Yup, it hit me big again. I’ve currently got 5 projects on the needles, but hopefully will be finishing several by the end of the month, at least that is the plan. I decided that the Ruby Camp Shirt was just too tedious to devout all my attention on…all that laceweight knitting for a top was just making my head spin, and I needed something a bit easier to knit up. So I started Sahara:

Sahara WIP

Not much to look at right now, but I am past the armholes and about to start decreasing for the waist. I also just ordered beads for the project, and I hope they will be dark enough and the right size. I had a really hard time finding the right beads for the project, and still not sure if they will work, but we’ll see.

I also cast on for the Haruha scarf. I was first inspired by Elin when she did her’s…I had the scarf in my queue but really want to knit that puppy up when I saw her finished Haruha scarf. And I’ve always wanted to knit up some Jitterbug in the Ginger Cinnabar as soon as I saw it at my LYS (I would fondle it EVERY I isited the store, that and the Vincent’s Apron and Salty Dog colorways too), but the yardage is pretty paltry for my size 9 feet, and I like longer socks, so I thought what a perfect combination!! Its knitting up nicely so far:

Haruha WIP

I have another FO to report so I’ll be blogging about that soon…But right now I’ve got to get to my parents lakehouse for my mom’s birthday.  Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Stripey Meteor Socks

Stripey Meteor Socks

Pattern:  60 stitch toe-up stockinette sock. Turkish cast-on with afterthought heel and grafted bind off.
Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock in Meteor
Needles:  Size 1 Addi Lace circs

These were simple stockinette socks that I knit up while traveling and reading.  Nothing fancy.  Love the yarn, love the stripes, love the socks!!

A few months ago my knitting twin Elin and I thought it would be fun to do a sock swap together. We email on a daily basis about all things knitty, with a little of personal life thrown in for some spice. I got my package from her about a week ago and feel horrible for not posting about it sooner, but my excuse is that I was out of town almost all of last week and since have developed this horrid hacking cough with green stuff, so I have been spending my time recovering. Anyway, here’s what I came home to!

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Look how gorgeous!!  Its the Hourglass Eyelet Socks in Louet Gems in the Cherry Red colorway.  They fit perfect!  I actually wore the one sock around the house all day today all by its lonesome.  Very comfy – I may have to get my hands on some more of that Louet Gems before too long (that is not until after I get some STR – those are next on my list!!) (hmm, I just realized that I do have some of that Louet Gems in my stash to make stripey socks!…or something).  Along with the sock Elin sent me some yummy dark and milk chocolate (its practically gone already) and a lovely skein of Sundara sock yarn in the Delphinium colorway (you can see a pic here on Ravelry). Thanks Elin!!

On the WIP front I cast on for Sahara a few days ago, but haven’t gotten far so I won’t bore you anyone with a lame pic.  I also started and finished Otto, and will be writing a separate post about that.  And I cast on for the Haruha scarf today, but again haven’t gotten far so I’ll post a WIP pic at a later date.

When I heard Radiohead was coming through Dallas a few months ago I knew I had to go. HAD TO GO. And I got seat tickets to see them at the Superpages.com Center in Dallas during the presale, but my friend Chris did even better. Yes, I was one of those lucky people that got to see Radiohead in the pit. Chris is the man.

Without even fighting a crowd, I got to see Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood so close I could see facial expressions. They sounded fucking amazing. AMAZING. I was a bit bummed that they didn’t play a lot of their older music, specifically from The Bends and OK Computer (when they did play Fake Plastic Trees, I got the goose bumps), but…WOW. WOW WOW WOW.

I didn’t take my camera because it takes sucky pictures at night, but my friend Chris did, and he got some amazing pictures.

Click here to see the rest of Chris’ pics from the show.

Radiohead, I love thee. If they are coming to your town and you don’t have tickets, buy them from scalpers. Check on craigs list. Because if you are a Radiohead fan, you MUST GO.

Now I must take the week to recover as the insanity that was last week has finally caught up with me and I’m sick.

I’m blogging about this from the San Francisco airport, so I’m gonna keep this brief.

Blue Gable

Blue Gable

Pattern: Green Gable by Sarah & Rachel, Zephyr Style
Needles: US 4 & US 6 Addi Turbo circs
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cathay in Navy, less than 7 balls
Mods: Added short rows to the bust and length to the body, knit the ribbing on both hem and arms longer, and single crochet on cast on edge so the collar wouldn’t roll.

I’m actually really happy with this garment. If I had to redo it I would start the short rows sooner as I feel they are a bit too low. But other than that I actually like how it fits! I really love how the Cathay knit up – its got great stitch definition and the microfiber really adds a lot of give to the fabric, unlike cotton y itself, and I would totally use it again for a spring/summer/fall top. All in all a thumbs up!

Oh, and for those of you reading my blog, please comment on whether you think the swatch below would look good with my coloring. Its for Sahara and I plan on purchasing dark plum beads to go with it…

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I have lots of knitting fantasies. LOTS. Cardigans. Pullovers. Socks. Even lacy stoles. My Ravelry queue is bordering on ridiculous. But I cannot stop myself! Once that perfect cardigan or sock pops up on my friends activity page, I have to add it. I have recently restrained myself from adding more sweaters (especially that turtleneck that just got added since I don’t really ever wear them!). How will I ever knit all these things?!?!

I have the startitis right now. I’m not sure why exactly as its about to get really hot here and if I knit with wool I just know it will felt before it even gets onto the needles. But I want to start them all the same. I just finished Blue Gable and will show pictures in the next post. I started the Auburn Camp Shirt in JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool/-Silk 2/18 in Ruby:

Ruby Camp Shirt WIP

I’ve currently got 3 socks on the needles – the Leyburn socks which are giving me fits right now. I knit one and it was too tight. I got to the leg portion of the second and I had increased too much so they were too wide. I have now ripped back to the heel and hopefully will find the magic formula.

Leyborn Socks WIP

I also cast on for some socks for a sock pal. Can’t show pictures yet, but I’ve got one sock down and I think it may be too large too. Grrrr.

Friday night I cast on for some simple stockinette socks. The numerous skeins of Knitterly Things Vesper sock yarn has been calling my name for weeks, so I finally gave in and randomly picked a skein and knit away. Here’s the progress so far in the Meteor colorway:

Meteor Striping Socks WIP

In closing I’d like to show some pictures from my garden.

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From left to right – Roses galore. Japanese Hydrangea. Lilly of some kind. Tomatos. Banana peppers.

Another Elijah! I may be knitting one more this month…

Elijah III FO

Elijah III FO


Pattern
: Elijah by Ysolda Teague
Needles: US 4 Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN’s
Yarn: Plymouth Suri Merino in Lime #1310, 1.25 balls
Mods: I added short rows to his trunk for a permanent curve, less floppy ears

The last time I knit Elijah I thought I wanted to figure out how to make this little guys trunk curve permanently, and I thought short rows would work perfectly, and they did! I also inadvertently left out a row in his ear shaping, so I repeated the mistake for the 2nd ear. Knitting this little guy never gets old!!

Finally got some decent pictures with Salina, and just in time too! Its about to get HOT here in Dallas!

Salina FO

Salina FO

Salina FO

Salina FO

Pattern: Salina by Kim Hargreaves, Rowan Vintage Knits
Needles
: US 3 and US 1 Addi Turbo circulars
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed in Rage # 150, less than 7 balls
Size: Large (38″)
Mods: Short rows in bust, cuffs picked up and knit in the round, used size 3 cirs for seed stitch on the hip

My first pullover, my first seamed sweater, and my first experience with Felted Tweed. I love how it turned out! Inadvertently I cast on using the larger size needle, so the hip isn’t really fitted, which may be an issue later but only time will tell. I also added a total of 12 short rows to the bust, which made a HUGE difference I think – it fits perfectly there. Instead of knitting the cuffs separately I picked up around the edge of the sleeve and just knit them in the round. Mostly because I was lazy, but also because I wasn’t sure whether the cuffs flopped around, and I didn’t want to find out. The only issue I see with this knit is where it bunches around the underarms. I’ll have to see how to alter for this problem with my later projects.

Have you ever been so anxious to finish a project that you hunkered down for an entire day adding the finishing touches? I have. With this sweater. See, I live in an area where cold weather doesn’t usually last past April, and I knew I only had a few days left before it was hotter than Hades here. So I went to my LYS on a Saturday, and spent the entire day, and I mean the ENTIRE DAY from noon until 5 knitting those cuffs on size 1 needles. I didn’t eat, drink, or stop but a few times to fondle yarns. I even pulled some yarn for my next project and stared at it while I knit those cuffs. I was friggin’ determined to wear my new sweater out that night, and damn skippy I did. I was able to wear it twice before it was too warm (come on cold front!!). I may be able to take it with me to Minneapolis next week, or to Northern California the week after, if its chilly enough!

I also started Green Gable:

Green Gable WIP

I’m knitting this in Debbie Bliss Cathay in Navy. Love the yarn! Its a bit splitty, but I think it will be a great summer yarn. (please excuse the light burst in the photo, I still don’t have a decent camera and its really hard to photograph dark yarn!!)

I thought for sure I’d be sick of knitting red after Salina, so instead of using the JaggerSpun Zephyr Silk Wool I originally purchased for the Auburn Camp Shirt, I picked up some Classic Elite Silky Alpaca in a beautiful blue. But alas I was not happy with the fabric I got after knitting a swatch on 1’s, and I was NOT going down to 0’s, so Zepphyr it is, in wine. I cast on earlier tonight but there is nothing to see yet so no pics!

I’m so close to finishing Salina – Everything is blocked, and I’m currently working on the collar. Just have the seaming and cuffs left – yay!! So far I”m really happy with how it turned out although I’m a bit worried it may be a bit too small. I may have to do some serious blocking to get it to not be so snug, but I’m pretty sure this will work as I was conservative on how I blocked each individual piece (i.e. not stretching it out too much). Hopefully I’ll have some finished pictures next week.

Of course as I’m on the cusp of finishing one project I’m trying to decide what to start next. I’ve swatched for both Green Gable and the Auburn Camp Shirt…I’ll probably start the latter of the two as I have the needles for it. I plan on purchasing the Knit Picks Options set for Green Gable as it will require 4 different cirs I do not have, and although I love Addi’s I really don’t want to spend the money on 4 pairs where I can spend the same amount on an Options set.

I’m also close to finishing a sock for my pal Elin, but that’s my travel knitting. I’ve also got to start an Elijah for my friend’s baby shower in early May, and I want to start another pair of socks for me. So much to knit!

I started a challenge on the Stash and Burn board on Ravelry called the April Spring Cleaning Challenge. This is a challenge to reduce one’s stash by 1000 yards for the month, with a minimum of knitted yarn at 750 yards. I have already failed at this challenge as I have purchased several thousands yards through the Webs Anniversary Sale, and I also picked up a few skeins of Malabrigo at Imagiknit in San Francisco. In order to counteract these purchases I’m destashing some yarn. Here’s a peek at what I’m parting with:

Debbie Bliss Coton AngoraTrio Lilac FuschiaTrio Candy CaneNatural Dye studioAshabee's PunkLouisa Harding Fauve Pink 9

Louisa Harding Fauve Blue 10All Things Heather Guavaclaudia handpainted yarns

J KnitsPerfect Day Yarns Jazz JuneThe Knittery StormThe Knittery

From the top left and across:  Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora (14),  Trio Crystal Palace (2 in 2 different colors), Natural Dye Studio Sock Yarn, Ashabee’s Fiber Oasis Sock, Luoisa Harding Favre (in 2 different colors), All Things Heather sock yarn, Claudia Hand Painted Sock, J Knits Softee Alpaca,  Perfect Day Self-Striping Sock, The Knittery Slim Sock (in 2 different colors).

I need to get rid of some yarn, so make me an offer!! I have these up on my trade/sell page on Ravelry, but if you are one of the few knitters out there that is not on Ravelry, just leave a comment and I’ll let you know if its available!

sKNITches Striping Socks

sKNITches Striping Socks

sKNITches Striping Socks

Pattern: Basic 60 stitch Stockinette Socks (8 sts/in)
Needles
: US Size 1 circular
Yarn: sKNITches Syncopation Self-Striping Sock Yarn – 1 skein
Mods: Turkish Cast-on (16 sts casted on), afterthought heel.

I love these! Especially that I was able to match up the stripey stripes. So much fun! I added some calf increases in the back, and used a stretchy bind-off. I thought the afterthought heel was perfect for the self-striping goodness. I used almost all of the skein with just a few grams left over. Oh, and the yarn felt more like cotton or bamboo than wool, which surprised me, but was still stretchy like wool. I also tried magic loop for the first time on these socks – Love it!!! (please ignore the long hair in the middle photo – I shed like crazy!!)

I am now knitting up the first sleeve on Salina. About half way through with that, so I’m hoping to have it finished by next weekend. I’m not allowing myself to cast-on for any other sweaters until I finish Salina, so that’s all I’ve been working on. I’ve also got a sock going, but its a secret on the yarn and pattern so I won’t be able to reveal for a month or so (once the recipient receives it!!)

Happy Knitting!!

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