Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Change Up!

I started the Petunia Dursley socks for Patrick and realized they may be a little too lacy for his liking. Not to mine, so I'll be making them for myself at a later date. I started the hunt for another pattern and came across one pretty quickly. It's an easy knit/purl pattern that says it's great for variegated yarn. I really like that idea because this yarn is a blue/purple variegated yarn and I bet it will look gorgeous knit up in this pattern. It's called D-Man by Karen S. Lauger. I'm only on the ribbing but I have to say, the Yarn Chef yarn is so soft! This is my first pair to start off Socktoberfest. Hope I can complete my goal of a pair per week!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Not Socks

My son, Glenn, asked me to knit something for one of his teachers. He never asks for anything so there was no way I could turn him down. He's had the same Spanish teacher for three years now and thought she'd love a hand made beret from yours truly so I was all over that. I found the Dandelion Beret pattern by Jen Adams and fell in love with it. Not only was it a great pattern but I had the perfect yarn for it Sanguine Gryphon's Traveller in Monkey's Eyebrow. Love the name of that color! Here it is being blocked on one of our dinner plates.
It's in the sink drying and I didn't think I'd have a chance to photograph it before Glenn snatches it up and runs with it. I love the black/brown in this yarn and it's sooooo soft! I'm really looking forward to making socks with some SG yarn. I bound that off this morning and just cast on Petunia Dursley's Double Eyelet Socks by Erica Lueder. As you know I do love a Harry Potter design and here we are again! This pair is for Patrick and will be knit in the Yarn Chef yarn I mentioned in an earlier post. Off to the country for a weekend of knitting and college hunting. Wish me luck!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bike Yarn Bomb

Patrick was on his way to school the other day and called me. "Mom you're not gonna believe this! I just passed the library and there's a bike parked there that got yarn bombed!" I figured someone got the handlebars but boy was I wrong. Glenn went to the store and sent me this photo.
Isn't that amazing? I'd hate to have to cut it off but I'm sure it had to be done. I love that my guys look out for me.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hermoine's Socks

I'm always on the prowl for Harry Potter inspired knit and Erica Lueder never disappoints. Whenever I can't find something to knit or have nothing in my queue, I check out her page and come up with a fun pattern. I knit these up in less than four days. That makes up for the summer socks that took me about six weeks.
These are Hermoine's Everyday Socks. Obviously an easy and quick knit. I knit them in Dream in Color Smooshy but I'm not sure of the colorway, I tossed the label. They're very beachy looking to me and the yarn is lovely and soft. I can't wait till it gets cool enough here in NYC so I can start wearing socks again! I started on the beret but decided not to do the Grace Beret pattern. I'm now doing the Dandelion beret using the Sanguine Gryphon yarn. This yarn is so soft! I've been coveting this yarn for a year or more and it's wonderful to know that it really lives up to it's reputation. Hoping to finish this beret this weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Socktoberfest II

Yes ladies and gentlemen it's that time of year again. Socktoberfest is almost upon us! I'm thrilled about this and have picked out three yarns so far but only one pattern. Here are the yarns:
From the left we have Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Thyme, Yarn Chef Minestrone in Mendocino and Blue Moon FIber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in Thraven. These are all yarns I really love so I'm hoping it will inspire me to knit quickly and beautifully. My goal for Socktoberfest is four pair of socks for the month, approximately one per week. A girl can dream, right? As for patterns, I've only chosen one. It's Elphaba's Revenge and I'll be using the MadTosh Thyme for it. It may be cliche to use a green for the wicked witch from Wicked but I couldn't resist. It's probably going to be the last pair I knit because it appears to be a bit complex with horizontal cables which I've never done before. Mel, Knitting Mama, suggested this pattern and I fell in love with it. I have a tendency to do patterns that are easy for me so it'll be a nice change to do something I've never done before. Stretch and grow!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Something Different

The other day my older son, Glenn, asked me to make something for him. This is very unusual because he's never asked me to make anything. Actually it's not for him but for one of his teachers. After a quick look at hat patterns on Ravelry, he decided on the Grace Lace Beret. Then we looked through the stash and decided upon Sanguine Gryphon in Monkey's Eyebrow. I think he liked the name more than the yarn or the pattern.
It really is quite lovely. Not only are the colors gorgeous, it's soft and squishy. I have a similar color in sock yarn. No surprise there. It's been so long since I made a hat! It will be a nice break from socks and I'm looking forward to getting this done for him. Now I just have to get him to wear stuff I make him!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

All The Water

A few months ago I decided I needed a pair of mittens so I was off to Ravelry to peruse patterns and designers I liked. Kirsten Kapur is one of those designers. I came across her pattern, All The Water, and fell in love with the mittens. I started knitting them, finished the first mitten, started the ribbing for the second mitten then put them aside. I don't know why I put them aside because it's a lovely pattern but put them aside I did. I picked them up this week to finish them up and realized after a few rounds, that it was looking like two different people had knit it. Had to rip it down and take a do over. It only took me a day to finish and here they are.
Thank you to my son Glenn for taking these artistically lovely pictures. I explained to him that next time I need full sunlight but I appreciate his artistic eye when taking photographs. He was nice enough to take the gloves and a few skeins of yarn, more about them tomorrow, to his school campus to take these photos for me. Ten days till Socktoberfest! Hope you're all getting ready like I am!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Summer Socks

As stated in my previous post, I lost my knitting mojo over the summer. The only project I actually completed was this pair of socks for my niece. They're the Lace-Rib sock I did for myself.
It's a lovely sock and I really like the colors. It's one of those socks that looks more difficult than it is so I look like a knitting genius when I make them. I also finished a pair of mittens but need to photograph them so I can post them here. I got all my yarn cataloged and put away in size order yesterday. Now I'm picking yarns and patterns for....get ready...Socktoberfest! Yes it's that time of year again. I'm going to attempt to do what I attempted to do last year, a pair of socks per week. I don't know if I made it last year but I don't think I was successful. The hard thing is I currently have a pair of socks on the needles and need to make two hats before Socktober begins. Nothing like a lil pressure.

Monday, September 19, 2011

New Beginning

I'm back, babies!

Sorry I wasn't blogging for a while but a lot has gone on these past few months. And on the other hand not a lot of knitting has gone on. I've specifically left my private life out of this blog because I want it to be about knitting. The only time I really mention my family is when it's knitting related. The past couple of months I've had one kid start high school, another start looking at colleges, I've had a major operation, from which I'm now almost fully recovered and doing fine, a death of someone close it us in the family and a general loss of knitting and writing mojo. It's still a bit hectic but I'm back to blogging as you can see.

Since it's a new beginning for my blog, I decided to clean out my yarn closet and list all the yarns I have. Allyson said she did this and I thought it was a great idea. I'm not going to go as far as photographing everything individually but here's a photo of this daunting task:

As Patrick was piling these up on the bed for me, I looked over and said "It's not that much yarn!" I have no words to describe the look of incredulity on his face. I laughed till I cried. Then my husband came into the room and, in the middle of a sentence exclaimed, "Oh My God! We're not going to Rhinebeck to buy anything! We're gonna set up a table and sell!" Non knitters just done get it. You need to have a lot of choices.

I really didn't think it was that bad. Until I found these:

They are what you think they are. The same hat. In the same yarn. I think I need to clean out my stash more frequently.