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.