Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Through the loops mystery sock: the foot

TTL 2010 footWhew! Where have the last few weeks gone?

Most of the family has been fighting some kind of bug which seemed to have passed me by - until yesterday. I woke up with sore muscles and feeling a little under the weather but am better today. One day of feeling a little bad is bearable. The weather is changing most noticeably by the number of leaves in the pool. We don't have many plants which loose their leaves, but our neighbors do! The winds blew strong yesterday and the skimmer basket was so heavy that I could barely dig it out to empty it. It has been warm and humid, though. No complaints because we have 20 degrees on our previous town and 10 degrees on my home town. Seems like this is where the big difference begins in temperature.

The TTL Mystery socks are nearly complete. The toe directions come out this Friday and it is exciting to have a pair of new handknit socks. It has been quite awhile since I've made a pair and had been hankering to knit some when this sweet KAL came along. Kirsten does a wonderful job of keeping up with questions and her designs are fun and different. My socks from last year are still a favorite.

TTL 2010 foot (2)The Mardi Gras vest is still coming along. I have knit through the second whirligig and started on the 3rd. It does occur to me that it is nearing time to begin any Christmas presents that might be needed...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mystery sock and a vest

whirligig version 2
Let's talk about the vest first. I've covered this darned thing so many times and feel like it is on the verge of a breakthrough. The second one is cast-on and through the first Whirligig pattern. The side stitches and middle stitches are are marked proving that the pattern will be centered when the decreases begin. I can't bring myself to frog the first version and if I end up not needing the extra yarn, maybe it will become a bag. The goal is to have it finished for Mardi Gras '11. A noble goal since it should have been ready for Mardi Gras '09.

the heel
The TTL mystery sock is going well. With the short heel clue this week, both socks are all caught up and ready for what comes next. I've knit enough socks to know that there should be nylon in the fiber content, but this sock yarn has been with me for awhile and wanted to be knit up. It is Madelinetosh and the color is fabulous.

Mid-way through the first trowel pattern repeat I switched to smaller needles. This is the largest size and I've found that doing this makes a snug fit around ankle and helps prevent sock slippage.

There have been 1001 interruptions while trying to blog this today so let's call this finished and weave in the loose ends in the next post.

Monday, October 04, 2010


Have you seen the Twist Collective Newsletter?

They've included a photo of my Acorns!

Take a look.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

How did I forget this?

The Pi shawl is finished blocking! How I missed posting photos mystifies me. The thought was to take some modeled photos, but these will have to do for now.

EZ 100h pi shawl complete (3)

EZ 100h pi shawl complete (4)
Yes, I wove in the little loop sticking up through the middle.

EZ 100h pi shawl complete

EZ 100h pi shawl complete (2)

Through the loops mystery sock: the cuff

The first clue came out yesterday. I knit it up while catching up on Greys Anatomy and Fringe.

One repeat was added to the cuff to make it just a tad longer.

It isn't too late to join! Zip right over and get the first clue.