Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Weekend Work

Finished my Knitty sock - can't show it to you yet but will do soon. I LIKE it a lot! If I may say so myself. The charts are done and the writing will be done tomorrow.

Then went on to do a sample sock in the new Meilenweit sock yarn - called Bosco. I can't quite get with the name but I like the yarn - the usual Meilenweit goodness in something a little different and a little more subtle:

This one is colour 3511 and I have another one on the needles - #3519 which is a rich brownish red.

Great excitement as my credit card has been charged by Fleece Artist which means something new is coming. I almost called them to ask what it was but they are way too busy for me to bother them about something that will arrive in a day or 2. Patience Robyn Patience!

I'll let you know when I know. It might be Sea Wool (shiver of excitement) which is wool and sea silk. (Another shiver of excitement) or it might be Blue Faced Leicester 2/8 which although not a new yarn still gets me when I open the box

Back to Bosco for me. Have a good rest of the week

Friday, January 19, 2007

Note to self

Do not start a new project requiring the manipulation of fine yarn and not so fine needles on a Friday evening!

I should know better and after 4 mis-starts, I have given up and turned to blog reading and watching of TV - both things requiring far less brain and far less dexterity of finger which seem to be quite absent today.

The project is Goddess Knits' new Mystery Shawl which looks very interesting and although I am starting late in the game, I intend to catch up over the weekend - fine yarn, floppy fingers and uncooperative needles willing.

More sock knitting too - starting a new design for Amy, Duchess of Knitty.

Have a great weekend all

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Finished Objects

A quick upload - while this pattern is printing out for my Sock of the Month Club:

It is York Minster knitted (past participle for Ainslie) in Wensleydale Longwool 4Ply - colour 619 - Heather.

Scanned a picture of my latest finished pair of socks:

Toe up knitted (wow - another one) in Colinette Cadenza - colour Copperbeech. Love the differences in the skeins - the one on the right has more red in it and pooled on the ankle and the leftie striped. Some of the things I love about hand dyed yarns!

Printing finished - must put pages into sleeves, patterns into bags, bags into mailing envelopes and mailing envelopes into post office. I know - the excitement is just too much!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sally Melville

is a funny, smart, inspiring woman.

Tonight was our (Downtown Knit Collective) guild meeting and a celebration of 10 years of guilding and 10 years since Sally Melville did her first meeting with us. I wasn't a member back then and back then Sally hadn't yet published a book.

Imagine how both have grown - Sally is so well know and has (is it 5) books to her name with many more to come. Members filled the room at the Central (Toronto) Y - some got so excited that they broke a whole row of seats - to hear Sally and to see what she has been working on

Apparently there was to have been a Christmas Knitting Experience to go along with the 3 already released and the 2 left to come (Texture? and Cables?) but artistic differences mean the planned book is now being shopped around to other publishers. Sally is being courted by several apparently but this will mean we won't see the goodies for a year and some.

We did see some of Sally's new designs and I am, again and as always, blown away.

Great, wearable shapes and wonderful colour - as we have grown to expect and a very cute baby version of Sally's Einstein Coat (all dressed up for the Holidays). Worth the wait I believe.

I finished my pair of Colinette Cadenza socks in Copperbeech at the meeting. That's 2 pairs in 1 week! No stopping me now!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Jitterbug done!

Just cast off the second sock in Jitterbug Blue Parrot - yeah!

I have a whole bin full of single socks - most of my designs for my Sock of the Month Club are mateless so finishing the 2nd sock is a rare and exciting experience. Some of those single socks may eventually be paired up with a mate but in some cases, being frugal, I didn't put away the 2nd ball of yarn or (can't find the other half) to make the twin so single they will stay.

Then there are several singles that once were pairs and I have no idea where the second has gone. Did the dog (or Myles the very dog-like angora cat) run off with a sock and will I find a pile of singles stashed in the back of a closet some day - maybe the day I move.

Call me crazy but I have taken to wearing the singles that once were pairs. Today I have on 2 Regia Ringels - 1 is Clown and the other is Papagei. The clown is a feather and fan from Socks Socks Socks that I knit probably 4 or maybe 5 years ago, the papagei is one of a pair I finished last summer. Hey at least they are the same brand! And my feet really don't mind that the socks don't quite match - still warm and cozy.

A new fashion? Well, maybe not!

Off to knit another sock - Meilenweit Party. Party party party!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Knitting progress

Thanks to everyone who sent me messages about Smudgie. It really helps!

Not as much knitting got done over the holidays as I had hoped but I did manage to finish a sock in Colinette Jitterbug - colour is Blue Parrot.

I have seen quite a bit of discussion on the net about this yarn. It is definitely a fingering weight and similar in feel and texture to Cherry Tree Hill's Supersock Merino.

I knit it on my usual 2.0mm (US0) and got 8 1/2 st to the inch. My skein weighed 108g and I carefully knit to exactly the half way point (toe up for safety) - leaving 54g for the other sock. The foot measures 8 3/4 inches and the cuff is 5 3/4.

It works for me and I love the colours - so be confident that you can knit a pair of socks with 1 skein of this - maybe do it toe up too.

On to finish sock #2 and then do some more work on my new sock of the month - have something started but not 100% happy with it so will tweek it over the weekend.

Have a great knitting weekend all!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

My little Smudgie cat

Smudgie developed breathing problems over the holidays and we sadly decided that she had suffered enough. She is now flying around in kitty heaven with her angel buddies.

My heart is broken and there is a big hole in the house where she used to be.

Requiescat in pace, my sweetie