Greyhounds and Knitting

Or alternatly titled, "Bridget Struggles to Knit Something Other Than Socks and Occasionally Posts Pictures of Her Greyounds"

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Pomatomus Knitalong

I jointed the Pomatomus Knitalong!

Here are the most recent picture of my Hippo Socks. Not too much more to go!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Return of the Hippo Socks and Future Sock Planning

After a delay caused by a serious case of Second Sock syndrome the Pomatomus Sock (or as Cindi called it "The hippopotamus Sock") is back! I really enjoy knitting this pattern so I'm not sure why it took me so long to get back to it. Soon to be turning heal and on to the instep where I will actually have to pay attention to the pattern!

Looking ahead to finishing these fine socks, I've got most of my sock yarn stash sitting out in my living room so I can stare at it and determine which of these fine yarns will be next on the needles and which pattern I should use with which one. The considerations are:
1) needles should be Addi size 1 circs
2) socks should be able to be knit 2 at a time
I think those are the only considerations. When I started listing them I thought there would be more!

From Left to right Top Row the Yarn is: STR Waterlilies, STR Hard Rock, and STR Falcon's Eye
Bottom Row is: Blue Brown Merino (from ebay seller kbrece), STR Lagoon, and STR prove It All Night

So far here are my thoughts:
pove It All Night: Conway from Nancy Bush's Knitting On the Road
Falcon's Eve: Hedera or Cascading Leaves from Townsend Sock Knitalong but I really think I need Addi 0s for these as I tried these with the 1s once before and they would have been way too big
STR Waterlilies: Falling Leaves I've been wanting to try a toe up sock
Hard Rock: Something Jaywalkerish but not Jaywalker. I want something a bit more stretchy so I don't have to worry so much about fit. I'm thinking about the Chevron Pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks.
The other Pattern I'm thinking of is the Fancy Silk Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush and the Diagnal Rib Socks but I haven't decided which yarn I would use for these.

Any suggestions on patterns/yarn combinations appreciated!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Finished 1st Pair of 2 Socks on 2 Circs STR Jewel of the Nile

Started: March 29th
Finished: April 17th
Yarn: STR jewel of the Nile
Needles: addi 1s, 24 inch
Pattern: K3, P1 Rib
Overall I was really pleased with the 2 circs. I would definitely knit this way again. No more Second Sock syndrome!
Speaking of which, my poor 2nd Hippo Sock is languishing on the needles. I tried to work on it again yesterday evening but I couldn't get into it which is weird because the first one flew and I still think it is my most beautiful sock ever but I dirgress! Today is about these Jewel of the Nile socks. Pattern was simple but it's really great for showing off the yarn. Really had fun with the bright colors. I really want some STR in the shades of blue that are in these. There is this bit of ice blue surrounded by a deep blue and the turquoise that I would love in a colorway. I should be seeing some STR at the Seattle Knitting Expo at the end of the month so we will see what they have! In other knitting news, 3 of my work friends are expecting babies! I need to learn how to turn my sock yarn left overs into booties!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

2 socks on 2 circs update

My first attempt at two socks on two circular needles is progressing well. I had some trouble at first just getting use to the new technique but now feel pretty comfortable. I didn't like having so many heal stitches (for both socks) on the one needle while the lesser amounts were on the other but once I got through enough decrease rows things evened up more and became better. I put up a bunch of photos of these unfinished socks because they are perfect twins, the bit of pooling is even identical and also because the color is so much fun I can't wait to wear them! I took the picture of the backs outside to get a more accurate representation of the colors. Click on photos for a larger size view if you wish!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Chevron Scarf

I started the Chevron Scarf Pattern from Last Minute Gifts. I figured I should let some of this gorgeous sock yarn see more of the light of day and bask in more admiration than it gets just hanging out on my feet! I'm using Claudia's Handpaint in greens that remind me of a grassy field and Koigu in the most delicate light blues and purples. I think it works together. Please believe these pictures don't do these justice. It's raining today (yuck but I was working anyway) so all I could do are indoor pics but Val wanted to see.

Speaking of Val, I think she is taking her yarn obsession to a whole new level. Check out her blog!

I've done the heal flaps on my first 2 socks/2 circs attempt and have been avoiding a bit the heal turn and gusset pick up but I'll get on that and hopefully have those progressed enough for a picture in the next day.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Jewel of the Nile on two Circs

Started: March 29th
Yarn: STR jewel of the Nile
Needles: addi 1s
Pattern: K3, P1 Rib

I wanted to try two socks on two circular needles and I haven't quite decided if I like working this way yet. As I knit the yarn from the balls twists and I have to stop every so often to get it untwisted. Not sure if this is faster than just doing one at a time. Maybe there is something that I could be doing differently to prevent this. I did weave in my ends in as soon as I was able to get rid of those from further confusing things! I've knit on to the wrong needle more than a few times and have had to fix things too. I can't even think of what happens when it comes time to turn heals and pick up gussets! :) Will find out that part when I come to it I guess! Anyway as to the pattern I went back and forth with what do do with the yarn and decided on something simple will show off the colors best and will allow me to worry about learning the two circ technique. Really pretty yarn. I'm glad I went with simple for it.