Monday, March 26, 2007

Weekend Knitting

I am recuperating from the flu and now that it is allergy season, I just hadn't felt like knitting much the last week and a half. This weekend however, was the "Knit Off" for Socktopia Momma Monkey designed a sock for the competition and released it on Sat. afternoon and the knitting commenced. We were divided onto teams and who ever gets the first pair of socks knit and posted, wins the prize....Koigu yarn, stitch markers, sock project bag...what more could you ask for. I knit these socks in 14.5 hours. I started at 1 PM took a two hour break so we could take my MIL out for her B-day dinner and continued knitting until 3:30AM and they were finished. DD1 says now that she knows I can knit a pair of socks in 14.5 hours she would like all of hers to be finished that quickly.... I don't think so. These are knit in Trekking XXL, size 2 DPN's.
I am also counting these for the Loopy Ewe Challenge. I answered the questionnaire and apparently I am a "Frank", so I had to Knit a pair of "Martha" socks. Anyway, I think these are Martha socks, they are pretty neutral and very different from my usual colorful socks.

I have been test knitting for the Socktopia group, Momma Monkey said it is OK for me to post the pictures of the sock patterns that have been released to the group already. If you want to knit these socks, click on the Socktopia button on the right hand sidebar and join the fun!


This weekend I started a baby dress for a girl at work. She is expecting in June. It is a Debbie Bliss pattern from the Special Knits book. It is really more of a very pale pink than the peachy color it appears to be in the picture. It is a 60% Cotton 40% acrylic blend. Size 3 circular needle. I am almost to the bodice decreases and then it will go super fast, that is until I cast on for the front and start all over again. I was going to knit it in the round to the armholes, but my longer cable size 3 is already in use, so I will knit it as the directions say. And since I don't have enough WIPs, I started another pair of socks today. I am knitting them in ArtYarns fingering wt. I don't have the ball band any more so I don't know the color number right off hand, but I do know the name is Girlie Camouflage, or something like that. The picture was blurry and I am too lazy to go out and take another one so I will share a picture of it later.


And on Saturday the mail man brought this to me all the way from Australia. ChocolateTrudi was having a blogiversary contest and I won one of the prizes. It is an Italian brand, lace wt, Kid Mohair blend yarn. I have never knit with it. She sent "9, " yes that is right... 9 balls, with 656 yds a ball. I think there will be some shawls knit this year for Christmas presents. Thank you very much ChocolateTrudi!

I have my "scarf exchange" scarf done. I need to get the little points that appeared during blocking out of it. I need to buy some blocking wires so I don't have to worry about those pesky little needle made points. I will share a picture of that after she gets it. I don't know if she visits my blog and I don't want to spoil the surprises

21 comments:

Beth said...

That's a lot of finished socks all at once! And since you knit that fast, we'll be seeing that many every week? ;)

Karen said...

I'm so glad you were the first to finish the "knit off" socks, it took a lot of pressure off me and I knit a little slower and took more breaks...my hands are feeling better. The baby dress is going to be adorable.

chocolatetrudi said...

Glad to hear the yarn arrived safely. I hope you get many hours of shawly knitting fun out of it!

Shelley said...

You sure have been knitting - especially a fast pair of socks! I'm going to have to get over to Socktopia (haven't been there for awhile)...probably a good thing I didn't venture over on Saturday like I wanted to...I would have wanted to take part in the contest, but sadly I am out of knitting commission til tomorrow. I've been working on a history paper that is due tomorrow, and I should be doing that right now...but I really don't want to do it even now...oh well...I can get back to knitting tomorrow after class!

Beth N said...

I can't decide which socks are my favorite--they are all beautiful. Those needles must have been smokin!

Bonnie D. said...

WHOA! That's a lotta socks!

Love the pink dress.

I'm glad you're over the flu. Allergy season is upon us, isn't it! Gotta love the Midwest. LOL.

hakucho said...

All your socks are just wonderful(fabulous)!! ...I'm going to have to check out socktopia. I just wish I had more time...can't seem to do everything I want to :(

Baby dress looks interesting...will be waiting to see more!

happy knitting :)

Rhonda said...

I see everybody is into socks for the Spring ... and you've knit up some really nice ones too. I have 2 on the needles now and one completed. Spring just screams SOCKS to me!

Monika said...

Aren't blogiversary's the best? I might just have one for my upcoming Blogiversary, hmmm
nice socks by the way. You really knit a lot! ;o)

Diane said...

Nice socks!

I was thinking the same thing as I was blocking my scarf for the exchange .... gotta get some blocking wires and make this earier.

~Tonia~ said...

Wow look at all those socks!!! I will have to go over and check it out.

The baby sweater is so cute. I am sure your friend will love it.

Allison said...

WOW!!! You are a sock machine! I'm so totally impressed.

Momma Monkey said...

Hee hee hee...

You do know you WON the Knit Off, don't you :)

I've never really thought I liked Trekking, but Eleanor looks awsome in it and I folded like an old dollar bill and ordered some.

Helen said...

Wow! You have been busy knitting again and as always your socks are gorgeous. Must go get ready for work will have to visit Socktopia when I get home.

Angela said...

Girlfriend, you are a sock knitting fool! My gosh! I don't think I could knit one sock that fast, let alone, two. Hope you win that prize. Can't see how anyone else I know could be more deserving. Good luck:)

Ang

Janice said...

WOW!! You have been knitting up a storm!! What fun! I am so impressed with everything that you have gotten done! The socks are great (all of them!!). I especially love the baby dress.. it is going to be beautiful!
Hope you don't get hit too hard with allergy's... they can be miserable!!!

Rebecca said...

WOWSERS! Did your fingers cramp up? It must have felt wonderful to have a pair of socks knit so quickly. The baby dress will be lovely..Debbie Bliss baby patterns always are.

sue said...

I cant believe you knit a pair of socks so quickly. They all look wonderful and I love the baby dress too, very pretty color. Love the yarn your sis sent to you too, how lucky you are. Your daughter's hoodie looks nice too, even if it was a problem to fix. I think it looks nice on her.

Sheila said...

I am very impressed! That was super fast time to knit socks. I hope you won!

Sheila said...

I am very impressed! That was super fast time to knit socks. I hope you won!

Alisha said...

So many great things!!

Love the socks and great yarn you won!

The baby dress is so adorable!!