Archive for January, 2007

twinkle, twinkle

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

i know you’ve been wanting to see this for several days now, so let’s just all exhale and take a look

(i can’t for the life of me figure out why i cannot get a decent photo of this piece; it defies all logic. but i will get one—mark my words.)
anyhow, that’s the first part of the last part of the one half of this stole. i think i like it—i definitely like the way the lttle diamonds inside the stars are the negative of the diamond mesh in the stole body. i’m not sure about te stockinette background, but i think it will look right once the next part goes on (just wait til you see—it’s SO extravagent; i just hope it’s not too—y’know?).

i am so glad i got that done last night; after the weekend i was feeling a little sorry for myself for not having any time off. but yesterday was really nice. i purposely did not go anywhere near any work stuff after i got home from teaching. i just answered blog email and did fibery things (well i stopped at the market too, but that’s ok).

and it snowed a whole bunch last night and today—i think the kids even had off from school; that is, i didn’t see any wandering aroundor waiting for buses this morning. we’ve gotten a fresh topcoat of snow each day this week—just a dusting mostly. but today it was a real accumulation. and the temperature keeps dropping.

late yesterday i got a package from elizabeth. i am helping to relieve her of (her words) “a boatload of quiviut”. we are working out a trade, and when i opened the box, look what she added

jewelry for my knitting . . . something for the starlight wrap i think. (how did she know i’m a ho for little boxes, too?)

oh, and the yarn—i did a little experiement. when i received and opened the box, i could see that the yarn appeared to still have it’s spinning oil on. it was stringy-looking and felt coarse.

and i wanted to see what it would be like washed. so i took a sample, skeined it up on my skein winder, and pushed it into a hot bath with some of my favorite wool wash

after it had hung to dry for a couple of hours, it felt and looked a lot more like musk ox down

it’s so soft—some day it will become a wedding shawl or some other delicacy. and if i just settled for petting this one little skein for the rest of my life, i wouldn’t mind that . . .

math whiz sock

Monday, January 29th, 2007

all i can think of are bad puns about love triangles and how right they feel.
but i’m sure Pythagorus was completely above all that.
you know, in theory.

Math Whiz Sock
shown here: size M, in Cherry Tree Hill Supersock

  • pattern price: $5.00 US (ohio residents, please add $.30 sales tax)
  • payment method: please visit our pattern shop!
  • Suggested Yarns: Briar Rose Grandma’s Blessing, Fearless Fiber’s Classic Merino Sock yarn, Koigu KPM, Fleece Artist Merino Sock, Socks that Rock, Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock, GGH Merino Soft, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, or any sock yarn which has 375 to 425 yards to 4 ounces.
  • Notes: These socks in four sizes have a cuff worked in Pythagorean Pattern which extends down over the top of the foot. Comprised of a simple arrangement of knits and purls, the pattern yields a deep, cushy texture bursting with right-triangle goodness!
    They are easily converted to toe-up construction, as the pattern is vertically reversible.
  • Finished Size:S(M, L, XL), to fit feet measuring 5-6(6-7.5, 7.5-9, 9-10.5)�?
    finished sock measurements = 5(6.75, 8.5, 10.25) inches
  • Yarn requirements: 300(350, 400) yds of sock yarn which has 500 yds
    per 4 ounces note: heavier sock yarn may be used—sock will be slightly larger at a gauge of 8 to 8.5 sts per inch; go to next size down if your yarn knits up at a gauge of 7 to 7.5 sts per inch.
  • Gauge: 28 sts and 40 rows = 4�? in stockinette on smaller needles
  • Needles: DPNs sizes 2 and 3, or size to obtain gauge on smaller needles
    Use of the larger needles is optional—they are used in the upper cuff to provide an increase for the calf, which may not be needed for all sock wearers.

patterns will be emailed in PDF format once payment is confirmed or eCheck has cleared; please contact us for information about wholesale orders

shown here: size M, in handspun blue-faced leicester

UPDATE:
06/08/07: at the top edge, where the instructions say Begin Pythagorean Pattern (see page 4 for charted pattern)

the note that follows should NOT be in the pattern at all; please disregard.
note: stitch count is increased on rnd 1 and stays at that number through rnd 3, decreasing back to original cast-on number for rnds 4 through 6)

i need a hat

Monday, January 29th, 2007

i need a hat. no biggie, right?

heh-he.
i have a horrible time getting the right hat for my head, whether i use someone else’s pattern or make up my own. it’s the depth. i have a very small head. well, it’s the curcumference too; don’t get me wrong—my head is tiny all over. oh, and don’t forget the hair thing—most hats also slide right off my fine hair.

so, i need something that will A) fit and B) stay on and C) look like it belongs on a grown woman’s head—that is to say, stylish—not so easy if one is fulfilling the first two requirements. the list of hat styles that look bad on my head is practically endless, and includes just about all the classics. each year i attack the situation with revewed vigor, and each year i give up, having failed to come up with anything that really works.

and now it’s cold again. i mean really cold. i need a hat.
my newest idea is to try a no-longer-than-shoulder-length stocking cap. not so long that it would be pulled off by its own weight, but just long enough to add some visual weight and height to the cephalic area. maybe even just chin-length. maybe even with color-stranding . . . we’ll see.

ok, i just had to get that out about the hat. i thought about it all weekend while i worked, and i was afraid that if i didn’t talk about it now, i would go find some yarn and start one right this minute.
which i do not need to do right now. i do not need any more distractions. i can wait a couple of days for the hat. i think i can anyhow . . .

i’m afraid my weekend knitting was limited to socks—both days i didn’t even start knitting til well after midnight, and then felt too wired/too tired to work on anything precious.

(i know this looks like the same picture i’ve been showing you for weeks, but i swear, i started this sock saturday night.)

and besides today is recharge-my-batteries-and-catch-up day (and seemingly also using-long-hyphenated-phrases day). i had classes to teach, but also got to knit while i did that. then i came home and got some bookwork out of the way (i.e., i called the bank to set up one little password for an account i opened saturday and it took three calls and over an hour to get one that worked).

i knit on the starlight wrap for a couple of hours today, which i’ll show you tomorrow because it was too dark for a photo by then.
and time to eat

(short break while david and i devour some pasta con il cavolfiore)

ok, i’m back. have i mentioned that i love cauliflower? and why? it’s rather light on flavor, and yet, i crave the stuff. hmm—maybe it’s the anchovies, hot pepper flakes, and parmigiano that go with it.

i’ll tell you what i DID do after work this weekend—spinning. it soothes my soul, and does not strain my eyes at all. i just use my hands and my ears (to listen to a book). it’s ni-i-i-ice.
friday night i finished spinning my gray romney and i plied the pink-and-gray twist yarn. after a washing on sunday, it looks like this

i’m diggin’ it. and can i say; yarn dries SO much faster in january than july . . .

saturday i knitted, only i can’t remember right now what i knitted . . .
then sunday night i worked SO late that all i felt like doing was some predrafting. totally mindless, but you end up with pretty-looking stuff like this

i did a bunch of it, too—i had several bags of dyed roving from my friend deb.

this stuff is not included in her product line or anything; just something she toyed with a while back and sent me to try.
it’s nice soft roving which feels like pretty high-quality merino to me, though i think deb told me it was mixed 54s wool. the colors are her usual genius—close tones of red/rust/plum? in one, and blue/purple/pink in the other.
even though it was already 2am by the time i finished predrafting, i wanted to try spinning some.

it took me a while to adjust to it—it truly spins like buttah and i had a hard time controlling what was happening at first, after working with the tackier romney fiber only the day or so before. this should make a gorgeous yarn—a rich periwinkle-with-streaks (really, i AM sorry about all these hyphenated phrases, i keep thinking i’m done, but then another one pops out!),

one thing i did work on (and i know dave will be happy about this) is my desk sock. while my docs relinked, and while i made PDFs, i picked it up and knit a needleful here and there. then today i realized the darn thing was a good three inches longer.

too bad it wasn’t a hat . . . .

smokin’ sock

Friday, January 26th, 2007

the pattern looks like curls of smoke winding their way up the foot and leg.
fabric is finely-knit, but dense and oh-so-comfy.
there’s just one word for them—smokin’.

Smokin’ Sock
shown here in Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Sock Yarn, color smoke

  • pattern price: $5.00 US (ohio residents, please add $.30 sales tax)
  • payment method: please visit our pattern shop!
  • Suggested Yarns: Fearless Fiber’s Superwash Merino Sock yarn, j. knits Superwash Me! Light sock yarn, Vesper Sock Yarn, Claudia Handpainted, Brooklyn Handspun, GGH Merino Soft, Lorna’s Laces nearly solids, Schaefer Anne nearly solids, or any fine sock yarn.
  • Notes: These socks in three sizes have a pattern which curls down the cuff and extends over the top of the foot, and is deceptively easy to work—a simple arrangement of knits and purls yields a deep, cable-like texture, without a cable needle.
    They are easily converted to toe-up construction, as the pattern is vertically reversible.
  • Finished Size: S(M, L), to fit feet measuring 6-7(7-8.5, 8.5-10)�? / finished sock measurements = 6(7.5, 9)�?
  • Yarn requirements: 300(350, 400) yds of sock yarn which has 500 yds
    per 4 ounces note: heavier sock yarn may be used—sock will be slightly larger at a gauge of 8 to 8.5 sts per inch; go to next size down if your yarn knits up at a gauge of 7 to 7.5 sts per inch.
  • Gauge: 38 sts and 52 rows = 4�? in stockinette on smaller needles, in finer yarns
  • Needles: DPNs sizes 0 and 1, or size to obtain gauge on smaller needles
    The larger needles are optional—they are used in the upper cuff to provide some shaping at the calf, which may not be needed for all sock wearers.