Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mom's Monkeys Are Finished

Here they are. Done as of 2/8 at 8 pm.

Look at how much yarn I had left. It was like the miracle oil of Hanukkah. I worried from the 2nd cuff on that I was going to run out of yarn, but it held out. Delivering them to mom on 2/11 weather permitting.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Advent Scarf - Day 12

Day 12

Mom's Monkey - First Sock Done

18 rows of cuff then 5 leg pattern repeats.

21 rows of heel flap.

Turn the heel.

Picked up 12 stitches and made 1 on each side. Foot is 4 patterns plus 5 rows. Toe is 22 rows. Then grafted the toe stitches together.

2nd sock is cast on. Should be done by next week. Tried making my own sock blocker with a clothes hanger because this sock is larger than my store bought blocker. It's okay. May try to make one out of foam if I get to Michael's soon.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mom's Monkeys -- February's Cookie A Knit-a-long

The Ravelry group sock for February is Monkey. I'm making this pair for my mom.

I'm using 2.5 mm DPNs making the large size.

I cast on 80 stitches using the German Twisted Cast On which for some reason took forever!

I'm using Handpainted Knitting Yarns Donegal sock yarn in a blue colorway. Here's the start of the cuff.

Because Mom likes her socks longer, I'm doing 2 inches of cuff which is 18 rows.

Sweetheart Socks

I cast on Sweetheart Socks in the last few days. I'm working them on Size 3 DPNs which made the toe up cast on interesting. I managed to get it done  using Judy's Magic Cast On.

Here's the toe which I worked in 21 rows knitting the odd rows and increasing 4 stitches by kfb one stitch from each end.

Then the pattern starts. Here's one repeat plus about 13 rows.

At the 10th row in the second repeat you plan for an afterthought heel by knitting a waste thread in the sole which you'll later pick out and pick up the stitches to add in the heel, a new technique for me. Here's what it looks like for now.

Advent Scarf Days 9 - most of 12

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11 and most of Day 12

I'm going into differently colored yarns. First orange and white, then an orange/red combo, then red/yellow/blue and next will be a blue/purple mix. The yarn hasn't been going far lately, so this may end up sleeping until more yarn becomes available. We'll see.

Friday, January 28, 2011

What To Do With Leftover Sock Yarn

Back during the Christmas season I saw on Ravelry that a bunch of people were knitting an advent scarf. The designer published one section a day for 24 days. I didn't have time to do it then, but I'm trying it out now and using my remnant yarn. Who knows what it's going to turn out like since the colors are going to vary over the course of the knitting.

Here's the pattern. Advent Scarf

Here's where we are so far.

Day 1

Day 2

This day has Nupps! Thankfully there was this great video to explain a way to do nupps that didn't involve having to purl through 7 stitches.

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6 and 7 (I think)

Look, it's yarn number 2!

Day 8

I'm viewing this both as a way to use yarn and a way to gain skills. The other thing about it is there's no way I could have kept up with the pace of this scarf. You have to knit 32 rows a day and for me at least that's taking 4 or more hours a day. I wish this was less wide and that the amount of knitting was at most 2 hours a day worth. I think when next December rolls around I will try to do this with a group though. We'll see.