Thursday, November 29, 2007

Here are the pics I can post

Since some of my manic Finishing episodes lately are also gifts, I have to make sure not to post pics since a bunch of those folks check on my blogs sometimes.

So, here are the Lacey Mock Cable Socks that I made of the just wonderful Blue Faced Leicester hand dyed by CJ (my spoiler in SP10). Oh and by the way you can go visit her blog and her store via the link on the sidebar for The Jolly Ewe. I just love this yarn. It was really nice to work with and then after I washed them and blocked them yesterday they are even softer and I am so hoping that the large cake of yarn I have left is enough to make me another pair.

Then there are the Gentleman's Socks for Rick. While the pattern is a very Gentlemanly pattern, it is fidgety (especially if you have to pick up and put down all the time). These were done with Meilenweit Mega Boots Stretch, which I must say also softened up quite a bit after washing. I was a bit afraid they were going to be to rough and scratchy, but alas they feel nice. I definitely need a better pattern for Rick if I am actually going to get socks to not only fit the way he wants them to, but also work fairly quickly for the EEE width feet of his. Which is why I might add that these socks make me think of a fork stuck in a potato.
...and for those of you who are ravelry-ers - I did update my projects with the completed pics. Although I still have one or two that I can't even update there due to gifting issues.

Still waiting on any suggestions about Ricks Cardigan... I guess that means I am free to work on the pair of socks that I cast on in lieu of do nothing. (drat the bad luck...:)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Pics to follow...

Hi all!! Hope you all had lovely holidays with family, or very quietly enjoying your time. I spent a good portion of mine on the road, and knitting. My parents - especially my Mom was quite tolerant of my desire to finish my socks while on vacation.

So, I am thrilled to say that I finished my BFL Lacey Mock Cable socks - that, obtw ar for ME - while in PA. I also finished Rick's socks on the way home from PA. I am feeling quite good about the whole finishing thing.

Now the only thing I have left to finish from 2007 that was started in 2007 is Rick's Cardi. I am very edgy about this whole thing... as it just keeps looking small, but I am knitting to gauge, and the yarn is the correct type of yarn, and the measurements are all correct, BUT... I just have this feeling that it is looking too small. I have completed the back, and just started the left side today, and I am still wondering if I should just frog it and make the next larger size.

I will give it a day or two and then the decision will have to be made. I already feel like I have gone too far, in the that the back is completed, but not blocked. I am so afraid of it being too big, but by the same token having it be too small would be very bad also.

I am knitting this in Lopi 100% icelandic wool on size 8mm and 10mm needles (so it is a fairly loose knit). Can anyone tell me how much give there might be with this yarn after blocking??

I will try to post pics as soon as I have a few free moments which should come Thursday afternooon-ish or Friday.

Any and all help will be considered.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Yep there is another FO

I finally finished my 2nd sock in the Mini Monkey experiment. I love the way they came out, and they proved to me that I can make a pair of socks for me with just ONE skein of Lorna's Laces.

The only problem is, I made this pair about 6 rows too short for me. Granted if I had had my trusty little notebook with all my notes about making socks that fit ME, I would have made them the correct size for ME, but alas... someone is my circle of friends will have a lovely pair of mini monkey socks as a gift. So until I decide who, when, and once they have recieved them... there will be no picture.

Next I have Rachael's Wabenschal to complete and yes,,, Rick's sock #2. Although I am in quite the FO mode, so it should not be too difficult. After I wake up today I must go and get more reinforcing yarn for his socks. Then it will be on to his cardigan, and possibly fingerless gloves for him and for Matt.

There is a theme here... my Men seem to feel that I keep the house a titch to cold and so they need mitts to keep their fingers warm while computing or playing the piano. We shall see. I think the house is just fine, and if you are cold, put on a sweater and socks and life will be just fine.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

It's really, REALLY DONE!!!

Here it is folks... The ever present Emerald Isle. One of my few FO's. I am rather impressed that I really finished it, and have it blocked and everything. I must take it to Yarn for Breakfast for the folks to see, and there are one or two others who need to see it before I send it off to it's intended new owner. It is only 4months late as a Birthday present.

Call me a proud Mama, but I wanted to give you all multiple views

I am so happy with this Finish, now I really wish I could work on Diamond's Are A Girl's Best Friend.... but I have other projects that really need to be completed. Maybe this will get me motivated to finish them a bit quicker.

More Soon

Monday, November 05, 2007

She's Going on the Wires

Emerald Isle is in the towel as I type this, and as soon as I am done here, She is going on the Blocking Wires.

This will be the first time for using my blocking wires, I really am quite excited. I must admit, now that she has gotten her bath, I wish she were already dry so I could see her final product..... I know, patience.....

Back soon with an update.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Squeeeeeeee!!!!! It is DONE!!!

I am so excited. Emerald Isle is completed and off the Needles!!!!


OK, I shall calm down just a bit now (but not too much). There is but one small glitch. I found 3 dangling loops .... I was afraid, very afraid.... so I instantly put them on an open end stitch marker. I fear I will have to cheat and take a piece of yarn and just tie them where they are meant to be. As I said to Jessica this evening - " Luckily the person to whom this is going, is of the opinion that no matter what little mistake there is, that just means it is all that more original" (boy am I lucky!)

So here she is pre-blocking. I am hoping for blocking to occur this weekend, and then there will be another pic before putting it off in the post. I had to include all these pics, just so you could get a good feel for her pre-blocked glory. OK - yes, I am showing off just a titch :)

Misty is glad I am done too, she thinks now I will spend more time with her... little does she know.... there is much more knitting to be done.

I tried the blue background in order to show the patterning better, but I guess that will have to wait until she is blocked.

Next up - finish all the 2nd socks in my meager stash (Mini Monkeys; BFL Neopolitan; and Rick's Gentleman's socks)