Saturday, April 28, 2007

Trekking Along

Well, I'm chugging right along on my Trekking socks. And I was wrong. I have not reached a point where the color changes repeat. The colors in the pictures are close, but not quite. There's no sun out today and my pictures are just so-so. But I'm so pleased. I completed a Pricilla Gibson-Roberts short row heel. I purchased her book, "Simple Socks, Plain and Fancy" just for the express purpose of doing this heel. I'm just amazed. It was so simple. I never had much luck before with short row heels and have always wound up doing a heel flag and gusset decrease. The construction of this style heel is ingenious! I'll be anxious to see how it fits when done. Next up is going to be the other skein of Trekking Harmony in the green colorway. I'm planning on using Marguerite's Basketweave ribbing pattern. But I might just use the short row heel again. Pretty cool.

But in the meantime, something else may also be in the works...


My birthday gift has arrived, just about three and a half months early. And it's just georgeous! It's a gift from the Queen's greatest fan.

I'm so impressed. There are pearl beads ALL OVER this scarf. Included is a copy of the Yarn Harlot's new book (can't wait to dig into that) and five very beautiful stitch markers. (I'm having no luck in getting a good picture of them.) It's just beautiful and perfect.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Blueberrys and Tweed

The "Tweed" socks are done. I'm pleased. It's a great way to use varigated yarn. The stitch pattern makes a nice rib. I've come to the conclusion that if you're using a patterned yarn, there's just no use to expend a lot of time and energy to do a fancy pattern. The stitches get lost in the yarn. I'll be wear these to work this week. It's been BEAUTIFUL this weekend. High temps in the mid to upper 70's, but rain is coming and so is cooler weather. It's okay. After all that cold and gloom we had, this weekend was a blessing.
And next, you can see that my Trekking yarn arrived from England. Again, because of the pattern in the yarn, I'm doing a simple rib. Actually it's modelled after the famous "Blueberry Waffle" Sock pattern. Very simple. Row 1: K; Row 2: K1, P1 to end. Repeat Rows 1 & 2. This version of Trekking is an ombre pattern. Subtle stripes and very pretty. The picture shows the results of knitting through a movie. (The Pursuit of Happyness) It's also one complete repeat of the color patterning. The only tricky part is that this one skein is enough to make two socks. I have to guesstimate how tall to make the leg part so that in the end I have enough for two socks and that I can start the second sock at about the same place in the color rotation.
I'll continue on this evening while watching "The Tudors" on Showtime. It's rather interesting. I signed up for Showtime just so I can watch this show. And I can truthfully say that we've not watched anything elso on Showtime. As for "The Tudors" the jury is still out here. The costuming is very good. It's very adult themed. The dialog is not bad. I just have a problem with the fact that the fellow who is playing Henry VIII doesn't look a bit like him. He's not a big guy. His hair isn't rusty colored. In fairness, I'd say that he does a pretty good job capturing Henry's personality. It's just that not only was Henry VIII a big guy, but he was larger than life. And you really don't get a sense of that in this show. So, I'll be knitting and watching.

Monday, April 16, 2007

I have some progress to report on the second "Tweed" sock. I've just completed the heel flap and I'm ready to turn the heel and move on down the instep.

There was also discussion over the weekend with GSTQ regarding the trio of Elizabeth I scarves from KnitPick. I currently have the "Town and County" pattern on the needles knit with Elan's Baby Silk. Very nice. My only regret is that I didn't think to insert beads. (I'm not frogging it for beads.) But it would have been a real nice addition. It will look real nice after it gets blocked.

We had another play date with my great-nephew yesterday and I gave his mom and dad the sweater I made for him. It's a little big yet, but it won't be long. There was no real pattern. I used a baby sweater pattern I found on the web but just to get me started. I used Lion's Brand Microfiber. It's nice and soft and should wash and wear well.

And I have to report that I did some yarn shopping on Ebay over the weekend. Several years ago I knit some flip-top mittens for my mother out of Trekking XXL that I purchased at a LYS. It's the most beautiful yarn that I've ever knit with. The color changes every couple of stitches. Fortunately, I only used a little over half of the skein. So, I have the balance of it to pet on a regular basis. I've been looking for more Trekking to purchase. I didn't want the self-striping type, just the varigated kind. I found a seller in England that had some! So, I picked up a skein in a variety of greens and a skein that's ombre. Can't wait for it to arrive! So, I leave you with my partial skein of Trekking ---

I just have to note what a terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech this morning. I just can't believe it. I can tell you as someone who spent a significant period of my life living on a college campus much like Virgina Tech that to have an incident like this happen is absolutely shocking.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Ignore that man behind the curtain...

I've been playing with my Blogger template today. I'm still using the "old" style template, which I've decided the keep for now. The new style is easy to use, but I lost all my lists and stuff when I tried it out. So, after a few hours of consideration and then reading the directions (duh!) I hit the revert button and viola -- everything's back to Norman (That's an old Rugrats saying.) So, if you visited this afternoon and now things look different, you know why. I'm off to bed -- vacation exhausted me!

Tweed and Shells

Here's the "Tweed" sock. Just one more to go. I really like how the two yarns meld together. I've tried making socks from the varigated several times and frogged them. But the mixture works well.

And here's some seashell fabric and a coordinating blue that I found at my favorite beach store (WalMart). I plan on making some valances for my living room windows. I just have verticals. One of the reasons that we bought our house was because of the amount of light. So, I'm going to just top the verticals. Hopefully there will be enough left over to make two coordinating table toppers - one round and one table runner. I need to pick up some bleached muslin for the lining. (Yes, I'm going to take the time to make them correctly.)

Well, that's all for today. It's flurrying around. I can't even believe it, well, I guess I can. But I'm ready for it to get warm. I must go do some laundry and get ready for a baby sighting! My great nephew is coming to my mom's place later this afternoon. Can't miss that!

Happy Easter

We're home, boo-hoo...

Here's a new sock that was started while I was away. I finished it and am ready to start it's mate. The pattern is "Tweeds" from the March 2007 MagKnits. The inside is actually the finished outside. But I also liked it the other way too. It's made from Elann Esprit. I used black and a gray varigated. It's an easy pattern to work and moves quickly. I have a supply of Esprit and might be making a couple of pairs.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

OBX report

Having a great time. Here's a few photo's --

This is our view. Beautiful!

Finished a pair of socks that have been waiting a long, long time. I've started another pair. Photo's later.
Having a great time, the weather is warm, but it's going to change tomorrow. It's still better than 30 degrees and snowing!