Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Busy Busy!

It's been a while between blog posts lately because we've been a busy household and I haven't gotten as much knitting done as I'd like. The boys have been keeping me busy with summer assignments for Patrick and Glenn attending the College Now program at Hunter College, which has been a great experience so far for him.

I did manage a little trip to Brooklyn this weekend though to meet up with Ria for some knitting and chatting. Ok maybe a bit more chatting than knitting but that's just the way I like to roll.

I got about halfway through my Summer Lovin' socks and decided I didn't want to do them so I ripped them down and started another pair of the Lace Rib socks. I'm now about 3/4 of the way done with the first sock and I look down and see a mistake. Ugh. Normally I would just keep going but this was such a glaring mistake, and these socks are a gift, that I ripped it down to where the mistake was. Actually Ria ripped it down and picked up all the stitches for me. Thank you Ria! I'm so impatient that it's very difficult for me to pick up stitches so Ria volunteered and lickety split she had me up and running again. It's nice to have knitting fairy godmothers!

I did manage a little shopping. I got one skein of Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Celedon which is gorgeous. I hope to be able to use it soon but at the rate I'm knitting lately, it may be a while. I'm thinking I may use it for my first shawl. That's right, I said shawl! I'm dying to make one and I think this is a good time to get one on the needles. If I ever finish this damn pair of socks that is!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rested

Ok somewhat rested. Whenever we come back from vacation, I always need a day or two to get back into the city swing and today is the first of those days. I just downloaded my photos and actually have a finished project to show you!








Lovely aren't they? But if you look closely, you'll see there's a little mishap. The leafy design doesn't line up on the foot and leg. Lesson learned - always look to see if there's an errata for a pattern before beginning especially when you're going upstate where there's no internet access and no turning back. These are for me and they really are beautiful so the little misalignment isn't horrible. This was my first project working with MadelineTosh yarn and it was a dream. Soft and pliant, no splits or knots. I can't wait to start my next project with it!

ETA - These are the Merino Lace Socks by Anne Woodbury which can be found in Favorite Socks 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave.

Here's the next project I started:





They're a pair of Summer Lovin' Socks. I'm making for my nephew's fiance who loves the color purple. The yarn is a lot more purpley than they appear here. I wound up actually buying this yarn and the LYS near our home and it's not bad so far.


I didn't work on any other projects although my stash was quite ambitious. I think next time I go away I'll just bring up one project and if I need more yarn I can always get more. This may be the first project I actually did finish on vacation so that's progress.