Archive for September, 2007



FO – Retro Rib Socks

Pattern: Retro Rib Socks, Interweave Knits (some year and season I don’t remember)
Yarn: Koigu, 2 skeins
Mods: I made the leg of the sock about 5 inches, because I only had two skeins of this (from a swap) and they needed to be huge man socks.  I also used a square toe instead of the one shown in the pattern, because I like it better.

I gave these to their recipient last night, and of course forgot to take a picture of the completed socks before I gave them away.  So, you get a picture of a half finished sock.  As always, I enjoyed working with Koigu, and I really am sold on their bright colorways.  Now that I have all/most of my projects done, I decided to start on a pair of socks for me with some Shibui yarn in Empire Blue, and finish the benis I’m working on.  It’s going very quickly, and I suspect I’ll be starting on benis 2 (in bright red!) soon.  Pictures forthcoming.

FO – Tangled Yoke Cardigan

Pattern: Tangled Yoke Cardigan
Yarn: Elsabeth Lavold Silky Wool, blue (#10), 6 skeins
Needles: #5 and 4 US Addi Lace, 32″
Mods: None!

I’m really pleased with this sweater, and I heartily enjoy seamless knitting in the round. It really made finishing the sweater so much easier, which I like. This was a very easy, fast knit, and I suspect I will be making more yoked sweaters in the future. They look cool. I did have a few problems with the cable pattern, but I think it looks pretty good overall. You can see one big hole in the pattern in the above picture, but I can fix those tomorrow. I haven’t blocked it yet, but I’ll be doing that tomorrow.

I always feel so light after I finish a big project, and now I’m searching for my next big project. I suspect I”ll be making snow white, and starting on another pair of socks for myself.

Iron Will.

Those who know me well know how stubborn I am.  Now the tangled yoke sweater knows, too.

I started working on it again on Sunday, and immediately discovered the problem: I didn’t follow directions.  (big shock)  After fixing my mistake, I breezed through the rest of the cable pattern, and started on the neck edge last night.  So far it looks good, though I’m not completely pleased with how the cable pattern looks.  It looks….sloppy.  That may be due to my poor cabling skills, or because I’m irritated with the pattern, I don’t know which.  Still, I’m in the home stretch.  I expect it to be done by the end of the week.  Then, onto the retro rib socks.

I ordered some Shibui sock yarn for my sister’s Christmas present, in the hopes that this yarn won’t hate me like the last yarn I bought for her Christmas socks last year (you know, the ones that never got made because they were too small, then I frogged them and started a new pattern for her birthday…).  I have wanted to try Shubui yarn for awhile, and I’m excited to see how it goes.

Naughty spot.


Look how innocent it looks, all blue and tweedy. I put this sweater on the naughty spot (can you tell I watch SuperNanny sometimes), because it just isn’t doing what I want it to. It’s sassing me. The worst part is that it’s almost done, and I’m itching to finish it so I can wear it! It knows how much I want it, so it’s being difficult. All I have left is half the cable pattern, a few more inches of stockinette stitch, then button bands. That’s it. Altogether, it shouldn’t take more than a day or two of focused knitting.

I will be victorious.

FO: Rum Runner RPM socks

RPM socks

Rum Runner RPM socks (with cat for scale)

Pattern: RPM from Knitty
Yarn: Yarn Pirate superwash sock, not quite 1 skein, color Rum Runner
Mods: I didn’t follow the pattern exactly, though it was because I though I had the pattern memorized.  No one can tell, though…
Start: August 1
Finish: Sept. 6 (I didn’t take it on vacation with me, which was a mistake)

This was my first attempt at short row heels, and I have to say that I still like heel flap better.  It just looks more sock-like that way.  This pattern has basically no stretch, which I discovered when I had completed the first sock.  Fortunately, I have fairly small feet, and made the second sock about 4 stitches larger, which was all I needed.  They were very quick, despite what the dates say, and look like a million bucks.  I wasn’t sure what to do with yarn that was this varigated, but I can see how this pattern works with basically all yarns of that variety.  I may try it again with many more stitches.

Getting back into the swing of things.

It’s hard to return from vacation.  I’m not one who plays the lottery frequently, but I always find myself buying a powerball ticket when I get back from vacation, in the hopes that I won’t have to ever stop having vacation (by winning the lottery).  It never works out.  So, here I am, back at work.  And the camera is dead, so no cool vacation pictures yet.

In other news, the tangled yoke cardigan is 9/10sths completed, but stalled.  I’m on the actual cable pattern, but for some reason I keep screwing up in row 8.  I don’t know what the deal is.  So, I put it down, and finished my Rum Runner RPM socks (pics soon).  I’m also finishing up the retro rib socks for a friend of mine; he’s been harassing me about them, and they’ve been 2 months in the making.  Once I finish those socks, then I’ll go back to the sweater and see what the damn deal is.  I even bought cool vintage buttons in London for it, so it will work out.  Or else.  I didn’t find any eratta in the pattern, so I suspect it’s my fault.  Did I mention that I hate cabling?


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