Saturday, May 24, 2008

No, My Feet Aren't That Long

My goodness this photo makes this sock look like it was knit for an octopus. Actually it was knit for my mother, who has very narrow feet. But isn't this yarn divine?! It is "Original" Duet Sock Yarn (dk weight) from A Swell Yarn Shop. Actually, I picked it up at Renaissance Yarns during last weekend's Destination Yarn Tour, that encompassed 24 yarn shops in the Greater Seattle area. I got to three--but I think I scored just fine with this yarn, which knit like a dream, didn't pool at at all (like the World's Ugliest Socks) and is so yummy soft. I love the fact that it comes with coordinating heel and toe yarn.

I can't believe I've let this blog slip so badly, but I blame the work. I am on a really tight deadline in my writing schedule, (the book is due August 1) and so I am spending all my time in front of the computer writing and working--go figure. Unfortunately, this blog is on the bottom of the priority list when it comes to typing extras, since after doing 35-45 pages a week, my wrists get a little sore. But thank my little early bird for rousing me awake this Saturday morning and giving me a little extra time to write something, anything about my knitting and not about Lady Gossett and her pirate lover--which granted is turning out to be a whole lot of fun--and even though I LOVE being a writer, it is still a job. I do keep up my writing blog, so if you want to look into my alter-ego life, as Elizabeth Boyle, Romance Author, drop by.

And for some reason, my knitting (unlike my writing) keeps getting stalled. Maybe I can only be creative in one direction at a time. I started a vest in some Mountain Colors I picked up like a year ago, but it came out way too big, so I frogged it. I've got two lacy sort of projects on the needles. Yes, me and lace. I keep trying. But they are the sort of things I slog along when I feel like I have the energy and patience.

I did venture into a little sewing project recently and made a couple of bags for sock projects. I saw a cute little cube bag on Etsy and now for the life of me can't find the link, but I thought they would be easy to make. And after consulting with She-Who-Sews-All, aka my mom, I came up with a pattern and made three in like no time.

I sent the turquoise ones to Jenny & Nicole of Stash and Burn as thank you gifts. I love their podcasts and those two have kept me laughing and entertained through hours and hours of Matthew's therapy appointments. For years, I have spent between 15-20 hours a week sitting in really boring waiting rooms or in the therapy sessions waiting and knitting. Their podcasts makes the time fly. Now, Matthew is down to only one outside weekly session, (thank goodness with the price of gas these days!) and the rest of his therapy is at home, so I listen to S&B when I go walking. If you haven't listened to them--do!

I'd rather hoped having a bag just perfect for sock knitting would inspire me to knit up my sock yarn, and that seems to be working. Now I just need to find the perfect "lace" bag to get me going in that direction.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Catching Up

Oh, bad blogger. Really slacking. But let me explain. I took a knitting class a week ago and was going to blog all about it. Then I took the class. And as my grandmother always said, "if you can't say something nice . . . " So that experience just sort of weighed on me all week. Do I just air my dismay all over the internet or just be polite? I'm choosing polite, since I did learn a few things. And I'll just leave it at that.

On the knitting front, I finally finishing slogging my way through miles of garter stitch to finish the Drops Baby Jacket:

It is an ingenuous little piece of knitting--you start at left front band and knit around the body, breaking off and knitting the sleeves and top portion, rejoining and continuing around until you have a complete knit. It was one of those projects that you start and sort of slog around on, and then get a bee in your bonnet to finish and I just kept knitting.

I was also in Portland recently, and got a chance to shop at Knit-Purl, one of my favorite yarn shops. I picked up two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock in Layette. Isn't this a pretty colorway? I've never knit with their sock yarn before, but couldn't resist casting on a toe-up sock almost immediately. This close up just shows perfectly how pretty it is:

I also fell in love with this "Moss" Pear Tree Australia yarn, which is their Knitting Yarn in a light worsted weight. What I love about it (besides being 100% merino and totally, completely, yummyily soft) are the slightly darker slubby bits mixed with it.

I've been playing with it, swatching it for gauge and various needles and stitches with the idea of doing the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. (Ravelry Linked) and looking at all its incarnations to find one I love. But choosing is proving hard when you see this one or this one with the picot edging. Or this one.

Sometimes the dreaming is just as fun as the knitting.