Saturday, February 28, 2009

Circle sox....

I have just finished 2 pair of Circle sox.
The striped ones are for Marion. I met Marion at the Mall. It was "Community Days" and I was encouraging folks to purchase booklets to benefit our nonprofit group. Marion was at a nearby table and noticed my sox!!! (That's what happens when you wear Birkenstock sandals.) She asked me to knit a pair for her and she'd pay me!!!! Well for shame Marion...knitters don't put a price on their work!!! I finally got around to it and I mailed them off friends think I'm a fool, but I'm hoping Marion will do a kind deed for someone to reciprocate!!!!!
Pattern:-Circle Socks by Anne Campbell. This is a nice pattern because it is very stretchy and since I'm unsure of the ankle size for either recipient, this pattern seemed ideal.
Yarn:-Patons Kroy. Colour:-Fern Rose. (I just had enough using 2 balls to finish these Sz#9 sox.
Needles:- Sz#1. HiyaHiya 9" circs. (I love these, sorta like knitting with toothpicks!)
I decided to do a short row double stitch heel for these, or the jojo heel.
The red ones and the matching key ring are for a fellow sox knitter.
Pattern:- Circle Socks by Anne Campbell.
Yarn:- Opal Neon. Colour:- 1934, The red, pink, coral family.
Needles:- Sz#1. HiyaHiya 9" circs..
I followed the pattern as written and went with the 'eye of partridge' and regular heel flap.
For the keyring I used the circle sock pattern, sz#0 needles and used Socknitters Mini-Sock by Linda Nelson as a guide.
I loved using the red yarn, well it still is February and red is for Valentine Day and also February is heart month!
I hope both pairs fit. I think I prefer having foot length from heel to end of toe rather than shoe size....but that's just me.
Happy knitting.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

"Spinach Swallowtail"

As you can see it's snowing it's no wonder I've finished the swallowtail shawl. It really wasn't too hard and oddly enough I didn't mind doing 'nupps'...for those of you who don't know what a nupp is, well it's just a glorified bobble. Basically it was knit one, yarn over, knit one, yarn over, knit one, all in the same stitch on the knit side and purl these all together on the purl side...sometimes it was a little awkward to get all the stitches on the needle to purl, but my needles were not the best, so I used a sz#0 double point to help gather up the loops and worked for me!

Pattern:- Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark from Interweave Knits Fall 2006. A lovely well written pattern with no mistakes.

Yarn:- Schaefer Anne (green). It really is the colour of spinach, and I'll wear it on St. Paddy's day. It measures preblocking 17"x32"; post blocking 21"x40"

If I had been a little smarter I would have researched on 'Ravelry' swallowtail projects and used bigger needles. I always forget I have Rav as a resource!!!

Needles:- Sz#3 to start and then I went to Sz#5..circs and straight. (The straights had sharper points, but I had way too many stitches on my needles to be comfortable using them!)

I think I'll knit another shawl but I found for me it was better to do a couple of rows in the morning when I felt most alert. I did use a couple of lifelines and stitch markers. I found the markers invaluable for keeping an accurate stitch count.

I loved using sox yarn..probably lace weight would be too fine for a first lacy project.

Silfert, I haven't forgotten about your sox!!!

Happy knitting.