Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Skeinny Dipping Socks!

Sorry for the blurry photo - it is still VERY hard to photograph your own feet, I find.

Again, this is lovely Skeinny Dipping Mericash in Girl on Fire. That particular color is out of stock right now, so I feel super-lucky to have it! 

The yarn is 20% cashmere and it feels just like butter. I love it!

The pattern isn't written out, but it uses techniques I'm using in my Great Work. I'm chugging along on it, so hopefully you'll be able to knit some of your very own soon. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

I Love Ravelry!

One of my favorite things about Ravelry is that it lets me see when someone knits one of my designs.

Sandra, who goes by Strempesan on Ravelry, in lovely T├ętange, Luxembourg made an Almost Spring hat in a pretty cotton/wool blend for her mom. Isn't that cool? She's over 4,000 miles away and I can still see what she knit.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I Took This Photo Yesterday

I had forgotten how, when it warms up a little, mist rises off of snow. It's beautiful!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Top Ribbing

Could someone please tell me why that last 2 inches of ribbing on the top of a sock feels like it takes longer to work than the whole leg?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Just What I Needed!

Christine of Skeinny Dipping sent me a few skeins of yarn as a "Good Luck on Your New Job"gift. 

I finished a few deadline knitting projects and cast on for a sock for myself (I know, it's shocking)!

The colorway is Girl on Fire and the yarn is a Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend that is out-of-this-world. The other skein is Muir Woods in the same base. 

I love it! It's knitting up really fast, probably because I can't stand to put it down. It's still snowy and cold here and four years of living in Indiana left me with only one pair of wool socks for myself. I need to get knitting so I can stay warm! The red colors are just gorgeous and I'm sure they'll be super-cheerful when I slip out of my heavy boots and pad around in moccasins at work all day. Dee's need for solid-black socks at work (technically, it's the dress code, not her fault) has kept me away from hand-dyed socks. It's fun and exciting to see what I've been missing. 

(I can't share the pattern with you. It's a toe-up sock using methods that will be in my Next Big Project, so you'll be able to knit your own at some point. Soon, I hope!)

And yes, I have a model foot in my apartment. Don't you? :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

I'm Working, I Promise

I know I look quiet, on the design front, lately. But, I'm working very hard on a BIG project that I hope you will all like. I have no idea when it will be finished, but the more I work on it, the sooner it will become reality.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Photo Notes for Colorwork

I find that my colorwork does change depending on which hand I use to carry which color. To make sure I don't switch when halfway through, I always take a photo of the position when I start. 

(The project has to be secret, for now...)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Knitting Group!

I finally found a knitting group. This is the longest I've gone without having one since I started knitting again. I'm so excited to be among my people, again! (The coffee isn't bad, either!)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Boomer Boy

Just in case any of you thought he steals socks ALL of the time. Sometimes he's just sleeping...

Monday, February 10, 2014

Just About the Cutest Thing, Ever!

If you're looking for a knit-tastic birthday card, check out Michelle Brusegaard's stuff. She's a painter and fiber artist who is also into "painting, photography, screen-printing, batik and sometimes a little mixed media."

My darling niece gave me this card, and some hand-printed kitchen towels, for my birthday. It's a new experience, for me, to have family in the same city as me. We can drop in on each other and plan outings in just a few texts. I could get used to it!

Friday, February 07, 2014

More Singles

I worked for a little over an hour and made it a little closer to finishing these singles. Working with materials I like is like reading a good book - I love the experience, and I know I will be both happy and sad when I finish. Happy for the achievement, sorry that it's over!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

A Plus Side to Dry Weather

Even though it is SO dry here that my yarn throws sparks when I wind it, at least, well, everything dries pretty fast. I can wash socks at night and wear them in the morning. Even thick ones!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me!

1) I found my swift and ball winder. 
2) It turns out the ball winder works, even when on its side.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

1885 Lumber Exchange

New Work Friend: "Hey, are you into architectural details?"
Me: "Yes!"

If taking photos of grates in 129-year-olf buildings is wrong, I don't want to be right.

(There's a little more information here, but I think the captions on the photos are switched.)

Monday, February 03, 2014

Black and White

I hope it isn't considered harassment to take a photo of the back of an intern's shirt, because I totally did that (I asked first!)