Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Hooked on Socks

I have finished my second pair of socks.

Pattern: Cuff Down Short Row Heel Socks

Yarn: Hand dyed worsted wool by Woolbearers

Needles: 12" size 4 Addi Turbo Circulars and size 4 DPNs

Next on the needles are the pedicure socks from Knitty

Monday, November 20, 2006

Little Lady E

I decided to do another entrelac project because I like this stitch.

I'm using the Lady Eleanor pattern from Scarf Style but I casted on less stitches so this will be a scarf rather than a stole.

Yarn is Rowan's Tapestry.


My very first pair of socks. I decided to start with a basic tube sock. The yarn is Patons SWS leftover from my Clapotis.

I have to admit DPN's take some getting used to. I casted on with the DPNs, knitted a few rows then switched to a 12 inch circular.

These were really simple to do.

Next on the needles are socks done with the short row heel. These are taking a bit longer. I had to do the heel twice before I understood what I was doing. The yarn is yummy. It's a wool/mohair blend hand dye that I picked up at my favorite LYS Woolbearers. I'm determined to get these done this week.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Friends are Forever

Last night I hung out with my reserve buddies. We've been through a lot over the years, good times and bad.

Since I retired last AugustI hadn't had much contact with them. So they called and read me the riot act. We agreed to get together for a girl's night. We went and had a nice Italian dinner, boy did we pig out. Then we just hanged at one's house for a bit and do what women do. One just came back from Iraq this past August. She is going back again next month. I'm glad I'm retired but boy have I missed them.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Stitches East 2006

My LYS Woolbearers sponsored a bus trip to Stitches East at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland yesterday. To start us off, Suzie, one of the owners, gave all attendees a bag of goodies. She also held a raffle on the bus and gave away some additional prizes. I wasn't lucky enough to win one.

The bus arrived at 10 a.m. and we weren't scheduled to leave until 5 p.m. I thought oh boy this was a long time to be here. However, I was busy checking out stuff the entire time. I had to make myself eat a late lunch at around 3 p.m. But first thing I did was "case the joint". I walked up and down the aisles just checking out the vendors and what they had. Some of the vendors were familiar: Dreamweaver Yarns, Webs, Rosies (a yarn store in Philly), Interweave Press, etc. Then I got busy.

I bought some Berocco Soft Twist to make the Simple Knitted Bodice. The Berocco is supposed to be a good substitution. The recommended yarn, Tilli Tomas, which I saw yesterday in the two sweater variations, is nice yarn but the price is way up there. So the Berocco will have to do. Especially the way I've been messing up patterns lately.

I also bought some Noro Aurora. I might do another Lady Eleanor stole. I would like one for myself. And I bought some ribbon type yarn to make some quick scarfs and a bolero jacket for a 10 year old. Lastly, a few skeins of wool for some felting projects. Which brings up the subject of bags, felted ones from now on. I'm getting nowhere with sewing and lining the bags I need to finish.

Then I bought a few gadgets because I like toys. I bought a sweater blocking kit and a yarn keeper bracelet. Plus a few crochet hooks and some other little odds and ends.

There were plenty of workshops going on but I didn't sign up to take any. Just as well as I was too busy browsing. Also saw some wonderful things that other crafters had made. One of the guards at the door said that he would never of thought knitting was such a big deal. I told him to bite his tongue.

The bus was full going down. It was a lot fuller on the way back. I only had a few bags but some of those ladies had suitcases on wheels.

All in all it was a long day but a really nice and enjoyable one.

Frogged, Fixed and Finished!

Thanks to a wonderful person over at The Clapotis Knitalong at Yahoo Groups, I found out where I went wrong with the Clapotis pattern. In section 4 of the decrease rows, you are to drop a stitch at the beginning and at the end of row 8. I only dropped the stitch at the beginning. So I frogged the bad section 4 portion (wasn't bad with this yarn), fixed it and I'm finished!! Now I'm happy with the project.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Another quizzie. Got this one from Deneen's blog. And it's dead on!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

The Inland North
The Midland
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?

Knitty's Clapotis

Project: Knitty's Clapotis

Yarn: Patons SWS in Natural Navy, not quite 8 skeins

Needles: KnitPicks Options, size 9

This was a fast fun knit. I was able to complete the project within two weeks time.

Paton's SWS yarn is wonderful. I will definitely be using this yarn for more projects.

H o w e v e r!
I went wrong somewhere in the pattern so eventually I will get to frogging, sigh! Needless to say this won't be a Christmas gift like I wanted it to be. Before frogging this I think I'll do a mini clap, maybe I'll figure out where I went wrong.