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4.19.2008

FO: Panta 2


Pattern: 86-10 Headband in Alaska, AKA Panta
For: Me
Yarn: ~67 yds Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Pollen
Needles: US 7 Bamboo Straights
Timeline: started 04.18.2008; finished 04.18.2008

I lost my first Panta and have been meaning to make a replacement for a while. I didn't want to run out of yarn and wasn't sure I liked how wide my first one turned out, so I went ahead and left out one pattern repeat. (I cast on 16 sts instead of 19.) I think it turned out well. I love how Malabrigo knits up on 7s. Just lovely. So...yeah. Yay for Panta.

4.18.2008

FO: Cable Footies


Pattern: Cable Footies
Source: One Skein
For: Nadine
Yarn: ~161 yds Cascade 220 Heathers in Straw
Needles: US 8 plastic DPNs, set of 5
Timeline: started 04.13.2008; finished 04.17.2008

This pattern was really straightforward. I wanted to use up this odd skein of 220 that I had, and this took care of most of it (almost 75%), so that was cool. I'm not really sure what else to say. The pattern was clear, the yarn was fine, blahblahblah. Oh, and they knit up really, really fast. I made these for Nadine, but I might make myself a pair at some point. It's a great pattern to use up an odd ball of worsted weight yarn.

The only thing I might change is not going down to such few stitches, since the toe ended up pretty pointy. Oh, and this is the first time I cabled without a cable needle for an entire project. Definitely fun and fast using thicker yarn made of wool.

4.16.2008

FO: Laburnum Socks


Pattern: Laburnum Socks
Source: Sensational Knitted Socks
For: Nick's 29th birthday
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Bamboo Color in Jaffa, almost 2 full skeins
Needles: US 2 / 2.75 mm Knit Picks 6" metal DPNs
Timeline: started 03.05.2008; finished 03.27.2008

About to be wrapped.

I don't have too much to say about these. I'm impressed that I finished them relatively quickly and, as always, using Sensational Knitted Socks was a breeze. I cast on 70 sts, got about 7.5 spi, and was shooting for a wide-ish size 10 men's sock. I knit them toe-up to use as much yarn as possible, used the short row toe and heel, and ended with a tubular bind-off.

I've tried to make these socks once before, so I was glad I gave the stitch pattern another chance. They came out pretty nice, although the pattern wants to bias a bit on the leg. I did get some pooling, but I actually sort of liked it. I've used the Regia Bamboo Color for socks before and it's really lovely stuff. Great stuff for summer socks.

Wrapped.

I'm really enjoying knitting socks lately. Now, I just need to make some more for myself.

4.11.2008

Gift Knitting Sucks

...at least when it comes to blog content. I finished a project today, but it's for a gift, so no blogging about that for now. This is the fourth project that I've had to put on hold due to secrecy requirements in the past few months. No fun. Luckily, one of them should be gifted this week, so hopefully some blog content will be forthcoming.

In other news, I signed up for two classes at Stitches Midwest. I'm taking Great Beginnings (basically a class on a bunch of cast-ons) with Susanna Hansson and Brandon Mably's Concentration on Color & Design in Knitting. I'm excited about both of them because they'll each make me do something that will make me a better knitter. While the Hansson class will give me the opportunity to brush up on some straightforward technique issues related to when to use specific cast-ons, the Mably class will let me really play with my knitting, which I never really make the time to do.

And, of course, there are only 12 more days until Yarn School. I have a short list of what I should bring, but I'll need to make a more specific one so that I can get packing. I can't wait!

Oh, and finally...if you're on Ravelry and haven't already heard, there's a huuuuuge fundraising push right now, so be a RavelRaiser. I am, so...you should, too.

4.09.2008

WIP Wednesday

It's that time again. I actually have three projects on the needles right now. Whee!!!

First up is my brother's incredibly belated (from February) Smokin' swater. Yup, that's just the bottom border that is finished. I should be able to pick it back up soon.


I'm also working on a sort of secret project as a gift. The second sock in the pair is almost half done and I could totally finish it up in a few hours...if I had a few hours to just sit and work on it.


Finally, I cast on for the little Counterpane Clutch thingy from Handknit Holidays. I'm not sure how I feel about how the yarn (Frabjous Fibers Hand Picked Recycled Silk) is knitting up in this particular pattern. It might be better suited to plain ol' stockinette or garter stitch. We shall see...

4.01.2008

Time to quit? April Fools'!

The whole sordid Dogwood Donna saga has made me really depressed about knitting in general. So much so, in fact, that I think I'm going to just call it quits. :(

Don't worry. If you entered the contest in the link above, I'll definitely be picking a winner today. I might even have a bunch of other stash yarn to sell / give away. I'll keep you all posted.

ETA: April Fools'! Like I could ever stop knitting!!!