Archives for June 2015

Finally a FO – My Anklet Socks

Grey-Purple Anklet FO

  • Yarn: Lisa Souza Sock! (gray & purple left overs)
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 2 (3.0 mm) circulars
  • Measurements: US Shoe Size 7
  • Pattern:  Basic Knee High Sock (modified to anklet)
  • Time Spent: 9 hours
  • Dates: 12/31/2015 – 6/21/2015

I’m getting behind in my knitting and needed some motivation this weekend.  I picked up the closest to done WIP I had sitting around and decided to finish it off.  It was very satisfying to finish something!  Nothing too special here with the socks.  I made a bunch of them for Christmas last year; six months later and my pair is finally done.

I still have left over yarn from the Color Affection Shawl so more socks to come!.  Next pair will be with gray toes and the rest purple.  I might go a bit tighter around the ankle but I’ll have to wear these for a few weeks before I know for sure.

Bread, You Are Not My Friend

My Dear Bread,

This is a sad day.  I have to reevaluate our relationship.  All your yummy brownies, donuts, cookies, muffins, and my favorite: garlic bread.  No matter how much I have loved you, you are not loving me back.  I didn’t know.  I thought our love affair was mutual but alas you have been betraying me.  I thought it was the greasy food, added sugar, or perhaps the dairy.  Anything but you.

But after two weeks of trying to reconcile I must admit the truth.  We may just be at that point of irreconcilable differences and have to part ways. Let’s start with a trial separation but after my appointment with the doctor in July it may have to be permanent.  If that is the case I will miss you.  You are amazing.


Suri Dream Yarn Giveaway Winner!

Thank you everyone who participated in the giveaway!  You’ve all given me a bunch of great yarn ideas to explore and we had a great turn out with just over 80 entries.

The winner is Linda, Lmecoll, on Ravelry!! Congratulations!  I sent you a message on Ravelry and e-mailed you.  I’ll need your mailing address within the next 72 hours! Congrats!

Suri Dream Giveaway Winner

Percy Shawl – WIP #2

Percy Shawl WIP Chart A Closeup

Chart A for the Percy Shawl is done with 12 repeats instead of the original 4.  Hopefully this is enough to give Laura a nice sized shawl instead of one of “those tiny things I’d look ridiculous wearing.” I’m loving lace again after finishing this section and I’ve remembered/re-learned a couple more things about lace knitting.

  1. Stitch markers are your best friend. You don’t have to count hardly at all if you use them properly and fixing mistakes is much easier when you have a small section to find it in!
  2. The more repeats of a chart you do the easier it gets. You flow into the proper cadence and realize a missed stitch without consciously thinking of it.  This is the reason I love doing lace
  3. Charted patterns are the best.  It’s so much easier for me to read a chart than those long written out instructions for each row.
  4. Wrong side of lace is boring, boring, boring.  Once you’ve achieved #2 it’s no longer a relief to have a simple purl row but a chore.
  5. It’s not easy taking pictures of unblocked lace!
  6. Stitch markers are amazing.  That’s worth repeating.

Percy Shawl WIP Chart A

I’ve been trying to think of a new topic for another tutorial and think chart reading may be it.  Knitting from charts is so enjoyable and it’s sad to think of how many knitters I know don’t even want to try. Since there are several different types of charts maybe I’ll play with the idea of a series of posts for each type then consolidate into a tutorial page at the end.

Yarn Giveaway Half Over!

We’re just over half way done with the yarn giveaway! So far we have at least 54 entries – 40 on the blog and 14 on Facebook.  The Facebook number seems low so remember to add an extra comment if you liked Facebook so I don’t miss you! Don’t worry I’ll still recount before the drawing.

Thank you everyone who has entered so far;  I’ll be pulling the winner on the 15th!  Remember to comment on the original post for anyone who hasn’t entered yet!