Saturday, May 29, 2010


Hopefully, it will work this time!

Design Frustration

Design frustration sometimes hits when I least expect it. An idea pops into my head and I grab needles and yarn and off I go....only to find that my wonderful idea won't work or that I simply don't like the looks of the thing once I see it on the needles. I have two skeins of indigo dyed worsted weight wool (I wound off two balls of Patons Classic Wool in natural to take to a dye workshop) and I am trying to come up with a pattern for an elbow length shawl that is open and airy. I have frogged three separate attempts and I am about ready to set it aside and knit another pair of socks! ARRGGGG!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Finished Spring Forward Socks

Finished them both up about midnight last night. Hand-washed them in Eucalan today. Marks & Kattens Clown yarn bled quite a bit and the finished socks are a duller color than before washing.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Half done socks

These socks are coming along just fine working them two at a time on dps. It has taken me a week, in between working on the Stonington shawl to get to this point with the socks.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Halfway there

I just decreased down to the last corner on my Stonington Shawl and I am ready to pick up stitches for the first border section. I will see what Feather and Fan will look like for the border lace.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Socks 2 at a time

I have often thought that the circular needle method of knitting two socks at a time was a good idea especially with regard to having the same gauge in both socks. More than once I have ended up with one sock fitting differently simply because of the fact that there was a bit of time between ending one sock and beginning the second.

Having said that....I have to admit that I love double pointed needles....always have. And, given the fact that I have more than one set of dp's in most sizes that I need, I decided to simply knit both socks at the same time on two sets of dp's. I have a couple of balls of Marks & Kattens Clown superwash wool and cotton sock yarn, so I have one ball for each sock. I think I am going to like this.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stonington Shawl

I first discovered Elizabeth Zimmerman's Stonington Shawl pattern in the Spring/Summer 1985 issue of Knitters magazine and promptly fell in love with the construction. I like not having seams to sew up. I like starting from the corner and knitting the center portion on the bias.

I have made this shawl in different versions many times and this is the second time I have used the Concentric Squares version listed in the magazine. This time around I am using Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool in forest green. I am planning on using a lace pattern for the borders, maybe Old Shale or Crest of the Wave.

Finished the Funky Socks

Finished the second sock yesterday morning and I am wearing them now. Just took a photo of them at the Boiler Room. I called them 'funky socks' and the pattern is called 'Monkey' by Cookie A. Does that make them Funky Monkey Socks?

I also have a couple of photos of iris and a shot of the front porch where I hang out on nice days with spinning wheel, knitting and laptop. Heaven!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Spring at The Hermitage

I love Spring. I don't even mind mowing the grass or pulling weeds. It is so nice to see everything green and blooming and the heat hasn't arrived yet.

Funky Socks at the Boiler Room!

I mentioned in another post that I had been inspired to knit socks again after seeing a finished pair at a Meetup in McKinney. So.....I dug into my sock yarn stash and found something that I liked. I cast on and began knitting on Wednesday last week and was so close to doing the heel last night that I stayed up to 1am to work the heel flap and turn the heel.....and finish the gusset. I will have the first sock finished either tonight or tomorrow. For now, I am enjoying coffee at the Boiler Room in Sherman....time for low octane tho, had enough of the leaded stuff for now.

The pattern is free off of Ravelry and is called Monkey by Cookie A. It is super easy and fun to knit and, yes, I am one of those folks who wears hand-knit socks with sandals, so the color I picked will be great with my brown SAS sandals.

Note: 11:20PM Just finished the to go!