Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Just what I need

My SO and I spent a long weekend in Milwaukee (details here), and while not much knitting occurred, some yarn purchasing did.  First, we visited Fiberwood Studio, where I glommed onto enough gray and pink Cascade 220 to knit myself a sweater.

I was hoping to find a significant amount of local yarn, but all there was was a handful of skeins from Honeypot Yarns, now sadly out of business.  I did purchase a token skein, which I think I will combine with a ribbon yarn for a scribble scarf.

The other LYS we visited (and which is open on Sundays, a rare thing for a LYS) was the Loop Yarn Shop.  None of the yarn there spoke to me, although I was tempted by the Spud and Chloe and some Burly Spun Lamb's Pride.  Instead, I purchased a pattern for a Mohair Bias Loop, to help me use up some Kidsilk Haze.

Once home, I decompressed by making up for the lack of road trip knitting.  The front of the pinafore for Baby N is almost complete.  I like Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and I like the Debbie Bliss patterns, and I achieve gauge for both stitches and rows, BUT somehow I always need more yarn than the patterns recommend.  Glad I have extra for this project.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

It must be the weather. And approaching football season.

My knitting mojo seems to have returned - all I want to do is knit, knit, knit. I started a pinafore for Baby N

I love seed stitch!

and have about three sweaters queued up for her.  And I want to knit a Mitered Crosses blanket.  And a Lanesplitter skirt.  And my son needs a new hat.  And there is Kauni yarn for brioche scarves.  And this year's xmas knitting is to be felted slippers.  I even feel like knitting entrelac!  And dishcloths!  And yes, even socks!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Finally, an FO

Usually, when I knit socks, I pick a ribbed pattern for the fit.  "Inlay" is not ribbed, which may explain why the pattern includes instructions for four sizes.  I made the largest ones, but they feel a bit loose, even for my big feet.  However, they have not yet been through the dryer, so that may change.

Pattern: Inlay by Hunter Hammersen, found on knitty
Yarn:  A Piece of Vermont Superwash merino, bamboo, and nylon, colorway 8006, purchased on the Vermont Yarn Crawl
Needles:  US1 DPNs
Modifications:  The pattern is not quite correct as written (see my previous posts) plus I adjusted the gusset so that the decreases were not right next to the instep (personal preference)

The crosshatch pattern looks better in these photos than it does in real life, but they still look purty.  And they are dense.  Should be very wam this winter.  If you plan to knit them, check out the KAL on Ravelry for input.  All my notes on this pattern may be found on Ravelry, too.

And now I am going to take a break from socks.