Archive for March, 2010

Would you like some purple with that?

Kneesocks in the making since October, 2008:

First sock in full…

The building blocks of the second sock.

Noro Kureyon Sock — two skeins in two different colorways, that never seemed to have enough of the colors that I liked in them while knitting from just the one. You know how it goes:

“Woo love these colors, it’s so pretty, it’s crazy, it’s … Dang it! Knots!”

And then you break the yarn, rejoin it, and find that the color order is not how it’s ‘sposed to be, and then you throw your knitting in the corner.


So I went with the crazy by just picking and choosing the colors that I liked:


Stay tuned.

Since I’m unable to do anything in moderation, here’s another purple thing I knit:

Classic Elite Duchess Yarn in this kickass plum color in the pattern Quincy by BrooklynTweed (or Jared Flood … whichever. It’s from the Brooklyn booklet).

I’ve loved the look of the pattern since I could see the preview, but had nightmarish visions of the pilling awaiting the recommended yarn (Classic Elite Ariosa. Super pretty, super soft, but holy jeez), a very lofty single. (Also, yes, nightmarish. I pick my battles.)

Enter Duchess — this yarn is pretty tightly spun and still super soft, and it seemed like the natural substitute, until I blocked the durn hat and it ballooned out.

Which was a shame, after all the precious detail involved in making it.

So, fast forward three weeks, when I finally gave it a spin through a dryer, which shrank it a bit:

And I think I can finally send it off to my mom, whose birthday was almost two months ago.



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In hindsight…

Before the big green binge (and a lovely image that, right?), there was the big pink binge. I should note that I’m not a huge pink person. Er. Hang on. I’m not a huge pink person, but I also don’t wear a lot of pink, though I do like the color a lot, when applied judiciously. But my love of commodifying holiday spirit my own DIY way has a way of prevailing over other aspects of my personality. Maybe I’ll learn, but I foresee a lot of Christmas colored, Valentines Day colored, and St. Patrick’s Day colored projects in the coming years — it’s one of those know thyself things, and I think I know myself well enough that I won’t stop, even if I know (especially in hindsight) that I end the color jags with that feeling you get when you watch a DVD of TV episodes all the way through, especially with a box of cookies that you also work your way through.

Or maybe that’s just me.

So it is in hindsight that I say I should have known, in January, when I began the epic project of pink knitting, that I probably would not have the set of knee socks, cowl, hat, and mittens that I hoped to have by February 14th. But hey — 3.9 out of 4 ain’t bad, even if it’s more than a month late, especially when you consider that the cowl was totally unplanned. A surprise, if you will.

Pardon the artsiness — the knee socks did become leg warmers. I got to the heel on the first one, and remembered that knee sock weather may soon be past us (I know that spring in New England doesn’t count, but humor me, please) and that I really really want some leg warmers.

Here they are under pants that are tight enough to keep them up and not slouching.

I am a big fan of leg warmers under pants, particularly when I live in a drafty house, and particularly during those transition seasons fall and spring, where it’s just as likely to be sunny as it is to be rainy and COLD.

However, I’m also open to wearing them not under pants, but in more fully visible pairings. What you can’t see (because they’re under pants) is a sequence of eyelets that I cleverly included up top, so that I can run some ribbon through them to keep ’em up. I still have to get the ribbon, but you know.

I like them a lot! I knit them out of Cherry Tree Hill Sockittome (I think? The ball bands are long departed to the yarn store in the sky), which is soft and has really pretty and subtle color shading. Their pinkness is a bit on the pepto bismol side for me and my skin tone, which means that if I wear them on display in public, it will probably be over leggings, and not on bare legs. Would I knit something like them again? I don’t know. Sock-weight leg warmers are a time commitment, so probably not any time soon.

Here was the “not a huge time commitment” project of February: a cowl knit out of Berrocco Jasper, a yarn that I’ve wanted to knit with since it was released, I think. Super soft and squishy single ply merino in delightfully regular color sequence that pills like you would not believe. But like all pretty things, I forgive it. Again, more on the girly candy side than I usually go for, but February is a hellish month.

And I’m no super hero. (My hair should give that away!)

So there’s also a pair of mittens and a hat in sugar cookie colors that I just don’t have the pictures of right now, but never you fret. I’m sure they’ll come out when March remembers that it’s still March and it gets cold and rainy again. And when they do, you’ll see them!

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The St. Patrick’s Day Binge of 2010

I told you I’d be back soon!!

In keeping with the holiday themed knitting, here’s what I managed to pull out for St. Paddy’s day, 2010, roughly in the order of production —

First, a hat. A humble hat!! In not-so-humble yarn that was an awesome gift from eeevvvvaaaaa (ravelry link!), Johann’s awesome cousin who is also an awesome knitter. The natural light today was on the gray side, and everything (including, ahem, me) looked washed out in the pictures that I took while I was trying to be artistic. Oh well.

The yarn is actually a warm Kelly green, with these awesome teal and gold flecks in it — super warm and dense. It’s a serious hat.

Lest you doubt …(Also, pardon the fact that the pictures that approach capturing the colors better are all taken in the bathroom with zero natural light. Alienation etc.)

Why not segue into the sort of matching cowl? The yarn for this was sort of an impulse buy.

Noro Retro in this dark-ass green with these subtle shifts from glowy green to black-forest soft and stuff. Also, it is wool and silk and angora. Really really nice to hold and to knit — 110 precious yards that I knit up entirely. I want to knit a long scarf out of this yarn; it is just that amazing.

Here it is as modelled by Max, Johann’s younger brother’s cat. He was not super thrilled to help me out with this, but he was a pretty good sport.

This shot is a bit closer to the true colors of this piece — again, sorry that it’s taken in the bathroom!! I wear this one metric ass-ton.

Finally, the mitts —

Oh, the mitts. I started these last year, and could never quite find the rhythm I needed for them. They were too big, they were too loose, they were too tight, and then I quit. I shoved them in my box of yarn and UFOs, and didn’t unearth them until March 5th, when I sat down to do some work and decided that I needed to knit something to keep my hands warm.

One marathon knitting session, and one passive-aggressive attempt to felt them into something not so surly looking resulted in one of my top five finished objects. I love these handwarmers so hard!

They are soft and warm and fuzzy and green…

Their stripes are the most perfectest stripe sequence ever…

And you caught how green they are, right?

Here’s how much I like them: not only did I weave in all of the ends as soon as I finished knitting them, but …

I even figured out how to work the self-timer so that I could create my own photo of them in action:

Now if you’ll excuse me, please, I think I’m going to go knit something blue.

Or at least something that isn’t green.

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On the way…

A spate of hats and cowls, a pair of mittens and fingerless mitts, some hallmark holiday appropriate colors, and almost one full sweater. Also, nearly a full pair of leg warmers. (I know, right?)

Just you wait!

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