Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FO - boot socks for me

After knitting "boot" socks for everyone else who is "sock-worthy" in my family, I finally knit a pair for myself. What makes these boot socks is the yarn is DK weight and I make the tops taller than usual.

Pattern: None to speak of, just your basic toe-up socks.
Yarn: Online Supersocke 6-fach Milano color, colorway 1620
Needles: US3
Details: Turkish cast on (12 stitches, increased to 56 stitches), stockinette for foot, gusset heel, stockinette for leg, 1x1 ribbing for cuff, Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off

I have one more skein of this DK yarn, and my crystal ball says they will become another pair for ME. The only question is, will that be sooner or later? Since we still have the month of February to get through, I'm thinking sooner.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Getting a head

I finally purchased a Styrofoam head, at Joann, for about $2.50 (with coupon). It's not quite adult size, but will suit my purposes.

I'm guessing someday my g'daughter will get hold of it and apply "makeup".

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Handknits in 30 Rock

While binge watching "30 Rock" (it started when I was laid low by a nasty cold), by season six I was spotting a lot of what looked like hand knit items. Most were worn by Tina Fey, a.k.a. Liz Lemon, but not always.

This scarf reminds me of a Brooklyn Tweed design

Pattern at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/liz-lemons-slouchy-hat

Mitts with fingerless gloves probably not hand knit

Good ol' granny square

Thursday, January 15, 2015

FO - Sockhead hat

If I were to design a hat and call it "Sockhead", I would make it like a sock, complete with heel turn and Kitchener toe. This Sockhead hat was much easier than that - four inches of ribbing, nine inches of stockinette, crown - but felt interminable. HOWEVER. It was excellent brainless knitting, the yarn is pretty and soft, and I was able to binge watch "30 Rock" for much of it.

Pattern: Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure
Yarn: Vermont Farmhouse Yarns fingering, colorway "Frosted Berries" (love the name!)
Needles: US2
Modifications: none.

I really need to get a mannequin head for hat shots. Trying to showcase the slouchiness of this hat by taking a "selfie" in the bathroom mirror just does not cut it.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Nary a resolution but many goals

Sometimes I post an end-of-year recap of everything I knit in the past 12 months. With the way I procrastinate and have WIPs/UFOs with project lives that cross years (decades?), this exercise seems more and more pointless. Besides, I didn't finish all that much this year: two pairs of preschooler socks, two scarves, one vest, five pairs of adult socks, two preschooler sweaters (neither of which g'daughter will wear), three hats, one pair of preschooler mittens, and a doll's cape. My excuse is that I was, in spite of retiring mid-year, very busy.

So let's looks forward instead. Here are some WIPs that I plan to turn into FOs in 2015: There is a hat in the car that I work on while waiting for one thing or another, a project that I did not enter into Ravelry and whose pattern completely escapes me. Hopefully, there is a note somewhere, to remind me what it is supposed to look like.

There are also some unfinished projects I plan to frog: toddler wear that the g'daughter outgrew already, schmattas that no one I know will wear, etc. I am also eyeing a couple of FOs that languish and give no joy - maybe they will be repurposed somehow.

As far as new projects go, I have a few:

And then there will be the usual xmas knitting. Maybe this is the year I knit felted slippers for all. And I'd like to learn to darn socks. I even purchased the egg for it a while back.

But what about the spinning? you may well ask. Somehow, some way, that has fallen completely by the boards. The woman I purchased by wheel from holds a "spin in" once a month at her shop, and there is a spin in at Teasel Hill Angora Farm whenever a month has a fifth Saturday. Attending these events is part of my get-out-and-about-more resolution, and hopefully they will help jump start the wheel.

Any New Year resolutions or goals for you this year?