Monday, November 30, 2009

Rainbows in November

I finished these socks a couple weeks ago, so when my camera reappeared and the sun came out, it was time to share some November rainbows with you.

These socks were knit with Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn and were a wonderful lesson to just go with the flow and accept their fraternal-ness. I normally go for the understated when it comes to socks. Grey, black or white. Knitting, however,  has changed that. Why wear grey or black when you can have some hand knit goodness on your toes? And what a better way to cheer up a dreary month like November than to add some color to your feet!


Sock details:
Noro Silk Garden Sock, on 3.5mm needles, knit top down.
2x2 rib for the cuff then 3x1 rib for the legs, continuing the ribbing down through the feet. I used the knit1, slip1 method for the heel flap, which is one of my favorite methods. I typically weigh my sock yarn before I start and then allocate 25% to the leg, then when I’m within a few grams of that 25%, begin the heel flap.

And then there’s the Noro scarf which I’m working on.

noroscarf noroscarf1  

I picked up a ball of grey-brown, black and grey Noro and alternated it in a 1x1 ribbing with a very colorful Noro in my stash. Everyone who sees it is enthralled with the way the colors transition. Only we knitters know it’s Noro that does all the work.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Delayed gratification

Talk about the opposite of instant gratification. Out of the blue, Suzy put on the Robin Hood jacket (by Zoe Mellor) that I made for her umpteen (er...3) years ago. Jacket details are posted on Ravely.

It was one of the first few projects I ever did after learning to knit (wanted to teach myself cables), made out of Walmart acrylic. It's apparently a size 2 but still fits her, except for being maybe a tad too short.

I'm trying not to get excited. She never wears what I make for her. But she's had it on for 20 minutes now. Validation! Victory!

But sweetie, I'm still not knitting for you anymore, at least not till you can appreciate it.< /div>

Friday, November 20, 2009

Absence makes the yarn grow fonder...

Or something like that.

I got all caught up in the whole summer experience and neglected all things bloggy. But I'm back. Part of the problem was that we lost our camera, so I couldn't take yummy photos of my WIPs and FOs. Then we found the camera, and now it's lost again. I think it's playing hide and seek.

I'll have to hunt it down, because I finished the Rona shawl, which turned out just as breathtaking as I imagined. It was a tough one to block, but worth the effort. And I also need to show off my Every Way Wrap from the Fall Interweave Knits. And I totally amused my knitterly friends at the local Sit 'n Knit night with my Fish Hat, Dead or Alive from The fun part was creating a matching set of mittens. The pattern for those will be coming soon.

Just some highlights for now. I'll be back regularly with photos to share what I've been up to.