Monday, November 24, 2014

Girlfriend Socks

Patrick asked me to make a pair of socks for his girlfriend. Requests don't come often so when they do, I'm inclined to fulfill said request. The only requirement was black. I wasn't sure if I had any black. I don't get it often because I have to wear a head lamp to pick up the gusset. Don't ask. Digging deep, I found a skein of, the now defunct, gorgeous Sanguine Gryphon in Rhinoceros Beetle.

I did a simple design, Diagonal Rib Socks, so I could get them done quickly. Love these! This is such a great design. It's easy but looks like there's a lot more going on than there is. I hope she loves them as much as I do.

I have to say I love that the boys value my knitting so much that they ask me to make things for someone they care about. Patrick wears my stuff and really appreciates the yarn and the time that goes into making things.

I've been scouring the destash pages looking for my new obsession, Rainy Days & Woolly Dogs Gothsocks yarns. I know this company is no longer in business and when they closed they left a lot of upset people in their wake, rightfully so from what I've read. But I can't help myself. I love the yarns and the names of the yarns are quite entertaining. I'm knitting up a pair of socks for myself using this yarn. I was going to do a plain vanilla sock because the stripes are so striking but I saw Hermoine's Socks knit in this yarn I just loved the texture of these. I just cast on so I'm hoping to share a photo soon!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Structured Cowl

As previously stated, I needed to knit up some stuff for myself. I made a Rikke hat using Blue Moon medium weight Socks That Rock Yarn to replace the Rikke hat I lost last year. I also wanted a nice cowl since Patrick stole my favorite one. I find it hard to steal back something when someone who really loves it is the thief. The fact that he's my son makes it harder still. Ok so I looked around and found a great pattern on Purl Bee called the Structured Cowl and it was made in Alpaca. I have this gorgeous baby llama/silk blend yarn by Illimani which I thought would be perfect for the cowl and it turned out I was right! It was so lovely that I had to wear it before I blocked it. Or rather Glenn did. The first photo is the back of the cowl, the second one is the front of the cowl and the third photo is self explanatory.

It's beautiful and soft and see that little flap? That tucks perfectly into the v neck of my coat!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Putting Socks Aside

Never thought you'd hear me say that huh? I realized winter is upon us and I have only one hat I like to wear and not one pair of gloves. I have a bunch of sock yarn all wound up and ready to go but that's going to have to wait. I also wanted to knit some things for nieces and nephews but they're little so they should be quick knits.

I did just finish up one pair of socks for Patrick's secret college stash. Considering he's just looked at SUNY Buffalo, he's going to be needing a lot of knitted goods. Here are the Diagonal Rib Socks I knit for him. I've knitted them before but I love how they have a lot of texture and look like they're more complicated than they actually are.

This was an old Sanguine Gryphon Eidos yarn I had stashed away. Speaking of, I was so sorry to hear that Cephalopod Yarns had to shut their doors. I have one of their yarns stashed so I'll make sure I use it for something special.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rhinebeck 2014

It's that time of year again isn't it? Fall is in the air, the kids are back in school and The NY Sheep and Wool Show, otherwise known as Rhinebeck, is here!

Glenn, Brigit and I headed up yesterday early morning. We wanted to get there relatively early so we could park close and not have to wait on a long line. While on line, we saw some lovely hats, sweaters and scarves. It's so fun to see all the gorgeous goodies everyone's worked long and hard on. It's also fun to watch other people's reaction to all the things people are wearing. I wore my Strip Study Shawl and got a few compliments on it. I also got a few compliments on my gorgeous, their words not mine, gray hair! I always say thank you and reply that it's just lucky genes how it grayed in the front only.

Ok enough of that. Goodies!

Here's the haul. There's some Fiber Optics, Blue Moon Fiber Arts and a few other lovelies which I will shortly post to my stash and, if you''re interested, I'll put Rhinebeck 14 in the notes in case you want to buy it online.

Needless to say it was a great day. I am still pooped so I'm going to go knit and watch a movie.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Rock The Casbah

Wow it's been a while since I've posted! Thankfully I actually have something to show you today which I love. I made these socks for my sister. Oddly enough, I've made this pattern for my other sister but in a totally different yarn.

It's the Farmer McGregor pattern from the Socktopus book. It's made with Handmaiden Casbah Sock Yarn in Cornflower. I saw this yarn a while ago and just fell in love with it. This was a dream to knit up. For some reason, the first time I did this pattern it seemed more difficult than this time around. One day, hopefully soon, I'll make myself a pair.

Working on some stealth knitting for Patrick and have a Sockhead hat on the needles which is a great mindless knit to always have on the needles.

Rhinebeck is in a couple of weeks and I can't wait!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Witchy Bitchy

Love that name! It's the name of a colorway from the now, unfortunately, defunct Rainy Days & Wooly Dogs indie dyers. I saw this colorway on a destash page on Ravelry and couldn't resist. After making my son's girlfriend the ruffled scarf I thought this would be a fun scarf for the Witchy Bitchy color I had in my stash.

It's going in the mail next week for my friend's daughter. I think she'll just love it.

If you see any Gothsocks for sale, you should pick up a skein. The colors are really fun and the yarn is just lovely.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sasha Socks

Just finishing up a pair of socks I'd like to share with you. These are the Sasha Socks which can be found on Ravelry. An easy pattern which knits up quickly. These are done in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock and the color is Winterberries. This yarn may be from the yarn club I was in last year but I'm not sure.

As soon as these are done, I'll be casing on my Dillsboros for Rich's KAL on Ravelry. Those socks will be put in my stash for Patrick and they're going to be gorgeous!