Knit Picky: March 2006

"properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit...
 and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either."
~elizabeth zimmerman

Friday, March 24, 2006
The World's Slowest Knitter Actually Finishes Stuff! News at 11.

Well, there's actually only one finished thing here. But she's a beaut. Check 'er out just before completion.

Almost there

And after...

Check out that toe baby
My proudest kitchener moment, yet!

And all done

Oooh, done!

Size US3 DPNs for cast on. Size 2 for the rest of the sock. Sockotta yarn. No idea what colorway.

Sadly, I have not been able to cast on for socky #2 yet. Nope, it's not the dreaded SSS (I actually can't wait to cast on the darn thing). I'm making a belated birthday gift for a friend. Can you guess what it is?

What is it2
A really creepy scarf?


It's sort of a conjoined bear twin, actually. See here for the pattern used (from this very funny site that I just discovered this week). Hopefully he'll be done tomorrow. Yeah, I suck. I made the bear for my (grown-up) friend instead of kids in Jamaica. Actually, I didn't see the link till the drive for bears was over.

Keep your eye out for the sock twin, coming soon to a blog near you.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

posted by Stephanie at 6:18 PM

Friday, March 17, 2006
Oh, You Lucky, Lucky Childrens

FOs! From me! Whoda thunk it?


A capelet - a woman at my LYS was making it and I thought it was purty and might be useful in London in June (!!). I don't know how it really looks on me due to my, erm, overly generous serving of bustiness and midsection. But I think it is beautiful. I used just shy of 5 skeins of OnLine Rush in 0007. Glorious colors!

button closeup

A close up of the amazingly perfect buttons I also found at my LYS. She was trying to get rid of these two-tone shell buttons in wine and orange, an unbelievable match for the Rush, and they were 50% off. I bought all five.


Please ignore the fact that I look practically dead without any lipstick on. The pitfalls of being a natural red(dish)head and possessing translucent skin.

Then one evening, I'd finished everything I'd been working on, and still had two more of those gorgeous buttons. And two skeins of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk in a rich garnet/wine/burgundy color. Three hours later, voila! A plush neckwarmer. I am getting good use out of it, and I love the richness. (Although the yarn is surprisingly itchy on the back of my neck.)

Which brings us to the current WIP. Told ya I was about to start a sock jag. You have no idea.....


And some gratuitous cat and yarn photos. Because I can.

Inari Knits5
Inari Knits3

Have a lovely weekend, y'all!

posted by Stephanie at 6:01 PM

Tuesday, March 07, 2006
GASP! Is that what I think it is?

Yes, it is indeed an FO. Never thought you'd see the day these socks would make a re-appearance on this blog, did you? I sure didn't! They got sidelined for birthday knitting and Christmas knitting and toy knitting. Then I did a capelet, and a neckwarmer and I was out of stuffing for more Beans (more pictures to come later this week). So what to work on? Oh, how about those sad socks sitting in the discard basket?

Hmm, why did I put these down? They were fun. And beautiful. And pretty satisfying, even with all the counting problems I had! (Me + many YOs and SSKs and K2togs = one good challenge) It wasn't exactly a hard knit, just one I had to give greater attention to than I'm used to doing.

Well, without further ado, the Feather and Fan socks using Artyarns Supermerino!

First finished socks _1
Lookee! They're done!

Happy Feet
Check out those toesies!
(Hmm, the left sock looks like the toe area is much bigger than the right. That's not the case. They are equivalent measurements and I matched them right up against each other. Must be my foot with the problem. Or an illusion created by the yarn.)

Upside down
I love the colors and the bright shock of the patterning from the dye. I'm not at all particular about my socks matching. In fact, I love the surprise inherent in knitting with hand-dyed yarns and not knowing what will happen next.

da soles
I know this picture isn't great, but it gives you a view of the soles and how differently they turned out. On the left we have flashing. On the right, teeny stripes. I love that! Obviously I ended up working with 2 skeins here, from different dye lots (that's what happens when you *think* you can make it on one skein and run out with half a foot and a toe left to complete!). One sock is really vivid, while the other is more muted. Does it bother me? Not a whit!

The colors are true in all but the last shot. I love these socks and I think I'm about to embark on a sock knitting jag. I didn't want to take them off after putting the completed pair on last night. So soft, so pretty. Such an awesome pattern (from Socks, Socks, Socks).

I'm so happy and can't wait to cast on the next pair of socks. Really. I WANT TO GO HOME AND KNIT SOCKS NOW!

posted by Stephanie at 5:03 PM