February 11, 2007

One down one to go

Posted in Socks at 11:52 am by Melanie

hI finished one of my Rapid River socks yesterday.

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I really love this pattern and the yarn (knitpicks essential) is absolutely yummy.  I did the heel flap like the pattern suggested.  Usually I feel flapped heels are really big and bulky but this one isn’t.  (AND NO GUSSET HOLES!  GO ME!) 

I tried to do something different with the toes and wanted to take the lace pattern as far up as possible, but they turned out a little boxy.  Even too boxy for my tastes.  I think a wash will help them out a bit.

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I’m in line waiting to join the SAM3 and would like to finish these this month.  Melissa has already requested a pair of socks for herself so maybe I’ll do some simple stockinette ones for her next month. 🙂

 Hope this post finds everyone happy, healthy, and warm!

January 27, 2007

An Update

Posted in Other Misc Projects, Socks at 7:56 pm by Melanie

I’m not really doing good sticking to my monthly goals this month.  So many other things have caught my interest.  After my last post where I talked about that Cashmere that my last secret pal had gifted me I really got motivated to finally knit it up.  Yes, yarn makes a beautiful piece of decorating, but wouldn’t that cashmere look better around my neck?  Yeah, I thought so too.

So here it is:
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It’s a beautiful shade of reddish brown.  This picture makes it look more red than brown.  It’s going to be a thin scarf, but think it will look just darling with a cream sweater.

I have also been working on my Rapid River socks:
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The pattern is really great when stretched out or worn.  There are little eyelets that go down the insides of the curve.  Stunning.  I’ve actually grown a little bored of these.  I want them to be tall socks.  Right now they’re about average leg length. 

 That’s about all here.  I haven’t been knitting as much as I would like.  Those pesky things called life and work have really gotten in the way.  Bummer.

January 7, 2007

A Horrible, No Good, Very Bad [knitting] Day

Posted in Blankets, Socks at 12:08 pm by Melanie

So yesterday I spent an hour working on the 4th square for Z’s blanket.  Since Z wanted to go over and see Mimi & Papaw I took the first 3 squares to block.  (They have much more floor space there.)  I wanted to see how big the squares would be when I was done blocking them so that I could determine just how many blocks I would need to complete the blanket. 

It was a disaster. 

Upon getting the squares wet they COMPLETELY lost their shape.  Suddenly holes (that weren’t there before) where I picked up stitches appeared and made the squares look like a 5 year old novice had knit them.  I left them to dry in hopes that they would shrink back down, but I’m really discouraged at this point.  I don’t want that to happen everytime I wash the dang  thing.  I’m not sure if it’s the yarn or the pattern or a combination.  I really like the yarn (Knit picks superwash wool.) It’s soft and squishy.  So I started thinking of other things I could do with the yarn.  Stripes came to mind so I found this pattern and started swatching.  What do you think?Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Keep with the log cabin squares and hope they behave themselves when sewn together or do a chevron striped blanket?

Since I was already discouraged I figured I’d work on some more of my current projects.  Picked up the Shetland Shawl, messed up somewhere and am now deciding whether to rip to my last lifeline (at repeat 3) or tink back 5 rows and try again.

Put that down, and decided screw it… time to start something new.
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These will be the River Rapid Socks.  Seen here.  This yarn is Knit Picks Essential Solid in Grass.  It is sooo soft and smooth and has a great sheen.  I really like knitting with it.

 That’s all.  Hope your knitting is going better than mine.  And what do you think about Z’s blanket?

November 27, 2006

Christmas Progress

Posted in Other Misc Projects, Socks at 9:19 pm by Melanie

So I finished the first of Erin’s socks.  I took me 8 hours.  So it shouldn’t be a problem ::knock on wood:: to get it done before Christmas.

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I also took on one more Christmas gift. Well, three. I’m making golf club covers for my Uncle Dick.  I was debating on whether I would have enough time to complete these, but then looking back at last year I completed Uncle Dick’s 2 socks in 7 hours (3.5 hours each) and figure these golf club covers couldn’t take much more than 3 hours each since they’re not much bigger than a sock.  This reason alone, makes me glad I time my knitting projects.  How great to be able to predict (even roughly) what you’re getting into.

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I also started a project for me.  (I HAVE to complete my monthly goals, you know?)

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This is a close-up of the cables.

But this one is more true to the color.
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November 26, 2006

1 down 1 to go

Posted in Socks at 8:47 am by Melanie

I finished one of the Cables & Rib socks.

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Do you notice the lack of gusset holes?  Thanks for the tip MJ!  She told me to pick up a few extra stitches when connecting back in the round for the gusset and at first it felt soo messy and like it wasn’t going to work.  But look!  It worked.  No unsightly holes!

I can’t wait to get the second one done.  Koigu is so soft and I can’t wait to knit with it again!

November 21, 2006

Knitting Monotony

Posted in Socks at 9:10 pm by Melanie

So, although I think you’re probably getting bored of seeing Erin’s socks they’re all I’ve really been knitting on.  I have 9 days to cast off one sock, and the next several I will not be able to knit on them because of the presence of my sister.  I’d like to get done with this sock in enough time to get headway on the 2nd one.  I don’t want to be fretting about these darned socks days before Christmas.

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Pencil shown for scale.  The toes will be solid orange as well.

I need to knit through another ball of Jenny’s Baby Blanket before the end of this weekend, and then another one next week.  I am ready to cast on for my next sweater.  (The Central Park Hoodie– I am soooo jumping on the bandwagon) but I need to get some other not so fun knitting done first. (The baby blanket and erin’s socks.)

November 18, 2006

The sock of many faces

Posted in Socks at 8:51 am by Melanie

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Apparantly counting to five proved to be too much for me.  I messed up close to the beginning of my 4×1 seed stitch pattern.  I dropped the stitches and tried to pick them up, but it looked sloppy.  Picking up a purl is a lot harder than picking up a knit. 

I knit on for a while hoping it wouldn’t be noticable, but it’s my sister and no mistakes can be in her socks! 🙂 

 So I switched to the garter rib stitch that Melanie recommended a few posts back.  Thanks Melanie!

This pattern is working quite well because of the stretchiness of it. It’s bound to fit her with all that “give.” Hopefully that could be the end of beginning of this damned sock. If this were for me I would have put it “away” a long time ago.

As a side note… for a long time I’ve ignored questions about my romantic/personal life. I know everyone that has asked because they care and because they’re actually interested. I think I’m almost ready to talk about it. So for all the comments I’ve ignored and all the e-mails about it that I haven’t responded to, I’m sorry. Sometimes things are better left unsaid. But I also know that true healing will only come from talking about it. So I’m almost there.

November 14, 2006

Ripped

Posted in Socks at 10:36 am by Melanie

I ripped. 

It continues to amaze me how much quicker unknitting goes than knitting. 

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I copied MJ’s 4×1 seed stitch rib.

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You can’t really tell, but that’s Christine’s blog in the background.
Melanie had some really great stich ideas from a great book I actually own, so I’m going to file those for the next few pair of socks that I make.

That’s all.

November 12, 2006

Cables & Ribs

Posted in Socks at 9:32 pm by Melanie

After my disappointment with two cabled sweaters right in a row (Demi & Hush) I still needed some cables to make me feel like a competant knitter.  I ditched the leaves idea for the socks and went with Rib & Cable Socks from Fall 2005 Interweave Knits.

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Edited to add:  I just noticed the huge white light reflection in the right hand side of this picture.  I’m not sure if it’s from my pasty white skin or from the reflection of the addis. ha ha.

Here is a truer picture of the colors and a closer view of the cables:
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I also learned to cable with a needle thanks to Grumperina’s tutorial.  May I just take a moment to just say how wonderful cabling without a needle is.  Now, it might not be that much faster and is actually a little scarier (I did drop a stitch once during the leg of this sock) it is much more convienient than fighting with that damned cable needle.  My issue was always what to do with the cable needle on the inbetween rows.  If I put it away I’d inevitabley curse at myself next time I had to dig through my bag.  If I put it down next to me I’d loose it in a seat cushion.  If I stuck it in the project it continued to annoy me  and get in my way on ALL rows, not just the cabled rows.  If I stuck it in my ball of yarn it’d never fail that I’d end up pinning the yarn in the ball.  So yeah, if that’s you… go learn to cable without a needle.  It only takes a moment! 🙂

November 10, 2006

My Friday Night

Posted in Socks at 8:52 pm by Melanie

Cheerful colors for a fantastic “TGIF” kind of friday.  It was the kind of week (at work) where I just felt like I needed a drink, so I stopped at the liquor store on the way to get Zander.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Those are Erin’s socks.  In the very bottom right corner you can see the ribbing of the second sock.  I just love all the colors.  They’re coming along nicely. 

As a side note, Demi and I are off to a bad start.  I think I’ll put her away for a bit.  (All two rows.)

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