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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?

by Michelle on 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 the street in the rain. 😀

All we did today was go into Newport for breakfast (at more like lunchtime). So I’ve been knitting most of the afternoon/evening, with a bit of reading thrown in. And visiting with Mom and Nik, of course. All in all, a very nice, relaxing day. Despite the weather.

I’ve made excellent progress on my Sorta Charade socks. The first one has a heel and I’m now working my way down the foot. I’ll post photos tomorrow, probably. I also started the February Baby Sweater last night and am now through about three repeats of the lace pattern. Despite looking over the pattern before I started, I didn’t notice that there was no mention of buttonholes until you get to the lace section. So…the garter stitch portion at the top has none. Oops. I’ve come up with an alternate plan for the buttons already, and I think it’ll be fine.

I think it’s supposed to rain more tomorrow, so there probably won’t be any pretty Gleneden photos from me. Maybe I’ll steal some more from Mom…

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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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