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socks and flowers

by Michelle on June 24, 2008

The Summer of Socks 2008 KAL started on Saturday, so I decided to set aside the Atomic Toes socks (which frankly haven’t been getting much attention anyway) in favor of something that will actually count for the KAL. So Saturday morning I cast on for Ziggy. I’ve also been trying to get the “Secret Project” finished (getting close!), so I haven’t spent a whole lot of time on Ziggy yet. Here’s my progress so far:


I absolutely love how this sock is turning out so far, despite my inexperience with Fair Isle. If you look closely there are definitely flaws, but overall it’s looking pretty good. If I do say so myself.

Also, I LOVE how the colors are striping so far.

The other thing that’s been grabbing my attention here and there is actually a crochet project. I was talking to Shannon at Twisted last week and somehow the topic of crochet came up. I haven’t been doing much crochet in recent years, mostly because–in many cases–I prefer the results achieved with knitting. However, crochet is a lot of fun. It goes really fast, and you can make unusual things pretty easily.

Lately, I’d been sporadically looking for a somewhat specific project: a crocheted scarf, with a lacy, maybe flowery, look. Something that could be used in warmer weather than the rest of my scarves. I’d poked around Ravelry and had found some things that were kind of the right idea, but not quite IT somehow. I told Shannon about the idea, and she pointed me to the two issues of Interweave Crochet that were on the magazine rack.

There are a lot of cute things in those two issues! I was tempted to buy both, but settled on just getting the Spring issue. Because the Spring issue had THE PATTERN in it.

I think Shannon and another woman who was knitting at the front of the shop might have thought I was a little crazy, because I took one look at the Floral Lace Belt (Ravelry link) and said, “There’s my scarf!”

So that night I went home and did a test of one of the hexagon motifs and got this:

Flower Scarf

Pretty, no? This is leftover Yarntini from my Twisted Sky Socks–I just wanted to see what it would look like in fingering weight and a larger hook (I used an H for this one). Only problem is that the hexagon was way too big–the scarf would be super wide at this size.

Then I tried lace weight yarn and a G hook:

Flower Scarf

I liked this one, too, and I think it would block out nicely (I just pinned it for the picture), but it was really fiddly in a way that I knew would make me not want to work on the project.

Next try:

Flower Scarf

Aha! This one, I love. I love the colors, I like the size (the scarf might still be a bit wide, but not so bad). This is Claudia Haindpainted sock yarn in the “Oops” colorway, with a G hook. It’s also fingering weight, but it’s lighter than the Yarntini. Between the lighter weight yarn and the smaller hook (a G is a full millimeter smaller than an H), the motif came out to a pleasing size.

I have four hexagons so far (did three very rapidly earlier this evening–crochet is really fun sometimes!), and I’m thinking I’ll need 12 or 15. I’ll figure it out when I get there. 🙂

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knitting firsts

by Michelle on May 25, 2008


Emma asked us to post a “first” in knitting, and initially I couldn’t really think of anything. I’m pretty adventurous, so there isn’t much I’ve *never* tried. Perhaps my imagination is failing me, though. 😀

However, I did recently learn a new technique which I used on my Twisted Sky Socks: knitting socks on two circular needles. Here they are again:

Twisted Sky Socks

I love this technique so much that I’ve also used it for my latest pair, the Sorta Charade Socks:

Sorta Charade Sock

These aren’t quite finished yet–I’ll get a much better picture once they are.

The Sorta Charade Socks are another first for me. I started out making a pair of the popular Charade Socks (I think you have to be on Ravelry to get the pattern), but ended up adapting that pattern to the sky architecture (used in my Twisted Sky Socks) from Cat Bordhi’s book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters. Basically, I ended up taking the stitch pattern from Charade and putting into the Master Sky sock architecture from the book. Not quite an original design, but fun and unique!

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today’s progress…

by Michelle on May 13, 2008

One complete Sorta Charade sock:

Sorta Charade Sock

One nearly-complete Lizard Square:

Lizard Ridge square #6

A little bit of a baby sweater:

Pink Baby Sweater

(I didn’t actually work on this today, but I hadn’t shown any pictures of it yet, so…)

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home again

by Michelle on May 12, 2008

We’re home, just finished watching both Lost and Grey’s Anatomy from last week, and now it’s time for bed. Today kind of flew by, but it was a nice Mother’s Day.

Nik made breakfast for both me and Mom, and we enjoyed our ocean view for the morning and early afternoon until we decided it was time to head home. The drive was mostly pretty nice, but there was apparently a big accident outside Dundee which caused us to have to detour. What a backup. We crawled along for miles, but eventually made it to Newberg where we stopped for a quick bite to eat at Burgerville before parting with Mom (she was headed to Wilsonville, while we were headed home to SE PDX). Burgerville was giving out free strawberry shortcake for moms today–it was yummy! (Um. I’m not a mom, but Mom shared hers. :D)

My Sorta Charade sock is done but for the toe, so I expect to finish it tomorrow. Will try to get pictures to post tomorrow. Goodnight!

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hey, where’d the sun go?

May 11, 2008

As I mentioned in my last post, we’re at Gleneden Beach for the weekend. It’s apparently been sunny (if a bit cold) most of the week, but today? Alternately drizzly, foggy, misty, etc., all day. Gray, gray and more gray. Oh well. I’d still rather be here looking at the ocean than home looking at […]

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babies, yarn, and projects (oh my)

May 9, 2008

I think this post will be quick and picture-heavy…then I’m going to bed early, in an attempt to make up for the last couple of nights a bit. Yesterday was fun. When I arrived at Twisted, I had a plan. One of my co-workers is pregnant and expecting a little girl in September, so I’ve […]

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2850 yards

May 4, 2008

Wow, that’s a lot of yarn to wind at once. The Cherry Tree Hill was 2400 yards, making the biggest ball of yarn I’ve ever seen: This is going to be a Follow the Leader Faroese Shawl for Mom. Actually, I’ve already started it and I’m a whole…11 rows in. 🙂 The sock yarn, Stitchjones […]

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artichokes for dinner

May 4, 2008

I think I could eat artichokes every day of my life. This was tonight’s dinner–along with some tater tots. 😀 Well, the sun never did decide to show itself today so I didn’t take any knitting-related pictures (thus the picture of my dinner instead). However, I did finish the Twisted Sky Socks! They’re awesome and […]

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seizing up

May 2, 2008

Do you ever sit down to write a blog post and nothing coherent wants to come out? I have all sorts of topics I could discuss, from knitting to upcoming house projects to Nik’s vision problems. But I’ve started this post about five times already and…meh. So…I’ll save the majority of it until another time. […]

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it’s only thursday, right?

April 25, 2008

Holy, holy, what a week. Any time I have to work on Sunday (which happens every 8 weeks), the week feels absolutely interminable. This week, I worked 4 hours on Sunday, 6.5 hours on Monday, 13.25 hours on Tuesday…Wednesday morning it already felt like it ought to be Friday. Aside from the oddities like my […]

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