Saturday, January 16, 2010

January project progress

I finished the first pair of socks for my brother and started the next pair(same specs-KP Bare DK and Swish DK on 2.5mm needles) on 1-11,
Ricky's socks pair 2
and finished the second pair on 1-14.
Ricky's socks pair 2 2
The third pair is started but I haven't gotten a picture yet. After 4 pairs of boring socks, I am going to need something interesting!

Friday, January 15, 2010


As usual, I have been so busy knitting that I haven't had time to take or post photos, so I'll try to catch up here.

I started the February Lady Sweater for my daughter.

The MMario Mystery is a fascinating pattern, and the photo is clues 1 & 2.

On the Monkey Socks, I have knit the leg on one sock and the leg and heel on the other.

I've knit through Clue 2 of the Panama Shawl.

I didn't like the way that the Saskia was working up so I frogged it and started again using JaggerSpun Maine Line. I am much happier with it now.

Finally, I have finished the first 4 clues of the Winter Mystery Shawl. It's really hard to photograph because the cable isn't long enough to stretch it out, but I think it is going to be beautiful when it is finished.

GablesDeb on Ravelry

January Progress (or lack there of...)

So, there is my Shalom Cardigan nearly completed and then there it is again.... completely frogged! I have never frogged an entirely finished project (or 600yrds!), but it was too big and too shapeless and I knew I wouldn't be happy with it, so there it went. I really should have trusted the pattern and not used so many mods from other knitters. My SO (who normally doesn't comment on my knitting) was in shock that I would rip out an entire adult sweater, but it really had to be done.

So, I have cast on again following the pattern more closely. The only mods I have planned to do are to shorten the yoke section slightly and to add a couple more button holes. Now, hopefully, I haven't lost my mojo with this project and I will still have it done by the end of January! Live and learn... and keep knitting...right??? LOL

Jill (jaerrt)

first finished item for 2010

I just finished this Calorimetry.. it is on its way to NM as we speak!

I have knitted in 2010

I hope everyone had a safe New Year. Hoping it is a year of happyness for all.

I did start a few items. Some are gone as fast as they came off the needles/hooks. But I did manage to get some pictures of a shawl I made.

This is Adrienne's new shawl pattern. I had the Panda Wool so decided to see how it works up into a shawl. I do like how it feels and drapes. Did not have enough of the blue for the full shawl (so even though Adrienne held her breath praying/hoping that it would look good), I went ahead and used 2 different colors.

I like it. It only took 2 days to knit.

Here is the pattern

Now I know Adrienne planned it to be a different oz, but .....Off I will go clicking my Ruby Red Slippers (ok they are clogs) looking for frogs in oz.

Sorry for the lack of prettiness in the photo. But we don't see sun in this part of the world this time of year.

january done!

socks for bil...

progress picture
new year's eve a la champagne corks!

BORING!!!!!!!!!!! told you that they were BORING!!!!!!!!!! but they are DONE! may need to open another bottle of champagne!

had trouble playing matchy-matchy so had to do "surgery" in the leg and near the toe of one sock.

Finished Antarctic Stole

I really enjoyed knitting this stole with the soft alpaca.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

More progress

Brown socks are growing. DSIL has large feet. I ran out of the Prism yarn, I used 1/2 by weight. I finished with Special Blauband.

I got distracted by the Jester Socks. The leg has 4 colors in it. I'm ready for the heel on sock #1. The cuff is inside out on sock #2. I needed to know how much grey would be left. I'll be using it on the toes, but not the heels.


Hi! I'm new and this is just the KAL is I've been waiting for to help complete projects.

I've made a goal of completing 10 shawls in 2010 and this will help keep me on target!!!!

I casted on my first shawl of the new year on Jan. 3, 2010. It is the Colonnade by Stephen West in Nashua Creative Focus Chunky in Khaki and Cardovan. I've posted progress pictures below and shawl after the knitting has been finished. I will posted the completed picture next week after I block it this weekend.

January project finished

Finished scarf today. I'm almost 100% sure that I used close to the whole skein, maybe around 460yds. Forgot to weigh it before washing, so now have to wait for it to dry. LB Fishermen's Wool - off white, US 8, before washing 6 1/2"wide by 76" long.

ETA: I think the scarf is dry and it weighs 228g, Ravelry lists the yarn as weighing 227g/skein.

Back in December I started a scarf in Puffin for my 10 yr old. Hope to finish this in February along with some socks.

And Pretty Thing. Started in November, Mini Mochi leftovers, US4/3.5mm. Stalled because undecided on length.

And one more, Laughing Carrots started in July 2009, needs sleeves and finishing. Merino 5, US 6 & 7 (4mm & 4.5mm)

Dishcloth or washcloth. This is one of the first, done with some Peaches and Creme cotton from my stash. The cats have eaten all the labels, so I have no idea what the color code is. Excuse the blue thread; it is part of the provisional cast on. No needle gauge - the cats hid all the needles also, so I grabbed chopsticks. Anyone want some cats, cheap?

So far, there are five of them (cloths, not cats) and I am casting on for the sixth. That will about do it - now all I have to do is find someone with a kitchen or bath in green or yellow and gift them with these. Sigh. Got to quit buying grab bags - I use up all my favorite colors and end up with a lot of less favorite colors. That's okay, February will be socks in a gorgeous color.

Regards to all, aj in Milwaukee

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

52 week challenge prize package!

All I can say is "Wow!" ... and "Thank you, Laura!" of course!

Laura sent me this amazing and very generous prize package. :-)

Lots and lots of my favorite types of CPY yarns, her wonderful 50 states/50 socks book on CD which I am already looking forward to casting on for several socks (the ones drawing me in right off the bat are the Maryland blue crab, and Adrienne's amazing Bling which I will be blinging up with lots of beads!), books, a DVD, a bracelet and knitting needles.

Thank you!!!

Now, when am I going to find the time to knit all this great yarn?!?!?!?! I really need to get a move on if I'm going to finish a January project!


Tabi toe-ups number 2

Here are my second pair of tabi toe-ups, tweaking my 'recipe' a little to fine tune. This pair is going to my daughter. Matsu means pine in Japanese, and I chose that name because that is the colour of the yarn...spruce.

My first toe-up Tabi socks!

I decided I really need to learn how to knit socks from the toe-up, and since I wear mostly tabi socks, these are what I have created. I call these Knowledge is Power! because the knowledge I've gained from these simple socks is empowering, and my sock knitting universe has been significantly expanded!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Rainbow Over Lahaina for January

I'm taking a break from the sock for Fred and have started Adrienne's "Rainbow" pattern again using CPY Bamboo Cotton in "misty greens". I decided I had used the wrong size when starting it with the Amerika yarn. I am double checking the size and loving this yarn. I hadn't used it before and it will definitely use it again. It is so nice and soft and I think shows the pattern nicely. I believe this is the correct size for me and am so happy I won't have to give it away since I sure do like it. Amazing how much easier it is to knit when the directions are followed. :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010


First project was another block for our afghan project in my Aran knitters group.

Second is the begin of the Solid Socks mystery by Lisa Stichweh, somewhere at clue 2.

Again, Mystery socks from SKA by Debbie O`Neill, clue 1.

Start of necessary socks for me.

Finshed, for me :-), warm, blue, green, everything ok, colour is more as shown in the first picture.

January project

I finally finished the big December project so I can start the KAL!
These are socks for my brother:
Ricky's socks pair 1
Started: 1/8/10
Yarn: Knitpicks DK Superwash Bare and Cinnamon
Needles: 2.5mm
They go fast with the DK yarn and he is getting 4 pair, each with different colored toes and heels!

January progress

Brown Sock

It's much bigger now. This is for the family Yeti, and I'm running out of yarn. I will knit the foot until 1/2 the yarn is knit (by weight), and then continue with a solid brown.

Another cast on
Inspired by the beaded socks and the leftovers socks on the Ravelry SKA group, I'm revisiting a pattern I did for South West Trading Company a couple of years ago. The pattern is Jester Socks. I've added beads to the cuff and decreased more stitches due to heavier yarn.