Thursday, October 28, 2010

Clapotis Score

My friend, Nicole, is an occasional knitter. Yes this term behooves me also but it seems she goes in and out of phases of knitting. She's only done very basic things like scarves that only require knitting and purling. Last week she came to my door and said she wanted to make a scarf she had seen. It was big and had *gasp* dropped stitches in it. When I said oh that's the clapotis, she squealed and said yes! I told her I'd buy some yarn and we'd do it together since I hadn't made one yet.

While at Rhinebeck, Nic was lucky enough to score some gorgeous Socks That Rock yarn in a pink/purple color combination which was great because purple is her favorite color. I didn't find anything at Rhinebeck for this project but I did find something in the Ravelry destash group!





Isn't it lovely? It's a blue multi with bits of red and pink in it. It doesn't seem to have a name but just a dye lot number. It's soft and will make a beautiful clapotis. And the best part? I got it for only $5.50 per skein so the whole thing cost me only $22 which included shipping! I think Koigu usually goes for upwards of $13 per skein so this may well have been my best deal ever in the destash group! So if you're looking for yarn at a good price, you should really check out this group before going elsewhere. You can get great prices and you may be helping out a fellow knitter who may be in need of some extra funds.

And in case you were wondering yes that's Patrick. Yes it's a Beatles shirt. Yes the pajamas are Super Mario. I think this kid was born 20 years too late. Now I have to go wake him up a half hour early so he can watch President Obama on The Daily Show. Nice to know he's got his priorities in order.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Socks On

Here are the socks from the previous post. I bribed Patrick to put them on so I could take a photo. Believe me, these photos just do not do this yarn nor the pattern justice. They're much more gorgeous in person but this was the best I could do on a rainy dark New York evening.





Sorry if the pastiness of his legs causes temporary blindness. That's not the flash either, his legs are really that shade of ghost.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Two

I completed my second pair of socks for Socktoberfest. I kitchener stitched them closed this morning and cast on another pair. I won't reach my goal of five pair this month but I should finish up three pair by Halloween.

Here's a photo of the Socks for the Deputy Headmistress:



Gorgeous! Love the color, love the pattern and love the combination of them together. I'll post up a picture of Patrick wearing them so you can really see how lovely these are because this photo doesn't do them a bit of justice. I'll be wearing these when we go to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on opening day. It's a family tradition that we all go to the first showing on opening day of each Harry Potter movie. If you don't tell the truant officer, I won't.

I cast on a pair of Simple Skype socks which you can see here if you'd like. I wanted to do a nice ribbed sock and these are ribbed with a bit of a twist. Because the pattern is so easy, I should have these finished in no time. I'm doing them in a Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock mill end color. It's a combination of pink, green and brown. It may not sound pretty but it's absolutely striking and I can't wait to wear them!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sockstipated

Here we are, three quarters of the way through Socktober, and I haven't even finished two pair of socks. I had set a goal of five pair of socks this month which I can see is an unrealistic goal even if the month was sixty days instead of thirty one.

I had always thought I'd love to do gansey knitting. I see it all the time on Ravelry and on other blogs and I love how it looks and I figure it's really easy because it's just knitting and purling. Now I'm starting to realize it's not as easy as it looks. Well no it's not that it's difficult but it's s-l-o-w. Going back and forth with the yarn every few stitches can really slow a girl down!

I've been working on Socks For the Deputy Headmistress which is a Harry Potter themed sock pattern. I thought it would be fun to have these to wear when we go see the Deathly Hallows movie which opens in November. I thought it would look gorgeous in the Rhinebeck color of my JKnits sock yarn. I was working on the first sock and it was taking a really long time! I finally just dug in my heels and finished the first sock saying that this will be the last time I ever knit this damn pattern. That was until I tried on the sock. It's friggin gorgeous. It fits beautifully, the colors are so perfect for the design and I told Glenn that this may well be my favorite sock I've ever knit. The hard part? Knitting the second sock. I just have to put down my head and get to work. As soon as it's done I will have beautiful pictures to share.

I'm determined now to have it finished by Friday. Saturday at the latest. Sunday at the absolute latest.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rhinebeck 2010

What a great time we had at Rhinebeck yesterday! I'm tempted to go right back up there again today because I feel like I didn't see nearly enough but I think I'd feel that way even if I saw everything.

The whole family went this year plus a friend of mine who lives in my building. We left here promptly at 7am so we could get there when the gates opened. I figured it wouldn't be that crowded so we could park right at the gate. I guessed wrong. The only traffic we encountered was on the road to the fairgrounds! Everyone must have thought the same thing as we did and decided to get there early.

We got in and went right to The Fold's booth because they're the only place that sells Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn and it's usually a big seller. There was a line going out the door waiting! Nicole and I decided to walk around a bit and the guys went to look at animals. There were a lot of vendors but I have to say it was so crowded that I didn't get to see a lot. Last year when we went, on Sunday, it wasn't nearly as crowded. Everyone was really nice and polite but the crowds were really overwhelming for me.

We met up with some friends, one of whom I'd only known on Twitter, and walked around a bit together. Finally we got some Socks That Rock Yarn and Allyson's husband was nice enough to stand on line for us when we shopped to save a bit of time. I also wound up at a booth and got some gorgeous alpaca yarn. Here's what I got:



The three skeins of BMFA Socks That Rock yarn are all mill ends which was a coincidence because I just picked out colors that I liked and didn't look at the prices. The colors are rich and two of them are minimally variegated which is exactly what I wanted.

Then there are the three skeins of Peruvian Alpaca in black, white and silver from a booth A Touch of Twist which is a store in upstate New York. I got the black and white figuring I'd make a pair of Norwegian mittens and Glenn picked out the silver so I can make him a couple of hats. These are each 334 yards of soft delicious yarn and cost $11 per skein.

Oh and this is what Glenn got me as a surprise!



Isn't it lovely? I can't wait to have it framed and put up. He's such a doll.

The food was delicious, the company amazing and the yarn gorgeous. Needless to say a great time was had by all. Can't wait till next year!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pop's Sweater

I was watching Flipping Out a couple of weeks ago and Jeff Lewis threw away a welcome mat that was at a house he was renovating. When the owner of the house found it in the garbage, she confronted him about it and said that her husband was very emotionally attached to this mat and that it had to remain at the house. I thought what an odd object to have an emotional attachment to! Then Glenn found my father's overnight bag and I cried for a half hour.

My dad died two and a half years ago which is, oddly enough, right around the time I started knitting. Paging Dr. Freud! I think about him every day and miss him beyond words so seeing something so small like that still strikes my heart. I remember when he used to come visit us, from New Jersey, and brought his stuff in shopping bags. I told him he needed to buy a weekend bag and he asked that I get him one. When I presented him with it you'd have thought it was the best gift ever. The fuss he made over this little bag! He thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. So when Glenn showed it to me it just brought it all back to me and I started bawling. The look on my son's face was priceless - I could see him thinking Oh man what did I do to make her cry? When he realized the reason for my tears he came over, held me and whispered that he missed him too.

Last week Patrick was looking for a sweater or sweatshirt to wear since it's gotten chilly here in NYC. He searched all over and couldn't find anything. Then I remembered Pop's sweater. I've schlepped this sweater around for over twenty years. It was my grandfather's, Pop, who died when I was just a baby. It has no memory of him for me but it reminds me of my dad. It's from Scotland and it's beautifully made. You'd think it was brand new because it's in beautiful shape. It could have been purchased forty five years ago or eighty years ago, I don't know. All I know is that it's a little bit of Pop and Papa, my dad, that my son can now have to keep him warm.




Monday, October 11, 2010

NYC Yarn Crawl

I have the best husband ever. He was nice enough to schlep Allyson, Patrick and myself around Brooklyn so we could participate in the NYC Yarn Crawl this weekend. Al and I decided we could go to the Manhattan yarn shops easily on our own but the Brooklyn ones are a bit more difficult since neither of us drive so they were our main targets.

First we hit Brooklyn General. I've been there a few times and I never leave unhappy. We were greeted by Heather who had us sign up immediately and we filled out raffle tickets so we could win a basket of goodies. Al hadn't been there before and she had a lovely time looking around and picked up a few skeins of yarn. I showed a bit of restraint, saving up for next weekend's trip to Rhinebeck. Patrick loved it there mainly because Heather had made a gorgeous apple crisp and Patrick got a nice plate of it with some ice cream on it.



Patrick enjoying the hospitality of Brooklyn General.

Next we went to La Casita where we were warmly greeted by the lovely ladies there. Since we had been there the weekend before, we pretty much knew what they had so we didn't do much shopping, just schmoozing. They offered us Sake-Tini's made from sake and lychee juice. We filled out our raffle tickets and went on our way to the next shop on our list.

The third place we went to was called Knit Away which neither Allyson nor I had ever been to. It didn't look like much when we walked in but once you got past the front of the store there was a lot to offer. There was a whole wall full of needles and accessories. All different needles from inexpensive ones to Addis. The yarn was all different qualities too from acrylics to Madeleine Tosh Vintage and she even had my all time favorite, Cascade Pastaza! I also saw in the back a full wall of baby yarns of all different colors. A nice shop that I'd definitely visit again. We filled out our raffle tickets and, after a thorough look around, went on our way.

I keep mentioning the raffle tickets so I'll explain what they are raffling off. Each store is raffling off a gorgeous gift basket with approximately $350 worth of knitting goodness. If you want to read the specifics, you can read about them here.

When we came back into Manhattan, we dropped Al down by Purl Soho so she could go check it out but I was done by that time. She went to check out Jared Flood's new line of yarn and I was afraid if I went, I'd blow my whole budget for Rhinebeck on his gorgeous new yarn. She said the store was jam packed full of yarn and people. Oh and on her way to the shop, she saw Mike Meyers on the street. Yeah baby!
I love New York.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

One

Here's the first pair of my Socktoberfest socks!



Ok I cheated a bit. I started these before October began but, from what I understand, that's ok for the sock count this month. These are another pair of River Rapids but these are for my sister, Pat. The same sister whose sweater is still waiting to be finished in an Ess A Bagel bag in my closet.
I just cast on a pair of Socks For The Deputy Headmistress. They're a Harry Potter themed sock and I do love me some Harry Potter. I'll be able to wear these to the Deathly Hallows showing next month. I can't wait to finish these up and I just cast them on!
I think all the rest of the socks I do this month will be patterns I've never done before. I've gotten into a rut of doing the same few patterns over and over again because they're pretty and easy. No more! No I want pretty and a little less easy. C'mon I'm not exactly the type to do lace socks. Yet.

Friday, October 1, 2010

It's Here!

Happy Soctober! Since I didn't know about Socktoberfest until this year I have some catching up to do. There's a group on Ravelry for Soctoberfest and there's a mystery knit along too.
I know I did a lot of socks this summer, eight to be precise, but I pretty much did patterns that I knew and that were easy for me. I think this Soctoberfest will make me spread my wings and try some things that are different. For one, I've never done a KAL fuggedabout a mystery knit along! I'm looking forward to doing a few things I've never done before as far as socks go. There are a lot of people participating and it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.
I'm working on the River Rapids, this is my fourth pair I believe, and I have the mystery KAL to begin and I have the next pair lined up. Hoping to finish my RR this weekend then start the others.
I'm hoping to get a pair per week done. Since my RR are almost done, it will be five pair by Halloween. Wish me luck! I'm gonna need it.