Quickie

  1. Finished cushion on chair #1, which I call Rita’s Chair.
  2. Working on chair #2, which is iPad Aunt’s Chair. This chair almost got the best of me but I am determined to win this challenge. I’m so glad I started with Rita’s Chair as it was easy.
  3. Finished (almost) another pair (I think this makes six pairs???) of SSSK socks except for stitching the toe seam. Ten minutes. Tops.
  4. Began knitting the Spindrift Shawl by Helen Stewart. My first attempt at a shawl. And my first successful attempt with lifelines.  I followed this tutorial but you can search for others if you like.
  5. My house is a disaster: Upholstery fabric spread out all over the living room floor, one ottoman (and surrounding area) piled high with knitting, dust bunnies growing each day, unfinished laundry taking over the laundry room, and the possibility of pantry moths.

Stay tuned for more….with pictures!!!

Well, I’m not showing the disastrous parts.  Some things are just not meant to be seen.

I’ve lost that lovin’ feeling…

Not yet tired of sock knitting, I decided to try another sock pattern I’ve had for many years.  Color work knitting and socks were new for me way back then so why not combine the two?

Enter Tongue River Farm Sock Collection …and a time to knit stockings publication by Katherine Misegades.

Buds and Blossoms caught my eye.  Substituting Knit Picks Fingering weight Stroll for the recommended Tongue River Sport weight yarn seemed doable to use up some of my yarn stash.  Black for the main color and red for the accent.

Everything was working out fairly well until I really looked at my progress.

I used my chart keeper and still missed a part of the color work.

A section with three red stitches should be there.

How could this happen?  Well, Mr. Aitch and I don’t have regular TV but we do stream old shows and movies through our TV.  I have a very hard time sitting with idle hands so I knit.

Obviously paying more attention to what was on the screen than what my hands were doing got me in this mess.

Working from a chart using more than one color of yarn requires more concentration than a two-row pattern using one color per row.

I’ve lost that loving feeling with this project.  It’s hibernating until I decide whether to fix it or start over.

Warm feet

I had not gotten enough use out of Dorothy’s Slipped-Stitch Spiral Knit Sock pattern so I offered to knit a very good friend a pair of socks at no charge if I could use part of my stash.  She just moved from South Carolina to a more northern climate and might need some warm socks this winter.  She really liked the slipped-stitch spiral socks that I knit (#1, #2, #3, and #4) so I sent her a picture of some of my yarn stash  She picked one variegated color and I chose something that would complement it.  Red would have been awesome (and very bright) as would purple but she is partial to blue so blue was it.  Plus I knew I had enough of it in my stash…

These two colors were very tame and refreshing to use after the flurry of patterns and stripes in the other four pairs of socks. The Knit Picks Stroll solid heather blue (Dusk) really accentuates the striping down the leg while also toning down the brightness of the Sockotta yarn.

Look at the heel to get a better idea of the intensity of the red, blue, green and purple colors.  Those would be some very wild socks!

I included two yards of each yarn for when a repair is needed down the road.

There are a lot of stitches in a pair of socks…

Another SSSK using three skeins

One more pair of Dorothy’s Slipped-Stitch Spiral Knit socks using three different balls of yarn.

Two yarns used before and a different one.

When I purchased this red, white and black yarn, I thought it was a patterned yarn instead of striped.  So I decided to add it to my available yarns for these socks.

I think I’m liking this combination.

Actually I’m loving this combination.