Knitting Update

I haven’t posted about my knitting in a really long time so here is an update.

I finished these vanilla socks (from the basic sock recipe in Knitting Rules) while watching lots of Battlestar Galactica on maternity leave. The yarn is Trekking Hand Art sock yarn.

Trekking Vanilla Socks

I’m currently spending most of my knitting time on this Simple Yet Effective shawl. I need to look for the label of this yarn, but I got it at Maryland Sheep & Wool two years ago. I love the color. The yarn is on the lighter side of fingering weight and is perfect for this shawl.

Simple Yet Effective shawl

My current pair of socks is this ribbed pattern from Interweave’s Favorite Socks. The yarn is Knit One Crochet Too Crock-O-Dye sock yarn. I love the gray. These will be super comfy.

Gray ribbed socks

I’m not sure what I’ll start next after I finish the shawl. I have the yarns below that I’m itching to use. I don’t know what I want to do with them. Any ideas from my knitterly readers? I got the Jitterbug a few years ago on a trip to Charlottesville with Dan, and the Manos is from a recent sale at a local yarn shop.

Jitterbug

Manos del Uruguay

Sock it to me!

My newest knitting obsession is socks. Now that I have the sock knitting bug, I feel like I have to have a pair going all the time. They are great portable knitting projects to just grab on the way out the door. I knit on them whenever I’m watching TV or waiting in some sort of office for something. The only problem is that the small needles make my hands hurt after a while so I keep some other projects going also that use larger needles. I’ll do another post about my non-sock projects.

My first two pairs are from a basic “vanilla” sock pattern from Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

Here is my first pair out of Misti Alpaca Hand Painted:

IMG_1685

This is my second pair out of Knit One Crochet Too Crock O’ Dye. I actually think these socks are more comfortable than the rainbow ones. The fiber content is really good for socks.

IMG_1684

When I finished these, I was looking on Ravelry for patterns to use up leftover sock yarn, and it hit me to make baby socks for a friend who is expecting. They came out really well. I like how they look like miniature adult socks rather than baby booties. I have to say that it is really nice to finish a pair of socks in hours compared to weeks for a pair of adult socks! I had her shower at my house tonight, and she really loved these. I’ll probably make another pair after I finish my current pair of adult socks. They are out of the pink version of this same yarn. They would be really cute out of the Misti Alpaca rainbow yarn, but it isn’t superwash so would be impractical for a new mom. This pattern is Leftovers Baby Socks by Matthew Hesson-McInnis.

IMG_1691

 

Something pour moi!

I have been knitting and crocheting things for other people for about a year now.  Granted, this was just a few projects that I took a lot of breaks from, but I’m ready to knit something for myself!

I’m working on this thin scarf with Misti Alpaca.  I LOVE the yarn.  I keep marveling at all the beautiful colors as I knit along.  I’ve frogged this one a few times and learned that even with a simple two-row lace pattern, I need life lines!  The pattern was the Omo Scarf when I printed it out (and it was free), but now it’s available on Ravelry for $5.00 and is called the Little Scarf.

I knitted a few more rows this afternoon on my lunch break and can’t wait to get back to it after work.

The picture below is my progress as of yesterday, and I think I’ve done about 8 more rows since then.

Easy Lace Scarf

Ravenclaw scarf.

Finally, I can post a knitting project!  I found the charger to my camera’s battery today so I took a bunch of pictures of finished objects.  This is the Year 3-4 House Scarf pattern from Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel.  It’s a little narrower than the pattern, but I can’t remember how many stitches I cast on.  I made it around 6 feet long so it can be doubled up and wrapped around Dan’s neck like he’s wearing it in the picture.  I think it came out really well, and it’s super warm.  I used Cascade 220.  I plan to make him a matching hat with the leftover yarn.

Dan wearing his Ravenclaw scarf.

Ravenclaw scarf