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So, this isn’t a new FO, but I finally got around to taking a photo of it.

I Drank The Kool-Aid

I’m referring to this one as “I Drank The Kool-Aid” because there were no less than five of my coworkers knitting it at the same time as me. It had definitely become a mini-trend at the office. A couple of my coworkers have even knit more than one in different yarns! For some silly reason, it took me more than three months to weave in two little yarn ends and wash/block it. For yet another silly unknown reason, it took me nearly a year after finishing the knitting to snap a photo of the thing. (Well, I did make a miserably failed attempt at taking a pic of myself with the cell phone one day when I wore it to work last fall.) If you do knit this project with the Firefly yarn, be aware that it takes every last bit of the two balls of yarn called for. I had about a six- to eight-inch tail at my cast-on edge, and the same after binding off. In fact, I have heard of several Patternworks customers needing to dip into a third ball of yarn in order to finish – so be safe and get a third ball, especially if you typically end up using more yardage than a pattern calls for.

And now, we move on down to the feet…


  • Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
  • Yarn: Trekking XXL, color #80 (faux-isle self patterning yarn with pinks, purples, grays and browns)
  • Needle: U.S. 1 (2.25mm), Clover Takumi 5″ long DPNs (AKA overgrown toothpicks)
  • Started 2/14/11, finished 7/3/11
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

The pattern may look sort of familiar – you’ve seen it on here twice before. This is the pattern I used for my second-ever pair of socks and also for a pair of socks made for my cousin Jill. They turned out to be a little snug over the ankles as Jadee reminded me on Plurk, but I can still get them on my feet. If I do knit these yet again (which I just might, I love the pattern) I will probably use U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm) needles just to have a wee bit extra room in the ankle. It wasn’t a problem with the first pair I made, since they’re (duh) anklets. (And damn, now I’m really hoping that Jill’s weren’t too tight! She does have smaller feet than me, so hopefully hers were OK.) It took me a while to finish these, since I knit the first sock and about half of the second sock almost exclusively on breaks at work (the rest was mostly done during long car rides). Cast-ons and kitchenering the toes were also done at home.

Recently off the needles – but not finished – is a cowl design for work. Not finished yet because it needs buttons, so I will be shopping for some this week. More on that later. Still on the needles – but finally more than halfway done – is a super secret project for a friend. My motivation to finish that (besides finishing a project for a friend) within the next month is the KnitGirllls 5K Stash Dash. (I’m at 2,692 meters knit… just a little over halfway there! Not sure if I’ll hit 5K by the deadline, but hopefully I will be close.) A perpetual item on the needles is my sock yarn blankie – I really should pick that up again, especially considering I recently received a little care package in the mail from my Pennsylvania knitting peeps, Cathy and Denise.

Sock Yarn Scraps from Cathy & Denise (miss you both too!)

And considering I haven’t had any socks on the needles since I finished the Jaywalkers on July 3rd (gasp!), I shall be casting on the Double Heelix socks from Knitty shortly. Tonight, in fact. I have two skeins of Socrates (#1019 denim and #3018 berry) and my ball winder sitting a few feet away on the sofa, beckoning me.


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So, my camera hadn’t been cooperating very well lately. Rather, it wasn’t cooperating at all. But now that we have a new camera, I can catch up with some FOs that needed photographing.

Mad Color Weave Socks in Araucania Ranco

  • Pattern: Mad Color Weave by Tina Lorin
  • Yarn: Araucania Ranco, color #303
  • Needles: Crystal Palace bamboo DPNs, size U.S. 1 (2.25mm)
  • Started 7/5/10, finished 8/15/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I lovelovelove these socks. First of all, the pattern is gorgeous – looks way more complicated than it really is. The slip-stitch pattern works really well with handpainted, hand-dyed, and variegated yarns. I also really love this yarn. My former LYS (when I lived in PA) carried lots of this yarn for a while. It was all so beautiful, so I ended up buying several hanks in multiple colors (and even bought the same colorway twice, unintentionally). The yarn is especially beautiful with this pattern.

Hermione’s Everyday Socks – in Kollage Sock-A-Licious

  • Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
  • Yarn: Kollage Sock-A-Licious, colorway Blue Mist
  • Needles: Addi Turbo 40″ Circular, size U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm) – magic loop 2-at-a-time
  • Started 9/3/10, finished 10/23/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

This was the second time I knit socks using this pattern. However, this time I switched to knitting them toe-up instead of cuff-down (I followed Wendy D. Johnson’s Toe-Up Socks with Slip-Stitch Heel pattern for the sole and heel). And, since I knit them 2-at-a-time on magic loop, I used my Addi circs, which are exactly .25mm larger than the size U.S. 1 DPNs I used the first time. Which means these came out huuuuuge. Plus, the yarn is part silk. Makes it feel really, really nice… but the socks stretch out and don’t snap back as well after washing as wool socks with no silk in them. But they’re great for winter when I need to wear two pairs of socks to shovel snow. I still love them, though.

Seeded Rib Socks – in Zitron Trekking Maxima

  • Pattern: Toe-up Socks with Slip-Stitch Heel by Wendy D. Johnson; added my own seeded rib pattern made up on the fly.
  • Yarn: Zitron Trekking Maxima, color #902
  • Needles: Addi Turbo 40″ Circular, size U.S. 0 (2.0mm) – magic loop but one at a time
  • Started 10/27/10, finished 2/12/11
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

After finishing up the second pair of Hermione socks, I needed a new pair on the needles for a travel project. I wasn’t sure which socks I wanted to knit next from my Ravelry queue, so I just started something plain and winged it. Ended up with a very nice seeded rib. This pattern would be great for men’s socks – actually, this yarn would be great for men’s socks as well. Like other Trekking yarns, it’s a good workhorse yarn with some nylon content for sturdiness. Very comfortable, and the seeded ribbing is very stretchy.

I’m knitting on several other things right now, but nothing I can share yet since they’re gifts.

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So… that Christmas present I completely ripped out and restarted just a week and a half before Christmas? It’s now done. I’m writing this on Sunday, January 16, 2011 but it won’t be posted on the blog until after it arrives at my sister-in-law’s house.

Billy’s Tomten Jacket, Front

  • Pattern: Tomten Jacket, Child from Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann
  • Size: Approx. 4T
  • Yarn: Marble Chunky, color #MC6 Log Cabin
  • Needles: U.S. 10 (6.0mm) Addi Turbo 40″ circular for body, hood, sleeves; U.S. 10.5 (6.5mm) Clover Takumi bamboo DPN for i-cord edging
  • Started 11/30/10; completely ripped out and restarted 12/14/10; completely finished 1/15/11
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Billy’s Tomten Jacket, Inside

Since I made this with a chunkier yarn than the pattern calls for, I knew I would need to make some adjustments. As is usually the case with gauge swatches, it lied. I was getting 3.5 stitches per inch, so I adjusted my cast-on number of stitches and the related stitch/row counts proportionately. This resulted in a jacket that, prior to sleeves being knitted on, actually fit me (though it wasn’t big enough around to close, that was reassuring at least). I figured that was a clear sign it would be way too big for my three-year-old nephew. (Granted, the basic concept of the jacket is that a child can wear it for several years but, had I continued with the jacket at the size it was, Billy probably wouldn’t grow into it until he’s ten.) So, much to the horror of everyone at my knitting group, I ripped out a whole two weeks’ worth of knitting just a week and a half before Christmas and restarted it.

Fortunately, by the time I had ripped out and restarted, I bought some clothes for Billy that were the appropriate size, so I was able to compare the size of the reknit jacket to them. The reknitted jacket indeed does seem to be the appropriate size. The only thing I’m not sure about at this point is the armholes; they seemed plenty large enough as flat pieces of knitting laid atop a store-bought size 4T sweater, but now that the sleeves have been attached and seamed up, I’m not sure. I’ll just have to send it off and hope for the best. There are ways I could fix it if necessary without redoing the whole thing again.

Billy’s Tomten Jacket, Back

About halfway through the project (the second time), I decided I would finish off all the edges with a little single crochet. But when it came time to actually do the edging, I changed my mind back to my original choice of applied i-cord. That part went much more quickly than I expected it would, and I’m happy with the results. I’m also very happy with how well the zipper went in. I hand-sewed it; the fabric is a bit thick to run through a sewing machine, and hand-stitching allows more control over the thread tension. I would have preferred a zipper in a darker brown, but my color selection at the local Jo-Ann’s was a bit limited, considering I needed a sturdy, separating zipper at least 16″ long and didn’t want metal. (There are online sources with a wider selection, but I wanted something I could get immediately and finish up the project.) The zipper does hide pretty well when the jacket is zipped closed, though.

Even with the recalculating, ripping, and reknitting, this was a very simple, no-nonsense project. Billy will have a baby sister arriving in Spring (woohoo, I get to knit cute baby girl stuff for a new niece!) so I may make one for her that she can wear in the fall. And I’m seriously considering making an adult-sized one for myself.

Update, February 10th… the jacket has been delivered, and word is it fits. Woohoo!

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Wow. So I had a bit of Christmas knitting that looked very promising for completion in time for the big day… until this past Tuesday, when I finally ended my denial about the sizing by undoing the entire two weeks’ worth of knitting. Now that I’ve restarted it, I’m progressing quickly — but not quickly enough, I’m afraid. (But more on that later… much later. Like after it’s actually done and been gifted.) That’s not the only thing I’m behind on, either! I’m way behind on taking FO photos and updating the blog! Let’s see… I did manage to get photos of two recent projects (well, technically, four — but three are a package deal) since the last update.

First up, something a little silly. My friend Katie and I went to the Stitches East show in Hartford, CT over Halloween weekend, and crashed at her former college roommate’s house for the night. As a thank-you, we decided to present her with a lovely little beret for her cat, Luke (who is surprisingly tolerant of such things). Amanda convinced Luke to model the hat for us and texted Katie a picture while we enjoyed our 2nd day at the show:

Le Mieux – graciously modeled by Luke (aka “Jean-Luc”)

  • Project: International Cat Hat: France, Le Mieux by Stacy Mar
  • Yarn: Tahki Cotton Classic, navy and khaki (leftover from handwoven placemats I made for Mom in early 2009)
  • Needles: U.S. 7 (4.5mm), Addi Turbo circular (magic-looped, of course)
  • Started 10/3/10, finished 10/5/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Next, a bit of gift knitting that’s generally considered more useful than a cat hat: baby stuff! My friends Diane and Randy recently adopted a baby boy, RJ. It was a surprise to many of us, including Diane and Randy — they hadn’t expected it to all go through so quickly! So, I needed to knit up something just as quickly. This may look sort of familiar — I made the same baby set for my friend Carey earlier this year, in a different color of Sockotta yarn.

RJ’s Baby Cardi & Hat

  • Pattern: Sock It To Me Baby by Beth Anne Paustian
  • Yarn: Plymouth Sockotta, color #6056 (white, gray, green, blue, yellow, pink stripes)
  • Needles: U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm) and 2.5 (3.0mm), Addi Turbo circulars
  • Cardi started 11/2/10, finished 11/7/10 except for buttons (completed with buttons 11/21/10); hat started 11/8/10, finished 11/10/10.
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)
  • Modifications: Unlike last time, when I knit the cardi in separate pieces and seamed it, I decided to knit the body of this one in a single piece up to the armholes, then knit the two fronts and the back separately up from the armholes (starting at the same point in the color repeat for each section). I then finished the shoulder seams with a three-needle bindoff on the inside and knit the sleeves in the round from the top down by picking up stitches around the armhole (again, starting at the same point in the color repeat so each sleeve would be pretty much the same striping). The only thing I’m not completely happy with in this approach is that the striping sequence was a little too short for the body of the sweater below the armholes — you can see on the front that the stripes really don’t match. But it’s still damn cute and I appreciate the time I saved by not having to do any seaming. If I were to make another one of these cardigans, I’d combine my two approaches: knitting the fronts and back as three separate pieces (matching the striping on the fronts, not caring if the back matches — because it’s pretty much impossible except maybe if you use two balls of yarn and alternate them every row so that the striping sequence is doubled), still using the three-needle bindoff for the shoulders, seaming up the sides to the armhole, and knitting the armholes from the top down. I don’t mind seaming side-to-side or top-to-bottom along a straight edge, but seaming stepped shoulders and set-in sleeves/armholes is a bit of torture I’d prefer to avoid. Oh — also, on the hat, I knit it in the round instead of flat (really, why bother knitting a hat flat?! I honestly can’t think of a good reason, at least not for this particular hat).

RJ’s Baby Booties

I just counted, and there are seven other finished projects that I have yet to photograph and blog about, including that fringed scarf I mentioned in the last post which finally got its ends woven in and a good wash and block the last week of October. Heck, I’ve even worn it to work twice! I attempted a cell-phone pic while I was having trouble with my regular digital camera (problem solved — battery no longer recharging) but it turned out way too blurry. Besides the scarf, I have two hats and four (!!) pairs of socks to photograph and blog. Oh yeah, and finish that Christmas-gift sweater… which means I should stop typing and get the needles clicking.

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First off, I finished 2 pairs of socks recently.

Hopped Up On Catnip Socks

  • Pattern: Catnip Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Paints #9824
  • Needles: U.S. 0 (2.0mm) Addi Turbo 40″ circular (magic loop 2-at-a-time)
  • Started 5/27/10, finished 6/13/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I had been waiting a while to make these! They were part of the Socks from the Toe Up KAL on Ravelry; since it’s one of Wendy’s free patterns, it took more than a year for it to get enough votes to be the free pattern of the month for the KAL. (And yes, I voted for it EVERY. FREAKIN’. MONTH.) And they worked up pretty quickly, too — just a little over two weeks. Not too shabby. I chose an all-too-appropriate green yarn… and it reminds me that I miss the catnip plant I had when we lived in PA. Hopefully our former neighbors’ cat is enjoying it (or maybe their dogs have eaten it by now?!).

Everyday Gecko Socks

(Well, look at that… more green socks.) I spotted this pattern several months ago, right around the same time Carin of Round the Twist started knitting it. I was looking for something simple, but with just a little bit of texture. Some of the handknit socks in my drawer are a little too “3-D” and I needed something a bit flatter. The yarn is one of my purchases from the 2010 NH Sheep & Wool Festival. The photo on the Holiday Yarns website appears to be slightly different than the skein I got — on the website, it seems to have more contrast between a darker green and a yellow shade. Mine appears to have some more subtle shading and an overall lime-green tone — which I like better than Holiday Yarns’ photo. Since this pattern is worked cuff-down, I broke from my usual 2-at-a-time method and knitted these one at a time on double points. These were so quick to knit (less than 2 weeks! woohoo!) that there was no risk of second sock syndrome (which is something I don’t normally have a problem with anyway). I’m very happy with how they turned out.

Also recently finished is the Firefly fringed scarf… but I really need to wash and block it first before taking photos. Right now it’s just a hot mess with the whole unraveled fringe thing going on.

So, those are the socks (and mention of the scarf). What about the secrets? Well, I also recently finished test-knitting 2 hats. “And that’s all I have to say about that” (for now). Pictures and info to come later this fall. Oh, and the other secret is gift knitting for a friend… which I really need to pick back up and work on once I finish the other pair of socks I’m a little more than 75% done with.

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So I finished this one over a month ago… but decided to hold off adding it to the blog until I could get a photo “in context”. (That is, in my parents’ living room.)

Log Cabin Blanket (and Furry Little Brother)

  • Pattern: How to Log Cabin from Mason-Dixon Knitting
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Navy, Chocolate, Walnut and Baby Denim
  • Needles: U.S. 7 (4.5mm) — started off with a 24″ circular and quickly switched to a 60″ circular when it got too big for the 24″ needle
  • Started 12/4/09, finished 4/26/10 (delivered 6/3/10)
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I had no clue how much yarn I was going to need, so I started off with 4 balls each of the two browns and the navy blue, and 2 balls of the light blue. I ended up needing more than that; I bought two more balls of each color, and still had to cut short my outermost stripes of light brown and light blue. Decent amount of navy blue and dark brown leftover, though. By the end, I was just glad to be done with all that garter stitch! Here’s a shot of it spread out on my bed (queen size) so you can get an idea of scale and see the overall pattern a little better.

It very nearly covers an entire queen-size mattress.

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First up, the Lace & Cable Socks I started back on April 2nd as part of the Socks from the Toe Up KAL on Ravelry. They were the KAL sock for April… which means I was supposed to get them done in April (in order to be eligible to win any of the KAL prizes). Considering I was still working on Mom & Dad’s blanket and also some baby gifts for a friend (see later in this post) at the same I was working on these socks, I really didn’t expect to get them done by the KAL deadline. And even though I wanted to start something new as soon as I finished the baby gifts, I knew I needed to make myself finish the socks first, or else they would probably end up sitting around, neglected and possibly forgotten entirely. So here they are:

Melodic Lace & Cables

  • Pattern: Lace & Cable Socks by Wendy D. Johnson (from Socks from the Toe Up)
  • Yarn: Jojoland Melody Superwash, color # MS20 (a mix of burgundy and purplish-blue)
  • Needles: U.S. 0 (2.0 mm), plus U.S. 1.5 (2.5 mm) used for bind-off only
  • Techniques used: Judy’s Magic Cast-on; worked on magic loop 2 at a time; Russian bind-off (as described in the book, Socks from the Toe Up — I think there are at least a couple slightly different methods out there by the same name)
  • Started 4/2/10, finished 5/27/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

While I’m very happy with the finished socks, I’m mostly happy to be done with them! They weren’t a particularly fun knit for me, mostly because of the amount of concentration required. The pattern consists of a 5-stitch, 4-row cable pattern flanking a 17-stitch, 16-row lace pattern. Just a little bit more than I like to keep track of while knitting a pair of socks. The pattern is beautiful all knitted up, though.

The yarn was interesting… until I got to the heel, it almost looked like I was using two different colors of yarn. It’s a two-tone yarn that gradually shifts from mostly burgundy to a purplish blue, and it turns out I started each toe at different parts in the color gradation. So one quickly shifted into the purplish blue shade while the other remained mostly burgundy through the whole foot. Above the ankles the colors look more alike.

Next up, itty bitty baby knitting! A former coworker of mine is having her first child very shortly (like this coming week)! I’ve known since about December, and after much pondering about what to make, I finally decided on the Sock it to Me Baby! sweater and hat set. And then I just had to make some Stay-on Baby Booties. And I still had plenty of yarn leftover, so I decided to also crank out a pair of baby socks. (Oh yeah, I still have about a half a ball of Sockotta leftover. It’s going in the Sock Yarn Blanket.) These goodies have already been boxed up and mailed out, just in time for baby’s arrival.

Baby Sweater, Hat, Booties and Socks

  • Patterns: Sock it to Me Baby! sweater & hat; Christine’s Stay-on Baby Booties; basic toe-up socks with short-row heel and ribbed fold-down cuff
  • Yarn: Plymouth Sockotta, color #5618
  • Needles: U.S. 1.5 (2.5 mm) and 2.5 (3.0 mm) for sweater and hat; U.S. 1.5 (2.5 mm) for booties and socks
  • Notes: For the sweater, I worked the pieces in a different order. I started with the fronts, working them both at the same time on one long needle, matching the stripes. Then I moved on to the sleeves, working in the same manner. Lastly, I did the back, then sewed together and worked the collar and button bands. For the hat, I worked it in the round, instead of flat as in the pattern directions.
  • Sweater & hat started 4/23/10, finished 5/9/10; booties started 5/10/10, finished 5/14/10; socks started 5/14/10, finished 5/16/10
  • Ravelry project pages (login required): Sweater & Hat; Booties; Socks

Of course, I still have many more projects planned and not as much time as I’d like to work on them. I’ve started the KAL sock for May… just a few days ago. That’s another KAL “deadline” I will miss. I also have plans for this:

Classic Elite Firefly, color #7739 Cyprus
This is going to become the Fringed Scarf from Classic Elite Picnic #9109. And it’s for ME.

And I’m also looking forward to working with this:

Jojoland Cashmere, color #C251, turquoise
(And what it’s going to be is a surprise… to you, that is, not to me. I already know, of course.)

And there’s so much more… but I really gotta get back to my knitting. 🙂

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