Category Archives: Finished in 2008

Down a New Path

Lately, I’ve been knitting socks to add to my stash. I’m usually bored with the many sock patterns out there so I’ve been mostly knitting on the different architectures from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters book. I ADORE this book and have been using it like crazy. When I received it, I immediately had it spiral bound because I knew it was a keeper. I’ve finished 3 pairs and have 3 in WIP-mode. To me, Cat Bordhi is the Elizabeth Zimmerman of sock knitting! She unvented how we normally knit our socks and has presented us with many different methods to do our toes and heels and gussets in this book. I hear this is the first of a series maybe for Cat. WOO HOO! I can’t wait for the next ones.

The first pair I finished were part of her two practice socks. I knit both of the practice ones and made one into a pair to be gifted.

The next pair are my Very Tall Tibetan Socks.

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I doubled Trekking Pro Natura for this pair. It makes for some warm socks, I tell you that! They’re comfortable for the most part, except for the purl bumps on the inside of your foot as with any handknit socks when you first wear them. The fit is INCREDIBLE on any of Cat’s designs in this book.

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Tall Tibetan Socks

Yarn: Trekking Pro Natura (doubled, colorway #1603)
Total Cost: $17.50 per skein (altho, 1 skein was a gift; I used most of both skeins)
Needles: Size US 5
Mods: I knit a similar pattern for the leg as the one in the book but not the exact one. I also kept knitting until I ran out of yarn, as opposed to the anklets shown in the book.

Another pair that I finished are the Spiraling Master Coriolis socks. These have stitches that run up the foot and spiral all the way around the leg design. A very easy knit. The fit is OK as long as I don’t pull the socks all the way up as the spiral make the sock a bit tight on the leg in places. So I wear my socks scrunched down.

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Spiraling Coriolis Socks (2)

 

Spiraling Master Coriolis

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (Pinstripe colorway)
Total Cost: about $16
Needles: Size US 1.5
Mods: None really, except add a few extra sts to the leg to make it wider.

I’ve been so into my New Pathways socks and inspired by my coworker, Knitting Leftie (who puts her Knit Notes book to full use) I decided to make labels for my Knit Notes pad from The Loopy Ewe instead of carrying the whole New Pathways book around everywhere. Yes, I’m anal, OCD, whatever you wanna call it. Shut up.

If anyone has the book and would like copies of my label set-up drop me an email.

Knit Notes for Socks

New Pathways labels

New Pathways Labels

And the winners are…

You guys cracked me up with the guesses. I could hear the brain cells frying … LOL Trust me, mine fried for the half hour it took me to FINALLY figure it out! The correct answer is (as some of the later commenters may have guessed) 10,990! 🙂 (It’s EIGHT cats in each bag! The one big ass Ripple look-alike (Cristi‘s darling) and 7 Graylin’s (Necia‘s baby).) 🙂 So I stuck all the commenters who posted the correct answer into the RNG and came up with the following winners:

  1. Amy (myafinari.com)
  2. Christy (knit.criosa.com)
  3. Reluctant Mango (reluctantmango.blogspot.com)

Congrats to the winners and thank you all for participating!! If the winners would please email me (see contact Rosi G. above) and let me know your snail mail addys I’ll pop your soap in the mail! 🙂

On to the knitting!! A couple of weeks ago, I knit a fantastically fast garment. AND….IT’S IN ACRACKLYC!!! Can ya’ll believe that? Jeanine kept showing me this damn Drops Design pattern. I browsed all over Ravelry at the FO’s posted there. One Friday night, I hopped in the car, drove to Michael’s, consulted via text with Jeanine regarding correct yarn selection, bought some Moda Dea Tweedle Dee, went home and cast on. A week later, I had a sweater!

Drops Jacket

That’s right. ONE WEEK! And can I just say it’s one of THE most comfy sweaters I’ve knit to date.

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I’ve worn it several times already. I left out the buttonholes by mistake on purpose and I just LOVE the way it looks like a mini-blazer type jacket!

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When I want to close it up, I stick in a shawl pin I got from The Loopy Ewe.

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Drops Jacket (4)

My gauge was different. So I knit a larger size than I normally would. It fits PERFECTLY! This Moda Dea yarn was not so bad to knit with and it softened up CONSIDERABLY after steam blocking. (Oh, btw, careful with that steam cuz acrylic yarn can get hard in places if you stick it too close, AMHIK 🙄 )

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Drops 103-1 Eskimo Jacket

Source: Drops Design
Yarn: Moda Dea Tweedle Dee (Indigo Run colorway)
Total Cost: $32.57 (used 4.66 skeins, a total 722.3 yds)
Needles: Size US 10.5
Size Knit: XL Started & finished in one week in January 2008
Mods: No buttonholes! 😎

Things you can do in 39 seconds

1. Laugh.

2. Chew a mouthful of food.

3. Knit 10 stitches.

4. Hold your breath.

5. Win the fucking superbowl. 😀

giants win

(picture courtesty of www.cnn.com)

WOW! That was my first superbowl and what a game it was! I don’t know much about it but I got caught up in all the yelling, jumping, high 5’s and foot stomping going on at my house with my cuzzos and Tano and kids watching the game. VERY exciting time! 🙂 I loved it. I think we’ll have another Superbowl party in coming years. It wasn’t half bad.

On to the knitting! Have you guys seen this new contest? I’m entering so get ready to cheer me on in April…if you think I deserve it. 🙂 I have my yarn and a bunch of pages scribbled with designs all ready to go. Swatching begins TONIGHT!

Besides a crapload of Capitán’s, I’ve also knit other stuff. A friend asked me to knit her up some baby items for a coworker about to give birth. Here’s what I came up with:

Simple Baby Cardigan

 

Source: Lionbrand
Yarn: Järbo Garn Baby Pascal Solid in Gray and Yellow (yarn held tripled; used 2.2 skeins of Gray and 0.3 skeins of Yellow for the embroidery)
Total Cost: $12.87
Needles: Size US 10.5
Started & Finished: January 2008
Mods: I didn’t do the hood, as you can see. I opted for about 10 ridges of garter instead. I also did the whole body in the round up to the armholes, did 3-needle bind off on the shoulders. For the sleeves, I picked up stitches around the armholes and did those in the round also. I charted the name and embroidered it. All in all, a super-speedy knit.

Simple Baby Cardigan

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Simple Baby Cardigan (1)

Blanket Buddy

 

Source: 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders
Yarn: Järbo Garn Baby Pascal Solid in Gray and Yellow (yarn held tripled; used about a half skein of each color)
Total Cost: $4.95
Needles: Size US 10.5
Started & Finished: January 2008
Mods: none, except for the two-color variations.

Blanket Buddy

Basic Baby Hat

 

Source: Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns
Yarn: Järbo Garn Baby Pascal Solid in Gray and Yellow (yarn held tripled; used about a half skein of gray and a few yards of yellow)
Total Cost: $2.50
Needles: Size US 10.5
Started & Finished: January 2008

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Simple Baby Beanie

Not bad for a bunch of little baby gifts eh? I hear the recipient thought they were adorable. Personally, I fell in love with the Blanket Buddy and it was kinda hard to let it go. 😉