Thursday, August 30, 2007

Finito!

(Seagull Socks, my design, J. Knits Superwash Me, Denver; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling)
This past weekend I finished the Seagull Socks and Deathly Hallows. Wow. I laughed, cried, exclaimed out loud, you name it. It was quite annoying to Fred, who was trying to finish Half-Blood Prince. In fact, as soon as I finished #7 Saturday afternoon I handed it straight over to him, because he was ready and waiting for it. We have had a blast reading back through all 4100 pages of this series. (Yeah, I added 'em up.) When you spend that much time with an author, by the end you are not just crying from plot development. You are starting to realize that it's the end...the end. There will be no more. Bittersweet. I think there should be no more, but still I'm sad. I will just have to read at least #6 and then #7 when the movies come out (hurry, please!)
Oh, yeah, the socks. I didn't have to make the pair. These days I am mostly knitting samples, so I really only have to make one. I can't help myself. The yarn and the pattern beg me to make more! I also had to make both of these.
(Zigzag Lace Socks, my design, Lavendar Sheep 100% Superwash Merino Mountain Sunset)

And just to illustrate the benefits of blocking your knits...most of the time, it's a really good idea.

One last thing! Look what finally popped up on my nasturtium plant! Yes, an actual flower, and there are more coming. I'm so relieved.
Thanks for popping by! Have a great day!

Friday, August 24, 2007

It's Glovely!

Well, looky here. It's #37. Cast On finally published my Boxed Cable Gloves that they bought last summer and have named them "Winter Gem." Thanks, Cast On! Good news--thanks to Tracey for telling me, because I had no clue. None. Have not even gotten my copy of the issue yet. See, you never know what's gonna jump out and surprise you.

On the home front, I have finished one Zigzag and have started the second.

They washed up perfectly, leaving not the first tinkling of bleeding dye in the bath water, and feeling like baby's cheeks.
Remember, this is the lovely Lavendar Sheep Mountain Sunset.

I am also almost to the heel turn on my second of a pair of Seagulls. Here is the first one, blocked and posing with my little friend.

Also, remember this is the beautiful J. Knits Superwash Me Sock in Denver.

Otherwise, I am nearing the end of Deathly Hallows, it's wonderful (and terrible), I'm finishing up the writing of the new patterns, and I'll have news over the weekend of a new, terrific shop we added to our list. More to come!
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Feeling Loopy

I know! Me posting two days in a row? My world must be on its ear--but I had to show you what came in the mail yesterday.


Monday, I ordered some sock yarn to make the sample for a new pattern. I wanted some yarn from a company that made coordinating colors in sock weight and a heavier weight. The design is for men's socks and a matching scarf--great for gifts, huh?


Well, I thought of Mountain Colors and Lorna's Laces, knowing both offer different weights of yarns with the same colorways. I researched and found that I could get some beautiful Lorna's very reasonably priced from The Loopy Ewe. I ordered, and it came yesterday! Not only that, look how cute--each kind of yarn bundled up in a little package along with some goodies. Inside were also some Regia Silk and Regia Bamboo samples and some needle inventory cards. Not only that, but also a nice handwritten note from Sheri was tucked in. We could all learn a lot from her customer service. The site is great and getting this yarn couldn't have been any easier.
And look at this yarn!


That's Mine Shaft in sport weight on the left and Pewter in the sock weight on the right. Boy, I can't wait to get my needles into this!




Speaking of socks (and don't we often?), I finished one of my Seagull Socks samples in J. Knits Superwash Me, color AC #135. It's made such a warm, soft fabric. Do you ever just stop while knitting with certain yarn and marvel at the stitches--just the pure wonder of all those stitches making such a sturdy plane of perfection? I did with these.

Also, I turned the heel and finished the gusset on my Lavendar Sheep Mountain Sunset Zigzag Socks. It's such fun knitting with this yarn! The colors that pop up and surprise you--mostly purple (yum) but with every other color imaginable.

Yep, I am deep in sock frenzy here,
so back to it!
Thanks for stopping by!

Pardon the garden

I promised to show my sprouts, so looky. Since my last post, we went through a period of heavy rains and cool temps, so the plants are doing very well. I have repotted vines in big pots with trellises all ready for them to climb. Lovely! See?

The nasturtiums got moved to a bigger container and are really thriving--but where are the flowers? The reason I love nasturtiums is because the leaves are just as pretty as the flowers, but I want the flowers, too. Time for more plant food, I suppose.









The basil and tithonia I grew from seed are also showing out quite nicely. Gardening is so easy here--anything will grow!



So that's why I asked you to pardon the garden--I had to show off my babies! Now for the yarn babies.

I finished the TLC Cotton Plus socks. You bet I'll be making more of these. They are so comfy.


This is after a machine wash and dry--still good.


That lace panel I showed you has turned into this. I picked up stitches along one long side and fashioned a bodice. It will have little buttons in front at the rib panel, and I plan to work on an edge along the armholes. I haven't decided whether it will have sleeves or not. First, I am going to pick up stitches along the bottom of the rib panel and work down in a similar smaller lace panel so that I can increase in between the panels for the hips. It's just an experiment to try out a little lace top. I probably won't be writing this particular one into a pattern, so I thought I'd show as I go. It's fun!


Of course, I am trying to give it a little attention between writing ten new patterns whose samples have already been knitted. That's what I'm supposed to be doing right now, so I must say Mar Sin Leat, An-Drasta! (Bye for now--I bet you thought I'd forgotten the Gaelic!)