Friday, January 18, 2008

Fear Not!

Fear not fellow knitters, I only had to endure a few short hours with no knitting on the needles. (Breathe deeply Madge, I survived! Never again, never again ...)

So here are some FOs as yet unposted.

Pattern: Hiiumaa Socks from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Trekking pro natura (75% New Wool, 25% bamboo) in 1501 (white) and 1503 (brown)
Needles: US 1s
Notes: It's easier to tote around socks when you are only working from 1 skein of yarn! Well, that was the only excuse I could come up with for not knitting these quickly. They were the BackBou's Xmas present which I am happy to report he loves. One minor complaint is that they slouch a bit much for him (I like the slouch myself). Maybe some ribbing changes and calf shaping would have helped with that.

Pattern: Maine Morning Mitts from The Knitter's Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes
Yarn: Valknitz (55% mohair, 45% wool)
Needles: US 5s
Notes: Quick and easy. When I'm not wearing these, the BackBou is. I'm planning on making some for the girls as well. I get compliments on these constantly. The yarn is really beautiful and warm. Our new Sunday activity is ice skating and these keep me warm while still allowing me to lace up the skates.

Pattern: Syncopated Caps from Interweave Knits (Summer 2007) by Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool Co., natural white and magenta variegated
Needles: US 2s
Notes: I intended this to be for myself, but I noticed early on that my gauge was (duh) incredibly different in the colorwork and in the round. So I didn't stop (because that would have been prudent and sensible) but thought, "oh hecko, it's sure to fit someone ..." And so it does. R now has a new hat! This pattern rocks -- I loved knitting it and could barely put it down.

I am going to the yarn store today to buy another colorway to go with my remaining white so that I can have one as well! What can I say about this yarn other than every knitter should have some in the stash or on the needles.

And I will encourage, by force if necessary, Liz and Mo to pick some up when we see each other this Sunday. That's right! An XRK summit in Richmond! Huzzah!


Lindy said...

I LOVE that hat! It's absolutely adorable!

nova said...

I like the parade of knits! I really want to knit a pair (or 30) of the Maine morning mitts. They seem so useful and practical.

Laurie (Moo!) said...

I've noticed that men aren't fond of "the slouch" but the work done on the socks should make up for that. You tell him. LOL.

The cap is beautiful and the wearer seems to think so, as well.

Madge said...

Whew. I'm glad you survived. (Have you seen the Addams Family movies? You having no knitting otn was like the moment when Raul Julia/Gomez says, "Has the whole world gone MAD?" Yep, just like that.)

Lovely FOs. Lucky, lucky family. :)

Have fun at your XRX meet! *waves to Liz and Mo, too*

MandellaUK said...

I've been wanting to knit that hat, so it's great to see yours. I looks absolutely brilliant. I'm very taken with the socks too - they look like zebras in negative.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on all the FOs! That hat looks amazing.

Maggi said...

Are y'all going to the Yarn Lounge? I'd love to meet the visitor, and you, since Mo is the only one I know . . . Have fun!

Suzanne said...

The Syncopated Hat! I love it!!!!

My BIL has requested one and I love Kate Gibert patterns but with my current sock goals.....

It fabby--and I saw it on TYL site as be famous!

Mo said...

The hat is incredible! As are the socks and mitts. Great job! Can't wait to see you!

Mo said...

The hat is incredible! As are the socks and mitts. Great job! Can't wait to see you!

Anonymous said...

How cool, I saw you guys at TYL today & didn't realize it was you! I was admiring R's hat from my seat on the leather chair, imagine my surprise to see it again the same day! :)

You did a wonderful job, it looks even better in person!

Kim said...

Absolutely love the hat and lil one under it is adorable too! I've been a little intimidated to try socks but after seeing yours, I might just pull out my dpn's and give it a try!

Octopus Knits said...

The socks, mitts, and hat are all great! I too have the hat in my queue : )

Anonymous said...

Great FOs! Have fun at the summit!

Lolly said...

I *love* the hat! I had totally forgotten about this pattern. Yours turned out so well!