Friday, December 12, 2008

Colors have been changed to protect the innocent

Greyscale - to protect the innocent

Yes, with less than two weeks to go, it's suddenly Christmas knitting time. Thankfully this is pretty much the extent of what has to be knit up...

... and washed, and blocked, and wrapped... guess I'd better get started already!

Monday, December 08, 2008

It's sweater season

Well, maybe I'm a bit late to sweater season, and I know I'm surely late to the game for this sweater, but I'm making one anyway.

FLS

Here is the beginning of the really lovely February Lady Sweater. Apparently everybody is making this - Ravelry currently lists over 3,000 projects, making it the most popular adult-size sweater on the site. The designer adapted a baby sweater pattern by Elizabeth Zimmermann to adult size. I'm excited about the effect - and who couldn't use another cardigan?

I'm about at the point where I can quit knitting endless garter stitch and switch to the lace pattern - I just have to double-check the raglan length against another sweater. Even with two needles in the bottom it's hard to gauge accurately how big it is when I try it on.

I have a feeling that once I get going, this is going to be a very, very quick sweater to finish. Which is good - it's already more than cold enough out!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Luck of the Draw, part 1

I've fallen into some good knitting luck lately and won some very nice yarn that I have to show off.

Part of the reason you're seeing all these socks on the blog is that they're not just socks. They're also raffle drawing entries. And the raffle prizes are usually yarn - I've now won a prize three months in a row!

Schaefer Anne Custom

This is a gorgeous skein of Schaefer Anne - and it was custom-dyed just for me.

Schaefer Anne Custom

Each way you turn it, it's a little different. I asked for a warm brown, and autumn colors to complement it. I think they did a lovely job.

Schaefer Anne Custom

Now I simply have to decide what to make with it!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Another sock

Another sock - because I'm just that exciting. I know, I know, how many more socks am I going to show you? (It could be worse, right? I could do nothing but take photos of the cat!)

Seaweed

One down, one to go. Finally, a toe-up construction that doesn't drive me crazy! No waste yarn, no short-row heel, just a very well-fitting sock. The heel and toe are arguably a little fiddly, being written for circular needles, but I can persevere. These are called Seaweed Socks [warning: PDF] by Wendy Johnson of WendyKnits. The yarn is Koigu (yum!).

And here's a close-up, because I can.

Seaweed

I think it's time to start the second one... and maybe scheme about some argyle socks.

Monday, December 01, 2008

All Moved In...

...and knitting again.

I am happy to report that moving couldn't have gone better. Out of the old apartment and into the truck in half an hour - two easy days on the road with clear weather - out of the truck and into the new apartment in half an hour. I'm mostly unpacked and soon I get to really start learning my way around Chicago. Once I get all my housekeys, that is - the hardware store didn't cut them all properly so it's a little hard to leave! (Well, I can leave just fine... getting back in is another story.)  Not that I want to leave, it's snowing outside, yuck.

I have a delightfully long list of things to knit before the New Year, including:
  • a sooper sekrit hat
  • at least 2, maybe 3 pair of socks
  • another Lace Ribbon Scarf
  • some more sooper sekrit sample knitting (hooray!)
  • Bits and pieces of an afghan
  • and the February Lady Sweater for yours truly.
It seems all I've been knitting is socks this year and I really want to get back to knitting larger pieces for myself. I have enough yarn laying around for four or five whole entire sweaters!

...but all I have to show you is socks. These made for some nice moving-van knitting (thankfully I had someone to split the driving with).

Komet Socks

This pattern is called Komet and it was written by the very ingenious Stephanie van der Linden for a German sock-knitting list. I am in love with the German patterns - they actually assume you know what you're doing, and have wonderful notes such as "substitute your favorite heel", which is great if you have a go-to heel that you know works for your feet. The yarn is Artyarns Ultramerino 4, and I am in love with it. It's round and squishy and has great definition. The colors were a little odd (the photo doesn't do it justice, bad light at night) but at least they're different than everything else out there.

In other news, happily I got to spend Thanksgiving with my family for the first time in ages. Since I've been back I've had lots of good company, good food, and a warm and happy place to live. So much to be thankful for!