It’s a Slipper Sock, Ok??

sock in progress

So, the other night, the Yarn Harlot and I shared a laugh over the size of my elephant sock. Well, what if it’s just a big, roomy, slouchy, slipper sock? I’m torn between just plodding forward and ripping out and starting over. Socks in worsted weight seem silly to me anyway, but I do have good friends that make them and say they’re cozy and good on a cold winter’s day. So, maybe I will keep going. I don’t know… Am I nuts?

The Hunt is Over

magnificent mittens book cover

Just gotta say I’ve been looking for this book for a LONG time. It doesn’t show up on eBay at a price I was willing to pay very often, and I got lucky a few weeks ago. But alas, just like all of my other books, I am wondering if I am going to ever actually make anything out of this book, or if I will only use it to understand the techniques, and do my own thing. I’m such a loose knitter, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do someone else’s charted design on something that’s actually supposed to fit. Oh well, mittens from this book are a bit of a ways off for me, but I am so glad that I found it.

Ciao for now! ER is back, so I’m outta here.

Blankie Report

Ripple blanket in progress

I decided to shoot a quick photo of the blankie this morning… it is coming along nicely, eh? I really love how it looks, and especially how it feels. It is SO soft! I hope Miss Z. will like it.

Speaking of Miss Z, yesterday we had our annual holiday breakfast at work. We always do ours after the holidays since folks usually have leave and there are lots of other parties before the holidays to go to. Anyway, Miss Z. came to our party and brought her little baby and her young daughter along. The baby is just precious, as I knew she would be. But I have to say, for all she’s been through, Z. looks great! I took lots of pictures, but I don’t want to post one here because that would require getting permission from Miss Z., and I don’t want to tip her off about the blankie.

Except that she is a teeny bit tipped off. As I was leaving yesterday I popped in to see the boss and Miss Z. was still in there, chatting away. I had my coat on and my bag with me, and the blankie was peeking out of the top of the bag. Miss Z. peeked and said, “What is THIS? A scarf or a shawl? It’s so pretty!” She didn’t take it out of the bag so couldn’t really see what it was, but the color and various textures were visible. I said “Oh, it’s a blanke….” and left it at that. She said nothing else but I don’t think she caught on. At least I hope not… I guess we’ll see!

A Circle of Mittens…

hand knit mittens in various colors and sizes, arranged in a circle

So for some reason, my mom thinks I was ragging on the mittens she’s been knitting for everyone. Not so! Here’s a pic of some of them… Guess whose mittens are the purple ones??? On Sunday mom came over and we casted on for her felt hat. I hope she does ok with it… she didn’t quite get the concept of Magic Loop, but I think she will be ok eventually. She had a couple of rounds done before leaving on Sunday. Sigh… I sometimes wish I had a hat on the needles….


a quick little snow shower outside my door…

It’s stopped already, but this is what was happening outside of my door a little while earlier today. Yes, winter is finally here.

Must. Make. Mittens.

KnitWhits Mosaic Mittens

Ok, I know I said in the last post that I was going to write more about the baby blankie I made. But the truth is, there isn’t much more I can say! It was presented this evening on the occasion of the recipient’s baptism, which was a wonderful celebration in song. I was so happy to be able to give it to them. But now, alas, I am ready to move on.

So I actually stewed for a couple of days wondering what I will make now, if you can believe it, especially since I already have lots of things in my project queue. I even cast on for a scarf based on my Fancy Cabled Braided Scarf, only using an extra repeat in the width and really big needles for a looser gauge. What was I thinking? It’s about the last thing I need right now to work on a scarf that could take months to complete (I like them REALLY long).

What I really want to do is learn to make mittens. I have been practically devouring mitten patterns for the last couple of months and have even purchased a few. I have decided that I need to make Tina Whitmore’s Mosaic Mittens from I don’t have five colors of yarn to use, but I think I will use three colors and alternate one contrast color with another over a gray background. I have a bunch of skeins of Lamb’s Pride Worsted in several of my favorite colors, and I think I am going to tackle color work AND mittens at the same time. (I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…) Heck, I really don’t think it will be so bad.

The pattern is written for DPNs but I am going to use magic loop and just place markers where the DPs should be. The pattern is charted but easy to follow, so I don’t think I’ll screw up too bad there. The decreases at the top scare me a little but I will figure that out, too. Tina’s patterns seem pretty clear. I own a bunch of them and have read many of them through, but this will be the first time I actually make any.

Wish me luck! I think I’m going to go to bed now before I turn into a pumpkin (for a change!). I’ll be seeing mittens in my dreams…

Knittin’ with Rhoda

fingerless gloves made with sock yarn

Hi again! Today I had a really nice visit with my knit buddy, Rhoda, who has been recovering from foot surgery. It was the first time we’ve seen each other since before Memorial Day, which is saying a lot because we’ve been getting together to knit every couple of weeks for about a year now. I often complain that I don’t get out much and don’t have much contact with the knitting community other than in cyberspace. Rhoda is my one really big exception and it is a wonderful one, to just sit and knit. Sure there is always a bit of show and tell, and sharing of resources. Today, she brought a copy of “Creative Knitting” Magazine (why I have not yet subscribed to this one, I don’t know, but I LOVE it!) and I had the Fall issue of “Knit Simple” (which I am finding increasingly underwhelming) and the Summer issue of “Interweave Knits“. (I am dying to receive the fall issue, which I hope will be coming soon!)

LOOK what Rhoda brought me! Six weeks of recuperation from surgery meant lots of knitting time, I guess! And she brought me these adorable fingerless gloves! The pattern is Steph’s Sock Yarn Fingerless Gloves, and the yarn is Knitpicks Dancing. They are cotton, wool, nylon and elastic, which means they are warm, but not too warm, and despite the fact that they look small they are very stretchy. This is the kind of thing that is great to wear on a morning that is chilly but not freezing, and LOOK! There’s purple in them! Thank you, Rhoda!!

While we sat and knat, we listened to Cast On, which continued the Camp for grownups theme, and to Lime & Violet, which had us laughing, but I did have to be careful that my 5-year-old wasn’t in the room!

I did also re-purchase the Jordana Paige Satchel in Grape. I can’t wait for it to get here!!

I may be a bit out of touch this week, but I’ll try to provide a blankie update by Friday. Ciao for now!