Monday, March 26, 2007

Can you see the cable? (hint, it runs down the middle) Can you see the "chevrons?" They are the little stripies down the sides. This is the beginning of a sock from IK, Fall 2006 issue called Father and Son Socks. I am doing the father size, although I am going to try to alter it from a 9.5 Mens to a 12 mens - wish me luck. The yarn is a dream - I would write it down if I remembered the brand. Not to worry, however, I purchased enough to also knit myself two pairs of knee socks - if I ever make it through my backlog of projects................ I just hope the person who these socks are for enjoys them. This is my first pair of patterned socks (as in, not plain stockinette), and I am enjoying making them immensely!

Branching Out - From Knitty. I am about halfway done with this one. I am making it out of green, fuzzy, but not overly fuzzy, yarn I found at a thrift store for 50 cents a ball. Yay! Of course, I am about halfway done, and have only finished 1 out of 5 balls. I think I will finish this off, give it to the intended recipient, and then make a 2nd to either give away or wear myself. The Branching Out pattern is super-simple, but looks all sorts of fancy-pants impressive. I like doing it because the even rows are all purl and the odd rows are all similar. There are only 10 rows in the pattern, so really, on 5 rows of lace to do. And the product is great - I mean look at it!

Here we are with the sadness of my life.
This lovely, sparkly, and slightly varigated dark blue and gold is called "galaxy" and is a very soft, but heavy feeling cotton which smells like a nice fabric softener. It was supposed to be made into Knitty's "Convertible" which is a convertible shawl, wrap, shrug, poncho pattern. I got all of this done......and it looks really nice in the lace pattern, if I do say so myself...... and then I realized that I had exactly half of what I needed material-wise. The pattern calls for 2 skiens -2! I had missed that it needed two and thought I was good. And, well, this was the only skien in the color and I bought it something like 2 years ago now. Le sigh. I just had to take a picture before I ripped the entire thing out.

I tried to take the picture about 500 times in the mirror. It didn't work. so, I finally settled on the old-standby of holding the camera out in front of me......... did the trick. This is another one of my "Seaman's Cap"s. I found the pattern online for free- but it was also in the knitting day calender from two years ago. I love this pattern. I made 4 caps so far. One small read one for me, a black and a white for a friend in the extra big size, and a mid-sized one, also featured.