Gritty and Gray

Gray with a chance of graupel.  Yeah that's right graupel.  According to Wikipedia, graupel is "precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water condense on a snowflake, forming a 2–5 mm ball of rime."  Yup, you can guess what the weather is like around here.  However, it is an excellent incentive to find some super soft, super warm gray yarn and make something cozy.  I'm only an inch or two in but I love these already and I will be naming them Graupel.

January 6, 2010|

Good Riddance…

To be honest, 2009 had more than its fair share of rough spots. Lets just say that it presented an exciting array of character building experiences.  However, I can now say with certainty that 2009 is gone and I am still here. That means I won. To celebrate this victory and to start the new year on a better note, we took a wee jaunt to see one of our favorite bands, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies.  (If you know them only from that late 90's swing resurgence you're missing a treat.  Go hear the rest of their stuff right now.  [...]

January 3, 2010|

Blue Around the Edges

So way back when, I mentioned that I had cast on two socks and a pair of mitts in a fit of unexpected productivity (or is that promiscuity).  One of the socks you've seen, and the other has been ruthlessly ripped and is waiting for me to rework it into something that will fit a human foot.  The mitts, however, have been hiding in the shadows.  No more.  Here they are in all their winter-y glory. Now you may recall that I said that I started this project in large part because the yarn (the sadly defunct Sheep Number Three [...]

December 29, 2009|

Yarn Love

All of my suspicions about Happy Feet DK have been proven correct!   I am in love.  It is just the right thickness for my preferred needle/tension/foot combination.  It's just thick enough to feel fast.  Now knitting is not and will never be the quickest way to get socks.  Speed is not the point.  But I'm willing to bet that most of us wouldn't mind too terribly much if the process took just a tiny bit less time.  This yarn takes care of it.  I need about 10% fewer stitches around the circumference of the sock, which makes quite a lot [...]

December 28, 2009|

Abominable Snowman Found

Do you see that fluffy white stuff over there?  That's snow.  Those pink things dangling out in the cold with no protective covering?  Those are my toes.  Yup, I went outside barefoot in the snow to get a sock picture for you.  Well, half barefoot, there seemed no reason for the other foot to suffer too.  And just for the record, the white speckles on the leg of the sock up by the cuff are snowflakes, not lint.  I keep a lint roller by the camera and am fairly good at de-linting before I take photos.  I am, however, not [...]

December 22, 2009|

Perfectly Normal

I think I'm running out of yarn.  Not in general (perish the thought) but for this particular sock. In this situation, it would be perfectly normal to:  knit 1 full round, rip it out, carefully measure the amount of yarn used, and do the math to determine how much yarn each stitch takes.  Then calculate the remaining number of stitches in the sock, measure the amount of yarn remaining in the skein, and do more math to see if you have enough yarn.  Entirely reasonable. According to my measurements, I should have about 26 inches of yarn left over.  I'm [...]

December 9, 2009|

Not Empty

Now for some actual knitting.  That empty box over there, the one under "On the Needles?"  It's a lie.  The needles are not empty.  They are, in fact, quite full.  Alas, almost all the current knitting is secret, so I can't show you pictures.  I'm realizing now that this was poor planning.  I can't show you pretty pictures, but I can let you know a bit about the schedule and what you can expect to see over the next little while. The next pattern you will see is part of Penny Rose's Wicked Women yarn club.  While only club members [...]

December 7, 2009|

Almost Sunny

You'll note I said almost.  It's been raining every day, and we still haven't had a day that would qualify as actually sunny.  Despite these meteorological impediments, I still managed to get outside, sock and camera in hand, and get a picture of the newest socks.  In addition to being cloudy and rainy, it is also perilously close to cold.  We haven't turned on the heat yet, and it was 48 degrees in the house this morning.  I feel I deserve some sort of  medal for hiking up my pants outside to get the shot.  Ah the perils faced by [...]

October 16, 2009|

Not Socks

Heresy I know, but very occasionally I do knit something other than socks.  Don't worry, I'm not straying too far afield this time. Often, when knitting socks, there is a little nugget of yarn leftover when you're finished.  It's not really enough to make another sock, but it's far too much to throw away.  Eventually (surprisingly quickly if we're being honest), you can amass quite a collection of these little balls of color.  Some people turn them into marvelous blankets or other gigantic projects.  I haven't the patience.  Some people turn them into seriously colorful socks.  I'm too lazy to [...]

September 16, 2009|
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