Monthly Archives: September 2008

I keep meaning to post. I take photos, even, and upload them, but then I forget, or life gets in the way. My goal was once a week, and I’ve been falling woefully short of that. I put the wordpress log in thingity at the top of my web browser; I’m hoping that’ll prod me to post more often.

Now, the good stuff.

Pattern: Gilmore Vest Yarn: Knit Picks Merino Style, 4.5 balls Needles: US 4, 5, & 6

I had a lot of problems knitting this, and that was mostly because of the pattern. The gauge was spot on, but the coordinating numbers in the pattern were way off, on a lot of accounts. I had to redo the math myself, which is something I wasn’t expecting to do with this. The Vest was supposed to be a breather from the Cluaranach shawl I’d done before.

None of that really matters, because it came out wayyy to large. I’m not worried about it, as it fits a good friend of mine.¬† She’ll get it for Christmas.

Speaking of gifts, September is the month of birthdays in my small group of friends. One in the beginning [she got the Monkeys, and loves them!], and one a few days before mine [which is the 28th.] I didn’t know what she wanted, so I threw some ideas at Elle, then some patterns. She chose the first one of these, and I chose the latter to use up some of the left over yarn. Over all, a very successful gift pair. I already sent them off, and I hope she likes them.

Pattern: Gretel  Yarn:Naturally Caron Country in Peacock; 1 1/4 balls Needles: US 5, 7

Pattern: Fetching Yarn: Naturally Caron Country in Peacock; 1/4 ball Needles: US 5

The bottom picture shows the color a bit more accurately. Gretel was a fairly quick knit, though I am pining to get rid of my Denise Interchangeables and switch to Knit Picks. [I am selling them, if anyone’s interested.] Ysolda Teague’s pattern was clear, and formatted very nicely. I really enjoyed knitting this, though I think I may need to go down a needle size the next time so that I get a hat that’s a bit less floppy. I knit the largest size here, and if I knit it again out of this yarn, I’d only do 2 repeats of the cable chart.

The Fetching also only took a few hours each. I really could have done them all in one sitting, but I got bored. Cables cables and more cables; I just can’t get enough.

That sums the gift knitting for this year though- almost. I’m going to try and get Matt’s socks done for our anniversary next month. I’m past the gusset decreases on the first sock, and I have about a month to get them done. I think I have time.

I am doing a little bit of knitting for myself, though.

Pattern: Monkey Yarn: Schaefer Anne Sockittome in Northern LIghts Needles: US 1

I dug into the stash for this yarn. It was a thank you for helping my BiL register for college on time. I loved the monkeys I knit for my Florida friend Amanda, and wanted a pair for myself. There’s considerably more yardarge in this skein than what’s required for the pattern, so I’m going to add a few more repeats to the leg, then use the left overs for some very simple fingerless mitts. I’m so addicted to those things, I have three pair already.

I’m so excited that fall is finally here, and it feels like it! I can start bringing out my woolies. YAY!


I unintentionally took a summer break from blogging. I’ve been all over the place this summer, Washington State, Colorado, Virginia Beach, and a lot of my time has been set on getting ready for my trip or recovering. Who knew traveling could take so much out of a person? We didn’t travel much when I was a kid; too expensive and the like. I’m trying to make up for it now that I’m older and in my own house hold.

I have been knitting, a little.

I got the STR in Corbie, for my graduation shawl, and I love it. I wish that I had ordered one more skein to make the shawl longer; it’s a little more squat than what I would have wanted, but other than that I’m charmed. Anne Hanson
designs the most delightful shawls. I actually want to make every single one of them. Her directions, and charts, are clear and well explained. She doesn’t have a lot of extraneous information.

Pattern: Anne Hanson’s Cluaranach
Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight in Corbie
Needles: US 6
Modifications: None, really, except the number of repeats of each chart.


It’s really difficult for the camera I have to get an accurate photo of the depth of color this yarn has, and I’m not really proficient in PhotoShop. It’s a base of black, with greens and blues. I absolutely love it, and am anxiously awaiting colder weather so I can wear it out of the house. I meant to get this done before I went to Seattle; that totally didn’t happen. I knit a sweater instead, but I actually don’t have any pictures of that, even though it’s hanging right next to me in the hall closet.


Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
Yarn:Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Multiringel
Needles: US 1
Modifications: I made the heel flap a little longer, as I have a long, narrow heel, as well as a picot top. I saw this somewhere, I don’t remember where, and just loved it.

I think I may be one of the last people on earth to knit Grumperina’s Jaywalker pattern. I thought this would be a good pattern for the yarn- and it turns out I was correct. I’m actually done with these, but they are in my sock drawer, and I’m too lazy to go get them and put them on. I love this pattern, and I’m sure that I’ll knit it again. It’s something nice to do instead of a plain stockinette sock. There has been more, and more articulate, things said about the Jaywalker, so, we’re moving on.


More socks!


Pattern: Monkey Socks by Cookie A
Yarn: Elann Esprit Print, color 9034
Needles: US 1
Mods: none, except for the number of repeats knitted before starting the heel, which was one.


I love this pattern. I swear, I’m like a lemming, but six months after the fact. These are a birthday gift for a friend, but I’m 99% sure she doesn’t read this blog, so I feel safe posting them. I’ve never worked with this yarn before, and I like it. It makes the socks a little bullet-proof feeling, but I’m hoping that’ll just mean that they’ll last longer. She lived in Florida, so I though that short cotton socks would work much better then knee high wool ones- even if I’d rather be knitting those. They go out in the post tomorrow.


And yet more socks!

I always have a pair on the needles, because I’m working towards wearing only handknit socks in the winter. I don’t really wear socks in the summer- I live in flipflops, my Birkies, or I go barefoot. If I have to wear them in the summer, it’s because I’m hiking or walking for exercise and the little white cotton ones I have will suffice. However, the thought of wearing only handknit socks is delightful, and I have the yarn to get me there. I think Christmas knitting is going to get in the way of that, but we’ll see.

Anywho, these are actually for Matt. He can’t wear wool, as he doesn’t like it [on a side note, he is getting to the point where he can tell the difference between wools, and comments on ones that feel nicer than others. There’s hope yet.] on his skin, but loves socks. Most of the Elann Esprit, and wow, do I have a lot of that, is going towards his feet. This is just a plain sock, with different coloured toes, heels, and ribbing. They make nice Autumn socks.

What’s on the needles now? I’m working on the Gilmore Vest, but my pictures of that are shoddy, so I’ll wait to post them, I’m a little over 1/2 way done with the front, and I’ve already knit the back, so I’m hoping to finish it this week. I need the needles to finish swatching for my dad’s sweater. Have I told y’all about that? It’ll have to wait, I think, until next time, because this catch up post is long enough as is.

I am ecstatic about Autumn coming about. It’s already starting to cool off in the nights here outside of DC, and the day’s sun isn’t as blazing hot. I love the season, the change of colour in the Shenandoah, the fact I can bring out my sweaters and jeans and not be looked at funny.