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.