Fall is hands down my favorite time of the year. The changing colors of the leaves, the slight nip in the air, there’s nothing like it. I don’t even mind what feels like the constant rain we’ve been getting, like clockwork on Fridays. I think I’m going to pick up a fireplace log soon and get a fire going soon. I look forward to the first one every year but I’ve been putting it off this year and I think it’s about time. However, what’s with the Christmas commercials already? I just saw one for IHop. It’s only October 27th! At least wait until after Halloween
I’ve been working on a bunch of stealth knitting so no pictures right now but I’ve almost got my Hemlock Ring Blanket cast off so I’ll post that soon. I’d like to get it done and blocked before my new roommate moves in so it’s not in the way or smelling like wet sheep (I don’t mind it but I can promise she will). I’ve got one gift on the way to it’s new owner and I’ll post pictures when it’s been received.
I just got back from a two week trip to France, so I do have a legitimate excuse for my absence. It was amazing, the food was amazing and I actually got a fair bit of knitting done. I completed a pair of socks for my stepfather for Father’s day, a pair of booties for a one of the twins born in my mom’s village and one of my Spring Forward socks done. Pictures of the Spring Forward socks are coming soon as I just finished them last night. I’ve moved to to my Charades as my next project which is destined to be an FO. I’ll post more once I get my photos of France onto my computer.
Two more FO’s for today and even more tomorrow!
I cast on for these socks within hours of recieving this yarn in the mail. I’d been stalking without buying for awhile and finally broke down. These only took a couple of days and I made them pretty matchy matchy within a milimeter or two.
Yarn: Trekking XXL – 126
Needle Size: 1
These are Brainless (Rav Link). My mom and I had decided to do a KAL together. When she got the heel she bailed and I kept going. These are only my first pair of this pattern and I really enjoyed it. It was simple but kept me interested the whole time. It was a fairly quick knit and I would knit it a third time in a heartbeat.
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Thin – Mermaid’s Song (from my very first The Loopy Ewe order)
Needle Size: 1
Hello! I added a cute little gallery to the sidebar which is showing my FO’s from this year. I haven’t gotten that far with adding yet so it’s still a work in progress.
So the first FO up is Froot Loops from Knitty. This was the July sock at Magpie Yarn. It took me so long because making the actual loops hurt my hands so I put it down for awhile. I decided to give them to my mom and her recent visit inspired me to visit them.
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Thin – Rainbow Sherbet
Needle Size: O’s
Mods: Toe-Up, Piccot bind-off.
Next up is a simple pair of toe-up socks again for my mom. This was my first time using Lorna’s Laces. I loved the Grumperina colorway and cast on immediately after getting it in the mail. The colors reminded me of a shirt my mom had when I was little so it was a given to give them to her. She loves them and says they’ll fit under her shoes perfectly.
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Sheppard Sock Multi – Grumperina
Pattern: None. Basic toe-up.
I have more FO’s to show you tomorrow. But now for the part you’ve all been waiting for: The new yarn! I had a Birthday 10 days ago and that led to some major stash enchancement from my parents. First up is the yarn I got with my gift certificate from The Loopy Ewe that my Dad and stepmother gave me. From left to right (Numma Numma Toasty in Baba Ganoush, Fannie’s Fingering in Kaleidscope, Dream In Color Starry in Dusky Aurora, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Semi-Solid in Dove and ShibuiKnits in Wasabi.) Click to embiggen.
The second group is from the trip I took with my stepfather to Magpie Yarn. The only one he didn’t buy is the purple one (unknown yarn) since my mom purchased that one on a different day. On the left is Mountain Color Bearfoot and the white and purpley is J.Knits in Cincinnati. The rest are fairly self-explanatory.
Okay, moving away from knitting for a second. SAVE CHUCK. I can’t believe this fun show may be going off the air. I didn’t start watching until this season but it’s become a show I’ve highly enjoyed and looked forward to watching every week. I love talking with my Dad about it after he watches (he started watching right from the beginning). Here’s hoping it gets some good rating tonight. Until tomorrow.
Two days in a row, this must be some kind of record. I worked away at my Interlocking Leaves socks while I watched Disc 2 of Doctor Who Season 4 last night. I’m through one and a half repeats so far for the instep and I don’t think I’m too far from turning the heel. I’m liking this pattern a lot. Easy to follow and I haven’t gotten bored yet. It feels like it’s going pretty quickly.
It’s snowing again here. Already there’s about four inches on the ground. My workplace was hit pretty badly by the ice storms of last week and some parts are still without power. Thankfully the worst at home was some downed trees on my street. Most of the ice and snow had all but melted away yesterday afternoon and there was a lot of grass showing just a few hours ago. It’s January so I can’t complain too much.
I’ve been knitting away. I’ve already got a lovely parade of FOs for 2009.
First off my current project – Interlocking Leaves from Knitty Fall 2008:
I’m using Seacoast Handpainted Panda in Sugar Plum. I have quite a few pairs of socks OTN right now but I wanted to grab something to start on during my trip to Delaware last week. I have a few more rows done now but not much.
Next up was a quick project but it was desperately needed with the bad weather coming about three weeks ago. It’s done in Noro and the project is called the Noro Spiral Hat which can be found on my Ravelry project page. It’s warm and I’ve worn it pretty much non stop since I cast off. I was in Delaware over the weekend for my Dad’s Birthday and while we were in Wal-mart I got hot and slipped it into my pocket. As we were loading the car I noticed my hat was missing. We trekked back into the store and asked Customer Service if anyone had turned it in, no go. We started to retrace our steps and in the home improvement section I asked the man behind the counter making keys if anyone had turned it in there. He pulled it out from under the counter and told me someone had thrown it in the recycling bin!! I couldn’t believe an employee of all people wouldn’t give it to customer service. There was a little bit of glue on it but it needs to be blocked anyway so I’m not complaining. I’m happy to have it back.
This was my first FO of the new year, made as a Christmas gift for my old roommate and best friend Kelli. It’s Toasty and made with some Malabrigo worsted I picked up in Mendocino (actually Fort Bragg) over Christmas. My mom and I started a pair at the same time and I finished just before she did. Both were destined to be gifts to women named Kelli (or Kelly). Hers were out of Rowan Felted Tweed and they turned out gorgeous.
I’ll write a Mendocino post up next along with some more from Delaware.