Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
First off, the Junior High Eyeshadow socks were finished during vacation week.
I've heard that German knitters call this a "boomerang" heel. It's knit back and forth. How cute is that?
Green Tea - Lotus Blossom Tank
Pattern: Lotus Blossom, Interweave Knits Summer 2006
Yarn: Cotton Patine, 8 skeins
Modifications: Added an extra 2", knit one size smaller for bodice.
Finished June 2007
Pattern: Rosedale at knitty.com
Yarn: Noro Kureyon and Kathmandu Aran (black)
Modifications: Intarsia on both sides, not on front. Created thicker stripes on front of Cardigan.
Finished: December 2006
Friday, July 27, 2007
Do you think it will work in Kauni EL and EZ?
EDIT: love Renee's comment: Kauni is actually a Danish company, so you're perfectly well balanced and not obsessive at all. :-)
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
We canoed, kayaked, swam, fished, walked, hiked, took saunas, played cards, and ate excellent food all week long. There was little time for knitting, and lots of time for HP7 theories! I took very few photos, so there aren't that many to show you.
There was one new experience: we went to Stone lake to fish. The 5 mile road leading directly to the lake washed out a few years ago. We used an ATV to pull the boat and fishers, then hopped out of the boat whenever we hit ravines, mud pools, or washed out road portions. The horseflies were frightenly enthusiastic. Warm bodies! The lake, gorgeous. It was full of wildlife, lots of flowering lilypads, and blue herons.
For fear of spoilers from all sides I finished reading HP7 over the weekend-- and didn't finish the Sockapalooza 4 socks. August is closing in fast! Must finish these socks!!!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Solvig, a fabulous dyer and supplier of Bohus kits from Sweden, sent an email announcement yesterday. She now has Wild Apple kits available! With shipping, they're 1250 Sek. (divide by approx. 7 for US currency equivalent). Each kit comes with original Bohus Museum instructions translated by Susanna into English. If you're interested in ordering one, email Solvig directly.
Tiny Gauge Warning: these kits have *gorgeous* fingering weight angora/merino wool and are knit generally 2-2.5mm needles. Designs published in Poems of Color use a much larger gauge and DK weight yarns. If you would rather follow these patterns, the book recommends kits from Kimmet Croft Yarns-Fairy Haire.
The picture above is a mystery. I found the image online here: http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j47/lv2knit/WildApplessweater2.jpg If you know who lv2knit is, please let me know. From the image above, clearly the sweater was entered into the Minnesota State Fair. (Ingebretsen's gave it away!) I've seen one of the Rainey Sisters wearing a sweater just like this one when the Yarn Harlot came to visit Minnesota just a few months ago.
disclaimer: I am not ordering one of the kits. The Large Lace Collar must be completed first!
Monday, July 9, 2007
Nothing is more messy that schlepping around two nearly completed toe-up socks that are being knit from the same ball. The yarn twists all the time, and you spend a good deal of your time untwisting and unknotting. It's a pain. Friday night I tried sock sushi:
Friday, July 6, 2007
It's a sock, of course! A completely insane, tiny needled thing.
The yarn is Anne Shaefer and EL Silky Wool. The formula begins by casting on 100 stitches and knitting in 2 x 2 rib. I started knitting this sock in stockinette, and the colors looked, well, absolutely disgusting. I played around- and this is where I ended up.
Off the foot each square puffs out and looks like an intensely colored piece of tile. I kept thinking the sock looked like a hot air balloon.
Even though it looks huge, it fits quite well. Doing it over again, I would eliminate the weird break between the leg and foot on the instep. To do this, I'd have to rip out the heel-- and there's just no way I'm going to do that!
Clearly, the sock has been in hibernation for some time. I knit the majority of this sock during the late-mid winter of 2006. This year I didn't pick it up. Perhaps I was obsessed with another project and didn't even think about it...
Next winter, maybe?
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Our lunch-time knitting entertainment today was two girls who sat incredibly close to the fake river water, then turned their lunch food into play items! (Really, who needs to eat this stuff, anyway?) Take a look at the stone their drinks are on. That's where they were originally sitting. What adult would choose *that* stone to eat on? The strange part was that their parent wasn't around until right before they left the park. The couple on the left-- complete strangers-- they didn't know the kids. Is this responsible parenting?
It's refreshing to be with your people once again! Other sock knitters were in the park, and I heard chatter about silk yarn now and again. (No Sheep for You! influence?) We're planning for a meet-up next week. The Junior High Eyeshadow heel has been turned. I knit a tiny gusset into the sock, then used a double-wrap, short-row stockinette heel. (Same technique as Lucy Neatby's garter stitch heel subbing stockinette for garter, and I used 58% of the original stitch number.)