11in11 update

Well, I continue to mess with the master list of eleven cabled items and eleven pairs of socks, buy hey, it’s my list so I can do whatever I want.

For cables, it occurred to me that two hats finished early in the year were actually cabled projects.  Single stitch cables to be sure, but cables nonetheless.  So, I have completed two Travelling Rib Hats, one Rock Creek Hat, and I’m underway with a pair of Hugs & Kisses socks (my own design), and Schmidt vest for The Boy.  That’s three done and two on the needles.  I’d better get moving!

Traveling Rib hatSchmidt vest underway

In the sock stakes, I’ve finished six pairs, and I’ve started the seventh pair (the afore-mentioned Hugs & Kisses).  I also knitted a few tiny socks early in the year.  I’m totally counting those (and any more I whip through) as another pair.  ;)

Tiny socks

Skew socksHiss socks

Hugs & Kisses socks underway

The plan (well, today’s version of it anyway) is to knit at least one more pair of Hugs & Kisses, then I’ll only have two more pairs to do.  I’ll pick two from the revised list to round out the eleven (most likely Raindrops and Cauchy).  For cables, I’ll knit Dashing with my mods (twice, for two giftmas presents), the Hugs & Kisses can double as cable projects, then I’ll need to finish three projects from the revised list (definitely Wall Street Cables and Vivian, and possibly Beatnik, for myself).

Then there’s the Westknits Mystery KAL which starts August 1 (that’ll be a whole blog post by itself, I suspect), and assorted giftmas presents to get through.

Also, I’d really like another cardigan before I start work ….

idio(m)t

“Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.”

I wonder what the knitting queue equivalent to this idiom is  … “Your imagined spare time is bigger than your reality” perhaps?

Revisiting the 11in11 idea, I’ve had to apply a little common sense to the two lists.

For eleven pairs of socks, here’s the revised list:

  1. Tracks (Ravelry pattern link), by OzKnitter, in Lion Brand Sock-Ease, Rock Candy – Done!
  2. Globe Trotter Socks (Ravelry pattern link), by Jodie St. Clair, in Knit Picks Stroll Tonal, Kindling – Done!Globe Trotters Socks
  3. Raindrops, by Melissa Morgan-Oakes, from Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks, in Schaefer Yarn Company Heather, in greens (not sure of colour name)
  4. Cauchy, by Cookie A., from Sock Innovation, in Dream in Color Smooshy, Black Parade
  5. Tatu (Try A Toe-Up) (Ravelry pattern link) by Carolyn Kern, in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport Multi – Done!Tatu socks
  6. 100-17 Ribbed Socks in Knit Picks Essential (now called Stroll) Carbon Twist – Done!
  7. Skew by Lana Holden from Knitty, Winter 2009, in Berroco Sox – Underway!
  8. Cable Footies (from One Skein), by Leigh Radford, in Queensland Collection Rustic Wool, Purple
  9. Cable Footies (from One Skein), by Leigh Radford, in Queensland Collection Rustic Wool, MidnightEasy Ribbed socks
  10. Cable Footies (from One Skein), by Leigh Radford, in Queensland Collection Rustic Wool, Denim
  11. Pavo Slipper Socks (from Interweave Knits, Winter 2010), by Chrissy Gardiner, in Knit Picks Stroll, Black Tweed (discontinued colour)

See what I’ve done there?  Yep, I should be able to finish Skew, knock out the four pairs of slipper socks, and make one other pair over the summer while I have plenty of time.  Then, I’ll only have Raindrops and Cauchy to go.  :)

As for the cable part of the challenge … well, that’s seen some slashing as well …

  1. Lia, by Mandie Harrington, from Knitty, Deep Fall 2010, in Queensland Collection Uruguay Chunky, Wisteria – Done! Lia cabled sweater
  2. Twisted Rib Cable Tank, by Angela Hahn, in Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton, Magenta
  3. Dr. G’s Memory Vest, by Kirsten Kapur, from Through the Loops!, in Cascade 220 Superwash, Lichen
  4. Wall Street Cables, by Kathy Zimmerman, from Arans & Celtics: The Best of Knitter’s Magazine, in Cascade 220 Sport, Navy
  5. Vivian, by Isolda Teague, from twist collective, Winter 2008, in Queensland Collection Uruguay Chunky, Russet – currently hibernating from 2009, it must be finished this year!
  6. Rock Creek Hat, Nicole Rheese, Knitty, Winter 2011 – a quickie, and done!Rock Creek hat
  7. Beatnik, by Norah Gaughan, from Knitty, Deep Fall 2010, in madelinetosh tosh vintage, Celadon
  8. Cable Footies (from One Skein), by Leigh Radford, in Queensland Collection Rustic Wool, Purple
  9. Cable Footies (from One Skein), by Leigh Radford, in Queensland Collection Rustic Wool, Midnight
  10. Cable Footies (from One Skein), by Leigh Radford, in Queensland Collection Rustic Wool, Denim
  11. Pavo Slipper Socks (from Interweave Knits, Winter 2010), by Chrissy Gardiner, in Knit Picks Stroll, Black Tweed (discontinued colour)

See what I’ve done there?  Yep, it’s called doubling up for the sake of necessity.  Cheating?  Never.

11in11 cables #1

First cabled item done for the year … ten more to go!

rock creek hatRock Creek Hat from knitty, Winter 2011

This was a lovely fast knit, although I had to start it a few times as I wasn’t getting anywhere near gauge.  I also made many modifications because of the stitch and row gauge I was getting.

It turned out to be just what I wanted – warm, comfortable, but not too dorky!  Road tested successfully today while shoveling ice – not my favourite winter activity!

eleven in eleven

(aka the “Happy New Year’s” post)

The first knitting plan for 2011 is to do a self-imposed sock club (a la the Yarn Harlot’s of 2010) to finish 11 pairs of socks in the year.  Mine will be a little less random as I’ve matched patterns and yarns to planned recipients.  Should be some ready-made Christmas presents at the end of it all!  Here are the pattern and yarn pairings (recipients shall remain nameless for now):

  1. Retro Rib Socks, by Evelyn A. Clark, from Favorite Socks, in Knit Picks Essential (now called Stroll), Ash Tweed (discontinued colour, I think)
  2. Simplicity, by Melissa Morgan-Oakes, from Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks, in Lion Brand Sock-Ease, Rock Candy
  3. Raindrops, by Melissa Morgan-Oakes, from Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks, in Schaefer Yarn Company Heather, in greens (not sure of colour name)
  4. Cauchy, by Cookie A., from Sock Innovation, in Knit Picks Essential (now called Stroll) Carbon Twist (another discontinued colour, I think)
  5. Jelly Beans, by Maureen Clark, from Green Mountain Spinnery, in Knit Picks Imagination Hand Painted, Wicked Witch
  6. Leyburn Socks, by MintyFresh at pepperknit, in Dream in Color Smooshy, Black Parade
  7. Red Thread Socks, by Cookie A., in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, Magnificent Meadow & The Red Thread
  8. Undulating Rib Socks, by Ann Budd, from Favorite Socks, in Knit Picks Felici, Putty
  9. On-Your-Toes Socks, by Ann Budd, from Interweave Knits, Summer 2007, in Lion Brand Sock-Ease, Toffee
  10. Coupling, by Deb Barnhill, from Knitty, Summer 2007, in Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah, Bronze
  11. Trilobite Socks, by Wendy D. Johnson, from Socks from the Toe Up, in Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Socks, Panama

The second part of the plan is to make eleven cabled things.  I haven’t finalized this list yet; it will be made up of things for myself and gifts for other people’s birthdays, etc., as well as finishing one long overdue and hibernating project.  Here’s what I have so far:

  1. Lia, by Mandie Harrington, from Knitty, Deep Fall 2010, in Queensland Collection Uruguay Chunky, Wisteria
  2. Beatnik, by Norah Gaughan, from Knitty, Deep Fall 2010, in madelinetosh tosh vintage, Celadon
  3. Shredder Pullover, by Jennifer Hagan, from “Interweave Knits, Winter 2009,” in Ella Rae Classic Chunky Superwash, Mulled Wine Heather
  4. Alan, by Berroco Design Team, in Cascade 220 Superwash, Cordovan
  5. Sweet Eleanor, by Wendy Neal, in Filatura Di Crosa Baby Zarella, pink
  6. Twisted Rib Cable Tank, by Angela Hahn, in Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton, Magenta
  7. Dr. G’s Memory Vest, by Kirsten Kapur, from Through the Loops!, in Cascade 220 Superwash, Lichen
  8. Wall Street Cables, by Kathy Zimmerman, from Arans & Celtics: The Best of Knitter’s Magazine, in Cascade 220 Sport, Navy
  9. Vivian, by Isolda Teague, from twist collective, Winter 2008, in Queensland Collection Uruguay Chunky, Russet
  10. Unsure yet
  11. Unsure, but possibly a design I’ve been working on for cabled, fingerless mitts – if this works out, everyone will probably get a pair in their Christmas stockings

Underway at the moment:

Lia, which is knitting up at an appealingly rapid rate:

Lia sweaterMy test Traveling Rib hat, which is full of mistakes, but will still probably look okay, and which has taught me all kinds of things about the pattern:

Traveling Rib hatAnd, just cast on, the first pair of socks, Retro Rib:

Retro Rib socks

year of scarves update #10

Tenth and final update on the Year of Scarves.  It worked out pretty well and the final count is twelve scarves (or shawlettes) for 2010.  Having a goal of getting one done each month (even if I didn’t actually stick to that timetable) really proved a good incentive.  Having graduation, birthday, and Christmas gifts ready to go was also an excellent carrot for this donkey.

The final contenders in the YoS were these two:

Un_Noro striped scarfUn-Noro striped scarf

Both done in Moda Dea Tweedle Dee (discontinued) for fast, machine-washable, and warm winter scarves.  For the ungrateful one and the boyfriend for Christmas.  I love this pattern and I’d do it again in a heartbeat with the right yarn.

In the Christmas knitting stakes, I’m not doing too badly with my original, and somewhat unrealistic, list.  Here’s what is already done:

Cabled coffee coziesDashing cabled mittsDashing cabled mittsDashing cabled mittsHive striped mittsChunky knitted beret

Underway:

  • Jackson’s dead fish hat (just waiting for eyes) – pattern from Knitty
  • Miss Bella’s Arrrgyle dog coat – Bernat’s I-Matey Dog Coat pattern (more about this below)

Still on the crazy person goal items list:

  • Three hats (the architect, the boy, and the boyfriend)

Doing the three pairs of Dashing mitts gave me the time to ponder some modifications to the pattern.  I wanted the cables to twist in the direction of the hand worn (i.e. left-leaning cables for the left hand and right-leaning for the right), I wanted to add another cable round, but only on the top of the mitt – not on the palm, and I wanted a thumb gusset which grew out of one of the cables.  My mods are available on my Dashing page.  Doing this has been a spur to designing my own cabled mitts pattern.  I’m hoping to get these done for the ungrateful one for Christmas, but I probably will have to knit another pair after that to iron out any kinks in the pattern before I publish it.

The dog coat for Miss Bella is based on a Bernat pattern which is, by all accounts on Ravelry, atrociously written.  I’m going to nut it out somehow because I’d like to include something for that sweet and silly dog in the Christmas package, but I’m subbing in an Argyle pattern from Knitty (Mangyle) instead of the skull.  If I figure out the basic structure, I’ll be in good shape to rewrite the pattern next year and make her a custom Steelyard dog coat.  :)

I may do Mangyle down the track for the boy.  He’s hankering after an Argyle vest for some reason.

year of scarves update #8

Well, the year is winding down and I may actually make it (remember the goal?  A scarf for everyone as a gift this year?).

I got Mum’s done just in time and it turned out beautifully.  I really like the Moda Dea Bamboo Wool.  Too bad Moda Dea seems to have disappeared.

Pattern: Fishtail Lace Scarf (from Knit Picks)
Yarn: Moda Dea Bamboo Wool

The architect is still an “architect” – but that’s another long story for another day.  His scarf is underway.  He knows he’s getting it and is already bugging me about whether or not it’ll get done in time.  *sigh*  It’s in Malabrigo Worsted which is like knitting with butter.  :)

I got the yarn for the ungrateful one’s scarf through a couple of Ravelry people.  She saw Zach’s and decided that she wanted the same kind of thing.  I *hated* the yarn I did Zach’s in (and I’m worried about the time factor), so I’ve got some Moda Dea Tweedle Dee (super bulky) lined up in the kind of colours she wanted.  I’ve actually got so much of it that, if I have time, I’ll do one for her boyfriend too.  He missed out on the “year of scarves” as his birthday is in February and I didn’t know about it until after then.  If I get both scarves done, I’ll give them to them for Christmas.  The yarn is pretty and should stand up to hard wear and tear I hope.

The prototype versions of the  MaryJanes booties nearly killed me, but I think I’ve finally got the kinks wrestled out of the pattern.  I just need to finish the final pair I’m knitting now and remember to take some pics of the critical/tricky bits in the pattern.  I should be able to get that done by the end of next week.  They’re coming out well.  Pics to come in another post.

A couple of other things started – two are secrets until December (and may remain that way forever if they don’t get finished) and the other is a Chiral cardigan from Interweave Knits, Fall 2010.  I’m doing it in Patons Classic Wool Tweeds on a whim.  So far I’ve only managed the gauge swatch, so no pics on that either.

on the first day of Christmas (knitting) …

my conscience prodded me ….

Let’s see, I apparently need to knit five easy hats, four pairs of fingerless mitts, … two cabled ornaments, and  one Vivian (which may kill me).

I may need to revise this.

I do have two pairs of socks stashed (one with a definite recipient in mind and one as a fallback – provided the recipient is female and wears size 8 or so shoes).  Three of the hats are really necessary, plus all the mitts, and Vivian.  The ornaments could be a victim of holiday knitting attrition.

I’ll start one hat this weekend.  I started Vivian (three times) this week, and I think I finally have it right.  I’ve made up a spreadsheet for the first two rows in the first two sizes (as I was undecided about what size to knit for the ungrateful one).  I’ll upload it here and link it once I’ve established that it really works.  I’m glad I’m not alone in struggling with the first couple of rows.

End of "summer" update

In Vino Wisteria is underway and I’m loving it! (well, apart from a few tense moments when I screwed up the count on the chart and had to tink back through some complicated cabling).  The Dream in Color Classy is a delight to knit with, although not quite as soft as I expected.  The swatch did seem smooshier after washing and blocking, so we’ll see.  I’d hate to end up with a t-neck that I can’t wear because it’s itchy.

wisteria2

I finished the hearts booties finally – all they needed was seaming, stuffing and tying.  I did have an epiphany while I was sewing the seam for these.  Finally a great use for all the ends that live in the mason jar on the crate that sits next to the couch where I knit … stuffing for booties!

heartsnrjarends

I started another pair of socks.  Need them to knit in the car on the way to and from NYC.  I’d rather be working right from a pattern than figuring it out as I go along (as is the case with the yet unfinished CMU toe-ups).  Just the toe of one done so far, but that’s plenty to get me off to a running start (anyone see that episode of Mythbusters?) in the car.

dbleyeletrib1

Oh yes.  The architect, in a move totally out of character, has determined that we’re going to a party next weekend.  A dress-up party.  Admittedly, the theme is not too scary to contemplate (Woodstock), but turning two middle-aged people with really short hair into hippies is a bit of a stretch.  So, in the meantime, I need to knit myself a belt and a headband for him.  I have two balls of Lion Brand Suede which should do the trick, one in purple and one in dark brown.  I scored a fairly cheap “tie-dye” skirt at TJMaxx a couple of weeks ago (that I actually like and can wear to work), and a too big white cotton “peasant” blouse which will look okay with a belt over it.  I also scored a truly hideous linen pullover shirt for the architect to wear loose over old jeans.  I need to borrow a pair of the girl’s crappy plastic flip-flops to complete the look.

Pictures may follow.