30 October 2014

Knitting cables

While I have been doing a smidge of sewing (nothing completed yet) I have still been knitting up a storm here.  Back in January, after I finished son's wool sweater, I started my very first cable project.  I finished all the knitting and even started to sew it together when the heat hit, and it languished over the late spring-summer-early autumn.  We did get a cool front earlier this month, and I pulled out my unfinished sweater and sewed up the rest of the seams, then I even managed to get some pics in the morning when it was cool enough to wear a 100% wool knit sweater in worsted-weight yarn without sweating too badly.
scoop-neck cable sweater
It is nice and warm, yet still breathes well, and I am certain to appreciate it over the winter even if it looks/feels a bit big right now.  I am not sure if I have lost weight (neighbor up the dirt road thinks so), or if I cast on one size too big, or if the stitches stretched out as I haven't washed or blocked it yet.

Now, for my most recent finished cable project, and also the most complicated so far: socks, of course.
Treehouse sock, in sunlight, close to actual color

fuzzy unfocused pic of both socks on my feet ... before 2nd mug of coffee
The yarn is more grey, although any time I have tried to take a pic in shadow it looks bluer than it is.  I had a lot of fun doing all this cabling although it was slow going compared to non-cabled projects.

30 September 2014

Knitting my own sock design

I have been busy on a knitting adventure: I designed my own socks.  Well, this pair isn't for my feet, but a gift for hubby's grandmother ... but I was not able to find what I wanted even when using Ravelry's advanced pattern search, so I did a literal back-of-the-envelope sock design.  Seriously, this is the back of the envelope of my electric bill, so I am calling this pattern "electric cable rib socks."
the original electric bill envelope design scribbles

attempting to photograph the cabling

electric cable rib socks about 60% done
I had to put them on my hands since they are too small for my feet.  Grandma wears a US 5-1/2 wide, where I wear a US 8-1/2 regular.  I do hope the cabling shows up in the pics, because that is the main part of what I wanted and could not find.  I am looking forward to making a pair for myself and a pair for hubby, too.  There is nothing overtly feminine about the 1x1 cabling on the ribs ... although I have an idea percolating in my tiny brain about a lace sampler sock idea!

Me?  Designing my own socks now?  It hasn't even been a year since I made my very first pair of plain stockinette socks!  LOL

20 September 2014

Even more sock knitting

Oh wow, I've been remiss on posting.  Since I last posted an actual fiber-related update, I have since finished another FOUR pairs of socks.  I think I am starting to get faster!  Now, for the pic-bomb ...
lace "Bandwagon Socks" in solid black wool/silk

I even put a lace panel in the center back

comfy Openwork Ladders socks in wool/bamboo/nylon

these Maskerade Socks have cables and a lace design that I cannot get a decent pic of yet.  Made in wool/nylon

hubby asked for boot socks, so here they are!  Also wool/bamboo/nylon yarn

the boot socks without the boots, a random ribs pattern.  Hubby really likes them.
I have another three pairs on needles .... yes, thanks to a clearance sale at Jo-Ann's over the summer I now have enough sock needles to work on that many at a time.

27 August 2014

Meet hubby's Chaos Demon

Here is why my sewing lair is perpetually a mess:
Little Bit, aka "Chaos Demon" claiming the dog's quilt
For the record, that is the dog's blanket-quilt.  He was rather whiny and upset that she was not letting him on it that day.  My mom made that quilt for me originally, and up in Tennessee it adorned the back of the couch ... until the dog discovered he could wiggle on the couch and get it to fall over him so only his nose and tail were showing.  It is basically his Linus blankie and has been moved to the floor (when it's not being laundered) to encourage the dog to spend more time on the floor than the couch.

As for the Chaos Demon ... she was dumped at the public park next to our house up in Tennessee, and I tried for a week to coax he indoors without success.  We could hear her crying at night and especially when it rained, but I was lucky to even catch a glimpse of her.  Hubby made some remark about it, so I sent him out to try.  He came back in about five minutes, with a skinny but happily purring small cat in his hand.  He says all he did was sit down and tell her, "well, come on over here."

I know enough about cats to recognize a full feline claim on a person.  She has stayed, even though the other three didn't like her (and it was mutual).  Now, she is our only cat in the house, after Twilight the Terrorist Kitty died doing what she loved best: destroying something of ours while misbehaving.  She tore out a screen window to get outside (after hubby fixed it so she couldn't slide it open) and then apparently ate something poisonous.  We miss that stubborn, silly monster.

Oh, back to the Little Bit-Chaos Demon.  Every time hubby finds a dead frog or large bug under his chair, my sewing room is wrecked.  She is also fond of shredding paper, especially anything I have printed out on my computer.  Cleaning up that mess is on my to-do list, as soon as I get this most recent pair of socks finished (yes, I am still happily knitting socks), because I need new tops and so does my mother-in-law.

30 July 2014

More sock knitting

I finished up the Bridal lace socks about a week ago ... they're in the washing machine now but I do have some pics.
close-up of lace pattern

finished Bridal socks on my feet
They fit nicely, and the lace pattern with the slip-stitch rib is open enough to make great summer socks.  I need to remember to reinforce the heels and toes before I wear them too many times, and also the easy lace socks that I still do not have pics of yet.

Rolling along, I have sideways socks on my straight needles for hubby (need pic of those as well) and on my new small circular needles I am trying the "two-at-a-time" (2aat) idea for another lace pattern in a wool/bamboo/nylon blend.
start of "openwork ladders" socks done 2aat on circs
I am about 5 inches into the legs section now, with a couple road trips and appointments to work on them.  Hubby called the 2aat concept "bad(*donkey*) knitting" when he first saw it, then paused and asked, "Can knitting be bad(*donkey*)ed?"  Yes, my dear, it certainly can be.

I realize there are folks reading who are wondering just why I am bothering to knit my own socks.  For that matter, I am sure there are folks who wonder why we'd sew our own clothes too!  (Note: I will certainly be doing more of that, and soon.)  The socks I bought last year have been falling apart at the same rate as the ones I bought in '09 and '10 ... but at least the older ones have the excuse of being older and having given me my money's worth in use.  The ones I bought last year?  JUNK!!!!  It's not only socks, either.  I'll save the rant about underwear/panties for another post, but let's just say most of the recently-purchased ones are already in worse shape than the ones they were bought to replace.  So, I am at the point where I say "(*BLEEP!*) it!  I'll just make my own."  At least if these socks wear out quickly, I will know exactly whom to blame.