Thursday, July 05, 2007

First Finished Pair for July


And hopefully there will be many more to follow. I am determined to defeat this second sock syndrome. These are a pair that I started a while back, I don't remember how long ago. The pattern is my own. They are knit in Lorna's Sport in the Irving Park colorway (sorry Karen, I told you the wrong colorway), on size 2 dpns. The second ball felt so different from the first though. They matched well in color and "pooling" but the yarn of the second ball seemed so much thinner than the first. Not quite fingering, but definitely thinner than the first.





I have made a little progress on the socks I started last week. The sock I am knitting in the Opal is coming along well. I am working on the gusset decreases. You get a side view this time. I ordered some solid yarn from Angel Yarns in the UK, so I will knit these again in a yarn that will show the design better when the yarn comes. I will finish this pair too, because I like them, and I know what the design looks like.



And the Kenya socks are growing too. Just the Plain Jane stockinette stitch socks in some absolutely, wonderful to work with, yarn. Sometimes you just need plain vanilla. These have grown a lot just waiting in the van for the kids to get done with all the things they need to do.



The second clue for the Mystery Stole 3 group comes out tomorrow. I am ready!! I finished the first clue in the Pacific color, alpaca/silk lace yarn, I got from Webs. I finished it on Saturday. I thought a knitting friend of mine might like one for herself, so I started another one in a red Mohair lace wt. I will give it to her for her Birthday. I won this yarn last summer in a blog contest. I need to finish the first clue still on the red one ... I have a little tinking to do :( I missed a decrease somewhere, I think one of the double decreases I knit as a single decrease. That is what I get for thinking I don't need life lines. Anyway it is further along than the picture represents, and I should be able to finish it tonight. Tomorrow, July 6th, is the last day for sign ups for this group, so if you are interested you need to click on the link above and join.


And I love my Hibiscus, so I am going to leave you with a picture of it. Sorry about the sock blockers in the bottom of the picture. Last year, this was a new plant, and we were lucky to have 2 beautiful flowers. This summer it has blessed us with a new flower every day and sometimes, even 3 or 4, with many blooms still growing. I love it!





12 comments:

hakucho said...

All your socks are beautiful. That's strange about the Lorna sport have such differences in the skeins. Your lace stoles are beautiful. Very intricate!
Beautiful hibiscus, too :)

Diane said...

Congrats on getting those second socks done. I love your hibiscus too. Really pretty.

marit said...

The lace stoles are beautiful! Ijust signed up...even though I really don't have time now!

Karen said...

Your socks look great (as always) love that colorway. Can't wait to see what you got from the UK. Your hibiscus is so beautiful this year.

Sheila said...

I love the mystery shawl. I will bask in your mystery shawl this year. I decided I wasn't experienced enough in lace knitting to try.

Beth N said...

Your lace stoles are very pretty--and you are doing two of them!! I love all your socks--your hibiscus is beautiful also.

Brenda said...

Wonderful socks! And your mystery stole looks beautiful in both yarns! You are really getting a lot knit.

Heddy said...

Very pretty flowers ... and nice looking socks and shawls -- you have been knitting up a storm!

I just wanted to let you know that I emailed you to let you know you were selected as the winner of my blog contest (please email me your mailing address so I know where to mail your prize pack!)

Thanks!

Shelley said...

Monica, all your socks are great! You and your sister are definitely cut from the same fabric...or should I say stitched from the same yarn? You both knit lots of great socks!

Your shawls are coming along beautifully!

Janice said...

Your shawls are beautiful!! Will have to add lace knitting to my list of what I need to learn someday! All of your socks are looking great! I am excited to start on another pair when I finish the second one of this pair. (Trying to avoid second sock syndrome as well!) Love the pattern of your first sock!

Helen said...

I love hibiscus too, we have 3in our garden but there is an orange and pink one that's my favorite. Because of the drought they have really suffered and are not looking their best. And not one but two MS3's and all those wonderful socks Monica, I don't know how you do it.

Jknits said...

I love the lace stoles - very inspirational. Lace is on my to do list.