Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Noro Scarf & Socks

Hi everyone! I hope you're all having a wonderful fall. It was cold and cloudy and sometimes rainy the past few days but today was beautiful and sunny.

The Noro Baby Cable Rib Socks are finished.

Pattern: Baby Cable Rib Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock, 1 skein, color s188
Needles: US 1

Another great pattern from Charlene Schurch, and I love love love this Noro colorway.

The Sunrise Socks for the Sock Knitters Anonymous Group on Ravelry are also finished.

Pattern: Sunrise Socks by Wendy Johnson
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, 2 skeins, in Vera
Needles: US 1

I loved knitted these socks. The pattern is so simple and breaks up the pooling wonderfully. This was also the first time I've made toe-up socks with a heel flap instead of a short-row heel. It was very interesting to see it take shape.

This was my first time using Lorna's Laces yarn and I'll definately use the Shepherd Sock again. It was wonderfully soft and smooth to knit with.

Also, the Noro Scarf is finished.

Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden, color 258, 2 skeins and color 211, 2 skeins
Needle: US 8

Scarves usually take me forever to finish - they just stretch on and on and on. But this was finished in literally 7 days. Noro rules!

I would definately make one of these again!

In the WIP department, the back of the DROPS jacket has been finished (except for the shoulder shaping) and the left front is also finished and the right front is about half done.

I started a Heather Hoodie Vest in Cascade Ecological Wool.

The Gentleman's Shooting Stockings are progressing quite slowly but surely.

And I'm having lots of fun with the Through the Loops Mystery Sock KAL. I'm using Malabrigo Sock in Persia.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Entomology Mittens

The Entomology Mittens are finished!

Pattern: Entomogloy Mittens, by Adrian Bizilia, from Knitalong
Yarn: Cascade 220, 1 skein color 2425 (orange) and 1 skein handdyed at my LYS
Needles: US 1 & 3
Mods: None

I really enjoyed knitting these mittens. I started them in February and they got put aside a couple times while I worked on other projects, but they are finally finished!

This was my first time doing corrugated ribbing, and while it does take a little longer, it's very worth it. I can't wait to do it again, especially on a sweater.

In other knitting news, the Noro Striped Scarf is finished (fastest scarf ever for me!).

The Baby Cable Rib Socks were finished last night (I just have the kitchener the toe now).

I joined the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry and have finished my first sock and started on the second of the pair for September.

The September options were to knit the Mystery Sock by Nancy Bush in yellow or any Wendy Johnson pattern in any yarn you chose. I really wanted to make the Nancy Bush sock, but I didn't have any yellow sock yarn in my stash. Since I had some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock that had been in the stash for two years, I decided to make the Sunrise Socks with it.

I've also got a DROPS Jacket in progress:

And a February Lady Sweater.

Next time: two more Noro finished products. Just can't seem to stop knitting with the stuff :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Simple Knit

A little bit after my last post I had to frog both Camellia and Buttercup. I tightened my gauge while working on the front of Camellia and it was much smaller than the back. For Buttercup, one of my skeins was a different dyelot than the others and while not glaringly noticeable, was enough to bother me. I was going to try to start again with them, but knew they probably wouldn't be finished until the end of this month or October and I have lots of fall knitting I'm itching to start! So I set them aside to pick up again next spring.

I wasn't feeling very enthusiastic about my knitting after frogging two sweaters, so a simple, mindless project sounded great. I'd had a skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock that I wanted to use for a Simple Yet Effective Shawl for a while, so I cast on for that project.

There's nothing like a simple pattern and Noro yarn to get me into my knitting again! I started the shawl on August 24 and finished on August 28.

I couldn't put this project down, and I can't wait to make another! This is an absolutely perfect simple, mindless project with beautiful results.

Pattern: Simple Yet Effective Shawl by Laura Chau
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock, every bit of one skein, color s211
Needles: US 4
Mods: None

So, after reconciling with knitting again, I swatched for five sweaters. (yes, I've got big plans I'm not sure I'll be able to carry out!)

From left to right, they are:

Cascade Eco Wool for a Heather Hoodie Vest, Araucania Nature Wool for a February Lady Sweater, Rowan Rowanspun Aran for a DROPS Jacket, Rowan Felted Tweed for a Tangled Yoke Cardigan and Rowan 4 Ply Soft for an Apres Surf Hoodie.

See you next time with a fall projects post! Also, I finished the Entomology Mittens and they are blocking, so I'll have finished photos of those as well.

Monday, August 17, 2009


I hope everyone's been having a good summer. Mine has been full and busy.

We started playing Ultimate Frisbee in June and haven't stopped since.

Then there was Vacation Bible School.

Church Softball Games.

And spending time with friends.

Of course, there's been knitting, as well.

I finished the Waffle Rib Socks in July.

Pattern: Waffle Rib Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock, color s180, 1 skein
Needles: US 1
Mods: None

I love all my Noro Socks, but this color scheme is going to be high on the favorites list.

Also, I finally finished the Somewhat Cowl.

Pattern: The Somewhat Cowl by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Rowan 4 Ply Cotton, Blue Steel, a little over 5 skeins
Needles: US 3 & 4
Mods: Raised the neckline and shortened the sleeves.

I love the neckline on this sweater and am very happy with how it came out overall. I kind of wish I would have made it a little longer, but I don't want to rip out the ribbing to do so.

Lastly, I finished the Shetland Triangle.

Pattern: Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk, Peapod, 4 skeins
Needles: US 9
Mods: Used a sportweight yarn instead of laceweight, larger needles, and 10 pattern repeats instead of 8.

I absolutely love it! The pattern was easy to memorize (my first time memorizing a lace pattern!), fun, and quick. I'd recommend it to any knitter.

And, in the WIP department, I finished the first Entomology Mitten and have completed about 4 whole rows on the second :).

I've started two pairs of socks:

Baby Cable Ribs from Sensational Knitted Socks in Noro Kureyon Sock.

Gentleman's Shooting Stockings from Knitting Vintage Socks.

I also started two sweaters.

The back is finished and the front is almost finished on my Camellia. I'm really enjoying this pattern.

I've also reached the sleeve separating row on Buttercup.

So, my blog is finally up to date! I hope you all have a great week!

Friday, May 8, 2009

The WIP Post

So last time I blogged I said I'd write about my WIP's. I've some to show you and also an FO.

It seems that socks are the only thing I'm finishing regularly right now. Here's my 5th pair this year.

Pattern: Diagonal Cross Rib Socks from Favorite Socks
Yarn: Brown Sheep Wildfoote Sock, 2 skeins, color sy-27, Pine
Needles: US 1 & 2
Modifications: Went down a needle size to fit a woman's foot.

When I first started these socks in February, I made the cuff and then lost interest and set them aside. I picked them up again in April, and once I got into a rhythm with them enjoyed the pattern a lot, especially since a cable needle is not needed!

The Wildfoote Yarn is great to work with, and I love how the socks fit. Another keeper!

In the UFO pile, first up, I'm almost done with my 4th sweater for the year, Wendy Bernard's Somewhat Cowl.

I just need to pick up the neckline ribbing and finish the sleeves.

I've also been working on another pair of socks in Noro Kureyon Sock.

These are the Waffle Rib Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. I'm working on the leg of the second sock.

And, lastly, a pair of mittens that hasn't received much attention. I love how the colors are coming together, and hope to finish them by the end of the summer.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Double Moss Stich Socks

Pattern: Double Moss Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock, 1 skein, color s84
Needles: US 1
Mods: Worked an Eye-of-Partridge Heel

I love these socks! This was my first time working with the Silk Garden Sock, and I'll definately use it again. The depth of the colors is amazing.

The only thing with this yarn is that it has less yardage than the Kureyon Sock. I barely had any yarn left at the end, and I made the foot of the second sock a little smaller than the first. So next time I'll make the leg a little shorter.

See you next time with my current WIP's.