Friday, June 29, 2012

FO: Eric's Socks

After almost a year of multiple failed attempts, I finally finished Eric's socks!  Hooray!!  Overall, I'm happy with how they turned out.  I'm still not a huge fan of the yarn color, but it's what Eric picked out, and he's happy with it.  Previously, I had only knitted the Jaywalker pattern with self-striping yarn, but now I'm happy to see that it looks good in variegated yarn as well.  I'm telling ya - it's a miracle pattern!  Super easy to knit up and looks great no matter what!
Now here is a picture of Eric's manly socks:

yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll Multi in Lily Pad 
Fingering Weight 
75% Merino Wool, 3
0% Nylon
dye lot 91881 
Machine Washable/Tumble Dry Low
$5.99 per 50 g /231 yd ball 

project details 
pattern: "Jaywalker" by Grumperina, available as a free Ravelry download
size: small
needles: size 2 nickle-plated dpns 
yarn used: 1.52 balls (about 351 yards)
time span: August 2011 - June 2012

  • Knit Picks says for best results, turn the socks inside out and wash in cold water on the delicate cycle.  Think Eric can handle that?  Ha ha.  No.  I already told him to just turn the socks over to me when they need a washing!
  • Knitters' lore says you should never knit a sweater for your boyfriend or you will break up.  I hope that's not true of socks too!!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

My Next Project

So, I've decided that I hate the fan shawl I'm making for my mom.  :(  I'm still going to finish it and I'll still give it to her, but I'm going to make a new one to replace it, one made with real lace yarn instead of the crap I'm using now.*  I thought about making a pie shawl, but I think I'll go with a simple stole.  I like this one from Knit Picks, using their Aloft yarn.  If it were up to me, I'd make it out of Tarragon.  Pretty!  But because mom is boring, I'll use black.  (Just kidding, Mom!  You're not boring, just practical!)

I've been feeling really down about the shawl not going well.  Now I'm excited to know that I will be replacing it with something awesome!!

*OK, to be fair, the yarn I'm making the fan shawl out of isn't crap in general.  It's just crap for this project.  Crap, crap, crap!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

FO: Riverrun Scarf

I was so inspired by the beautiful color changes in Knit Picks' Chroma yarn back when it first came out that I  couldn't help but purchase a skein, not knowing what I would knit with it.  I considered knitting it up into socks, but I just wasn't feeling it, so I hit Ravelry and found this great scarf pattern that is made just for pretty yarns like Noro or Chroma.  Once I started knitting it, I couldn't stop!  Eric was away for the long weekend and so I spent three days straight marathoning Buffy and Dollhouse, feverishly knitting away.... fun!!

I couldn't get a good pic of myself wearing the scarf, so here it is folded up all pretty.  If you could see me wearing it, you'd see that it's a little on the short side.  It is knit horizontally, so I had to decide how long it would be when I cast on - no way to add length later.  The pattern says that you can cast on more stitches if you want to make it longer, but I was worried if I did that I would run out of yarn, so I stuck with the basic pattern... then, of course, it turns out that I had tons of yarn leftover and could have made it much longer!!  *sigh*  Isn't just that the way life goes sometimes?

yarn details
Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in Mix Tape 
Fingering Weight
700% Wool, 30% Nylon
dye lot 8
Hand wash / dry flat
$9.99 per 100 g /396 yd ball 

project details
pattern: "Riverrun" by Erin McNellis, free at
size: 57'' long X 5.5''wide
needles: size 6 nickle-plated circular 
yarn used: 0.65 ball (about 257 yards)
time span: March 24 - March 26, 2012

  • I have toyed around with the idea of adding fringe to make the scarf longer, but I can't fully commit to the idea.  Thoughts?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Weekend Check In

I spent some time yesterday and today working on the modular fan shawl for my mom.  (And by "some" time, I really mean a boatload of time...)

Here is a pic of my progress:

I am finished with all of the full fans.  Now I just need to knit the half fans on the top to even it out and then add a small border across the top of those.  Really not liking how this is turning out.  I just don't think it is going to have a nice drape, and I'm not confident the lace is going to block out nicely either, due to the yarn I'm using.  Still, I trudge on.

I'd love to give this to my mom for her birthday, but I'm not sure if I'll finish in time.  Maybe if I spend the next two weekends furiously knitting it will happen??

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A check in

Oooh!  Naughty me for going so long without writing a post!  I started a new job and don't have long days of knitting and Buffy marathons anymore.... *sigh*.  Anyway, when I've had a chance to knit, I've been working on Eric's socks and a little bit on a modular shawl that I'm making for my mom.  I finished the socks this weekend!  Whoo hoo!

I owe you three FO posts - coming soon!