Saturday, January 27, 2007

The Importance of Sock Blockers

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Suddenly Socks

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What's with all the socks? This is the third pair so far this year! The yarn is Mountain Colors, a wool/mohair/nylon blend that is hand-dyed in a color scheme called Northern Lights. The pattern is called Rib and Cable Socks, by Nancy Bush, and was published in the Fall 2005 issue of Interweave Knits (you can't really see the cables in this photo but they are lovely and subtle up close and in person).

The Fuzzy Purple Destasher

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This feather-and-fan afghan is helping me get 6 balls of fuzzy mohair yarn out of the stash. I've just started the third ball so there's still a ways to go.

Wow

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This was made by knitting friend, Ruth, out of yarn I'd spun quite some time ago. We're currently looking for a worthy and smaller recipient :)

Look What Came in the Mail Yesterday!!

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Made for me by dear knitting friend, Ruth. Just in time for the below-zero weather we've had here recently. Soft and warm!!

As Modeled by Third Quarter Bonus Dog

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From the Pile of UFOs



This is the Rosy Fingered Dawn shawl, which has been awaiting blocking for several months now. I finally figured out a way to accomplish a good blocking - the blue thing is actually 1/4 of a playmat that I got at www.walmart.com. Now all I need is a nice, big block of time to get it all laid out. Stay tuned!
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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Something New?

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Here is the start of something that could be really cool. It will look even better when I put the beads in some kind of spiral pattern, but for now I thought I'd just use them in random order to get the hang of the pattern. You basically make a six-sided spiral doo-dah using slip stitches. Wish me luck for trying the invisible join technique, that could push me right over the edge...

First Socks in Nearly a Year!

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I realized recently that I haven't made any socks since March 2006! Nothing I tried worked. So I took a pattern I really liked, Colour Joy Socks from Red Bird Knits, and made it again using Socks That Rock yarn (Dutch Canyon colorway). This is a slip-stitch pattern that gives some extra interest to yarns with short space-dyed lengths.

This picture is taken on top of the cozy blanket I got for Xmas - I call it my Flat Stuffed Animal. It's great for napping, and also appears to work nicely for photographing darker colored objects (although the colors in this photo do seem a little darker than they really are).

From the Pile of UFOs

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This is the third Prince Albert baby sweater I've made with this yarn (Patons DK Country Garden), but as you can see it's still awaiting seaming and finishing (and adding to the big pile of unfinished stuff currently glaring at me in the Bear Room). You can sort of see the cute yellow doggie buttons I'm planning to use. One of these days I'll get motivated enough and finish it all off - hopefully just in time for its intended recipient's arrival, currently scheduled for the end of February.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Happy Birthday Oogyknitter!

My very first post - knitting pictures coming soon!!!