Monday, September 26, 2005

 

My Sockapal-two-za Socks Have Arrived!

Thanks so much to the lovely and talked Dawn for the fantastic socks and gifts she sent all the way from London!



That's the postcard - "Look kids, Big Ben... Parliament" (my lame reference to National Lampoon's European Vacation) and the knit sheep - isn't it cute?



My Socks! They are from Interweave Knits - the Making Waves pattern knit using Lorna's Laces Poppy.



Look - they fit perfectly :-)



Hand knit socks and chocolate. A recipe for a perfect weekend.

A special thanks to Alison for her hard work in organizing this exchange.

Updated to add: Looks like my socks fit my sock pal too. Woot! Laurie was very gracious in accepting my fumbling attempts at socks. This experience has definitely given me incentive to keep practicing socks.

Friday, September 23, 2005

 

How I Spent My Month Off from Blogging

To my two or three readers: sorry for my abrupt absense! I have no excuse except that I was working on a couple of larger projects that weren't very interesting to blog about while they were in-progress. I also had a couple of weeks in a row where I had visitors come to town involving many days tromping through NYC doing some touristy and some not-so-touristy stuff.
I'll post some fun pictures of these activities when I get a chance, but first some knitting related content:

I'm proud to announce that I have completed my first sweater for myself.



Sorry for the shoddy image but I wore this sweater to work today (yeah!) and I had to take it off, snap a pic quickly, and get it back on before my colleague came over to ask me what I am doing ;-)

Project Details:
Pattern: Fiery Bolero from Interweave Knits Summer 2005
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cathay (red). Just over 5 skeins.
What I Learned: How to do short rows, How to do a crochet cast-on
What I Would do Differently: The sweater is a little big on me. I should have made a medium. I definitely should have checked the sleave width partway through.
What I Liked: Overall, a really easy and enjoyable pattern. The yarn is nice and forgiving with uneven stitches, although it does split a bit.

Coming next: Details on the second big project from the last month. And How I Spent My Month Off from Blogging Part II.

Here's a hint on the second project:


Thursday, August 18, 2005

 

Disco Knitting

Last night, I attended a concert in the park below my apartment building. With the long-awaited break in the hot weather finally here, it seemed like the whole neighborhood was out trying to enjoy the outdoors.

The concert was great. The band was supposed to be disco, which I don't like much, but it turned out to be closer to Motown, which I LOVE.

Here's a photo of the bandstand:



This is the lead-singer who kept leaping off the stage to croon at single women in the audience. He was singing to the woman sitting next to me and I couldn't stop laughing.



And just to keep up my rep as a knitting blog, here is proof that I have started on a new project:



I am working on the Fiery Bolero from Interweave Knits Summer 2005. I know, summer is almost over and I am just getting to starting a summer cotton sweater. But I am hoping, since summer has been so hot, fall will be mild and comfortable - perfect for a light sweater!



The concert turned out to be perfect for knitting. I am already now 20 rows into the project. I hope to have it done in the next few weeks. Then it's back to the Harry Potter scarf!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

 

At last - Sockapal-two-za - the "Unpadded Footlet"!

Well, after several months of procrastinating and two froggings, I present to you, my socks for Sockapal-two-za:





The socks look a bit big, but my sock pal has bigger feet than me. I still need to finish weaving in the ends and apply a bit of light blocking, but at least I know I will make the deadline now.

Project details
Pattern: Padded Footlet from Interweave Knits Summer 2005
Yarn: Kiogu KPM
Modifications: I basically followed the pattern except I omitted the "padded" part of the footlet, since I thought it was pretty confusing. Also, this way my sock pal can wear the socks both in the house and under shoes. The other change I made was to cast on an additional eight stitches because my pal has swollen ankles. I decreased these stitches at the botton of the ribbing becausee otherwise, the sock was gigantic (this accounted for one of the aforementioned rip-outs).

The tops and the back of the socks have a lace pattern, which aren't showing up well since the socks are so big on my feet. Overall, I really liked the pattern. I might try it again, but not before taking a bit of a break from socks :-).

Monday, August 15, 2005

 

For those of you who can't stop making fun of my Western NY accent


Your Linguistic Profile:

75% General American English
10% Upper Midwestern
10% Yankee
5% Midwestern
0% Dixie



What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

 

Finally - The Birthday Shawl is Complete!

I finally finished the Miracle Shawl - a birthday present for my mother-in-law & also a thank you for all of the knitting paraphenalia that she's given me.






Here are the project details:
Yarn: Classic Elite Miracle in Lady Slipper
Needles: Size 10
Pattern: A pattern I received when I bought the yarn from a knitting shop while on vacation in North Carolina.

I loved the yarn. It's very soft and great to knit with. Creating the shawl was pretty difficult for me, since it's the first time I attempted any type of lace pattern. I also got a bit bored in the middle so I took a break to work on the Harry Potter scarf. As a result, the whole project took me two months.

I gave the shawl to her last weekend and I think she liked it, although SHE ASKED ME IF I COULD MAKE IT RECTANGULAR. I yelled told her I'd make another for Christmas.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

 

Rewards part II

The other fun knitting-related items that were uncovered in the last few weekends were hilarious patterns from the 1970s.










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