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman (Yarn: Makalu Yarns Lambgora).

Bog Jacket _1__001

Lastly, but DEFINITELY not least is my current train knitting: Cable-Down Raglan (Yarn: Shelridge Farm W4). Jeanine mentioned NaKniSweMo so I joined up – as IF I needed an excuse to cast on yet another project. HA! Cast on right on the 1st of Nov. I’m loving the knitting. I DID have to rip yesterday tho because I was NOT liking the raglan increases as instructed in the pattern (kf&b on either side of raglan marker). So after I ripped back I decided to use my new favorite increases: LaLinc and LaRinc, as described by Cat Bordhi in her New Pathways for Sock Knitters book (that link brings you to a video of it. I love these new increases so much that it’s the same ones I’m using for the Somewhat Cowl above.

Here are pictures of the old raglan increases.  See how different they are on either side?

CDR with Ugly increases

CDR - Right Side Increases

CDR - Left Side Increases (1)

Now check out these MUCH NEATER increases.  These match up way better.

CDR with nice increases

CDR - Left Side Increases

CDR - Right Side Increases (2)

I’m not COMPLETELY happy with these either but it’s because half the increases are done on reverse stockinette so they’re forming tiny little holes. Do you see them in that last picture? Anyone got any suggestions for me on that?

Well, that’s all for now folks. I also knit on all those second socks sometimes and sooner or later will have a few finished pairs.

TTFN!

So there’s been all this knitting

PICTURE HEAVY POST!!!

I been a knitting fool!! I’ve been super tired lately from work. DH is very supportive of me lazying out on Chloe and just knitting away when I’m this tired. LOL Plus when you work OT at The Firm, sometimes there’s a lot of wait time for work so you can sit there and read or….KNIT. HA!

I have a few FOs to show you guys, plus I’ve cast on for several projects already.

Let’s start with the color red for today. Last year, at Rhinebeck (RHINEBECK!!!), Jeanine was on this RED binge. Every yarn or fiber or whatever she fell in love with was some shade of red. I realize that I’ve been on the same kick lately as far as my projects. I have no idea why that is. Just happened that way.

So here we have the Summertime Tunic from Interweave Knits Summer 2007. This is actually now a free pattern on their website. Knit up in a sturdy pink Rowan Summer Tweed, it’s an easy knit. I finished it in about a week and wore it to my first day back at The Firm. This yarn tears up your hands though, so if you ever knit with it, have some sort of balm handy!

Summertime Tunic (2)

Summertime Tunic (3)

Tunic Bow (2)

Summertime Tunic

Source: Interweave Knits Summer 2007
Yarn: Rowan Summer Tweed in Pink
Cost: $6 per skein (used 6); total project cost: about $38 with the ribbon and beads
Size: Small (my gauge was different than the pattern)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch
Needles: Size 7 Addis
Started & finished: August 2007 (took about a week)

Next up, I finished my Cable Rib Socks, also from Interweave. I made the same coughmistakecough on the second sock that I made on the first sock. You know…my design modification. ;) I love the colors on this sock. These are my second pair made with Socks That Rock yarn. I was very disappointed with my first pair (Jaywalkers in the Dreidel colorway). I am not happy about those socks at all! The color is way too yellow and just….ugh. But these. These Cable Rib have reinstated Socks That Rock in my eyes. Let’s see what the third pair will come out like as I have three more colorways in my stash: Lucy, Backstabber and Mudslide. One thing’s for sure about toe-up socks: you use up ALL the yarn.

Finished Cable Rib Socks (5)

Finished Cable Rib Socks (4)

 

Finished Cable Rib Socks (1)

Cable Rib Socks

Source: Favorite Socks
Yarn: Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Rooster Rock colorway
Cost: $21
Needles: Size 1.5 Addis (gave a nice sturdy fabric)
Started & finished: September 2007
While on the topic of socks, I’ll have you know that I cast on for Cristi‘s newly-designed Red Dwarf Knee Socks (free pattern!!). I’m using Schaeffer Anne doubled up. LOVE Schaeffer. These ain’t red, but their name is! :D Her pattern is super easy to knit up. You’ll memorize the design with the first repeat or two and then you don’t even need to look at the pattern! Way to go, chica.

Red Dwarf Knee Highs

Lastly for this post, I’ll show you my finished Airy Wrap Sweater from Fitted Knits made in Knit Picks Suri Dream. Many people on Ravelry were disappointed with the huge 50″ long ties that the pattern calls for you to knit. I think if you knit the pattern using the same yarn and you’re very thin, you can pull off those ties. Otherwise, fuck no. Me, if I were to do that, I’d look like a burrito. No thanks. I could’ve finished this one sooner but I was too busy trying to figure out what to do with the ties, and then Royal Empress sent me a comment on my color choice on Ravelry and we got to chatting via messages about the ties. She mentioned buttons and short ties and the lightbulb went off. I only knit ONE tie long enough to reach my hip. On the other side, I only knit the tie (which is really the front part of the wrap) to reach the opposite side. I scrunched up the parts that meet my sides on each front section and added buttons and Voila! Here you have it!!! I’m pleased with this sexy sweater and plan to wear it often. The Suri Dream is a very wonderfully soft yarn to knit with AND to wear. Not scratchy at all.

Airy Wrap

Airy Wrap (1)

Airy Wrap (3)

Airy-Wrap Around Sweater

Source: Fitted Knits
Yarn: Knit Picks Suri Dream in Chili Pepper
Cost: $4.99 per skein (used almost 4); total project cost: about $21 including buttons
Needles: Size 11 Webs Bamboo
Started & finished: September 2007 (took about two weeks)
So there you have it folks!! There HAS been other knitting but I don’t want to use up all my stuff on one post and bore you to death! ;)

Couple of people asked me about Misty. She’s doing fine taking over my house and CHAIR!! She seems to think that I HAVE to let her sit on my chair even when I’m in it. She favors the right side of the chair so no matter who’s in it, that’s where she’ll lay.

Kute Kitteh (4)

HER spot

Contest update: I cracked up reading your replies from my contest post. SOMEONE even had her cats add comments. Heh!! I promise that it will probably end this week. ;)

Cut my hair again! :D

New Haircut (1)

New Haircut