Saturday, February 25, 2012

Old Loves, New Love

Glenn and I decided to head out to Long Island, or as the natives pronounce it Lawn Gisland, to do some shopping at one of the malls. Long Island has a lot of malls!

While there we sat to have a coffee and I whipped out my knitting. I started Kathy's pair of socks and I'm doing the Lacy Mock Cable Socks which can be found here. I've knit these a few times and really like them. I cast them on last night and was so happy to have Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn in my hands again. It's been a while since I've knit with it and I realized how much I really like it. It's a medium weight mill end so it has no name but the colors are lovely.




It's got brownish/red, yellow and almost a salmon color to it. I can't wait to see how it looks all knit up. With this weight and this sock pattern, Kathy's feet will never be cold again! Or until she has to wash them anyway.


Glenn was walking around while I was knitting and he came back and asked me if Bobby Flay had a burger restaurant. I told him yes and he told me that there was one right there in the mall! Needless to say we had lunch at Bobby Flay's Burger Palace. I ordered the Buffalo Style Burger and Glenn got the Blue Burger. This was, hands down, the best burger I've ever had even if I only had half a burger. Here's mine:




Angus meat, hot sauce, blue cheese and watercress. Killer.


Here's Glenn's Bobby Blue Burger:




Angus meat, blue cheese, bacon, lettuce & tomato. Another winner. Juicy and tasty. He ate the whole thing and said it was delicious and satisfying. In my opinion there's nothing better than a perfectly made burger.


Shopping, knitting, a delicious lunch and Glenn all together in one day. Doesn't get much better than this.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Socktopi

Since this is my second pair of socks made from the Socktopus book, I decided to make the book plural!

Another gorgeous pair of socks from this book. I made the V Junkie socks for one of my nieces. She loves hand made socks so I must oblige her wishes.




When I first saw these socks, I was intimidated and thought they'd be very difficult. I couldn't have been more wrong! The only thing that was different, not hard though, was the short row heel. I had never done it before but it was a piece of cake.




Lovely isn't it? Malabrigo sock yarn in a variegated green. I think this color is quite lovely and hope Joyce loves it as much as I do!


I have two more orders to fill. My sister, Pat, wants a pair of ankle socks and her best friend, Kathy, wants warm socks. I was going to do Kathy's in a Mad Tosh yarn but think I may change over to a BMFA Socks that Rock in medium weight. They will surely keep her warm!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I Am Loved

I know it's late for a Valentine's Day post but here ya are.

After almost twenty five years of marriage, my husband truly knows the way to my heart. Cash. Cold hard cash. He's realized that the gifts I love are knitting gifts and must be chosen by me. And that's a good thing because he couldn't tell the difference between a crochet hook and a pair of Signature needles.

For Valentine's Day he gave me money and let me get whatever I wanted. This is what I wanted:




From the left we have Tuscan Grove Venice in Red Pepper Flake which I bought from a destasher on Ravelry. Love the rich colors and the variegation (new word?) in the yarn. It really looks like the pepper you put on pizza!


The other yarn is from the newly formed Cephalapod Yarns and it's Skinny Bugga in Montauk Monster. It's a lovely grey and, I have to admit, the name intrigued me. If you want to see the original Montauk Monster, you can google it. I was going to post a photo but it's way too ugly and gross. I love the idea of this gorgeous yarn named after the nasty monster though. It cracked me up!


And last but certainly not least, I got a pair of Signature dpns in size 1 for socks. The last set of needles I got were 6" but wanted to try the 8" so that's what I got. Now all I need are the 1.5 and 2.5 and I'm all set with these needles. I think.


All three of these packages came today while I was knitting and listening to knitting podcasts. So far, today rocks! And so does my husband.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Another Pair of Skyp Socks

These have become my go to socks. It's a really easy pattern and looks lovely so when I can't decide what to make or want something mindless, which is much too often, I whip up a pair of these.






The yarn is Shelride Farm Soft Touch Heather in charcoal. Lovely lovely yarn. It's both very wooly and soft feeling and I love the way it looks.

The one thing I did notice is that they're a bit large on me. My usual practice has been to make my socks on needles either a full or half size larger than the pattern calls for but now that I've lost so much weight, I think I can start knitting on the size needles that are called for in the pattern. Another milestone for me.

I'm working on a gorgeous pair of socks for my niece. They're another pair from the brilliant book Socktopus by Alice Yu. This go round I'm doing V Junkie in Malabrigo sock yarn which is like buttah. Oddly enough, there's no color on the label. Dunno if this is common practice for Malabrigo. It's a pea green variegated yarn and I love it. The pattern and yarn really suit each other and I can't wait till they're done.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Shur'tugal

I completed the first pair of socks from the Socktopus book, Shur'tugal, and I really like it. I started it using Sanguine Gryphon's Eidos in an unnamed colorway that was a bit busy and I was afraid the gorgeous pattern wouldn't show up. I thought about tearing it down several times but continued on and I'm glad I did.




They really are quite lovely. They're comfortable and fit perfectly. The pattern calls for a 1.5 dpn but I used size two. I learned to do a left twist so not only was it a fun knit but educational too! The only thing I changed was the toe. I did the usual toe that I always do just because it was a bit easier to do. I think I'll be making one of my sister's a pair of these because I do like them so much.


I'm currently working on a pair of Skyp socks in Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Heather in charcoal. This pattern is a fall back pattern for me because it's easy and looks really nice. The only worry I have is working in such a dark yarn because I'm afraid the pattern won't be discernible but so far it's looking great.