Monday, April 21, 2008

New Bag for the Bag Lady

Yes, folks, I have knitted and felted another bag. The yarn for this one was gifted to me in The Loopy Ewe Spring Fling swap and the bag is done to take with me to Fling later this week. I am so happy with it - perfect color for me and the yarn worked the pattern wonderfully. I had just enough left to make the cell phone case.

I'm takin' my bag and hoppin' on a jet plane with W to visit his parents and knit with my friend Jess.

Friday, April 18, 2008

More Socks

Sock Madness Round 3 is over. The first twelve finishers in each division advance to round four. I was finisher number 13 in my division. I'm no longer in the competition but I will continue to get the patterns and I hope to make them all! These are the socks for round 3...

Lace weight yarn doubled - I used Tess' Superwash Laceweight in a fushia and dark chocolate (I don't know what she really calls the colors) Interesting pattern of slipped stitches that you can't see very well in this photo. Although I could get them on, they are really too small for me so I need to find someone who would like them.

In preparation for the felted slipper contest on the cruise, I made these...

They are sort of like big felted socks. I had a love/hate affair with the yarn - Taos from Crystal Palace. There's two different colorways here and they are knit using the Scandinavian twining method. The yarn was too fuzzy for this to work well even though I used the yarn called for in the pattern. I had constant twisting and much of the time the spun yarn reverted to a roving state. Ugg... And then I ran out of yarn so I finished the toes with some Patons wool. I think I will like wearing them around the house though.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Sock Madness 2 - Round 2

Completed! And still in the competition. The sock for this round is a gansey pattern (I really

need to research what that means) with garter stitch sole, toe, and short row heel. I used BMFA Socks that Rock in the Love-in-Idleness colorway and they are lovely. The only improvement, I think, would be to use a solid or semi-solid colorway in a yarn with good stitch definition so the design would show to the optimum. Otherwise, glad these are done and they feel good on the feet. On to round 3; I hope by the end of the week.

There are two or three spots left to fill in round 2 first. Yertle likes them too!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Wayne's Work

Wondering what W has been up to? He managed to find his workbench this winter and is making one of his fabulous barns for three adorable brothers. It's not hard to imagine them - especially the youngest two - having a lot of fun with this.
Barn in Progress