|Seamless Baby Platform Shoes pattern. The photo just cracked me up so I had to go with them. I knit them while door monitoring at VK Live.Baby Booties. I was commissioned to make some for Shameless that will air in February or March. Joan Cusack will be knitting them so I made one complete and one partial with needles still in it. I hope the DPNs don't fall out! I hope they can figure it out... I used the|
|I made this pair back in April that were supposed to be "pink booties -- comically misshapen." I wasn't sure, but the prop master liked them. Unfortunately they must have ended up on the cutting room floor because they were supposed to be in the final episode of Breaking In, but that scene never appeared. It was a cute show. I hope it comes back.|
|More booties for friends, one in blue and this one in pink. I'm using Ruth's "Perfect" Baby Booties pattern. I knit blue ones straight from the pattern and I discovered that what would make this pattern even more perfect for me was to knit in the round. The pink ones are modified to do just that. Look, ma! No seams! Whooo Hooo!|
|I knit this lovely neck warmer for Unwind. It only took a couple of days.|
|I remembered another UFO in my queue. It's this poncho in Be Sweet Extra Fine. The colors are fuchsia and aubergine. I don't know why I started this. I don't even wear ponchos. I don't really like ponchos. I got caught up in the moment I guess. Lisa at Unwind had just finished this and put it on me to see where to put the ribbon to join it. And it was cute. And the colors are totally my colors. I'm not sure I'll wear it as a poncho though. It will make an extra big scarf or wrap.|
|Another project I got caught up in was Mina. Yes, this is a KAL from Heather Ordover's book, WWMDFK. We're currently listening to Dracula, and this lovely shawl is the Wilhelmina Shawlette by Chrissy Gardiner. I knit this in a lovely dark red Shilasdair and ran short about 6 rows. I ordered more, but you know my track record by now. The new skein is quite a bit lighter than the old. I'm not sure how I should handle this. I could reknit the whole thing using one skein per row, but that may turn out a bit stripey. Or I could go back a couple of rows and pretend like I meant to do that for the edging. Oh, I don't know. It will probably sit for a while. What do you think I should do? Leave a comment below.|
|I really need to get back to the Houndstooth Scarf in Koigu. I did a swatch, but I think I might loosen it up a bit. The problem with all this knitting is that I've been staying up very late at night. "One more row, I've got to finish this repeat..." You know what I mean.|
I had a very busy knitting week. On Sunday, I took a yarn dyeing class with Shannon Okey at Unwind. I had never dyed yarn before. I'm not sure I'm crazy about my results, but it was a great learning experience. I'll have to see how it knits up. I think I'll call 'em, "Crazy Socks." I like how my sample skein came out much better. I must have left more space between the colors on the test skein than on the big skein so I had a lot more blending of colors. I even have some blue between the purple and green and I didn't use blue at all! Very interesting!On Wednesday Sarah Hatton from Rowan taught a class on how to update your favorite sweater. She taught how to take your measurements and figure out the stitch count. Then we worked on figuring the decreasing for sleeves and necklines. She was great, very knowledgeable. Of course I had to get the pattern book and get it autographed! I wish I could visit Rowan when I go to London. They are in the countryside, about 2 hours away.
[amazon-product image="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51XSPfQMfoL._SL160_.jpg" region="us" type="image"]0307586618[/amazon-product]I worked like mad to get the Baby Shawl done by Wednesday so I could turn it in. I blocked it that morning and even put the blocking boards in my car's trunk to finish drying while I took my mom to the doctor. I knew I might not make it back in time to go home and I was right. I was a 1/2 hour late for my class so I was a little surly by the time I got there. I really felt like all my brain power was drained by the traffic between Santa Monica and Burbank. Uggghh. Still, it was a good class. I just wish I had been there from the beginning and had brought a simpler sweater to figure out. I tried to figure this one that I got for Christmas. I think it's really pretty. But she said I would have to take lots of measurements for it. My head just about exploded in trying to figure it out! I think I'll stick to figuring out DH's favorite sweater which is a drop shoulder sweater with straight sides. I brought that too, and no one could figure out the stitch pattern. It must be some crazy machine knit thing. I suspect it is double knit because there is rib on the back side and brioche on the front. At least from what I can tell. At the end of Sunday's class Stephanie and Shannon were talking about Stitches West. Stephanie said she doesn't have any socks for her display. Of course my eyes lit up. I haven't done any socks in I don't know how long. I've been itching to get started on a pair. Shannon just happens to be working on a new book and I get to make one of the socks from it! Yippee! I'm using Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in a lovely gold color called Ginger. I love the depth in the color, and it really shows off in the pattern that Shannon designed. Since the book won't be out until March, I'll save the details until later. My socks should be done sooner than that though. Happy Knitting and I'll see you Friday! Knitter Ditter New Info: I just found this pattern on Ravelry so I can talk. It is called Gördes and is published in "Silk Road Socks" by Hunter Hammersen, published by cooperativepress.com. That's all for now.
Damnit, Jim, I'm a knitter not a blogger!Just kidding. I apologize. Can't say I won't do it again. I am a SHE and time just seems to get away from me. Even now I should be working, but here I am trying to catch up with my blog because it has been weighing heavily on my mind since I discovered that I just wasted a whole bunch of time on the sleeves of my blouse. I was thinking this morning as I finished up the last two rows that I might just get this done in time to wear when I go to Texas next time, the home of this beautiful silk yarn. We'll see if that actually happens now. I read the instructions wrong. They say"Work center 61 sts according to Oriel chart, working the next 54 rows..." There is no period there after 54 rows. AAAAHHHHHHHH! I worked to 54 rows and guess what the rest of the sentence says? "...changing needle sized as foll: 16 rows with size 7, 16 rows with size 6, 14 rows with size 5, and 8 rows with size 3, ending with chart Row 26. A frogging I will go... 38 rows worth x 2!!!! (I'm working both sleeves at one time in the round. A thrill seeker, I know.) church's outreach.
I've actually got some outdoor shots, but they're on the other camera which is currently in Amsterdam with DH. He flew directly from our vacation there for business.
We took the Maid of the Mist boat ride into the falls. It's pouring down so hard that you can't even open your eyes. Needless to say, I got soaked in spite of the plastic poncho.
From Niagara we had the Very. Long. Drive. in Friday evening traffic to Alexandria Bay in Northern New York. Did I mind? Not one Knit!
This is the whole point of the trip, the Alex Bay Blues Festival. Our friend who is also in DH's band was the MC. He comes from Watertown, NY. He spent summers in Alexandria Bay and the 1000 Islands. It's such a small town. Everyone knows everyone else. The locals wondered why we would come from California to Alex Bay. The weather of course! Apparently it got to about 113 over Labor Day in the SF Valley! Egads! We were very comfortable in 76 - 78 degree beautiful weather.
We had a great time at the Blues Festival. Music is everywhere in the small village. There is a main stage by the dock, and bands that aren't currently playing there are at one of the bars or restaurants. Kal David & the Real Deal featuring Lauri Bono were the headliner on Sunday. We were lucky enough to have dinner with them and our friend, Steve. What nice people.
On Monday the owner of Cavallario's Steakhouse got us a ride in his cousin's boat. We cruised around some of the 1000 Islands. We've got some great pictures on the other camera...
By the way, Cavallario's has the most delicious food if you're in the area.
My reading for the trip was Debbie Macomber's Between Friends.
This is getting really long and I'm tired, so I'll save the rest for tomorrow.