Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
DH is off on the first leg of his adventure. He flew out yesterday and arrived safely at Fort Jackson, SC to “re-green” as the Army quaintly calls the program to bring people who have been
out for a little while back up to mission ready. He expects to be there for a
couple weeks before actually going to
The kitties and I have been rattling around a little bit. Zelda has been doing some serious moping and clinging to me, Saucey is more used to the occasional coming and going, so she is more relaxed. I suspect she and I will start moping more down the road.
The toe-up striped socks are finished! They definitely have their own distinct look. See?
Here’s all three pair that came from the two balls of Noro Kureyon Sock yarn. (Colors S185 and S180)
You can sure see the family resemblance between all three pair, yet none of the six socks are exactly identical. I love this yarn. I just recently got hints from someone about getting her own pair…. Is there any better excuse to shop for yarn?
This picture probably captures the colors best...
Since I already wear the other two pair a lot, I’m glad to have a third to put into the rotation. Now I won’t have to fret so much when I haven’t had time to wash socks!
I finished (drum roll please)... the Santa Cruz Hoodie for DD#1. Here’s a kind of bad self portrait I took using the mirror.
This is for you sweetie
This thing is really big on me, but she wanted it big and comfy. I think it will fit her exactly like she wanted.
Yarn: Cascade Quatro in color 5018 (Body) and Cascade 220 in color 8892 (sleeves)
Size 9 and 11 circular needles / size 9 dpn
Pattern Mods: knit body and sleeves in round to start of raglan shaping
My knitting goals for the week are to finish the other Horseshoe cable sock, finish the MIL sweater, swatch for my top-down sweater and maybe my squirrely mittens. But maybe that’s a little ambitious…
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I cast on for these quick knit socks mainly to use up the yarn that has been sitting on my worktable for several months, but also, with a foggy cold brain, I needed something simple to just knit away.
I decided to do these toe up since the yarn I'm using is the odd bits of Noro Kureyon Sock left
over from the two pair of striped socks I knit last summer. Also, I didn’t want to guess at how long to make the leg and still have enough yarn for the foot. These will be fun when they are
finished. They will be more fraternal than the other two pair, but that’s part of the fun with the
Noro. Sometimes you just don’t know what you will get from one ball to the next. For anyone
who has never tried Noro, I heartily recommend you try one of the many projects that allow you to play with the colors in the yarn. These socks combined two color-ways in two row stripes. There is also a scarf pattern for silk garden (the project that inspired Becca to create the socks that inspired these). Another fun way to use Noro in a project is Entrelac.
The heel design is the one that Becca suggested when I said I didn’t like the wrap and turn short row heel I did on my only other attempt at toe-up. I had to go back and frog the first heel
because I made the foot too long, but with the adjustments made, I am now getting a perfect fit.
I can see why some knitters do their socks exclusively toe-up. It is definitely a plus to be able
to try the foot on once the heel portion is finished. The first sock is done and the second only
about 10 repeats away from the cuff. Like I said before, a very quick knit.
I have really enjoyed knitting these for more reasons than just being a quick and simple project.
While I was knitting these the color combinations made me flash back to this post and the great trip I had to CA and especially the evening we spent at the farmers market seeing all the lovely flowers, fruits and vegetables….the yellow, gold and orange remind me of the sunflowers and squash we admired, the purple and green stripes of the gorgeous array of eggplants, I didn’t include all of the pictures from that night because it was just too hard to choose. Here's a selection so you can see why the color combinations in these stripes stirred up memories of that trip and so much more:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Yarn is Ultra Alpaca in dark grey; double stranded Pattern is “Warm and Ready” from Knitters Winter 07 (also the cover pattern from Guy Knits) Needles size 9
This pattern is about the quickest hat to knit up for a man’s hat and looks great. I didn’t get a shot of him modeling, but, hey it’s a hat. He loves it.I worked a bit more on the MIL sweater… it’s coming along at a reasonable pace. And finally, I started another pair of socks, but I’ll leave those for the next post because there’s much to say.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sure, a cold spell is coming… in January… and you call that news?
Well, now, what’s significant about this picture isn’t the arrival of more cold weather as suggested by the title, but the little weather charts below the title. The chart compares the normal temperature range for January (-30 to -40 c) to the temperatures that AK has actually had for the past week(-38 to -45 c). Brrr….
The reason this is of any concern at all, is because DH has just received orders from the Army recalling him to active duty and sending him on a one-year
deluxe vacation mobilization to Northern Alaska. He’ll be leaving this month, so it’s happening very fast. This will be a significant change here at Nana’s house. (Not to mention for DH too!) It’s been in the works for a while, but it was difficult to think about (or discuss) until the reality of the orders happened. The Army didn’t invite me to come along, so I will be holding down the fort here in relatively warm IL.
We know the location could be worse and are very thankful he’s going somewhere that I will be able to visit (eventually).
I’m sure the kitty girls and I will all be just fine, but life will be different for sure. I plan on going there once or twice for a visit, since I’ve always wanted to visit AK anyway. We’ve had little short separations of a week or less, but this will be a real challenge. DH and I really have been fortunate that since we’ve met we’ve really not had to spend any real time away from each other. So, to say that things here are a little bit in an uproar is, well an understatement. Otherwise, life here is almost back to normal after the holidays.
Knitting is progressing at a comfortable pace and we’re getting back into the weekly work routine. Of the projects I’ve been working on lately, here’s a little progress report: Horseshoe Cable sock #1 is finished; sock two will be cast on during the first class on 1/12. Santa Cruz Hoodie – sleeves are coming right along, I hope to begin the raglan shaping on both sleeves tonight (I worked separately to the start of shaping and am going to work in two-at-a-time method for raglan tops).MIL Sweater, back and left front are finished; right front is started. Will not tempt fate for breaking camera with picture taking… suffice it to say that less stitches did not improve the color distribution of this yarn.