Archive for the ‘knitting’ Category

Not quilting, something else.

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I’ve been doing a lot of writing, writing, writing (it’s that secret project thing I can’t talk about … argh!) It’s going well, but not being able to share leaves much to be desired for blog subject matter.

S0, I’ve also been knitting, and at least I can talk about that. I knit mostly in the evenings, in front of the TV. I also knit with my wonderful group of knitting friends, all of whom happen to live in my building. We use the community room to meet  three evenings a week (yes, we really like each other), usually getting together for a couple of hours before our husbands come home and stop by to pick us up on their way home from the train. It’s fun to meet and not have to worry about going out in bad weather, and last night, one of the members even brought along a bottle of wine and some glasses to celebrate a special accomplishment at her workplace. It was fun, but we didn’t get very much knitting done! I’m so lucky to have such a great group of intelligent and interesting women to spend time with on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Having them here makes me never want to move out of this building, even though I really do miss having a garden. The building has lovely grounds which right now are featuring gorgeous flowering trees, hyacinths, tulips and daffodils . . . but still, it’s a lot different from having your own garden.

I don’t want to put up any photos of my knitting, since this blog is really about my fabric art. But, if you are a knitter, and you are a member of ravelry (over one million strong!) please stop by my projects page to see what I’m working on. My name on ravelry is elizquilt. While you’re there, shout out and say hello, and by all means, friend me!  If you don’t know about ravelry, and you are a knitter, you have no idea how much fun you’re missing. What are you waiting for?  Join up, it’s great fun!

A disbeliever has been converted

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Well, I just couldn’t let an entire month go by without at least one post!

Please see the blog of my friend Susan Schrott to witness the conversion of a just plain old ordinary scarf and sweater knitter to a SOCK knitter. And let me be the first to say, with great joy ….. “I told you so!!!”

It just goes to show that one must always have faith. Amen!

Another pair of basic socks

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Pattern: Basic Top-Down Socks
Materials: Colinette Yarns JitterBug 100% merino
Color: bright charcoal (#87)
Amount: one 110 g skein (291 m)
Needles: US size 0, double pointed bamboo

Oh, how I love these socks. I finished them in the car on the way back from Vermont yesterday, and couldn’t resist taking a photo with my feet propped up on the dashboard. The colors are a tiny bit washed out in the photo, and so very different from the way the yarn looked on the skein and even in the ball before I knitted them up. It was quite a surprise to see specks of pink and orange and even blue! The yarn was a joy to knit with, and the finished socks are so soft and warm. I want to make more jitterbug socks!!!

Monkey socks

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A. from Knitty: Winter 06
Materials: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock 100% superwash merino fingering weight
Color: Old Rose
Amount: one 420 yds/4 0z hank (a lot left over)
Needles: US size 0, double pointed

And even more socks . . .

Thursday, May 8th, 2008
Pattern: Basic Top-Down Socks
Materials: Jawoll Aktion Cotton by Lang, color #133.0133
Amount: one 100 g skein (a lot left over)
Needles: US size 1, double pointed

Wow. One would think that this is a knitting blog, huh? Well, I’ve been enjoying the knitting. And besides, there’s been a lot of traveling by car, so there’s been a lot of sock-knitting, which is enjoyable when car-traveling. This one was a rather unpleasant yarn to knit, though. It felt kind of scratchy and stringy . . . not fluffy and soft, like the last pair of socks. But I thought it’d be nice to knit a pair for summer wear, with some cotton. They are very, very comfortable. And the fit is fabulous. I’m quite happy with the basic sock pattern. And it’s pretty cool that I’ve got it memorized now! But time will tell how well they hold up. We’ll have to see if the cotton shrinks.

Embossed Leaves Socks

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
Pattern: Embossed Leaves Socks by Mona Schmidt from Favorite Socks, 25 Timeless Designs from INTERWEAVE
Materials: Fleece Artist Nova Socks 100% merino wool, hand dyed, machine washable Color: green
Amount: one 112 g skein (a lot left over)
Needles: US size 0, double pointed

These were so fun to knit, and so pretty, too! I think they are absolutely gorgeous. A perfect fit, and very, very comfortable. It was not at all difficult to follow the pattern, which was clearly written for five double pointed needles, which is my favorite way to knit socks. A pleasure!

The sock obsession continues

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Pattern: Basic Top-down Socks
Materials: Zitron Life Style 100% merino superwash, color 1864
Amount: two 50 g skeins (with only 10 inches left over — yikes!)
Needles: US size one double pointed

Nice, comfy socks for me. The last two pair were for Andrew and Diana, so it was nice making a pair for myself. The yarn was a recent purchase from Katonah Yarn Company, my local yarn store. Jennifer, a co-owner of the shop, was once a student in one of my quilting classes. I love visiting there. Talking to her is always fun, and of course fondling luscious, soft and springy yarn is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Jennifer suggested that I give this yarn a try, and I’m really glad I listened to her. It’s soft, wonderful to knit, and the colors are great. I love that the two socks don’t match exactly!