Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Still Learning

I love the Farmer McGregor socks by Alice Yu. The first time I made them, for my sister, I found them a bit difficult to make but they were so beautiful it was well worth the time I put into them. I made them again and it seemed a lot easier the second time around. These too were gifted. This third pair were for me. A breeze but one problem. I ran out of yarn. I've never checked yardage making socks before because I've always had more than enough yarn for the pattern I was making. So much so, that I've given away bags and bags of leftover sock yarns. Well it caught up with me. About halfway through the second sock, I realized I wouldn't have enough. I was using Madeline Tosh yarn so I knew a perfect match was going to be near impossible. I figured I'd take what I could find. I went to the Ravelry de-stash group and found someone was selling a skein in the color I needed. The color is off but it's just the end of the toe so it's not a really big deal.

The socks are gorgeous and so comfortable, I just love them. You can see the toe color is off but I can live with that. You can bet I'll be checking yardage from now on though!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Girlfriend Cowl

Patrick's girlfriend has a birthday coming up. She's sweet, beautiful, smart and funny. Definitely knit worthy. I must have had her on my mind when I went yarn shopping last because she loves black clothing. I picked up this Shibui yarn in Tar and found the perfect pattern for it. Tiny Flowers. I've made it before and loved it so much, had to make it again. Come to think of it, I think Patrick swiped the first one I made!

The only thing I would change is maybe going up a needle size. It's a bit dense and thick but it's fine.

Here is May's sock yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock sock club.

I'm really loving the colors they're making this year! They remind me of my childhood - the colorful years of the 60s and 70s. I can't wait to see what I make from this!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

College Knitting

I squeezed in some knitting for myself before getting to college knitting. Here's what I've made for me:

This is made with Miss Babs yarn and the color is called Celebration. I can't believe this but I can't remember the name of the pattern! Yeah getting old sucks.

This is the Jeck pattern, which I've made before, and it's knit in Miss Babs colorway Biker Chick. A couple of years ago when we went to Rhinebeck, I'd made a promise to myself - I was only going to buy yarns that I'd never tried before so I could give other yarns a chance. Walking by Miss Babs booth, I saw this yarn and my resolve melted away. I had to have this yarn! It was definitely worth the twenty minute wait on line.

One of my nieces came down for a visit and I showed her my secret bag of knitted goods I was working on for Patrick when he goes away to school in September. He's going to University of Buffalo and he's going to need a lot of goodies to keep him warm there for sure! She looked at me and said "You know, Aunt Sue, it's going to be cold where I'm going too." So off to the yarn shop we went and she picked out some yarn for cowls and mittens. Then she went through my stash and picked out yarns for socks and hats. Now I'm working on two college stashes! Of course I don't mind. Both of these kids love and appreciate whatever I make for them. Selfish knitting will be put on hold and college knitting is going full steam ahead!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Icefishing Weekend Woolies

My darling sister in law invited us up for a weekend of fun, family and icefishing. We packed up the boys and their girlfriends and headed upstate!

I had been knitting gifts to bring up for months so I had socks, cowls and hats to give away. All were greatly appreciated and looked so cute on them.

Here are my adorable niece and nephew wearing the Rikke hats Auntie Susie made for them.

Their mom said that her son, who's actually my grand nephew Patrick, loved his so much he was wearing it around the house all the next day.

It was a great weekend of eating, drinking, fishing and most of all love and laughter. Family weekends like this are just the best.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cold Winter

Since it's been such a cold winter, I've had a lot of knitting to catch up on and I sure did. I made a few hats for me, a few for Patrick and a couple of cowls. Glenn was nice enough to be my model today so I'll share everything I've been up to the last few weeks.

Rikke Hat

Rikke Hats with modifications by The Rainey Sisters

Wurm Hat

Raglan Cowls

Now that everyone's heads and necks are warm I'm back knitting socks. Just in time too - seems I've been wearing them out in groups so I need to fill out my sock drawer.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Love Love Love

It's been a while since I've posted but I've been a busy knitter! I have a parade of hats I've made but have yet to photograph so that will have to wait. What I do have are a pair of mitts I made.

Both the boys have steady girlfriends they are dating. They've brought the girls here and we think they're just lovely. I decided to take my gorgeous Huckleberry Knits yarn I got for Christmas and make them both a pair of fingerless mitts. I purchased the Moirai Mitts pattern, actually I bought the sock and mitt pattern, and got to knitting.

Love these! Easy knit so I got both pair done in just a few days. Both the girls love them! It's great that they both greatly appreciate knitted goods. There's no better feeling for me than having something I make be worn and loved.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Spectacular Zigzagular

Patrick has been into graffiti art lately so I wanted to make him something that would reflect it. I went to Etsy and found a great yarn that is actually called Graffiti. Easy enough. Now what to make with it? Brigit had made a pair of Zigzagular socks and I just loved them so I gave them a try.

Here's a close up of the zigzag pattern:

These were so cute that I was tempted to keep them. Of course I didn't but you can bet I'll be making a pair for myself!