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*Cough, cough, wheeze, hack*

Posted by notthatkat on December 7, 2007

I woke up Tuesday morning  and there was no denying – I am sick.  Nothing serious, I think, but rather than the typical head cold this has manifested as a sore throat and cough.  Most of the week has been spent just getting by – I spent most of my day off in bed, and the rest of the time it’s pretty much been work and bed.

I have managed to get some knitting done, as I sit or lie in bed and watch TV and count down until I can take more cold medicine.

Branching Out

I managed to get the Branching Out scarf I made for my sister done on Wednesday, although I didn’t manage to get it blocked until this evening.

Branching Out Center

I worked both sides out from a central provisional cast on, rather than working it end to end as the pattern calls for.   I love how it came out, and may have to make this one again.

Branching Out Close

One more picture, because who can resist the magic of blocking? The yarn is Knit Picks Shadow in Lost Lake, a lovely deep heathered green.  I knit this on 4.0 mm (US6) needles rather than the 5.0 mm (US8) called for in the pattern, since I was using laceweight yarn rather than DK.  The scarf ended up being 5″ wide by 64″ long, which I think is quite a respectable length for a lace scarf.

Anyone in my Fiber Guild who doesn’t want to ruin the surprise for the Yankee Trade Sunday best look away now…

They gone?


Next I knit a couple dishcloths to be used as part of my Yankee Trade gift on Sunday.  I’ll add a couple bars of home made soap to these and will feel good about my contribution to the gift exchange.

Lacy Dishcloth

This is the first one I knit and I like it so much, I just may have to knit one for myself.

Lattice Discloth

Next I knit up this one.  It has a neat little double lattice, and the texture will make it good for dishes, but the pattern is a bit fussy and I didn’t love knitting it.  I’m not sure this one’s gonna get repeated any time soon.  Both of these are knit in Sugar n Cream on 5.0 mm (US8) needles.  I’ll find pattern links and put them up when I update my FO page (soon, but not tonight).

As if that weren’t enough, I cast on a pair of felted clogs for my Dad for Christmas.

Unfelted Clog

The first one has been completed, but not yet felted.  Although I didn’t include anything in the picture for scale, believe me when I say it’s ginormous.  If I hadn’t felted a fair bit already, including several pairs of slippers, I would be leery about these shrinking enough to fit.  But I have confidence.  The second clog is barely started, but these are a quick knit so I’m not too worried.

Didya see the smoke ring in the new Knitty?  My Mom might just be getting one of these for Christmas it I don’t run out of time (otherwise, her birthday is in February).  I’m going stash diving tonight, then on a bead hunt after work tomorrow.  Now I’m off to see how well I can knit clogs on narcotic cough syrup.


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Posted by notthatkat on July 6, 2007

I hope this is included with “sharing the design process” allowed in the competition rules, because I have to tell you, I am now officially obsessed with these socks.

Original Design Socks

In a bit over 24 hours I have completed a repeat and a half of the lace pattern (that’s 42 rounds), and I just want to do more.  I haven’t knit a stitch on my shell, or my mystery lace, or anything else at all.  This is all I want to knit at the moment.  I guess that means the design is a hit with me if no one else.

Original Design Socks

They need a name.  I’m horrible at naming things.  I either go for the really obvious or pick something so obscure that I’m the only one who gets it.  Any and all suggestions welcomed and I’ll send a wee prize to anyone that suggests a name I choose to use.

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FO – Embossed Leaves Socks

Posted by notthatkat on July 5, 2007

Embossed Leaves

(I finished them Tuesday Night, but I was not online much yesterday. Most of the day was spent at Peach Festival. Hope you all had a happy 4th.)

Pattern: Embossed Leaves from Favorite Socks (and IK before that)

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solid in Loden

Needles: 2.75 mm (US2) 16 inch circulars (2 socks/2 circs)

Embossed Leaves

Started: June 23, 2007

Finished: July 3, 2007

Modifications: I changed the cast on to long tail cast on. I did an extra full repeat of the lace pattern on the leg (4 1/2 repeats). I substituted my usual short row heel for the flap and gusset heel in the directions.

Embossed Leaves

Speaking of Socks

Once again I cast on my next pair almost immediately. If all goes well the pattern will be written up for my entry in the SOS design competition.

Original Design Socks

They are just barely past the ribbing, and the stitch pattern is not visible in this picture, but everyone who’s seen them loves the color. I actually didn’t immediately cast on. First I cast on some leftover sock yarn and swatched different stitch patterns until I found one that really popped. I had different plans for this yarn, but I thought this sock would look great in it, but not so much in the yarn I planned to use. And it meets the design contest criteria of being readily available from at least one of the sponsors. So the switch was made, and they’re looking great so far.

In keeping with my tradition of double purposing my KAL knitting, it is also perfect for Project Spectrum this month.

When Good Socks Go Bad

Rococo Socks

I made these socks back in February from one of Anne’s patterns. I loved them. They were one of my favorite pair of socks. I took the picture above and several others to share with Anne in mid May. A couple weeks ago, I put them on to find they were a bit on the snug side. I wondered if they might have felted a bit, but they looked fine and were made with superwash wool, so I dismissed it as a bad foot day. Until earlier this week, when I tried to wear them again. This is what they look like now:

Felted Rococo Socks

I’ve already contacted the source, and been promised a replacement skein. Apparently, I am not the first to have this happen, although the number is small. It is being attributed to a mill error. It seems lately, I’ve had a lot of problems with yarn and knitting- related products. I don’t think I’m especially picky – really. Just give me decent yarn and a nice pattern that doesn’t require an advanced degree to interpret and I’m usually pretty happy. I can go for months to years at a time without feeling the need to lodge a complaint. But lately, I feel like I’ve had one knitting product issue after another. Hopefully the end is in sight.

Non-Sock Stuff

Pehuén shell front

I’ve finished about a third of the front of my Pehuén shell. This time I’m using two balls of yarn and changing balls every 2 rows. I should have done this on the back, knew better at the time, and just didn’t bother. Lesson learned. I still don’t think the back side looks too bad, so I probably won’t rip it out and do it over. Probably.

Mystery Stole

I’m also most of the way through Clue 1 of the Mystery Stole. Turns out there is one dwarf that makes crochet hooks small enough to go through the center of my beads. His name is Leonard and he left the Lonely Mountain to seek his way in the world. It turns out a 1.0 mm hook will go through the center while a 1.3 mm hook is way too big. Go figure.

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FO – Gimlet Socks

Posted by notthatkat on June 11, 2007

The Gimlet Socks are done!  No sooner did I turn my back, then I caught them outside catching a few rays:

Gimlet Sunning

I’m not sure how they could handle it, as the heat and humidity have both hit the red zone the past few days.  Neverless, they seemed to like it up there.  Maybe it’s the bamboo content.  I talked them down out of the tree and convinced them to pose for a good shot:

Gimlet Socks

They even agreed to do a bit of modeling with their intended wearer:

Gimlet Socks

They look a bit slouchy in this picture, but I’ve been told that the fit is perfect.


Yarn: Scout’s Swag 60% Superwash/30% Bamboo/10% Nylon in the colorway Gimlet

Pattern: No pattern per se, but I did use this one for guidelines on doing thong toes on toe up socks.  Otherwise, straignt stockinette, short row heels, 1 1/2 inch of K2/P2 ribbing
Needles: 2.5mm (US1.5) for toe sections and 2.75mm (US2)  for the remainder.

I started socks for my Sockapalooza pal on Friday, and have managed 1 1/5 repeats of the pattern.  I think the recommended 2 1/2 repeats for the leg will be about right.

Math Whiz socks

The yarn is Fleece Artist Merino and the pattern is Math Whiz socks by Anne.  I am loving how these are looking so far, and I hope my pal loves them as much as I do.

Close up of Math Whiz socks

BTW, the summer Knitty is up.  Go see.

I gave, did you?


“Whoa, man, what happened?”

“I dunno, but I suddenly feel much lighter in the rear.”

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Where did the week go?

Posted by notthatkat on June 1, 2007

I can’t believe it’s Friday already.  Wasn’t it just Monday?

The big knitting news — I am DONE with the lace chart on my sister’s second curtain.  I just have the section of stockinette (about 4 inches IIRC).  So close.  I am somewhat tempted to have a cerimonial burning of the (photocopied) chart in celebration.

The Gimlet socks are past the heel and about two inches up the leg:

Gimlet Socks

I often find the way the colors align on variegated yarns to be fascinating.  On the foot, the color distribution is pretty random:

Gimlet Foot Close Up

But on the leg, (I increased 4 stitches at the start of the leg to accommodate the recipient’s – as Wendy puts it – shapely calves) the lighter and (somewhat) darker colors are grouping together into a vaguely spiral pattern I find enchanting:

Gimlet Leg Close Up

I think I’ll have enough yarn for a good 4-5 inches of leg, at least.  My plan is to knit until I’m out of yarn, more or less.  I’m working from both ends of the ball, since this yarn doesn’t have an obvious directional repeat when knitted.

I’m considering taking some time between finishing the curtains and taking up the christening blanket again to knit a couple summer tanks/sweaters or other smaller projects.  I’ll see how I feel once I’ve finished the curtains.  I’ve been in a real slump, knit wise since after the holidays, between the curtain slog and the tendinitis.  I’m definitely feeling the need to cleanse the knitting palate and see if I can’t get some of my mojo back.
I have decided to go on a yarn and fiber diet for the foreseeable future.  I have so many ideas and projects planned out in my mind, and so many great yarns in my stash that deserve attention, that I want to focus on them for a while.  The only exceptions are Rockin Sock Club, which continues through the year (Haven’t even thought about starting the Grasshopper socks) and the Spunky Fiber Club, which I joined to try out fibers.  No real time frame for this, just a general sense of I have enough right now.

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