just a wee bit of lace

I don’t know what it is about me and worsted or DK weight yarn, and lace shawls. I love it. Absolutely love it. I don’t know if its because they knit so much faster, or if its because they are so much warmer. Mostly I wear them bunched up under my jacket right under my chin in the winter time.  Sometimes even just over a t-shirt. Granted it might go quickly for me because I have yet to knit a ginormous shawl, and also *ahem* knit a lace shawl with real lace weight yarn, not fingering. However, I do love the heavier look of the yarn with the lace.

FO: Ocean's depths

This yarn, omg do I love this yarn. All the colors, the blues, the purple, and a little bit of green in there too. Makes me wanna call up the yarn lounge in Richmond to order more. Sweater’s worth, cause its that frigging gorgeous. When I was down there last summer and picked up this yarn I had a feeling that it would be perfect for this shawl. I do have a little bit left over, less than half the ball. I think it will make a nice accent on a yoke sweater. Like the wave chart or something similar to that.

FO: Ocean's depth

Loved knitting this shawl, after the first couple of rows the pattern became intuitive. When I first read the pattern and Susan had wrote that markers where not needed because you could see any problems quickly. I really did giggle and think oh, heck not me! But she was right, very right. When I made a mistake I knew right at the end of the row, that and markers just don’t work with this lace pattern. Great pattern. I’ve knit a few shawls, but this one was definitely easy and beautiful too. hmmm, I would enter it in the fair if I wasn’t going to be away this weekend!

FO: Ocean's depth

raveled here.
Pattern: Forest Canopy Shawl by Susan Lawrence (rav link, also available here though the designers blog)
Yarn: 0.68 Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool Co. Sport in blue variegated purchased at The Yarn Lounge in Richmond, Virginia
Needle: US 7 / 4.5 mm
Started April 7 2009
Completed April 22 2009
notes: added an extra repeat. I love a good shoulder shawl.

I might have started another shawl… a few days ago, I’m hoping this one will be ginormous. Some rows are threatening to kill me … even though right now I’m itching to start another sweater.

WIP: touch of comfort

more on that one later, raved here.  cause I realized on Sunday that its this weekend that my family reunion is going on, and I have lots of laundry to get done. Not to mention it might help if I knew where the suitcases are. That, and might need to get ready before Thursday….. since I have to leave here on Friday….

PS. My yard is a giant mudpit. See. I’m trying not to feel all panicky, tomorrow morning at 8am the big half rotted tree at the end of our drive is coming down. I wish I wasn’t going to be home for that.
PPS. I might have purchased some new yarn tonight for a new shawl. Yeah, when you use yarn from the stash you must replace the stash, three fold.


finished sock parade

I need to get caught up on these FO’s let’s start with the socks, oldest finished one’s first.

-Muddy Nutkins for Diane. I picked up the yarn for these guys at the SOAR market this past Fall, when I showed it to Diane she was, well all over it! I knew then that’s what I would use for her Christmas present. They didn’t get done exactly on time for Christmas, or mailed exactly on time either, no I didn’t just mail them out last week either! I think I mailed them out after I finished them in March, along with goodies of course. She loves them and they fit!

muddy nutkins mosac
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raveled here.
Pattern: Nutkin by Beth LaPensee
yarn: Pagewood Farm Denali Hand Dyed Sock Yarn in mississippi mud
needles: US 1½ / 2.5 mm
Started December 29 2008 and Completed March 1 2009
notes: Worked a picot cuff instead of a ribbed one, and worked a purl row on needles 2 & 3 before starting the toe decreases. Someday I’ll be knitting a pair of these for myself, the yarn was awesome to work with, the color beautiful and the pattern is very intuitive. These where hard to mail off, but the recipient is totally worth it!

-Vintage Monkey’s, oyi. I know these where started sometime in the Spring of ’08. One sock was finished and then well, the other one wasn’t. It languished until the Spring of these year where I started it and finished it in a few days. I love the colors in this colorway, and how it all knit up. The yarn is a little bit soft, I’m wondering how the toes will wear.

Vintage monkeys mosaic

raveled here.
Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A.
yarn: Pigeonroof Studios KALYPSO sock yarn in vintage purchased from yarn4socks. (on sale btw, I love the reason’s they have for  sales)
needles: me thinks US 1 / 2.25 mm (but it might have been a 1.5, I don’t think so but might be.)
notes: I think the reason it took me so long to finish the second sock was monkey burnout, this was my third pair of monkeys. Even with that when I was finishing the second sock I thought “I really should start another pair of these….”

-Crabby McHappyCablepants, I ordered yarn from blue moon for a baby sweater and ya know, it cost the same to ship 3 hanks as it does 1. So… I ordered 3.. .and this just screamed to be knit quickly and into a pair of staggered cabled rib socks.

Crabby McHappyCablepants mosac

raveled here.
pattern: my own. My crazy notes are on my rav project page, maybe someday I’ll polish it up more… right… if your not on rav but what the notes so you can knit socks like these drop me a line and I’ll email you them.
yarn: .56 of a hank of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock – Mediumweight in Crabby McHappypants (hehheehee love this name! Makes me think of a nickname I have for Mike ; )
needles: US 2½ / 3.0 mm
Started May 2 2009
Completed May 7 2009
notes: these worked up very quickly on the 2.5’s, 5 days for a pair of socks! I do like the fabric that it created, its dense but not not too much so.

-socks on the go, these socks where mostly knit in the car, sometimes in the house when I had time to knit but not start a new project (I have to be able to knit a few rows when I start a new project or else I feel very cranky). I started these so I would have something to knit last year during Girl Scout camp. These took a little more than a year to knit.

socks on the go mosac

raveled here.
pattern: plain vanilla sock, cast on 64sts worked as many k2, p2 for as I felt like then switched to straight stockinette for as long as I wanted then a short row heel, knit for length of foot then standard toe. Tis’ the way a traveling sock goes. Easy peasy.
yarn: Yarntini Variegated Sock in cosmopolitan purchased by Mike for me from yarn4socks.
needles: US 1 / 2.25 mm
Started June 17 2008
Completed June 22 2009

It hasn’t been a flurry of finished  knits over here, there has been plenty of casting on….
sock in progress
raveled here. Yarn was a gift from Carol a few years ago, she used all the colors from my blogspirit blog. I LOVE how this is knitting up! I was going to knit a plain stockinette sock, but after seeing how it knits up I might work something like outside in.
WIP: socken in progress
raveled here. Started these up the other night before my Dentist appointment, 1st of 5. Thrilled am I. So far I have had 2 appointments and the office has been either running right on time or early so I haven’t had a chance to knit there! I have a lot of dental work that has to be done, if I wouldn’t have put off going to the dentist for so long I wouldn’t have so much work, that and a lot of the work that I’ve had done by a previous dentist has to be redone. My new dentist gave me a mouthwash to use until a few months after all the work is done, mmm not so tasty.

mmmm, mouthwash

PS my yard is going to become a giant mud pit next week, no not from all the rain. Holy crap don’t get me started on the rain mmmk? We’re having “some” excavating work done, the driveway is going to be moved over a few feet so its not right up next to the house. That means the hillside needs to be graded back 8 feet, all the dirt from that is going to be moved into the back yard and graded down so its flat(er) and the “garage” is going, so no more pictures with that great brick background. Mike and his brother where busy today emptying out all the “keep” stuff.
PPS Emily Jane is moving right along,
WIP: Emily Jane
I have to pick up another ball of Noro Chirimen, the sleeves must match, if they are a row or two off I’m ok with that, but the stripes must be the same.  My last ball didn’t have two repeats of the blue/grey so I need another ball if the cuffs are going to match. Also, I’m not sure about the sleeve length I do love it, but don’t know if I’ll love it while I’m wearing it. Still thinking of closures, crochet button loops and wood square buttons are up most on my mind.
PPPS I have red, yellow flags all over my front yard, along with white, blue and red spray painted lines marking all the underground utilities. I don’t know if it was the call before you dig that prompted the local water company to replace my curbside shut off today, but they replaced it this afternoon. I was planning on doing some laundry, and washing the floors but instead enjoyed some knitting time. The horror of it all.