Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baby Socks for Afghans for Afghans

I mailed these 3 pairs of baby socks to Afghans for Afghans today. I think they're pretty adorable.

In other news, I wonder where the cat went.... ;-)

Hope you're keeping cool in this heat. I've already got another project under way and will post photos when it's done.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Baby Socks

Just a short sweet post to show what I'm knitting now. I'm making wee baby socks for the latest Afghans for Afghans campaign.

The yarn is just some leftover sock yarn I had in the stash. I lost the ball band ages ago, so I can't tell you the brand. I'm almost done with a second pair, and by next week I should have a third pair done, so I'll post pictures of them next week.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Christmas at Sea

As I've done in years past, I've made a scarf for the Christmas at Sea program sponsored by the Seaman's Church Institute. My church's knitting group makes scarves for this program every year. I used washable wool yarn left over from other projects to make it. 

I'm very happy with how it turned out. The colors all work well together and are balanced.

In other news, I'm done with the scarf I made with the Rifton yarn but I haven't blocked it yet. That's one of my projects for this long weekend. Once I get it on the blocking wires, I'll take a photo of it.

Hope you're enjoying the long weekend. Happy Independence Day!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

In which I try my hand at crocheting

It's not going that well.

But I'm going to keep at it. I grew up thinking crochet was ugly because people kept giving us granny-square afghans in hideous colors, but in recent years I've seen a lot of gorgeous patterns and have wished I knew how to crochet beyond the single crochet stitch. I'm going to keep at it until I can make a proper square or rectangle instead of something that looks like a wonky sleeve.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Rifton Scarf Update

As I noted in my last post, I started a scarf with the Rifton yarn I bought from Jill Draper. Here's a photo of what I have so far.

The pattern is called Belinda and it's from the second Mason-Dixon Knitting book. I'm happy with how it looks. The subtle way the colors blend into each other is really stunning. I'm probably about 2/3 of the way done.

That's it for now. Hope you had a lovely Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Knitting in the Very Merry Month of May

It has been a relatively cold spring here in Chicago so far. We've had a couple of very warm days, but I still haven't been able to turn off the furnace because it gets cold at night. As a result, I haven't really been motivated to move on to lighter spring and summer knitting and am still making scarves and cowls for myself.

First up, I finished the cowl I made with the Knitcircus yarn I got at Chicago Yarn Con. I love how the different colors shade into each other.

Then I dug around in my stash and found some Diadem yarn from Knit Picks. It was left over from a Christmas gift I made for a friend. The color way is ruby, and it's a silk-alpaca blend. I love this yarn because it's incredibly soft, and I still have a couple more skeins in my stash, so this isn't the last you'll be seeing of Diadem.

Finally, I was inspired by this post by Ann Shayne on the Mason-Dixon Knitting blog to buy a skein of Jill Draper's Rifton yarn and start my own Belinda scarf. I got the Autumn color way. I only have a few rows knit so far, so I didn't take a photo of the scarf itself. Once I get a few inches on it, I'll stop and take a photo.

I think when I'm done with this scarf, I'll knit some baby hats. A couple of friends just had babies, and my stock is depleted. I also know of a few charities that could use them, and once the weather gets warmer, small projects like that are much more manageable.

Until next time, happy knitting!

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Birthday Slippers and Other Things

In mid-January, just 2 weeks before her birthday, my sister asked me to make her a pair of slipper socks that look like Chuck Taylor Converse shoes. Thus began a saga I thought would never end. First, I had to find a decent pattern. There are lot of patterns for these slippers that look terrible. Then I had to find suitable yarn and order it (because of course, I didn't have sock yarn in the correct colors on hand). Then I had to start the things, and let me tell you, it wasn't easy. The pattern I found had been translated from Finnish to English and it was just...off. I had a really hard time sussing out the instructions, so this project took much longer than it should have, over 2 months. Anyway, I finally finished them and they're now in her hot little hands. Hope she appreciates all my effort.

Last weekend was Yarn Con here in Chicago. I hadn't been in several years, so I decided to treat myself. I got a couple of skeins of sock yarn from Fleur de Fiber.

I also got a skein of this gradient-dyed yarn from Knitcircus Yarns.

I've already started a cowl with it. I really like how it's knitting up so far.

When it's done, I'll be sure to post a photo.