Pictures from the weekend

On Friday, Nick arrived. He immediately wanted to help Bug put together her dinosaur. He’d given her this gift for Christmas, but I wasn’t sure how it went together. So he asked me to wait, and we set it aside for this day.

Unfortunately, Bug’s attention span didn’t really allow for much help from her on this project, but Nick seemed very content to work on it himself.  And Bug loves it!

On Saturday we took Bug to the zoo. Or rather, Bug and I took Nick to the zoo. It was a miserably cold and snowy day, so we stuck to the main indoor exhibits. Bug was enjoying herself I think.

There was a small glitch with my camera and I had  trouble taking this picture, but I did manage to get a decent picture with Bug and Nick together.

Personally, I think they both look pretty happy. And I know I am!

It has been awhile…

But I feel I have a good excuse! You see, my sweetheart came to visit me for a few days, and since my time with him is so precious, I decided to leave the computer largely unused. And I assure you it was worth it!  I do have a few pictures from Nick’s visit, but not many. We were too busy enjoying our time together to bother much with pictures. Though I regret that now!

Not a lot of knitting either, though Saturday evening was technically a knit night. I worked on my sock. I really didn’t get that much done. We were all too busy eating, talking, and laughing.

Then there is my grover jacket. I worked on this once in awhile in the quiet mornings, while I was the only one awake. I actually got a fair bit done, the shoulders are now sewn together and I’ve created the collar. I need to kitchener it together, repair some seaming holes, and I’ll be ready to start the sleeves.

On Sunday we decided to have a lovely relaxing day. We went to the bookstore so Nick could pick up a book for the trip home, and then over to The Tea Smith so that he could read and I could knit while enjoying a pot of tea. It was a most enjoyable afternoon, mostly because we’ve been imagining ourselves having an afternoon together just like this for quite some time now. I started another Sunburst Cardigan out of lambs pride worsted. The sweater is not for me, but thankfully I have more yarn in the same color since I adore it!

We also hit up the yarn shop, looking for more sock yarn for socks for Nick. Today I took a picture of Nick’s sock yarn. The two on the left I already had in stash, the two on the right are the ones he picked out this trip.

Parting is such sweet sorrow, and I have to admit to feeling quite down after his departure. I can’t say I’ve even wanted to knit. I am sure to feel back in the swing of things shortly!

Now we are coming along

What you see here is the grover jacket. One front is finished, one front is not done at all, and the back is close to being finished.

It really is coming along, even with a lost day of knitting.

Yesterday I spun. I spun the remainder of the lovely, soft, plain camel laceweight. I need to ply it yet, but the end is in sight!

Tonight? I will occupy myself cleaning for a bit, and then I’d rather like to spin. If I could get the plying done, I’d be feeling pretty darn good about myself!

As promised.

Another picture that is not the grover jacket.

Before the picture, may I add that I have grover fur all over everything? In my computer, all over me, in my food, in the bathroom sink, in the bathtub. Crazy!

So instead, we shall look at a sock.

Done out of opal yarn, another Gentleman’s plain winter sock. Which is truly my favorite sock of all time.

Yesterday, can I have a do over?

Yesterday was strange. Very strange. Work went fine, it was after I got home that things got a little odd. Nothing seemed to work correctly.

To begin with, we were under a tornado watch. The initial news of that happened while I was still at work. I was slightly irritated because I had wanted to get home and clean out/vacuum my car. Once I was home, I cleaned out the car, and began the vacuum process. The wind picked up and I could hear the thunder. In fact, fat drops of rain began falling as I was vacuuming the last area of the car. So I hurried to put the car in the garage, leaving the cleaning of the dash for another day. By the time I put the car away and went upstairs, the sun was back out and the thunder gone! It never did storm.

So I decided to take a picture of my grover jacket so I could make a blog post. After all, I had worked on it far enough that one of the fronts was done! But, I couldn’t get a blog post up because wordpress wasn’t working. We were in read only mode last evening and that was highly frustrating.

So, I decided Bug should get a bath. I knew I had a few other chores for the evening but had decided her bath time would be my little knitting break. I got her squared away in the tub, sat down to turn on netflix, and THAT wasn’t working. Couldn’t get to the website and it indicated that watch instantly was down too.

Then I made the mistake of trying to keep knitting. Where I realized that the pattern was written strangely, and I had knit double the amount of stitches necessary for the front. Which means I had to frog. I had to frog FUZZY YARN! May I quickly insert a grumble about the way the pattern is written? I learned with brioche stitch, or estonian patent stitches, that the YO and the slip stitch count as one unit. And I took classes, this isn’t hodge podge knowledge. But the pattern counts the YO and the slip stitch as two separate stitches! Causing my counts to be seriously off. Had I read the comments on the pattern I would have realized this, as it is covered numerous times in the comments section. I was not the only one confused by this. But I did not read the comments because generally they are all “Thank you so much for this great pattern!!!!!!” and that is just not necessary reading. FURTHERMORE…if I was the pattern creator, and I realized that this many people were having a hard time with that particular issue, I would have put a note in the pattern warning the knitter of this very trap! I don’t understand not doing so!

In any case…where was I?

Oh, so the relaxing knitting and netflix time didn’t work out so well. I was forced to iron. Which needed to be done. But it wasn’t what I wanted to do! I suppose I can be happy that I didn’t blog about the incorrect jacket though. I’ll have a new blog post for you later, with a picture of a sock. That is right, a plain boring sock I am not likely to screw up!


Since I don’t care to show you the grover jacket again, as it looks no different than yesterday except perhaps to be a little longer, I will instead show you a project that has languished on the needles.

In November 2010 I started another pullover from Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting. I was so excited that the book was released again and readily available. Prior to this, every time I knit out of this book I’d have to wait for it at the library. So I started right in on Aranmore. The yarn is from black water abbey, I got it at my first Stitches Midwest. I bought it specifically for a Starmore sweater, as the yarn really helps the intricate cables pop. It is scratchy though, very scratchy. I don’t shy away from scratchy these days, rather just find the appropriate garments to wear with it. As to why this has languished on the needles for so long? I can’t tell you. I guess I forgot just how long it takes to work the cables, following chart by chart. I’ve gotten too used to being able to rattle off a sweater in 2 weeks. I really do intend to get back to this one in short order, even though there are tons of projects I’d love to knit!  Preferably before the very hot weather hits, so that I don’t feel sweaty and scratchy all at once!

Actually, now that I look at this again, I realize that I am a lot farther than I thought on it. I really need to give this one some of my time again!

Knitting Grover

I may have been a bit swift in my desire to knit the Lavender Jacket.  You see, it calls for a super bulky yarn, and it also calls for a bit of mohair to carry along with the regular yarn. So, I decided what could be better than a super bulky yarn that is already fuzzy? I chose knitpicks Suri Alpaca. Once the yarn came, I realized that I’d still need a base yarn to knit it with, so I chose some cascade 220. Once I began, I started to think I was a little hasty in my desire to knit this, as I really feel like I am knitting Grover, with it being all crazy and fuzzy and blue/purple!

Let’s have another!

Another Jayne Cobb hat that is. I finished the second one yesterday, and then decided the lopi needed to be softened up somewhat. I gave them both a good soak in a conditioner bath and hung them up to dry. Surprising how long it takes a pompom out of bulky yarn to dry!

I’ve been all focused on some mad cleaning since I have a very important visitor coming next weekend. This morning, in order to make more space in my home, I got it into my head that all my assorted sock yarn scraps needed to be re wound with the ball winder. While it did free up some space and organize them properly, I have no idea what posessed me to do such a thing. Procrastination? Perhaps. Once I was done I realized I had no idea at all where the morning had gone.  I really wanted to rewind the yarn to see what I have around for my next crazy project…which is a blanket, or a rug, you choose, done in scrap yarn. Technically it calls for worsted weight yarn, which is fantastic since I can hold sock yarn double in order to use that up as well.

300 stitches on size 8 needles, it should be a fun project to work on when I am not knitting desperately fast on projects in order to finish them.

By the way, losing a morning to my sock yarn scraps really wasn’t the worst part of the day. At swimming lessons, I learned I had ordered the wrong yarn for an upcoming sweater commission. Leaving me upset that I would have to order more yarn, and even more upset I had nothing to knit! When I got home, I managed to ruin two sets of sheets in the washer AND later when I decided to clean under my bed, I broke the bed. I might need a do over of today!

Nevertheless, I find myself in a right good mood!

A Project Revisited

Before Bug was born and before I learned to knit, I crocheted. I crocheted large stuff. Afghans in particular. At some point I discovered wool and liked to use it as opposed to acrylic (the beginning of my yarn snobbery) so I bought a book and some Lamb’s Pride Worsted and started an elaborate afghan. I can’t remember which it is, out of Leisure Arts I believe. But the end result really was stunning.  There was a problem though. The combination of the weight of all that wool and my inability to understand how weaving in ends should go caused all the seams to begin to unravel. We are talking 3×3 inch squares, all unraveling. That is a lot of seaming. So, I ignored it and dealt with a holey blanket.  Finally this week, after all this time, I started to reseam it. I reseamed the portions coming apart and reinforced places that look like they could fail. And now I am able to show it off!

Month O’Socks Wrap Up

I managed to finish a grand total of 10 projects during MOS. Some of them had been started prior to MOS, and some I started during MOS.

Two handspun Baktus scarves:

Two Christmas stockings:

A whole bunch of socks!

A little bit of spinning:

And I worked on a few projects that did not get completed:

One project was frogged:

And one project did not fit MOS criteria whatsoever, but needed to be done:

I am insanely pleased with MOS this year. I’ve accomplished so much, and had some truly good luck with my crafting. It hasn’t always gone this well. I enjoyed the expanded rules, encompassing more than “just” sock knitting. Those will have to stay. The other motivation that needs to stay is the blogging. I’ve had great fun with it this year and want to continue.

Month O’Socks Day #29

I must admit, on the last day of MOS, I am getting a bit sick of sock knitting. My fingers are again calloused, and I find myself becoming bored and aching to cast on new projects. There is a project that I really did need to start, so I started yesterday. In fact, I started and finished yesterday even though it fit none of the MOS criteria. I really couldn’t help myself. I’ll have a better picture of it later, but this here’s a teaser:

I am also cruising along on Nick’s purple socks. I’ve placed the marker for the afterthought heel and am working my way up the leg. I’ve got 7 repeats, a cuff, and a heel left on this one. This needs to be complete by his visit at the end of the month, and I am positive that will happen, even if I leave the entire project at work. (11 days!)

Tomorrow is MOS wrap up, I am really looking forward to that post!

Month O’Socks Day #28

First of all, I finally have good pictures of the wedge socks I completed last week.

I really truly want a pair of these for myself.

As far as progress, all I have for you is a picture of a complete stocking. Or rather, the two stockings I’ve made during MOS together.

I think it is obvious I am trying to wrap up MOS. There will be nothing sockwise cast on now, just working on a final purple sock. On the other hand, I’ve a few other projects that absolutely need to be started, so you might get new pics tomorrow anyhow.

Month O’Socks day #27

I have set out with two projects this weekend. The final Christmas stocking of this year, and the purple socks.

I find I am having to work at sticking to MOS knitting since yarn just came in the mail. And part of this is the fact that the yarn I just received in the mail, specifically for a jacket I’d like to make for myself, immediately, seems like a somewhat insane purchase now that I’ve received it. Meaning, it seemed wise at the time, but looking at the yarn now I am not sure. And the only way to really tell will be to get the yarn cast on and see what happens.  But, thus far I am managing to resist.

On the other hand, something which is SUCH a treat just arrived in the mail! A friend of mine is doing some pottery lately, and I claimed one of her “pay it forward 2011” slots just so I could get myself some pottery. She was such a good sport about my being specific about what I wanted. A yarn bowl! And personalized just for me!

Isn’t it just fantastic???

Month O’Socks day #26

I’m rolling right along. I’ve finished the first of the purple socks and started the second. I am feeling pretty good about month o’socks!

This weekend will be very busy. I need to get my bike prepared for biking season, or more notably my decision to bike commute starting Monday. I need to get the house cleaned, the car cleaned out, Bug and I need a hair cut, and there is the usual swim lessons and small promises I’ve made to Bug along the way for the weekend. I am feeling overwhelmed already! I have mending and ironing to do, and of course it is the last weekend of MOS so I need to wrap it up.  Ideally I will complete one more christmas stocking and the purple socks and call it a wrap. I will be posting a final wrap up post on the 15th with pictures of all the completed projects as well as where I am with anything that went unfinished.

But, I’ve done great with blogging daily and I’d like to continue that. Or at least close to daily. So I won’t stop posting even though MOS is over. There is always a ton of knitting to show, and I am enjoying posting WIP pictures as well as finished objects.

Month O’Socks day #25

Onward and upward! I’ve put the heel in the first of the BFF socks for Nick. Now I can just knit to the end of the yarn. I am considering doing a fairly long ribbing on this one.

I didn’t actually get much knitting done yesterday because it was a spinning night. And I finished a hank of yarn! This is Yarn Love’s marianne 100% merino. Colorway is sock star. I navajo plyed this because I’d really really love to own my very own Baktus scarf!

And finally, for the last weekend of month o’socks, I decided to cast on another Falling Snow Stocking. I need to complete two this year, and I feel I should just get it done now, while month o’socks is in progress, rather than procrastinate.

Month O’Socks day #23

We are in the home stretch now, less than a week left!

My Hermoine’s everyday socks are done!

And my BFF socks, progress has been made. You can see here that I’ve pulled out the area for the afterthought heel. I am doing the heel now so I can just knit to the end of the ball of yarn.

That is it! That is all I have for you today.

Month O’Socks day #22

Wherein you see no sock progress.  It is a busy busy day today and I am not going to have the opportunity to take pictures. Or make much progress. Suffice it to say no new knitting has been taken on, I’ve worked only on the purple BFF socks and the striped Hermoine’s everyday socks. The pictures wouldn’t have been interesting anyhow.

So instead, I am going to show you pictures of a project I finished last month, but haven’t had the opportunity to blog about. For Nick’s Christmas gift, I decided to make him a scarf. He wanted orange, so I decided to use Knitpicks Capra, the merino with cashmere content. I started the scarf a number of times, choosing different patterns, but ripped each and every one of them. Either the scarf would be too narrow, or too wide, or something would happen that I’d dislike. I finally settled on a 1×1 rib.  I knit 3 balls of capra, making a reasonably long scarf, but was then instructed to make it longer. So I purchased 3 more balls of capra, made a ribbed beanie, and knit the remainder into the scarf. The scarf is huge and long, when hanging over my neck, it hits my knees on both sides. It might need to be shortened. But it is really scrumptious, soft, warm, and squishy.

My only regret with the scarf is that I didn’t use an invisible 1×1 cast on. I did do so on the cast off. But, I regret that one side doesn’t look like the other. Next time I’ll do it right.

Back to your regularly scheduled programing on Day #23.

Month O’Socks day #21

Another double finished object post!

I finished the handspun baktus scarf that I started on Friday. Quite frankly, I ran out of yarn. So one end is slightly abbreviated. I blocked this one out quite a bit too, as I only had 182 yards of yarn and that made for a rather small scarf. Now that it is complete and I can see the dominate colors, I am less annoyed with it than I was as I was knitting it.

I also took the time to finish up the 6th Christmas stocking. This one will be for a relative which hasn’t been born yet. I began the tradition of knitting Christmas stockings a bit over a year ago and intend to do so for all new family arrivals who want one.

I do need to do another and have the yarn for another, and I may start that before month o’socks is over. Just to have it complete.

My sliced finger is now allowing sock knitting, so I worked on the BFF socks. I am less than a repeat from placing the heel marker.

And my current work project, for lack of anything else spectacular, is the Hermoine’s everyday socks, so I began the heel.  They’ve been on the needles for a long time now, it might be time to get them finished.

Month O’Socks day #20

I’ve only one picture for you today because I was only able to work on one thing post finger slice.

My handspun lacy baktus nears completion. I wound the yarn and started this on a whim. The yarn has so many colors in it that I thought it was just going to look terrible, but in the end it does have some dominate coloring.

The cascadia socks from yesterday are now frogged. I did managed to knit a repeat on them and they were terribly large.  I am sure though, that I have more than enough to occupy my time.

Month O’Socks day #19

Startitis hit hard last night after two completed projects!

I first began a pair of Cascadia socks in Blue Moon fiber Arts socks that rock lightweight.

These are toe up, and I only managed to get the toe portion done.

Then I began Nicks next pair of socks, in purple Blue Moon Fiber Arts socks that rock mediumweight. The yarn was donated by my dear friend Sarah, who said she’d be glad to contribute to Nick’s sock wardrobe.

The pattern is Cookie A.’s BFF socks, but I am working them toe up with an afterthought heel.

Then I had some more handspun laying around and decided to start another handspun lacy baktus.

This handspun is a 3 ply rather than a navajo ply, and I am not overly sure I like how it is knitting up. We will see…..

But this morning I woke up with all sorts of hand pain due to my obsessive knitting, and decided to work on my shawl.

And then….do you see that thing on my finger?  Yeah, then I sliced my finger with a knife. And have been quite slow in the knitting department ever since.

Month O’Socks day #18

Two completed pairs to show off today, much success is had this week!

My Wanida socks are done, and I love them because this is my first pair of blue socks, and they will go with so much of what I own!

I am also a huge fan of koigu pppm, and so I know that they are socks that will fit appropriately in all my shoes.

The second pair complete is the Wedge socks. Not the best shot, because I had to grab a photo this morning before sending them off to Nick this afternoon. I have been promised a more appropriate photo of them once he receives them.

And in my spare time, I knit on my Hermoine’s everyday socks. I have a few rows left before I start the heel. These are so not a priority!

The weekend should bring new and fun socks!

Month O’Socks day #17

Where I realize I’ve been doing it wrong!

Let me show you a sock. A sock with a toe. A toe that is correct. Unlike the first sock.

I need to graft the toe, and don’t have enough yarn to do it. Fortunately I have matching yarn in stash, and will be able to use that instead. Then I have to rip out the toe on the first sock, since it is incorrect, and make it match the toe on this sock. I am hoping to get it all in the mail tomorrow, but it might not happen as I wish.

Work knitting consisted of the Wanida today. I am working on the very last repeat before I start the toe, the project is so close to being complete I can barely set it down.

Yesterday I spun.

Yarn love superwash merino, almost done with the single, and then I will be navajo plying in order to preserve the wonderful colors.

The rest of this post? Gratuitous yarn and fiber shots.

Noro Kureyon sock my friend Mary just…handed me last night! I suggested I wanted pink, I think she managed to provide me with that!

My last two fibers from dyeabolical’s fiber club. Love them!

Month O’Socks day #16

The fastest way to not get something done is to claim I will do it right here on this blog.

Example, wanida sock that I was going to work on all evening. Didn’t get touched that evening. Only at work today.

Instead, I worked on the wedge socks, and brought them to the point where I need to start the toe. Does that look like enough yarn for a toe? I am not entirely sure, and a little nervous.

Month O’Socks day #15

As to how on earth I thought I could complete Nick’s socks by today I will never know. I must have been full of crazy when I said that! In fact, all I got done was the heel. Nothing else. Not another stitch.

Not very exciting huh? Well, I’ll tell you a little secret, though I have a lot to show you today, I don’t have anything exciting to show you. Except for the sunshine. Do you see that sunshine? It is a beautiful day.

I finished the heel and picked up the gusset on the Christmas stocking.

And I finished another garter section on my shawl.

The most exciting picture perhaps, is the reentrance of the Wanida sock. The heel is now turned. I suspect this will be my knitting tonight, as it has been on the needles just a bit too long for me and I am ready to get it finished.

Plus, I am eager to work on something else at work. I am bored with Wanida. I need a new fun challenge.

There you have it. Day #15.