Sunday, May 22, 2011

Lace Rib Socks

I love the idea of this sock lace with ribbing. It's a simple pattern but looks like it's complicated.





I'm using Zen Yarn Garden Superwash Sock Yarn in Tumeric. When I first started the sock I wasn't crazy about the yarn because it was thinner than I was used to but after a while I really liked the feel of the yarn. I'm so used to STR medium weight that this just took a bit of an adjustment but now I really like it. I went up one needle size and they fit beautifully. I'm really happy with the outcome. This is definitely the perfect pattern for this yarn and they're wonderful for spring. Can't wait to wear them out!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Crushing

I've got a new knitting crush. It's not a new product but it's new to me. I've used this yarn once before and fell in love so I've been buying a bit of it. This is my most recent purchase that I got for Mother's Day.





They're sock yarn I got from Brooklyn General. They've got a lovely selection of Tosh yarns especially the sock yarns. The top one is Madeline Tosh's Antler and the bottom one is Silver Fox. I don't have any yarn in these shades so this was a great purchase.

I've been inspired by other blogging knitters in so far as color is concerned. I know that Jared Flood, Brooklyn Tweed, does a lot of shades of whites, greys, browns and blacks. I've also seen other knitters using these colors and I really like them. I didn't know I liked them till I started seeing them everywhere. I can't wait to find the perfect pattern for these.

I'm still working on the ribbed sock for Matt and I have a skein of Zen Garden wound and ready to go next. But before I begin another pair of socks, I'm going to finish up the mittens I started a couple of months ago. I got a jones going for cables lately so that's what I'll be working on next.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Men And A Baby

I was talking to Megan the other day and asked her how she liked the socks I made her. She told me she loves them and so does Matt, her husband. She said they take turns wearing them after each laundering. I decided to make him his own pair of socks to avoid any marital discourse. Here's what I have so far:





It's a Simple Ribbed Sock from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Sock. There is a rib in there even if you can't see it just yet. I'm using Artyarns Ultramarino 4 which, until now, I thought was a jinxed yarn. I think this is the third project I've begun with this yarn but this one seems to be sticking.

I was speaking to my niece and told her about Megan's husband loving the socks and she told me that her boyfriend likes her socks too! She won't let him wear hers though because he'll stretch them out. Next pair of socks will be for Pat it looks like!

Speaking of Pat and Joyce, here's a little something to show you:





This is my niece, and goddaughter, Madelyne at nine months old! Isn't she just precious? Not only is she gorgeous but she's such a sweet baby. Great temperament, happy and very content. And....and she's going to be a big sister! Joyce is expecting her second child later this year and I'm just thrilled. She called me as soon as she found out she was pregnant but I had to keep it under wraps till she was ready to share. Another baby to knit for yay!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Just A Few Words

It's been a tumultuous day here in New York City.

As I'm sure you know, Osama Bin Laden was killed this weekend. I awoke this morning and read the headlines on MSNBC and broke out in tears. Not of sorrow nor of joy but of the relief of not living under the shadow of fear of another September 11th. It's not a fear I live with on a daily basis but there are days when the worry circles my brain and makes me hug my children a little tighter when they leave for school. But I still make them go to school. We don't live in fear but, at times, we live with it. The death of this man will not eradicate the fear but it quells it a bit and gives me a sense of justice. A belief that the good guys do win.

I watched the revelers last night and noticed that they were young. I didn't necessarily agree with the jubilation they showed but I did understand it. These were children who grew up with this fear, in various degrees, and now the figurehead of their fear had been slaughtered. Daddy got the boogeyman in the closet and these children could sleep soundly and safely again.

"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."
— Mark Twain

I know this isn't the end of terrorism but President Obama and the men and women of our armed forces sure did give terrorism a good ass kicking this weekend.

Sorry for a bit of a rant but I felt the need. I usually don't do that on this blog but I was inspired by things I'd been reading on Twitter today. Tomorrow we'll be back to your regularly scheduled knitting blog. Promise.