Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Little This and That...

First let me say, that it is my intention to blog at least once a week again. I started out doing really well, blogging at least weekly, but usually twice, and then it became once a week, then every 10 days.... you get the picture. So my goal...weekly blog posts, hopefully with finished knitting content.


I finished a pair of socks. The Lauren socks I showed last week. They look a little odd in the picture, but I really wanted to show the front cable. I couldn't get an angle that didn't distort one or the other sock. Anyway they are finished and I love them. The pattern is available at The Loopy Ewe and at my Ravelry store.






Also on the needles and close to completion are a pair of socks knit in Numma Numma Toasty in the Blackberry Jam colorway. This is a very soft and super light weight yarn. It took me a while to find a gauge that worked well with it, but once I did I loved it. I will definitely be purchasing more of this yarn. It is hard to capture the correct shading of this color, it is much prettier than it looks in the picture.



I also knit a few dish cloths, I don't know why since I certainly don't need more right now. I now know that you can almost make 3 dish cloths from 2 balls of Peaches and Creme cotton. I will have to finish the 3rd one with some left over cotton in a different color. I gave one of them to my sister, so only 2 in the picture. I also knit a pair of mittens for my great niece in some very pretty Blue Faced Leicester, but gave those to my sister before I took a picture of those too. I will have to remember to take my camera over next week when S is visiting and take a picture of them on her sweet little hands.


I had to drive up to work today to sign my yearly performance appraisal. It is electronic now so I have to drive an hour one way just to sign on to the computer. I liked it so much better when they would just mail it to me, I would sign it and take it back when I worked next. It was due a little while ago, but I was never there when the manager that did the evaluation was there, it is so complicated. Anyway, since I had to drive up there, I decided to make a little stop at a yarn shop along the way. A couple of the girls at work were talking about it, so I thought I would take a looksee. They also sell fabric there. It is a small shop with a small assortment of yarn, but the ladies that were working there were very nice. I will no doubt be going back again. I bought a ball of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in color 107 that will soon become a pair of fingerless mitts. The driving daughter was oohing and awwing over the color of the yarn so she will no doubt lay claim to them when they are finished. I also bought a pair of Knit Picks fixed circular needles there. I didn't know they sold to retailers. I love my Harmony needles so I thought I would give these a try, even though I have heard from numerous people that the join is very susceptible to breaking. At least I know they replace them. They also had some lovely colors of Rowan Pure Wool Aran that I think I must have for a sweater.
Well that is all for today. I hope everyone has a pleasant week. Until next time...










13 comments:

Helen Knits said...

So good to see you have your knitting mojo back and that you are blogging again :).

I am just sorry I didn't realize sooner that you were back.

~Tonia~ said...

Lovely socks. I just love the patterns that you come up with. Welcome back to blogging. I am trying to do the same.

Daniele said...

Ah, see!! You did buy something!! hee hee

Gorgeous socks as always. I love my Harmonies as well. I did have one cable break (not at the join) that the replaced quickly. I especially love the 60" cables that I can turn into "flexibles" and lay a whole shawl out while I'm working on it.

Pat said...

I enlarged the Lauren photo to see the intricacies - they are gorgeous socks Monica!!

Ria said...

Oh I so seriously want some mini mochi!

JoAnn said...

Oh my - you have been busy. The socks are very nice patterns. I will have to check them out on TLE.

I like a mindless dishcloth once in awhile. I've made two, but gave them away as gifts. Maybe once Little League starts, it would be a good knit on the bleachers.

Beth N said...

Your socks are wonderful as always. That yarn is gorgeous! I always enjoy reading your blog.

Karen said...

Look at you knitting up a storm. Love the socks (as always). Is that a new pattern I see? And why don't I have it to test? I know I'm a slacker in the finishing department of the knitting...but I will at least get it started and through the first repeat. Scout's honor!! Hope to see you soon!!

Jane said...

Gorgeous socks and I love knitting dishcloths too! They are so practical.

Diane said...

oooooooing and ahhhhhing over your yarn and socks as always.

If your cable pulls out of the tip just throw in a drop of super glue or fusion glue and you'll be back to knitting in no time at all. I had one cable pull out and fixed it myself. Haven't noticed a difference and hasn't broken again.

Allison said...

I've been wanting to try some of the mini moochi. I'm going to look for some at Stitches this week. I can't wait to see your fingerless mitts!

Plumpy said...

We had the same idea using Mini Mochi for fingerless gloves as well!!

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Esoteric Knitter said...

Always fab socks! Can't wait to see the mini mochi knit up. :)