Saturday, November 17, 2012

Rosa Rubiginosa Progress Pic!

Just posting a progress pic of my Rosa Rubiginosa Socks (from Hunter Hammersen's The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet).  I'm enjoying knitting these socks--the pattern is not easy for me to memorize, yet I don't have to concentrate hard enough to get a headache.  The yarn I'm using (Great Lakes Dyeworks Pretty Sock) is a tonal green, but it has slight variations in the color which is making the socks turn out really nice.  The heel (the part of the sock I'm currently working on) is a new kind of heel design for me to use--I usually do a sl1, k1 on the RS, and a sl1, p to the end on the WS.  It's looking very nice so far--can't wait to be done with sock #1 and move on to #2!

Progress pic as of last night:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My own hand-dyed yarn!!

I'm so excited about this...I was able to (finally) carve out some time this past weekend to think up some colors for some hand-dyed sock yarns I'd like to create.  I dyed one up this past Sunday and it's finally dry and skeined up, ready to use.  Presenting....Lake Erie Monster.

I thought of this name because a) its the name of one of my favorite craft beers from Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, my hometown, and b) the colors remind me of the murky waters of Lake Erie when a storm is brewing. Green, blue, and murky...can't wait to knit this up and dye some more!!

Let me know what you think:-)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Vogue Knitting Live

A bit late on this post--have had some family things going on lately--but here it is.  I had the most amazing time last weekend at Vogue Knitting Live Chicago!  It was my first VKL experience and one that I would love to repeat next year.
  The venue it was held at, the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago, was a beautiful backdrop for some really fun times.  I attended a class, did the Market-which was amazing; I don't think I've ever seen so much yarn in one place, and met some really nice people.  I will get around to posting some of the yarn I got at the market later on this week, possibly tomorrow.  It was such a fun event--thanks to Vogue Knitting for putting it together and making it so wonderful!

I had a pretty relaxing day yesterday, spending a lot of time with my son.  I put the finishing touches on some hats I made for Stitches From The Heart.  They are pretty cute--I used a pattern I recieved at VKL for a few of the hats.  The pattern is from Knit Simple--the Rib and Garter Stitch Preemie Hat, by Nicky Epstein.  It is such a cute(and easy) little hat to make. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WIP: Transcontinental Shawlette

It's definitely fall up here in NE Ohio, regardless of how warm our Indian Summer is, and that means winter is on the way.  I see so many beautiful shawl patterns in magazines and on Ravelry, and until this past month, I had never made a shawl. 

I am currently knitting the Transcontinental Shawlette, a pattern from Kate Jackson's new collection, Sunday Drive.  It is (for me) a pretty easy pattern once I get into a rhythm with the rows.  The first Transcontinental Shawlette I knit using String Theory "Caper" sock yarn.  It turned out well despite the fact that I simply could not get a hang of the picot bind off--went into the LYS the other day and had one of the women working there demonstrate it for me.  That shawl unfortunately met an untimely fate; I tried to rip back the bind off and re-knit it using the actual pattern, but ended up with a scissor slice right through twenty rows in my shawl.  So I'm re-knitting it in Kraemer Sterling Silk & Silver sock yarn, in the Princess colorway.  Progress pic: 


Sunday, October 21, 2012

New kit I really want to make

Knitpicks fall catalog came out a month or two ago, and I haven't had much time to flip through it.  However, colder weather is upon us here in Ohio, and one of the new kits in the catalog caught my eye.  The In Touch Gloves Kit, priced at $15.99, is a must-have for any knitter who uses a tablet, smartphone, e-reader, or any other touchscreen device.  The neat thing about these gloves is that the index fingers and thumbs have conductive thread knitted into them, making it a snap to answer texts, calls, and page through your newest ebook.  I, for one, can't wait to cast on these! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

First Sunday of Fall...

It's officially fall!  Fall is my favorite season..I love the chill in the air, pumpkins(in lattes and other places), hayrides, and especially, knitting in the fall.  Maybe it's because I know winter is around the corner, but who knows? 

One of my favorite LYS's near me, Knitting On The Square (KNOTS), in Chardon, Ohio, is run by a knitwear designer, Kate Jackson, who just released a book of knitted accessories, titled Sunday Drive.  I got the book Friday, and am in the process of casting on for my first project from the book, the Transcontinental Shawlette, using String Theory Caper Sock, in the Light Teal color.  I saw the sample of the shawl knit up in the store, and it caught my eye, prompting me to get the book, which is awesome.

Also on the needles is a pair of socks from The Joy of Sox, by Linda Kopp.  I'm knitting Sole Mates, using Frog Tree Yarns "Pediboo" in a colorway best described as light chartreuse (I have no idea what the actual color is called-I got the yarn at a LYS close to me last year--impulse purchase).

I'm off to enjoy some well-deserved knitting time, apple-cinnamon smell in my house, and my son happily playing with some cars.  Happy Sunday!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FO: Lace Wedge Anklets

I finally finished my Lace Wedge Anklets, from Creative Knitting, that I started in April 2010.  I

enjoyed the pattern, but I loved the sock yarn I used, Handmaiden Casbah.  It feels so soft and

luxurious...like my feet are on a cloud.  Naturally, I'm going to be extremely careful to make sure

these never go in the washing machine.  Love them!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Almost at the finish line...of sock #1!

I'm  in a finishing mood this weekend.  This week, when I got home from work/gym every day, I spent the better part of each night sorting/organizing/culling my knitting magazine stash.  I literally had 5 huge piles in various places in the house, not to mention the huge storage bin in the garage.  I clipped out patterns I will definitely knit, as well as the ones I might knit.  I recycled all the magazines, so hopefully I saved a forest--seriously, I had a LOT of magazines, basically every single magazine published from late 2005 until present.  Scary to think how much paper I had stored, but now all patterns are stored neatly in binders and folders, awaiting use.

I'm in the process of finishing sock #1 of Cables and Lace socks, pattern by Allison Sarnoff.  I love this pattern, but chose to take it down only to the heel and knit the rest in stockinette to the toe.  I think its going to look pretty nice, and will post a pic when its done (hopefully tomorrow night).  Yarn used:  Red Heart Stardust in Citrine (yellow-ish).  Also on deck to be completed :  pair of Lace Wedge Anklets, using HandMaiden Casbah in Flirt colorway.  I only have half the foot and the toe to do on sock #2.  Mercifully, sock #1 is complete already.  That will be the only complete pair I have to my name once it is done.  I misplaced my Wollmeise socks that I finished in March and I am NOT HAPPY that I can't find them.

Off to knit and search for missing socks...




Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Camera Needed

I took some pics of socks OTN that I have laying around.  Needless to say, the pictures came out blurry and awful.  For my old-school point-and-shoot Sony digital camera (circa 2001), that is par for the course lately.  I can't count the number of pictures of my son, knitting, life in general that I have had to re-take(let alone the ones that I couldn't re-take) because they were blurry beyond recognition.  My little sister got a Nikon Coolpix digital for Christmas, and she seems to like it a lot, so yeah, I'm in the market for a new camera. 
I'm really enjoying knitting my Wanida socks-so much so that I don't think knitting the second one will be an issue--really loving the yarn, Tosh Sock in the Pop Rocks color, as well as the pattern.  The yarn really allows the pattern to shine. 

The "Easy-Peasy" socks I'm knitting are going more slowly.  I'm using Wisdom Yarns Marathon Sock that I got at Tuesday Morning.  I like the fabric the yarn is making, but I'm not a huge fan of most self-patterning yarns these days.  Still, these are basic socks, perfect for knitting on the go.

I'm also working on a pair of socks for my 6 year-old son, using Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Nemo colorway.  He loves the movie "Finding Nemo" and he really wanted me to use the yarn to knit socks for him, so I did.  I LOVE this yarn, would really like to get more of it once I use up some more sock yarn---stashdiving these days because a) I'm running out of places to put my yarn stash, and b) possibly relocating in the next year or so, and moving with the size of my stash as it is now would be a challenge. 

I'm putting up a (bad) pic of my Wanida sock #1

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Blog Giveaway Winner!!

Thanks to everyone who commented on the blog/Rav post and entered my giveaway.  The winner of the Destination Yarns "London" yarn is Sparky136.  Please email ipavecsusan@gmail.com with your contact info so I can get your prize out to you.  Can't wait to see what you make with the yarn--it's a beautiful color combination!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Celebrate the Olympics with a yarn giveaway!

Inspired by the Olympic Games being held in London this summer, I'm having a yarn giveaway of a skein of Destination Yarns Sock Postcard sock yarn in the London colorway.  Destination Yarns is locally dyed in Cleveland, where I live, and I thought this was an awesome color combination, perfect for a pair of socks, shawl, etc. 
To enter, just leave me a comment here, on Ravelry, or on Twitter (KnittingMama).  I'll select a winner using the random number generator on 8/7/2012.  I will ship internationally as well.  Good luck!

New project on the needles!

A few months ago, I participated in a swap on Ravelry in a Knitpicks group.  The idea of the swap was to make up a package using Knitpicks sock yarn and other knitty goodness, and send it  to your swap buddy.  My swap buddy sent me an awesome package, containing among other things, Knitpicks Stroll Glimmer yarn, which I have wanted to try.  It is the most deep shade of blue, and named Peacock. 
Well, in the same group, there is a summer KAL going on to challenge past swap participants to make something using the yarn they recieved in the swap.  Yay!  I'm so excited to use this yarn--I love sparkly, glittery yarn!  I picked out a pattern I haven't knit yet:  Sunday Swing Socks, from Knitty.  The pattern is maybe a bit too plain for this yarn, but I want to highlight its glittery properties.  Here is a pic of the yarn (and here's hoping I can make some progress on these by the next time I post): 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

6 Years Ago Today....

The most wonderful person came into my life and my world was forever changed with a love I never knew I could feel.  Charlie, I love watching you grow and change, live and love.  You make my life complete and happier than I ever thought possible.  I love you with all my heart.   

Mommy


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Done with summer and ready for fall

I'm officially done with summer and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of fall.  Normally I love summertime, but this heat has just been ridiculous.  The last couple of weeks have followed this pattern almost precisely:  Wake up, drop son off at summer camp, work till 5:00 p.m, pick up son from summer camp, head over to the pool and jump right in.  Other days have been spent in the shade at the sprayground with my son.  It is finally supposed to cool off this weekend..hope it stays that way for a while. 
I've been in a sock yarn-winding mode, which, coupled with the sock knitting, has been helping me relax and stay cool.  OTN as of right now:  Crocus Vernus socks for the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet(written by Hunter Hammersen) KAL, a pair of mindless socks in a self-striping color, and a pair of socks for my son's birthday(using Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Nemo colorway).  The Hazel Knits yarn is divine---so squishy!

I was working on Wedge for the knit.sock.love KAL, but frogged because the pattern wasn't working out well for me.  Wedge seems like a good pattern with which to use hand dyed yarns, since they show up better in garter stitch.  Another project that made it to the frog pond, which is depressing since I loved the yarn, is the Asymmetrical Cables pattern from Cookie A.  I got through the entire first main chart, and then realized that I hadn't shifted the pattern, making the front side of the sock patterned, and the back plain stockinette for the back.  It should have really been panels on the side, not together in the front.  Bummer, since I loved the pattern.  I will try to redo it soon. 

Will post pics tomorrow!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sockdown Knitting Mode

So happy it's May already!  Summer is almost here...tennis, swimming, and outdoor time for me.  My son recently discovered that he likes to play tennis, so we play together.  He's getting pretty good.  I had an excellent Mother's Day.  My son made me a cookbook and a card listing all the things that make me a special Mom.  I melted....he is the most loving little person:-). 
I'm in Sockdown knittng mode right now. I'm currrently on track to actually finish an SKA Sockdown on time, and that kind of goal means that whatever knitting time I can carve out has to be devoted to the socks I am knitting.  For the May Sockdown, I am knitting the Cables and Lace Socks by Allison Sarnoff.  I'm using Red Heart Stardust in the color green-which looks more like a yellow-green and has sparklies in it.  It's going along ok...I'm getting to the "I'm bored" phase, so I have to really focus. I love the pattern, and it's the first time I've ever used the yarn, which I am liking.  Pic of what I've knitted so far: 



Sunday, April 22, 2012

Giveaway winner!!

The winner of the yarn giveaway is Knit-Chat!  Please email me your mailing address--will msg you on Rav as well.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Yarn Giveaway!

Spring is here and to celebrate, I'm having a giveaway of a skein of Socktopus Sokkusu Original sock yarn in the colorway "Slice of Orange."  It's a sunny yellow color, perfect for a shawl, socks, etc. 
To enter, all you need to do is either:  post a comment to my blog OR post a comment to my Rav posting about this contest OR post about this post on your own blog OR follow my feed on Twitter - knittingmama OR retweet about my contest on your Twitter.  Good luck!!

I will choose a winner on Friday, April 20th--this coming Friday :-)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sock-in-progress

It's April 10th and apparently spring has decided to take a little break here in NE Ohio--currently it's sleeting outside...and to think 3 weeks ago, temps were in the record-breaking 80's.  Oh well.  The cold can't last forever.
We spent Easter weekend in Chicago--had a wonderful time.  We got to explore some of the neighborhoods around town, which was really nice.  It was a very nice way to spend the holiday weekend.  The 6 hour drive from Cleveland was a little tiring, especially on the way back, since we left Chicago later than planned.  Well worth the trip and I can't wait to go back later this year.  Vogue Knitting Live will be holding an event in Chicago in October and I am hoping to be able to go!

Sock knitting has re-commenced after a self-imposed break since finishing my plain vanilla Wollmeise socks.  I'm knitting plain vanilla socks using SWTC Tofutsies--a blend with chitin, which is made from shrimp/crab shells.  It's pretty stretchy and I'm liking the fabric it's creating so far.  I'm 75% done with the first one, as seen in the pic below.  At the same time, I'm working on Cookie A. Elm socks in Lorna's Laces Solemate, and contemplating Kandahar from Socktopus, using Sokkusu sock yarn, for the Socktopus KAL on Ravelry.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FO: Plain Vanilla Wollmeise


Finally finished!  These were begun in July of 2009 and finished yesterday.  Why did they take so long?  Second sock syndrome, I wanted to try other more interesting patterns first, and lastly, I wasn't thrilled with the yarn. The colors are to die for, but for some reason, the Wild Thing 80/20 wanted to keep twisting back onto itself, making knitting annoying and thus pushed aside in favor of other, more cooperative yarns.  The color is Poison Nr. 5, which I have lusted after since I first saw it on a fellow Raveler's project page.  The socks knit up into tiger stripey stripes, which I think look very cool.  After a run through the washer and dryer, the socks are super soft and feel very nice against my feet.

Friday, March 2, 2012

I Need A Nap

It's 11:15 a.m. and I'm about to fall asleep...literally.  I'm at work and could totally use a power nap right about now.  Went to sleep *relatively* early last night, but was awakened around 4 a.m. when a little night wanderer (AKA my son) wandered into my room and turned on the light before crawling into my bed.  I don't mind him coming into my bed once in a while, but I could have done without the light in my face at 4 in the morning. 

Checked my email earlier and had an email from Knitpicks announcing that the new Felici colors are in!  My favs:  Minty and High Tide in the fingering weight, Depths and Dapple in the sportweight.  I like the Building Blocks colorway in the fingering weight--those would make some nice socks for my dad--kind of a retro feel to that colorway.

5 and 1/2 half hours to the weekend!! 

TGIF!!!

Thank goodness it's Friday!  It has been a crazy week...full of busy.  Monday-- started at my new job plus the first day that my son was back in his school's aftercare program.  So the whole afternoon from 2:30 until 5 p.m, here is what was running through my head:  I hope my son is behaving, I hope my son is behaving.  He is well-behaved almost all the time, but he is a 5 and 1/2 year old boy.  Tuesday--repeat of Monday.  Wednesday--repeat of the previous 2 days with the exception of a car problem thrown into the mix.  I got into my car to drive across the street to grab some lunch during my lunch break, and my check engine light came on in my car.  I was like, WTF.  So on the way home, after I picked up my son, I drove out to the car dealership, which is 25 minutes away from my house.  I was able to get a rental car, and got my car back the next day, problem fixed thank goodness.  Thursday-rinse and repeat.  On Thursday night (last night) I finally had a chance to get to the gym, which felt really good after not having been there since Sunday. 

I haven't had a chance to knit much this week, except for a few rows on a mindless sock that I carry with me for occasions such as sitting in the waiting room at the car dealer.  The sock is just a mindless plain old vanilla sock, knit using KFI Indulgence, a 75% merino/25% nylon sock yarn that I purchased last year from an LYS near me, Fine Points in Cleveland, Ohio.  At first, I didn't like this yarn; it seemed way too splitty.  But after working with it for a while, I'm sold.  It is making a pretty nice sock, with good stitch definition and a self-striping pattern that I'm actually enjoying.  I would get this yarn again.

On Monday, in a town called Chardon, Ohio, about 25 minutes from my house, there was a school shooting that took the lives of 3 students at the high school.  I have some friends who used to live in that town, and when I was younger, I spent a lot of time there.  It is a quiet place, a town that is known for its maple syrup and record-setting snowfalls every winter.  It's the last place that I ever thought would have a terrible tragedy like this happen.  When I got home from work on Monday, I gave my son a bunch of extra hugs, because things like this have a way of reminding us to treasure the time we have with our loved ones, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sock finished and some new yarn!

Time has flown by..it feels like the year has just begun and its already almost March!  We have had a pretty decent winter here in NE Ohio--decent in that there has been much less snow than we usually get by this point in winter.  Here's hoping it stays that way..sure is much nicer to drive in!  Over the long weekend, my son and I took a little drive to Erie, Pennsylvania-an hour or so away from Cleveland, where I live--to go to the Cultured Purl, a yarn shop I found via Ravelry(I don't know what I would do without Rav--love it).  It is a really great shop,tons of yarn, and totally worth the drive.  I got: a skein of Dashing Dach's Dach Sox yarn in the colorway Dorothy, SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Riptide, and Abstract Fiber Temptation in Raspberry.  Also: Lantern Moon Sox Stix--love.  My son loved the side room at the shop, which had some toys in it for kids(Mom loved it too). 

Over the weekend I finished sock #1 of Dragonfly Socks that I have been toiling away(working) on for about a year.  Made with Araucania Ranco sock yarn--trying to get over SSS and cast on for the second sock, since the pattern is really fun. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

First post of the new year!

Happy new year!  2012 is upon us, and like every year, my goal is to improve and grow.  In regards to my knitting, I'm going to try new skills and projects I haven't attempted before.  I'm also trying to control my sock ADD by finishing sock pairs before I cast on for new projects.
I'm also going to be spending more time on my blog. I let it slide in the last 6 months in regards to frequency of posts, but it is something I enjoy keeping.  In that spirit, here is a picture of my New Years Day night, spent with my 5 year old son, cozy blankets, and some good movies.  Here's to a great year!