Tuesday, June 12, 2007

And now for something completely different

At last, knitting content. It's been a busy few months. The purpleupagus is done. Thank Goddess. I really wasn't thrilled with that project. Two reasons, one, I don't *get* shrugs, two, I really don't like fun fur and there is no other name for something called Chinchilla. But, the person who commissioned it loved it and I guess that's all that matters. Here ya' go. I promised I wouldn't show her face.

Then, I made socks for my sister-in-law, Deb. Deb is vegan, doesn't eat meat and won't wear/use anything that came from animals. This includes wool. But trying to find vegan sock yarn can be tough because of the elasticity issues. But I found some nice yarn that knit up sooo soft. For her next pair I'm going to give Panda Cotton a try. Showing here:

Then, I made another pair of socks for me out of that great Sol Joy from Catalina. I made them short because I wasn't sure I had enough, but I had plenty left over, so yeah, more socks for me.

Continuing on that theme, I knit some great socks for me, and for the first time EVER, I did cables! Much easier than I thought it would be. So easy, I could even do them in the car. Yarn is Wilde Foot in Blueblood Red. Pattern calls for 8 inches from cuff to heal flap, but I don't like long socks. I wore them today and I love them.

And last, yarn porn. This is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Amethyst Heather, which of course is much prettier in real life. My camera SUCKS. It is going to be the Sweater for Arwen from the Winter IK. I'd show you, but I've only been working on the back and it's all boring stockinette.

I did finally finish KM's black dress socks that I started before Christmas. I didn't get a photo so I'll have to do that. He loves them and shows them off and the guys at the pipe shop want to pay me to knit them socks. Not sure how I feel about that, but I'm giving it some thought.

Other things on the needles: Socks for ME in Tofutsies. I am in love with this yarn and bought more in a great blue color, baby blanket (crochet) for my friend's little girl - I'm catching up on 5 babies born without my knowledge, an afghan for my friend Amy that I promised her when she married in October of 2005. I suck, I was going to start it, then she got pregnant and I needed to make a baby blanket for Miss Elisa, who is undoubtadly one of the prettiest babies I've ever seen. Amy and I've been friends since college, when we were both journalism majors (she finished her degree), we were roommates, we both married guys we met there, then later divorced them (good thing all around) and then she moved to South America and we lost touch. Shortly after I moved back to Albuquerque she found me. In 2005 when I was planning to go home for my birthday she and her new husband Wil were coming here for their honeymoon, so I finally got to see her after 3 years! Wil is a great guy and he adores her, I'm so very happy for her. In 2006 when I went home to Missouri Elisa was kind enough to be born while I was home so I got to give her the blanket in person and meet her and smell her baby goodness.

Let's see, what else, I have yarn to make myself a shawl. I've been wanting one for a while, but didn't feel like tackling lace quite yet, but I found lovely pattern to try with DK weight and no lace knitting. Maybe next year. And I'm getting ready to cast on some more socks for KM. He is quite pleased to have 3 pairs now. And there is yarn coming for some kilt hose.

I went to the Pins and Needles exhibit in Santa Fe this past weekend at the Folk Art Museum. Very nice. Then I hit 2 Santa Fe yarn shops and came home with sock yarn, of course. It's the only stash I have.

I'm getting ready for school to start in the fall. I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it.

That's it. Later peeps as Jenny would say.


Shelby said...

Great socks!!! I love how the sol joy came out!

Amy and Wil Castillo said...

Miss Elisa as you call her loves her blanket! I am guessing she is going to be a fellow knitter as she only likes blankets that have been knitted! Yours and Grandma Cindi's!

Thanks for the comments on the blog. I am glad we got in touch again! :) I am excited you are thinking of a fall Missouri wedding! That would be too cool! Good time of year to be married, too. By the way, it's okay if you give us the blanket for our 20th anniversary. LOL As long as you don't have arthritis by then. :)

Love ya,