Dienstag, März 31, 2009

Sock Innovation: Have a Cookie!

Did you get this book yet?

Sock Innovation by Cookie A.

OK, turn to page 74. There is a small picture of a variegated-yarn version of Cookie's Devon pattern.

I knitted that!

Do I have proof? Not much. I dug through all my pictures, and apparently I did not take any finished photos. That figures.

I have a few shots that Cookie needed to make sure the design was coming out the right size and looked OK in the yarn.


Claudia Handpaints in "John"

Cookie A's designs are generally much too sculptural to work in variegated yarn. Her explanation to me was that the publisher wanted at least one multi-colored sock. The design worked so well in the yarn that I thought she had designed it especially for variegated yarns. Nope. The lead picture for Devon is a solid. Just goes to show.

I did a better job of documenting my most recent test-knit. When I'm OK'd to post pictures, there will be pictures.

In the meantime, I think I may go on a huge Cookie binge. I want to knit every sock in the book--including the pair I've already knitted once.

Sonntag, März 29, 2009

No Spring Chicken


The spring knitting got off to a good start. I got the projects into bags.

Spring projects

The big bag is the Vera Bradley Supertote in Pink Elephants;see It is Still Snowing for info on other bags

The chickens are in the red Loopy Ewe bag. The sheep bag has a leftover sock that was previously inhabiting the big bag, all by itself.

I swatched for the Cotton Fleece project

Carribean Sea Cotton Fleece

and knitted a chicken.


Chicken is sitting on the Posy Bag from Nana Sadie Rose. The Posy Bag is perfect for knitting from both sides of a yarn cake because it is just the right size to keep the cake from flipping

But then the Blue Moon club kit showed up.

Oh, sorry, spoiler warning.

Let's have some more chicken pictures.

From the back:


He is awaiting two more tail feathers, a tan one because Vonnie didn't buy that color in DK weight so I ordered it from WEBS, and a blue one because I was being frugal and didn't buy it; I will pick one up tomorrow

In the snow (did I mention it snowed 6" in two hours this morning?):


OK, now can I show you the Blue Moon kit?

Rogue Roses

Pattern: Rogue Roses by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee; yarn: Socks that Rock Mediumweight in Gertrude Skein by Blue Moon Fiber Arts

I think I will start the sleeves to Baby M's aqua sweater after I finish the picot top to the Rogue Roses socks.

Or when it stops snowing.

Whichever comes first.

Mittwoch, März 25, 2009

It is Still Snowing.

My plan for today was to put my spring knitting projects into bags.

  • Step 1: Print out chemo hat patterns.

  • Shedir

    Lisa's and Katy's Berets

    Bloody Stupid Johnson

    After all, they are all Terry Pratchett fans down there

    My sister will need chemo hats soon. Especially if it keeps snowing.

    I bought Rowan Calmer for the hats; it's supposed to be especially comfortable for senstive, newly-bared scalps.

    But problems arise. The router than runs our home wireless network died. The new router will not speak to the printer. I am stubborn. I refuse to go find a really long USB cable to connect the computer with the patterns to the printer.

    3 1/2 hours later I have learned two things.

    On the PC you use the disk that came with the printer.

    On the Macintosh you don't.

    Sometimes you feel like a disk; sometimes you don't

    No, I actually learned three things.

    It is a good idea to call tech support for help. Thank you, MacDocs.

  • Step 2: Find bags.

  • Top left: The Knitmare Boxbag from Emoknitter; Top right: The Sheep Cube from Schrodinger; Bottom: 3 AM KIP Basic from The Loopy Ewe

    I have all these cute little bags. One of them will be fine for the chickens, and hats can go in the others. But I have two sweaters. Where have all the sweater sized bags gone?

    Hint: they probably have socks in them . . . think about it . . . right! You could swap the projects out . . . no way! Yes, way . . .

  • Tomorrow: Swatching!

  • Just last week it was spring


    Dienstag, März 24, 2009

    Spring Does Not Mean the Same Thing Here

    Hurrah for spring! Crocuses. Daffodils. The beginning of the allergy season. Six inches of new snow.



    It's some kind of hurrah, anyway--the last hurrah for the Utah ski season, probably.

    In honor of the last (hopefully) snowfall, I finished a pair of socks yesterday.

    queen of beads

    This was last month's Rockin' Sock Club kit, Queen of Beads by Sivia Harding. The yarn is My Blue Heaven. Can you see the beads? In the spirit of scientific research, I went ahead and put the beads all the way down the instep. Yes, you can feel beads if they are inside your shoe. No, they don't hurt. But if your feet are sensitive, it would probably bother you. Me, no problem.

    And, in a fit of, well, finishing, I wove in the ends on these today:


    Roxie from The Tsock Tsarina

    Despite the snow, I am clearing the decks for spring knitting!



    and the cover sweater from Rowan's Organic Cotton Kids Collection:

    Organic Cotton Kids

    and a wee Easter cardi from the Nashua Sprout book (although using Cotton Fleece because we like the color better):


    There is baby knitting, too, but the due date isn't until August. Plenty of time for summer knitting . . .

    P.S. If you are in the Salt Lake area, the Nashua book and yarn are available at NPJ and the Rowan at Black Sheep.

    Sonntag, März 15, 2009

    Just Add Water

    Can you take freeze-drying too far?

    I don't know. Look at what I got in the mail:

    Blue Suzanne

    OK, I admit, it's not freeze dried, just vacuum-packed. Two of my net friends, Cheri and Debby, went in together on a skein of Blue Suzanne Wollmeise, which I've been wanting for quite a while.

    Cheri couldn't fit it in a letter-sized envelope to mail from Canada without a little help from her food saver.

    Proof that you can squish yarn without harming it:

    Blue Suzanne

    I finished my test-knit, the Blue Suzanne laceweight I showed you last month, but don't have permission from the designer to blog it yet.

    You realize that Debby and Cheri probably just saved me from trying to knit a pair of socks in laceweight, don't you?

    Turbo says hi:

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