I am just a gal who loves to knit and spin in my spare time and thought it would be nice to share my projects with everyone.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Best Wishes Socks

I am almost finished with the second sock of this pair. I lost the ball band and started these a while ago so I don't remember the colorway and if I remember right it is Trekking XXL. I love the color but haven't been happy with the texture of the yarn. I have used Trekking before and loved the results. This particular ball has been super uneven. Getting quite thin in spots. The pattern is Best Wishes by Jeannie Townsend The pattern is quite easy and very pretty. I hope to have these finished this weekend. I only have one more pattern repeat and finish the toe.

The problem is I have the little grandson this weekend. He likes Nana's attention!


Pink/Purple Garter Rib Socks

These are the 2 socks on 2 circs I started a few weeks ago. I have to confess though. I ran into a problem at the gusset and I didn't read my instructions properly. I was in a big hurry on my (1/2) hour lunch at work. I ended up taking the socks off and putting them back on DPN's. So they were half done 2 at a time. :) Next time I know how to do it. The yarn is Knit Picks Dancing, and the pattern is the Garter Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks Book. I love the feel of the yarn. The sock fits perfectly, snug but not too tight and the yarn has a spring that I hadn't felt in cotton sock yarn before. I really love these socks!


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Completed Un-Spun Sweater

I finished up my Un-Spun sweater this week and I really like it alot!!! It is soft, light and the colors are awesome in person! The pattern called for 1x1 ribbing for 4 1/2 inches and folding back and sewing to the inside. I am not crazy about that style so I just knit the neck in 1x1 rib for 3 inches into a mock neck style. I like it alot better. I wanted to wear it to work on friday (jeans day) but it still wasn't quite cold enough for wool. Bummer. I have enough left to make something else but I am not sure what. I have been tossing the idea around to make a bag to match the sweater or even some kind of scarf since when I wear my coat the neck will show and a matching scarf might look nice.


Tilted Duster

I love this cardigan!!!! I saw it on the Interweave Knits website before the magazine came out and I knew I had to make this! It is called Tilted Duster by Norah Gaughn and is in the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. As you can see I am using my new purple bulky Aussie Wool. I can only imagine how long it will take me to complete this project since I still have two pairs of socks on the needles, including my new 2 socks on 2 circs method I learned. Which by the way is about 5 1/2 inches down the cuff now. I also am still working on my Alpaca vest which I made some progress on this week. I have 17 inches completed and I need to do 20 before I start the shoulder shaping on the back.


Wool Stash

This is the yarn I bought at the Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival two weekends ago. The purple is a bulky, the green and pink are worsted weight Aussie Wool from Oasis Yarn Co. My best girlfriend, Deby is currrently designing for Oasis. I really like the texture and color choices they offer. The purple sock yarn on the far left is a superwash merino. The varigated yarn I bought from Leah. It is a hand dyed Napa Sock Yarn, wool/nylon that looks to be more of a dk weight. I love the colors.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

2 Socks on 2 Circs

I had such a wonderful time last weekend!!! First of all mom and I drove up to West Branch for the Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival. It was a blast! But what made it better yet is my best girlfriend, Deby met us there and then drove back to my house to stay the night. It was so nice to spend some time with her. I have missed her since she moved up north. We had fun shopping, chatting and of course knitting.

I didn't end up buying any rovings but I bought enough yarn to make 3 sweaters. I can't wait to get started on those but I have other projects on the needles that need to be finished first.

One of those projects is something very new to me. I learned socks on double pointed needles and really didn't mind them. Deby taught me the 2 socks on 2 circs method. She left me a pair of Hiya Hiya (I hope that is spelled right) circular needles and away I went. It was funny though. She got me going on them and she wasn't down the driveway 10 minutes and I had my socks knitted together. Boy that was a little dissapointing, but I ripped back, started again and this is my progress this week. The yarn is Knit Picks Dancing. The pattern is Garter Rib from my all time favorite sock book. "Sensational Knitted Socks"

Progress on Un-Spun

I am making a little progress on my Un-Spun sweater. I am working on sleeve #2. I then attatch them to the body and work the shoulders and neckline. I found the pattern not very detailed and I never had made a sweater constructed like this before. Thank heavens for smart girlfriends. While Deby was here visiting she helped me figure it out. I sure would like to get this sweater finished. It is so soft and I absolutely love the colors!!!

Alpaca Vest

This is some handspun Alpaca I spun quite a while ago. I had a little over 1000 yards of very bulky yarn and it is soooooooooo soft. I originally made a poncho out of it. But I found the poncho to be restricting but super warm like wearing my blankie everywhere I went. :) Because fashions come and go I decided to rip back that poncho and use the yarn for something I thought I might wear more. Especially since it was so warm. I found this free vest pattern on the Bernat site and the gauge is perfect.