Archive for February, 2008


Well, even though we’ve had some sunny days this last week, more often than not it’s been cloudy and gray. Yesterday and today has given us a cold, misty rain that hides the mountains and makes everything feel depressing and dreary. So, I guess it’s no surprise that when shopping for yarn, I went directly to the bright and colorful. I’ve made some progress on my projects. Peacock sock #1 is almost finished, I’m working on the toe right now, and is perfect while carried around in that KnitPickers travel case. The rest of my projects? Well, why not take a look?

From left: I cast on a colorful skinny scarf lengthwise using Cascade Yarns, Nikki. There is no colorway title for it, and I can’t really think of a good one myself. It’s 100% wool, but is super, super soft, and was a pleasure to knit with. The thickness changed often, and every stitch was so pretty…I love it. I think I’m going to buy more in a different colorway and knit another scarf. Next up, is the New England sock, a Nancy Bush pattern. Coming along nicely, huh?
And what’s that last project? Oh the piece de la resistance is all… *gets all warm and fuzzy inside and calls for a drum roll*

That’s right…my first cardigan. And it’s out of sock yarn. And I got to knit a cute little hem and a slit down the side for it. Oh my goodness it’s so pretty! I’m using Knit Picks Gloss in Woodland Sage, and yes, I will be unravelling that stocking I knit out of it so I can make the sweater. =P It’s so much fun to knit this sweater, I got my gauge perfect on my first swatch, who can beat that? I’ve completely fallen in love with Chrissy Gardiner designs too, apparently, because I purchased a ball of Tofuties sock yarn in a beautiful yellow and yellow-orange variagated yarn to knit her Tulip socks design as well. I can’t wait to cast those on, but I’m going to finish my New England socks first…only one patterned pair at a time, lol.
And now, I shall leave you with two pictures, one is the colorful scarf, completed, and the second is my treat to myself, a new spring jacket which I *love.* (and probably paid too much for….lol)

Cause I know that you were just gripping your seats, riveted to see what I was working on…./end sarcasm.

The first work in progress, is the New England Sock, as featured in Knitting on the Road, designed by Nancy Bush. This sock has also been featured on KnitPicks.com, so if you think the name sounds familiar, it is.
This sock is a pleasure to knit on, very “historical” in feel, lots of lacey bits, and columns, and my favorite, a diamond shape going across the top of the leg. It’s so much fun to knit, and I love the yarn as well. I’m using is Phildar Preface in “Bourgogne” which I’m assuming is Turkish for Burgandy. Either way, it’s nice to work with, textured, and just the right shade for my project.

My next work in progress is another plain knitted sock, this time in Knit Picks Essential, Peacock. It’s gorgeous, is it not? I can’t wait for the pair to be done so I can photograph them with an actual peacock feather (note to self: acquire peacock feather).
Essential has to be one of my favorite Knit Picks yarns to work with. It’s durable, sock, machine washable (thank GODS), and the colors are always so vibrant and rich, and eye catching. My only complaint about some of the yarns is the way they NAME them. I mean, come on, Atmosphere? Those blue socks looked nothing like the atmosphere. I think the company needs to hire someone to name the yarns better, lol.

Enough of my rant about the names of the yarns though. I have to share with you the coolest thing ever. Really, the coolest thing ever. This trumps all those cool “go-knit” pouches and bags you’ve seen advertised. And the place I found it? The most unlikely place of course, Micheals Craft store. Ready for it? It’s too cool!!!
http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=nw0390&channelid=

Isn’t that the coolest thing ever? It’s a go-knit pouch, made of sturdy clear vinyl (that means the sides and bottom are liquid-proof, knitters), the top is a sturdy canvas that closes with an adjustable elastic. No more balls of yarn flying out of your bag when the yarn tangles a bit. And the piece de la resitance? See that climber’s hook on the side? Oh yeah baby. Clip it to your purse, your belt loop, anything, and you can literally have your knitting ON you wherever you go. No extra bag or strings to worry about, it clips. I love the inventors, I really, really do. I also want to get this from them:
http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=nw0392&channelid=

What you cannot see in that picture, is that the straps are big and sturdy, they fit nicely on your shoulder, but they won’t dig like most purses will after awhile, the straps are nice and cushiony. There is no closure on the inside of the bag, no zipper, velcro, snaps, or anything for yarn to catch on. It also stands up nicely on the floor, has sturdy canvas pockets on the insde, and is built to be PERFECT for knitters on the go. You could hold several small projects in there, or one big one, like a sweater. And for those who prefer something a little less large, they have this version too:
http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=nw0395&channelid=

This one does zip up, but there are more pockets too, both on the outside, as you can see, which close with a magnetic snap, and a few smaller pockets inside. I’m probabably the company’s biggest unpaid advocate right now, but I don’t care. Seriously, when something this good comes along, how can you not be excited?

Something I want to get that is not on the website, but is part of the set, is one of those things you might have seen at a yarn shop called a “yarn barn.” You may be used to seeing them as large clear plastic containers that come apart in the middle, and have a hole in the top that you feed your yarn through. Well, it’s a similar idea, but made to accomodate knitters on the go. It zips up the side instead, is made of clear plastic vinyl and leather (hello spilled-coffee proof), and has a nifty handle on the side, so you can carry it, or hook it to something else. I love it! I am going to be investing in the large purse, and the yarn carrier soon…I want to get them while they’re still there, and in the fabric that matches the go knit pouch. They are just too cool!

And oh yes, I have a super-secret project on the go right now. I’m knitting it on my Christmas needles from Laura (who if she’s reading this is especially not allowed to know what is being knit), and they are working great. Especially with this yarn, which has a tendancy to not want to slide over plastic needles. Thanks again Laura, they’re working out GREAT! 😀

Just Keep Me Busy…

So as you can probably tell from my last post, life has not exactly been a picnic for me as of late. If you’ve never been through a divorce or seperation before, there are just simply no words to describe the lonliness and emptiness that can accompany such a feeling of freedom and exhilaration. There are so many ups and downs, an emotional rollercoaster only begins to describe how I’ve been feeling. But the one thing I need to do, is keep busy. Working full time is a blessing and curse. I get money, independence, but no time. I have managed to do some knitting though…quite a bit in fact, given how much time work and getting to work takes from me. Want to see?

First up is a simple “just knit” pair of socks I made with Knit Picks Felici yarn in “Atmosphere.” But let me tell you, ever since I read the name of the yarn, it’s bugged me. It just doesn’t fit. It doesn’t look like the atmosphere. And I did a weather and atmosphere project for my grade 8 science fair. Trust me, they look like no “atmosphere” I’ve ever seen.

But I was sitting and knitting on them and put them beside the tea cup pictured, and it clicked.

They look like the colors of ocean waves. Like in some exotic place….the Bahamas maybe? See what it says on that cup? That’s right. It’s from the Bahamas.

I love them…simple, quick to make (I worked two at a time, one on their own set of needles, one came with me while I worked on one at home until the first was finished, then I worked on it).

Please note that while these socks look comfy and cozy and tropical, it was not the case outside on the deck in the sunshine when we took these pictures. If you look close, you can see the goose bumps on my legs. See the lenghts I go to for you people?
And okay, these Embossed Leaves Socks, designed by Mona Schmidt and knit in Knit Picks Essential, Terrain Twist, were technically knit first, but I wanted to talk about the Bahama socks first, seeing as how I just finished them yesterday. =P
I love the Embossed Leaves though, so much. And the toe was so cool to work, I want to use it more often, it flatters my foot better (at least, I think so). I love the yarn too, the colors look a bit muted in this picture, but you can still see how the brown and green twisted together were perfect for this “natural” looking sock. Such a dream to wear too, the fit is beautiful, they don’t slip, and the twisted rib on the leg sets off the leaves better.
So, so happy with them…I could dance. (But I won’t).
Okay, I might have done a little dance when they were finished. But you didn’t hear that.
Want to see the two new socks I’m working on? Tune in tomorrow for “Projects in Progress.” Same bat time, same bat channel.