Wednesday, February 20, 2008

boring socks ie my husbands socks

boring sock 2
Originally uploaded by spindledreams
DH is diabetic so when I started to make these socks using information from book "New Pathways for Sock Knitters" I was a bit concerned about how rough they might be on the inside. So I had him try them on so we could see how the increases felt. The good news is that even with me rubbing right on the increases he could not feel them.

Grin the bad news is he asked how many socks I was going to knit for him. I thought he meant if I was making the second one for the pair NOPE he meant how many PAIRS was I going to knit for him! I was nice I told him I would knit them until I ran out of sock yarn. ROFL he went out and bought me four clear storage bins for the sock yarn. Considering I only have enough to fill ONE bin I guess he is going to be buying more for me ;)

In other news the Queen Anne's Lace is coming along nicely after a trip to the frog pond after I discovered I was missing a section. Sigh that was disheartening. The best part is that now it is past that point and looking better then the original version on the US 6 needles. I really, really like these Harmony needles. Grin I have added the complete set to my wish list.

Monday, February 18, 2008

More on Queen Anne's Lace

I got a comment on my first post on this shawl from the designer. :) Since he posted the address to his yahoo group I now feel free to post it here. The pattern for Queen Anne's Lace as well as other fabulous patterns from him can be found at the Yahoo group MMarioKKnits. You can also find some of his patterns listed on Ravelry. Just use MMario for the designer name to find them.

Grin I have already added at least one of them to my queue. The beautiful Spanish Armada is now third on my list of shawls for this year.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Queen Anne's Lace size 6 row 18

QAL size 6 row 18
Originally uploaded by spindledreams
As you can see the Queen Anne's Lace shawl looks much better on the size 6 then the size 8 needles. I will continue with this shawl and frog the one on the size 8 needles.

Queen Anne's Lace

I have had a number of friends ask where they can get the pattern for the shawl I linked to in my last post. For them and others that may be interested the pattern is here

I originally started this in 8/56 silk on the called for US size 8 but I think that was a bit too open. I left that shawl where it was and opened the second cone of silk to try it on smaller needles.

Here it is on US size 6 needles and I do think it is much much nicer looking but I have a long way to go.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Look Ma no needles

My socks by gosh are done and already have spent a whole day at work on my feet. They fit very very well and were nice and comfortable. As you can see even Ms Violet approves of the fit.

Now back to my regularly scheduled projects the sweater for me and most important the wedding shawl for my heart sister. The was going to be the Unst square shawl from the book Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller. I have had lots of problems with the pattern so have been looking for alternatives and I think I found one.

It is called Queen Anne's Lace. I saw the pattern mentioned on Ravelry but when I first looked all I saw was the picture on the pattern which does NOT do the shawl justice. Then saw it mentioned again and this time clicked on the projects link and saw TomH's Queen Anne's Lace shawls WOW is all I could think. Grin this pretty shawl is already cast on and doing well for me. It is ONLY 160 rows giggle I might be finished by the wedding.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Boring socks

Well the knitting is rather boring. My husband has declared his socks should be plain stockinette. He means the WHOLE sock not just the foot. He even wanted me to leave out the ribbing at the top! Now this is a LOVELY yarn and I have managed to get the first sock up to the expansion triangle. Yes these will use one of the architectures from the book New Pathways for Sock Knitters.

I will be using the Ridgeline Master Pattern for this pair. At least that part should be interesting on the first sock. I am also using a single short circular for the first time when knitting a sock. So far I am loving it. We will see how I feel about it once I get the expansion triangle and heel done.

For a quick review my first pair of socks posted used the Upstream architecture. If you look at some of the photos of the top of the sock you can see the triangle formed by that expansion triangle.