Saturday, June 23, 2007

All Together Now

Wiggles has pulled herself together into one piece and is heading down the home stretch, or up the home stretch, I guess. Just shoulders and neck to go!

This was my first week since school got out and I am loving the increased knitting time. Also, thankfully, the weather here is staying cool so I can keep up the sweater knitting a while longer.

But I am already getting the socks back out. Sock knitting is good any old time, but especially when hot weather hits.

I am working Priscilla's Dream Socks by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts in Colinette Jitterbug yarn in Toscana #55--beautiful greens punctuated by lively primary colors. The quality of this yarn is such that it mesmerizes me as I knit with it. I just marvel at the twist and sheen of the fiber. Yum.

Also, a while back, I picked up a couple of skeins of TLC Cotton Plus with the express purpose of trying some thick, comfy socks with it. On size 6 needle, I used Judy's Magic Cast On for a 16-st toe, increased up to 40 sts, and I just worked Priscilla's short-row heel yesterday afternoon. I like it! I'm going to add a big, lush 2 x 2 rib cuff, going up a needle size. If it turns out well, I think I'll make some of these for my mom, sis, and daughters. Maybe they would actually wear these. I have knit them socks with nice sock yarn and they don't wear them--they think they're too nice! Whaddya gonna do?

Wear the socks, people! Sheesh.

(Happy Sock-and-whatever-else Knitting to the rest of you!)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

On the Cover??

Wow, look at this! That's my sweater on the middle dude in the back. Well, mine and Debbie's sweater--she redesigned the neck, and it's awesome!

I got a lump in my throat when I saw this. Thanks to the wonderful Jennifer Wertkin*, Deb's assistant for tipping me off. Go and preorder this book!

Wow. I say it again. Wow. That's all I can say.


*(Edited to add--I just found out that Jennifer is the one who actually knit the new neck to the Pub Crawler. I had an attached knitted cord neck, it needed more heft and manliness, Debbie opted for the 2 x 2 rib neck and Jen knit it. I'm just pleased as the proverbial punch, y'all!)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Rudy Rules!

Before I rant about Rudy, I'll show you the star of my little back yard garden right now--this little peachy begonia. She just keeps on making pretty blooms!

Now to some Rudy. I just love making these bags! I gave my first set to my oldest daughter--she loves red--so I need to make up some more for shop models.

This isn't the best picture, but the reason I took it was to show the difference between making the large Rudy bag with 2 strands (bigger) and with just one strand (smaller). It doesn't just make the bag more sturdy, but it also makes it bigger without added stitches. Granted, the large one in this picture was made with Cascade 220 and the smaller one is with Patons Classic Wool, but they are very similar when felting.

What's even more fun to make is the Little Rudy. One skein of Cascade 220 does it, and it takes so little time.

Here's one I made with some bright pink alongside a prefelted one in light pink for comparison. I wanna make one in every color!

Okay, last thing for today. Remember how I whooped that Cast On published my Aidan Hoodie in their Nov-Jan 2006/2007 issue just as I wrote it? Well, that turned out not to be such a good thing. There was a little glitch in the body stitch count. Yeah, the whole initial setup of the sweater, the cast-on number, was incorrect for one of the sizes. I was contacted by a very nice reader about it, and found the mistake pronto. I rewrote part of the first paragraph as I edited to make it more clear as well. Cast On has added the fix to their corrections page here, in case anyone needs it.

Also, as I did for the reader who contacted me, if anyone has the issue and wants to knit Aidan, send me an email ( and I will send you extra charts.

Life goes on! I'll show you Wiggles progress next time and talk about the books coming out in the fall.

Happy Knitting, Y'all!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Making Wiggles & Felting Bags

I decided to make another Aran Wiggles for upcoming trunk shows this fall. It looks even better in this gorgeous (and so, so soft) Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL (50/50 alpaca/wool). It's like buttah, I tell you!

As you can see, I finally learned 2 sleeves on one long circular. Now I can do it with socks. Boy, was that some knitting gymnastics!

Also, I wanted to make another OXO Bag, but in some bright colors. Here she is in Cascade 220, colors 9461 (green heather), 8010 (ivory) & 8505 (white) mixed, and 2436 (orange heather). I made the bag with just 8505 and 2436. It needs lining now and it will be done.

Next time I'll show you my fun with Rudy!

Speaking of Rudy, my mom's birthday was this week. Happy, happy, Mom! (She's in LA, of all things.) Also, my oldest daughter just turned what my mom says is "the age of reason"--27! We had the week o' birthdays, for sure! Emily and Randall also closed on their very first house this week and Emily finished up her Maymester with aplomb, knowing so much more about adolescent psychology. It was a crazy week, y'all. And I can't tell ya the half of it, just trust me.

Last, but not least (well, least in size only), Sarah, Jason and Campbell have a new little housemate--Mallory. Hop over to Sarah's and see the cutie.

Okay, I'd better run and clean the kitchen and make veggie quesadillas. I think I wanna watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire tonight since I'm reading them all again in anticipation of the fifth movie and the seventh book and I'm almost done with that one! Fred will probably go along with that. Unless he whines for Animal House or something. (I just don't get it.)