Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Finished Firestarters!

Pattern: Firestarter (rav link) by Yarnissima
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Deep Seaflower
Needles: Hiya Hiya 9" circular in size 2 and 3

They've been gifted and they fit. Hurrah!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Acquisitions, Gothsocks Club Spoiler

Attention all ye readers! If you happen to be in the Gothsocks club and you haven't received your April shipment, beware! The picture is below. (I'm pretty sure no one would find it by accident, but there's the alert, just in case.)

Okay, I have to admit, I'm still acquiring yarn faster than I can knit it. But selectively.

First of all, I needed a new order of Noro for a donation piece I'm going to make. I just happened to buy a couple of skeins of the highly-coveted Skinny Bugga to fill up my shopping cart. The colours are gorgeously saturated, and are called "Lubber Grasshopper" (the left skein) and "Eurota Purplewing" (the skein 2nd from left).(ETA: Ordered from The Loopy Ewe, of course, and received only two days after ordering.


Also new to my yarn stash is the March Gothsocks colour, Godric's Glory. If you watch True Blood, it makes sense to you. If you don't, like me, you can still admire the pretty, pretty sparkly stripes.


April Spoiler, here.







This is called "Frakkin Toaster" and it's inspired by Battlestar Galactica. It's a bamboo/merino/nylon blend and begs to be something wispy worn around the neck.


Sob. I need more knitting time!
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Socks of the Deep Sea Flower

Finally! A chance to knit a project on a 9" circular needle. My hands get a little uncomfortable, but it's not a barrier to use, and the socks just sail along.

The pattern is Firestarter, just like the previous (still unfinished) socks. The yarn is my ever-favourite Dream in Color Smooshy, in the colourway Deep Sea Flower. I turned the heel last night and finished the heel flap today, so I'm making good progress.


ETA PS--Look! Squee! Johnny Jumpups! Did I plant those??

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Ravelry Goodies

For those of you who use Ravelry, check out this page of lesser-known goodies. This showed me how to get progress bars on my blog, which gives me happiness.

Monday, April 05, 2010

splish splash

In a previous post, I worried about the gussets pooling. Boy howdy, did they ever! Those beauteamous stripes just oozed into a slick smear. Fortunately, the smear confined itself to one side, so I was able to make that side the heel. We'll see what can be done about sock #2.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

A skewed-up finished object

For a long time, my daughter has wanted socks out of fingering weight yarn, and finally she has some.

Pattern: Skew
Needle: Size 1
Modifications: Knit as instructed at a smaller gauge to fit a slimmer foot.
Issues: it fits perfectly, but it's difficult to get over her heel. I suspect here's another pair of socks she'll never wear.

Those darned right twists

Me: These right twists are going to kill me.
Him: I hope those aren't your last words!
Me: That would suck, eh?
Him: I'd put it on your gravestone.
Me: In the stress of my demise, you'd forget the exact words, and there'd be a misquote on my grave.
Him: It's not that difficult. "These right twists are going to kill me." I'd get it right.

The pattern is Yarnissima's Firestarter. The yarn is Stitchjones' Titanium Sock. At 72 stitches around and 10spi, this yarn knits up perfectly. I'm not sure I'll like the gussets. I suspect they'll pool.

The right twists have been the worst part of this pattern. I recall warriors in Sock Wars complaining about the right twist. They did a workaround that involved a k2tog, but what with the purls and the ktbl, that's not an option here. I unvented a workaround in which I slip both stitches to the right needle, and do a mirror image of the process for the left twist. Works beautifully!