Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Somewhat of a Sock Break

I have not touched a sock in almost a week (unheard of for me), but I have been knitting. When I was organizing my stash last month I came across some yarn I had long forgotten about. I bought this yarn at Distinctive Knits a couple years ago when it was on clearance. I thought I would make a sweater for my son with this yarn, but he was not too thrilled with the little nups of color, so it was put into hibernation. When I came across it again, the youngest said she liked it. Last week I gathered up all the yarn I could find ( I must have used 2 balls of it for something else because I could only find 8 of the 10) and took some measurements, knit a swatch and cast on. She was all too happy to try it on several times for a custom fit. I started knitting Thursday 7/17/08 and wove in the ends last night 7/22/08. You would have thought I was knitting on a deadline. I was somewhat obsessed with getting this finished. I can't explain it, as I am usually bored out of my mind with stockinette stitch. I threw it into the wash for a good soak with some Eucalan and blocked it. It washed up so soft, no complaints about itchiness with this one. I had wanted to put a hood on it, but the unaccounted for 2 balls nixed that idea. Instead I applied an attached I-cord around the bottom, neckline and wrists. I will take it along to JoAnn's later and see if we can find a zipper. The yarn is Cleckheaton Snowflake.






I do have socks on the needles and a finished pair to share. I finished the STR in light weight Lover's Leap. I used my Hearts- A- Plenty pattern for this yarn. I am really happy with the way these turned out and I loved knitting with this yarn. I have only knit with the medium weight, and this was lovely to work with.





And on the needles, "Miriam" in Pagewood Farm Chugiak 2 ply, in the River Rock color. These socks met an early demise. I had put them in my knitting bag, sans ziplock bag, and it lost 2 of the needles. Instead of trying to retrieve all those lost yo's I just frogged them and began again. Just as well, this way I can count them for SoS 08. This yarn is wonderful to work with also. It has a beautiful tight twist, and knits up into a very nice fabric.


And also on the needles "Diamonds in Lace" knit in Lime and Violet Sasquatch sock yarn in the Spooky Pooky color. I have the second one started of this pair. I hope to get atleast one pair finished this week ... we will see. The eldest really would like me to work on her sweater.



I believe that is it for this week. We have had quite a few storms blow through the last few days and the one that came through last night brought some cooler temperatures. It has been hot and humid here, and today is lovely.
Have a wonderful week!!!!!!

17 comments:

Shannan said...

The sweater looks great! Looks like you have a happy recipient too. Your socks are all fabulous.

Missy said...

Your sweater is absolutely beautiful as well as the socks. I love that pink color.

Caroline said...

I know I've seen your heart socks pattern before, but they are so incredibly cute in the pink. In fact, even though I have three socks already going, I went to Loopy Ewe to buy the pattern. I thought she had a download feature:( I changed my mind when I saw that shipping was five dollars. I'll just wait and order the pattern when I order some yarn some time. Boo hoo.

Beth N said...

The sweater is very cute--less than a week to knit--wow. The hearts really stand out on the pink socks--everything is beautiful.

Karen said...

The sweater looks wonderful on Lauren. I've said it before and I'll keep saying it "you're my knitting hero".
Love the socks!

gypsyknits said...

Imagine! Stash yarn long forgotten! And missing 2 skeins! LOL
The youngest looks great in that sweater. Job well done.
The socks are wonderful!

Diane said...

Great looking socks. Looks like your daughter is happy with her new sweater. Always nice to knit for someone who appreciates it.

hakucho said...

Great job on the sweater!! All your socks are wonderful...my favorite are the heart socks :)

Shelley said...

The sweater looks fabulous and your daughter looks mighty happy wearing it!

All the socks are great! I've been slowly working on my one sock that I've been working on for a little while now. I've just got maybe 4 or 5 more rows left and will kitchener it close...will probably get that done tomorrow and start on the second one. I want to get this pair done before I leave for home on Aug. 31.

Allison said...

The sweater is adorable and the socks are great as always! I have to ask you about the blockers - I just got a pair from Loopy Ewe (look like yours) and they seem HUGE! I got the one for size 8-10 feet - I am size 9 - but are sock blockers meant to be on the big side? Would love to know your thoughts.

ChristyH said...

Digging in stash is great for finding things you forgot or lost. I found Legos in mine.

Daniele said...

Love the little color neps in your daughter's sweater. Great job. Also - I was checking out the sock designs through your link and realized they were YOUR designs. How cool is that! I especially love the Miriam socks. I will have to purchase that pattern for sure.

Daniele aka mscreate.typepad.com
aka plurkey bud

Sheila said...

Your sweater look great. Yeah, for stash yarn!

Helen Knits said...

Love the River Rock socks both the pattern and the colourway. Your daughters sweater looks great too and she certainly looks very happy with it.

Alisha said...

The sweater looks awesome!

Love the socks as well!

Dawn said...

The sweater is so cute! She looks great in it! I love those pink socks too! I'll have to get that pattern! :)

Brenda said...

Great sweater! You are a knitting fiend to knit it so quickly!

Excellent socks as always. Bummer about the needles coming out though!