Saturday, October 31, 2009

Socks finished

I finished the blue socks in time. The birthday was Oct. 30. I finished the socks Oct. 29. I see the granddaughter tomorrow, Nov.1.

Yarn: Bernat Sox - Blue Hot
Pattern: my own. I probably will offer it for sale.
Needles: US #2/2.75mm

I've almost finished a Christmas stocking for my great grand daughter. Her name is Rayven Rose. Here's an in progress picture. I should avoid bright sunlight for photos. This is #27 in the family series. Each one is different. Matching is no problem!

My first finished project.

Here's my first finished pair of socks for the KAL:
Wanida socks (Cookie A.) in Socks That Rock Lightweight 'Spinel,' 2mm dpns.

I liked the pattern and the yarn, and they could have been finished a lot more quickly had I not been distracted by other projects.

Taos mittens

Here's my Taos Two Grey Hills mittens.
It's a lovely colorway, very soothing.

Holiday KAL - Brenda (Owlsrook)

Easy Lace Handwarmers - In progress photo. With luck, these will be finished tonight. Sorry I have no idea what yarn this is, (lost the yarn band), this is from my stash of unknowns. I am however using 56 stitches on size 2.25mm needle, using magic loop. These are really quick to knit and look pretty on.

I am still working on my Lagoon Pond scarf (I posted progress photo earlier) and that should be finished soon as well. (Another stash yarn knit)

I just got a wonderful Anniversary present from my Husband - a Kromski Polonaise Spinning Wheel, which I am in the process of setting up, so have been making space in the knitting room to start a new stash of spinning fibres. (Now that will be an exciting stash to build on). I may have to expand the house. I am trying to convince him that a sheep, an alpaca, a Lhama and a few English Angora Rabbits would be lovely pets for the back yard, but so far he seem unconvinced.

I have started my November project for the 52 week Kal - Spring forward socks, so can post progress photos of those tomorrow. So much yarn, so little time.

Happy Halloween to all.

Brenda in Alberta

Friday, October 30, 2009


One scan this time of a pair of socks.
My camera gave up... I just made a couple of pictures with Wietse, wearing the socks. Alas. Camera has to go back as I have a one year guarantee on it. Yarn used: Fortissima Socka Mexico Colors. For the Holiday Kal

Finished Cashmere island shawl

Here's my finished shawl in Cashmere Island, and I have about finished the Taos Mittens, too.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

getting ready for Thanksgiving

I will take pics of the turkey hat being worn and the leaves on the table at T-giving celebration. I used white Merino magic doubled to make the hat and then tea dyed it trying for roasted turkey golden brown. The hat will be a gift for Cheryl's grandson.
I'm still making more leaves from leftover sock yarn. I made one acorn and that was enough. :) I can't remember if I posted the acorn earlier. I miss squirrels and I make an acorn each year to add to the decorations.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

October leaves gift mitts finished

This is Abbie Tilden's October Leaves mitts pattern using the Unique Sheep's peacock gradiance yarn. It is the color of our peahen's neck and unfortunately my camera can't capture the many tones in the yarn. So much prettier in person.

I've added some peacock feathers to show how close the color is on the sword feather. Makes a peacockmom happy. :)

One down and the next one started!

I finished my Indigo Moon Hourglass Socks! They are gorgeous and worth the cussing to get the sizing right.
IM Hourglass finished
Now I have the second project on the needles. Blue socks for the husband:
BBF Cashsock stripes2
Black Bunny Fibers Cashsock in Midnight and Smudge. Very soft and feely!

Sweater done

Wietse's sweater is done. And I like the result. He does too...
I used a DK weight yarn to create the sweater. Somewhere between 500 and 550 meters is my estimate. Which will count for my 52 weeks October project.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Holiday KAL 1 down...

I finished one from my KAL list. (From bottom picture up) I finished my Fetching mittens in Louet Riverstone Bulky. Then I made another pair in Merisoft hand-painted. Not sure which I love more. Also made a Scarf and Hat for my sister. It's the Banana Republic Knock-off hat and a Chunky Cabled Scarf to match. (Both in Wool-Ease Thick and Quick)

Jill (jaerrt on ravelry)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Gift socks for Chris finished

Thuja (free on rav) using Bendigo Mills 8 ply luxury. I really enjoyed using this yarn. I weighed the finished socks and got 120 gms so figure it took about 262 yds for this pair.
This is a great pattern for a gift. DK wt yarn certainly makes a difference in completion time. I have enough left to make another pair. Might switch the blue and red bits. The only change I made was to do the top ribbing for 1 1/2" and knit leg total of 8" until the heel flap started.

The UK flag is part of the Aussie flag and I folded it to show in honor of Chris. Of course, I enjoyed knitting in red, white and blue which has a completely different meaning for me. :)

Mini Mochi Hat

Look, how cute! This little one is wearing a hat that I designed. And this design is knit in Mini Mochi. You can find the pattern in KnitCircus issue 8.

Photos are courtesy of

just like potato chips

these little shawlette projects are just like potato can't knit just one!

lacy baktus
socks that rock lt wt in turquoise
us size 6 needles

i am finished with this one but need to take a picture of the completed scarf. there was definitely something zen-like knitting garter stitch.

multnomah shawlette
mini mochi in flame rainbow (#102)
us size 6 needles

just a couple of more repeats of the feather and fan and this one will be done.

you really don't want to see my pile of patterns. you really don't.

Was a bit sick

and being sick is not fun. Coughing my lungs out of my body the entire week, I ended up in bed, miserable. Yikes. It is something no one wishes for, especially not after a move. But still... it happened and there is nothing I could do to change that.

I started some knitwork though ( when I was allowed out of bed); it is a sweater for Wietse, and it is progressing nicely. The pictures you see are from the back side... More soon! (October Kal project)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Holiday Kal: Jayne Hat

I finally finished a project that qualifies for the KAL! This wasn't part of my initial list, but a friend of mine FINALLY watched Firefly and wanted a Jayne Hat. So this is my third ever Jayne Hat, but done on a different yarn than the first two. Jayne hats are a super quick knit and only take a day or two to complete.

The yarn is Vanna's Choice this time (Rust, Mustard, and Brick). Vanna's is pretty thick for a worsted weight so doubled it's thicker than a normal bulky weight, in my opinion. I cast on 64 stitches and it is still much bigger than my 70 stitch hat I made for me out of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky. Which is good, because my friend has a big head, but still!

I'd initially cast on 80 stitches but it was huge and I had to rip it and cast on with less. The progress pic with just the orange was the original size.

Edit: The pattern I always use for Jayne Hats is this one. =D