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13 February 2007

Snow Day!!

Filed under: socks, WIPs, yarns i love — risknit @ 5:08 pm

We got sent home from work early today… so I’ve been listing some items on eBay and working on the latest socks. For my mum… in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “Gold Hill”. I was a bit apprehensive about the colorway when it arrived on my doorstep, but after a go from my mum, I got knitting and as it turns out, I love it, and if I can part with these socks my mum will be very pleased :)

Close up:

Also one of the FO’s I promised before…

Piratey Socks for M (arr!)
Yarn: Yarn Pirate in Inferno
Started: shortly after X-mas
Finished: February 4, 2007 (I think)
Needles: Knitpicks 2.0mm

He loves the socks. I love the yarn. I hope some time in the future I’ll be able to get my hands on some more!

And yes, sometimes I knit things other than socks… heh.

7 February 2007

Lots of FOs…

Filed under: favorites, FOs, socks — risknit @ 11:17 pm

But right now my camera batteries are dying (probably dead by now) so I can only show two.

First up, boring plain jane stockinette socks that I kept forgetting to photograph!

Jewel of the Nile Socks
Yarn: STR Lightweight in Jewel of the Nile
Needles: 2.25mm Inox (I think)
Started: No clue
Finished: A while ago. I’ve been wearing these for a couple months now.
These are a leettle beet too big… but I love them anyway.

And,


Lakeside Multi-directional Scarf for the boy’s sister
Yarn: Sundara Yarn dk merino/silk in Lakeside
Needles: 3.75mm Inox
Started: January 10, 2007
Finished: January 17, 2007
Pattern: Multi-directional scarf (here)

I adore this scarf. ADORE. It’s so silky and soft and has this excellent sheen. This was a birthday gift for M’s sister and if it wasn’t already late and we had something else to give her… or even an IDEA of something else to get her there’s no way I would have given this away. It is one of my favorite patterns to knit (this was the second time, after a kid-sized scarf that will go to Dulaan 07) and this is one of my favorite yarns. Now I need to make one for myself!

Next time, more socks, more scarves, and a couple other bits too!

7 January 2007

needle sizes for socks

Filed under: socks — risknit @ 3:50 pm

I keep having to figure this out every time I start a sock… so I thought I’d get smart and write it down somewhere that wouldn’t get LOST!

Yarn Pirate – 2.0mm (US0)
Louet Gems Opal – 2.0mm (US0)
STR Lightweight – 2.25mm (US1)
STR Medium weight – 2.75mm (US2)
Regia – 2.25mm (US1)
Koigu – 2.25mm (US1)
Lorna’s Laces – 2.25mm (US1)

5 January 2007

this produced hopping.

Filed under: FOs — risknit @ 8:47 pm

Well it started out like this:

And sloooowly morphed into this:

Kinda blurry (lousy winter light!) but you can really see the lace and color in this shot:

Elm Leaf Scarf
Pattern: Lace pattern from Barbara Walker’s Treasury (the first one)
Yarn: Interlacements Toyko, 50% merino 50% silk, not sure of the colorway
Needles: Inox US 3’s
Started: Forever ago (August! Could it have really been early AUGUST?!)
Completed: November 30, 2006

I didn’t show this earlier because I was so so lazy about blocking… since I wasn’t going to see the recipient until after Christmas.

I don’t want to knit any more lace very soon with a (somewhat) patterned WS. I like my resting purl rows!

This took forever, but it’s recipient literally jumped up and down and shouted “YOU KNIT ME A GREEN SCARF AND IT’S PERFECT” over and over and then refused to take it off until she went to bed. So. I’d say, successful. It also made my mum EXTREMELY jealous but don’t worry, mum, you’ve got some knittery coming your way.

With that, almost caught up on the FOs.

2 January 2007

xmas knits

Filed under: baby stuff, FOs — risknit @ 5:42 pm

So busy with Christmas knitting! Which is really depressing… Since I knit exactly two things for people for Christmas. One of those things is this lovely little knit for this cutie.

E’s Christmas Sweater
Yarn: Knitpicks Shine Sport, in Orchid, Butter, and Violet
Needles: Inox size 3, two circs for sleeves, one for the rest
Started: Early December, maybe the 5th or 6th
Finished: About 5pm, Christmas Eve (ha ha ha!)
Pattern: My Own, loosely based on this:

Loosely based because all I followed was the striping sequence. Once I got the pattern home I realized that my gauge wasn’t going to work, and I wasn’t too keen on the hems, or knitting all of the pieces separately. Plus, I wanted set in sleeves, with real armscyes, instead of a square body and no shaping to the sleeves. She is a little lady, afterall. So I knit the body all in one piece, attached two sleeves, and knit the neck trim and the button bands separately. So yeah, I hardly even opened the pattern.

So. Why did this wee sweater take me so damn long? Well firstly, at the start, the Shine was KILLING my hands. I could only knit a couple of rows on the body per day. But it got easier as I went on. I also ripped out one sleeve cap three times before I got it right, reknit the one buttonband about four times, AND managed to do this early on:

Nice huh.

Anyway, it turned out really well and I think she’ll be able to wear it through next winter.

More Christmas gifts to come. And some socks!

8 November 2006

long time no post

Filed under: WIPs — risknit @ 1:39 pm

So I’ve been totally remiss in posting any progress whatsoever. I need those little percentage complete bars, maybe they would compel me to work on the UFOs. And um, update my sidebar links. Heh.

Working on the drooping elm leaf scarf – I’m a little over halfway done. I’m shooting for 72″ on this scarf as it’s intended recipient is rather tall, and the scarf is pretty thin, so I’d like for said recipient to be able to do the fold in half and then tuck through the loop method of wearing. Or double wrap and tie. I wet blocked the first half to see how much length I was getting per pattern repeat and it looks great. I have to take some pictures but the sun is hiding (and will be until, oh, June, probably).

Also making progress after a false start and a rip back on the BSA cotton pullover in graphite and lemongrass. I’m about 80% done with the body. I’m thinking this is going to be a boatneck but I’m still undecided.

Almost done with a pair of socks too, plain old stockinette in STR lightweight. I love them!!

I ordered some Yarn Pirate for socks for the boy but the USPS lost it. Lovely huh?

I still have not been able to bring myself to finish the Debbie Bliss Biker Jacket. The edging is just so boring. I’m SO close, a couple hours would definitely finish the knitting and seaming off. It’s just BORING.

But, I do have this to share…
The only way this could get any cuter

is THIS

20 September 2006

oh, yuck.

Filed under: yarns i love — risknit @ 10:18 am

Okay, I just got a big order of Malabrigo… which I so love. I have knit with it before and I consider it to be one of the best yarns out there….

Which is why I am so upset that it REEKS OF VINEGAR.

Like, it is actually STINKING UP MY CUBICLE.

Mreh.

ETA: Also, I have knit with this colorway before too (verdeazul)… and while I like this, it has MUCH more variation than the other skein did. I mean, I wouldn’t even consider this the same colorway.

15 September 2006

planning

Filed under: on deck, Uncategorized, WIPs — risknit @ 2:21 pm

Lots of planning and a little knitting around here is all it’s been. Although I am about to get cracking on a blue sky alpacas cotton sweater in graphite and I think lemongrass. It should be sufficiently hideous!

Other than that, working on a pair of STR socks (jewel of the nile, plain stockinette) and lots of little projects for Dulaan 2007… it has been warm here and I have been travelling so no big projects lately. Plus I’m trying to use up some stash… especially leftovers and stuff I bought from KnitPicks just to try out.

And I just bought two sweaters worth of yarn (one for the boy, yes I know about the curse. So does he, he believes, I don’t.) and one for me… destined to become Central Park from the new KnitScene… Yarn A Go Go inspired me! (See her’s Her version turned out so lovely I just can’t wait for my own.

And a couple sweaters and hats for the wee ones in my life. They need to stay warm too.

20 August 2006

the weekend of the FOs

Filed under: Uncategorized — risknit @ 3:34 pm

Another FO…

The famous Jaywalkers in Koigu. I think I am the last person ever to jump on this bandwagon.

While I love the look of these, I’m not sure I’ll ever knit them again. It takes me 5 minutes to get them on and off!

ETA: yes my feet are that big. And next time I knit with Koigu I’m doing contrasting heels and toes because these feet are a little too short because I nearly ran out of yarn. I literally have about 3 yds left (from both skeins!) because my feet are too big.

19 August 2006

cleaning up

Filed under: FOs, on deck — risknit @ 3:59 pm

I have several projects here that were just sitting, nearly finished, on the needles.

I fall out of love quicky. What can I say?

I decided that I need to finish some of them up… I have two baskets under my coffee table where I stash WIPs, needles, new yarn aquisitions, swatches, notions, etc. They were getting, um, a little full. So I finished this scarf (a gift for C) which I abandoned… in March. Garter stitch and too many friggin stitches per row!

It’s some kind of Louisa Harding mohair blendy stuff (I’ve put the remnants away already) and Cascade 220 (black).

Been working on some pieces for Dulaan 2007 too.

And I’m very excited about Glee and Rusted Root. I’m thinking both in long sleeves and Rusted Root without those poufy sleeves. Glee might be done in Knitpicks Shine Sport, maybe with a slight bell sleeve and I’ll probably keep Rusted Root in the Cotton Fleece.

Also I need to get crackin’ on the BSA Cotton Fleece pullover I have planned but I read over at Bestitched that it pilled and so now I’m nervous about it. Hmph.

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