Monday, August 20, 2007

Fresh on the needles!

Because I didn't have enough WIPs on the needles, I cast on two more projects.


It is a gray and rainy day, there is no good light anywhere, so these pictures are extraordinarily bad. I saw the online tutorial on building your own light box, but I'm not even deluding myself that I can get around to doing it before, say, the kids go to college.


Summer Solstice socks in Yarn Pirate Rum Runner:

I've only done a few pattern repeats on the leg, but so far, it's a fun and easy pattern. It's also easy to remember, which helps when you're up all night in two ERs trying to get treatment for your sister who has a rapidly spreading infection (don't even ask, but she finally got treated, and after allergic reactions to at least two antibiotics, she is slowly getting better).

Clapotis in Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb in Iris Garden:

I'm having a good time with this, too, but it seems really wide, and I'm not a shawl kind of girl. I'm trying to thing of it as a really wide scarf. I'm almost done with Section Two, the increase rows; I think Section Three is where I get to drop stitches. Woo-hoo! (And yes, that is Doc Hudson, the Fabulous Hudson Hornet, keeping the work from curling in the photo).

I have new stash, plus two great small project pouches from Piddleloop that were a gift from my mom. No way am I taking pictures today! But they are awesome!

And despite horrible craziness the past two weeks, we have a joyous occasion: Baby Girl is TWO on Wednesday!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Monkeys OFF my back!

FO ALERT! I have finally finished the Monkey socks (actually, mini-Monkeys a la Cara at January One) in ShelbyB's Nymphadora Tonks colorway. I have pictures, but they're worse than usual. That's what happens when you can't take photos until 8 p.m. at which time the sun has basically set. Here they are anyway:

Of course, I finish my first pair of Summer of Socks socks when my group leader (who reports on everyone's progress) goes on vacation. Typical. Now off to block the socks (just because they're on blockers doesn't mean they've been blocked yet!) and swatch something else...maybe Yarn Pirate Rum Runner?

Monday, August 6, 2007

One down, one to go

Check this out:

Could it be? It's a Nymphadora Tonks Monkey sock that fits my sister's foot. It FITS! (Ignore the ends to be woven in; I refuse to weave until I know it fits, plus I may have to redo the grafting).

But what could that be next to finished sock no. 1?

Yes! It's sock no. 2 in progress! I've finished the four pattern repeats I'm doing for the cuff and am about to start the heel flap. I like to do the heel in one sitting, so I may not get to it until nighttime. Oh, and that cool purple gadget is a dpn holder I got at Woolgirl and it's great!

And who could resist yarn from Woolgirl? Not me!

Tippy Toes from Whimzy Pimzy to make booties for my niece-to-be:

Union Center Knits in Kitty's Eyes:

(I'm thinking of getting coordinating skeins in Green or Not Pink for heels and toes).

The Painted Tiger self-patterning Stars & Stripes Forever yarn:

(I've been ogling this on etsy since early July).

And my recent purchases from The Loopy Ewe:

sKNITches Syncopation self-striping in Collegiate:

and Beardsley:

and Yarn Love Juliet (I've been dying to try this) in Shipwrecked: