Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Bitterroot Rainbow
Needles: Addi Turbo 1 and 2
Start date: July 15, 2007
Finish date: July 29, 2007
Love the yarn too! Very warm due to a tiny bit of mohair. I have one more skein in the stash, but will have to look for other colors that strike my fancy.
No work has been done on MS3--see above.
Neither has any work been accomplished on the Mystery Sock Monkey Socks. Again, see above.
This afternoon I hope to get my 2 stripe goal finished on the ripple and then at knitting night I'll work on the Sock Monkey socks.
August 1 marks the beginning of Sock a Month 4 KAL, as well as the Ravelry based Sockdown: Ravelry. For both KALs I will be knitting the same pair of socks~~ River Rapids by Sockbug in Briggs and Little Sport. At least that is the plan. We'll see how things go.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
It is now my pleasure to pass the award along to five worthy recipients:
- Trek because she's been with me as a regular reader/commenter from virtually the first day I posted.
- Kim of Knotty Purls. A member of our local SnB who keeps all of us in stitches!
- Abigail of 1870 Pearl, sock knitter extraordinaire!
- Opal of The Akamai Knitter, a fellow lover of socks, lace, and ripples!
- Theresa of Knitting Underway because the first time I came across her blog it was in search of this sweater, and she has been inspiring me ever since.
If I had them to give, all of you in my bloglines subs (all 134 of you) would have received an award for inspiring me to stretch myself beyond what I know I can do.
You all rock in my book!
Posted by Jenny Raye at 7/22/2007 11:18:00 PM
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I told you I joined Mystery Stole 3 designed and led by Melanie at Pink Lemon Twist. To say that the KAL has been well-received is an understatement of epic proportions! Last I checked there were over 6500 knitters signed-up to knit this project (sign-ups closed on July 6th, so don't even try to join now.) Some hover around the site waiting for each clue to be released on Friday mornings, so they can have the clue finished by Saturday morning at the latest. Others, like yours truly, are taking their sweet time to knit the stole. Hence the Mystery Stole Slow Bee button on the sidebar. So far three clues have been released. This is the current incarnation of my MS3--at the end of clue #1. I had hoped to work on it this evening when I got home from SnB, but I'm too tired, and I haven't even printed out the next clue yet. So it can wait until tomorrow.
My current foray into lace knitting has not been without its bumps. I've had to rip back several rows twice--the first time after working on the stole while at SnB last week, and the second the next day. Virtually all the ladies I knit with will tell you you can't knit lace at SnB and not expect to rip out half of what you knitted the next day. So yes, that did happen to me, but it wasn't because of working on it at knitting night. I would have made the same mistake(s) no matter where I worked on the stole because seemingly, I cannot count to 3, 4, or 8. I learned last year when working on a shawl/stole with a lot of knit stitches between increases and decreases to count the number of knit stitches and write it in the first knit stitch box of that section. Well, in two places on one row and one place on the next I proved that I cannot count. Sigh. When I sit down to write in the number of knit stitches on the clues to come, I will make sure I double check my count. Every. Time. Lesson learned.
Now, about the pattern. So far it is gorgeous! I fall more in love with it with each clue. I'm using a slightly heavier yarn than Melanie suggested, but I had it in the stash and wanted to use it. It's the remaining cone of Colourmart cashmere leftover from my Sampler Shawl of last summer. I know in the photo the knitting looks rather loose. The reason is that in its present state the coned cashmere most closely resembles string. This is due to the amount of oil in the yarn. Once washed in very, very hot water and Dawn, the yarn blooms and becomes oh, so soft! I'm accounting for that blooming in my choice of knitting this yarn on size 6 Addis. The beads I am using to embellish the stole are 6/0 beads in light amber. Melanie does not call for us to prestring the beads as they are used sparingly. She recommends the use of a crochet hook to attach each bead to its stitch before knitting the stitch. I, however, have listened to the wisdom of the knitters on the yahoogroup and am using Super Floss (Mint flavor optional) leftover (unused, of course) from The Teen's time with braces. This stuff is a real treasure for knitters who want to add beads to their projects. The fuzzy end of the floss holds the beads securely in place on the floss--no errant beads dribbling off the end of the floss with this baby! I preload this end with 10 or so beads and keep it nearby while I work. When I come to the next stitch that needs a bead, I just run the smooth end of the floss through the stitch to which I want to attach the bead, slide the same end of the floss through the bead and move it down the floss. Gently remove the stitch from the left needle, slide the bead down the floss and onto the stitch. Replace the stitch on the left needle and knit as normal. Easy Peasy!
I'm sure you'll be quite tired of my stole updates by the time I finish MS3. I promise (cross my heart) to only show a progress photo at the end of each clue, and then the big reveal at the end, all laundered and soft! Can't wait!!! Trouble is, I have that pesky ripple to finish. Must. Crochet. So. I. Can. Knit. Lace.
Monday, July 16, 2007
My modified monkey socks are finished! Yay! They are my first pair for Summer of Socks 2007. My goal is four pair.
Pattern: Monkey Socks by Cookie A.; do you really need the link? Oh okay, here ya are.
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Wild Cherries, gifted by Trish in Knitter's Tea Swap 1 last May (The yarn made a super pair of socks! Thanks, Trish!)
Needles: Addi Turbo size 1 40" circ (increased to size 2 for the last two inches)
Start date: June, 2007
Finish date: July 16, 2007
Modifications: Toe-up--but it's me you're reading, so that was a given, right? Knit all purls, changed yo to M1. Short row heel. 15 total repeats of pattern--7 on foot and 8 on the leg.
Thoughts: LOVE them!!!! Nice and snug even though worked over 64 stitches. I love the non-holeyness. Wonderful color and fun pattern. I may have to make more Monkeys, but I have other patterns I'd like to try first.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Pattern: Soft Waves from 200 Ripple Patterns by Jan Eaton (#19, I think)
Yarn: 17 balls of Cascade 220 superwash in various colors. Each color was used three times in 3 rows of dc
Hook: Size H
Finished size 55" x 75"
Today, however, is for socks. I hope to have progress photos on Tuesday of the Monkey socks up past the short row heel. I may even work a bit on the second Mystery Sock Monkey sock. It's hot here in Virginia--pushing 100 today. Yet another reason to put off the ripple and work on socks......in the air conditioning!
Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes on our anniversary!!!!