Saturday, May 31, 2008

Pomatamus Socks

I love these:

Pomatamus Socks

Pomatamus Socks by Cookie A. in Knitty
Koigu KPPM - 10 years old!
US 1.5 needles

Its no wonder its such a popular pattern, its just beautiful. I know that the yarn is colorful, and that its a complex pattern which usually doesn't go with busy yarn, but I love the combination. I have been saving this yarn for the perfect project - I bought it over 10 years ago when I wasn't really a knitter but was taking a knitting class in college (we had something called alternative college, which were practical or fun classes like knitting, homebrewing, car repair - just for fun, no credit for those). At the time I thought I would make socks with it, but sitting down and having the confidence to knit a sock at that time was a different story (although, now I know, socks aren't bad at all!). So, since I had been holding onto this for so long, I had high expecations for it. I'm happy with the results.

Pomatamus Socks

These socks will only been worn with open heeled shoes! Even the soles are perfect!

Also, something else is done that I am quite happy with. Its blocking now, but I had to try it on and snap a picture (or 3), here is sneak peek:

Hourglass Sweater

I'll be back soon with more on this.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Are we there yet?

That is totally how my Hourglass Sweater is making me feel! I just finished the arms, and looking at the picture feel a little bit better, but each arm seemed to take forever (thus, the need to take a picture). Now that I am at a more exciting part (the yoke), its time to go to work.
Are we there yet?
Dream in Color Classy, Beach Fog - still no pooling!
Luckily, I can usually knit a little at work, although when I plan to knit at work it tends to jinx things so that there is no time for knitting. I usually just throw a sock project into my bag, that keeps the superstitious side of me happy.

I've also made some progress on my Pomatomus Socks:
Almost done...
Koigu KPPM
I am very worried that I am going to run out of yarn. I just made it for the first sock with the first skein, there were (maybe) a few yards left over. This yarn is very old, I bought it in college before I even knew what stash was! I'll keep my fingers crossed, but the second sock may have to have a different colored toe.

Monday, May 19, 2008


Nothing too interesting in this post - I'm in the middle of seemingly endless stockinette and I just love the way it is looking. So, I thought I would share:
Dream In Color Classy - Beach Fog
US 7 needles

Alright, I am also gloating just a bit that its not pooling (I'm alternating skeins every other row).

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Progress, kind of...

I am a bit closer to my move ultimatum:
Lace Ribbon Scarf
Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery in the spring, 2008 Knitty
Shibui Sock Yarn - Wasabi, 2 skeins
US 3 needles

Lace Ribbon ScarfLace Ribbon Scarf to go with this dress
(I'm not trying to be overly provocative here, I made this scarf specifically to go with this dress in the summer, and its been so rainy and gray out ... its nice to pretend - I love the green-navy combo)

This took longer than I anticipated (a little over a month), but its a beautiful pattern and not too difficult. A great alternative use for sock yarn too, always a bonus! The Shibui is nice, I like the color a lot but ...
Very pooley
...boy, is it pooley for a solid-looking yarn. Its OK though, you really can't notice it (except in this picture), and the color variation makes very appealing row to row stitch definition in some areas (you can really see this in the first picture, isn't it nice?). I like the row to row effect so much more than I dislike the pooling, overall making it OK.

I haven't been completely on track, I did a few other very small projects:
I Pod SockBlackBerry Cozy
I am very happy with the Blackberry cozy in particular, I used the Jaywalker Sock stitch pattern, and love the way the reverse side looks. They are small, right? I needed something to keep busy during the NBA playoff games...

And, I made some necessary modifications to my Central Park Hoodie:
New buttons that don't pull as much and I did a crochet chain across the neck to prevent hood sagging (idea from here). Its much better now.

Next up, a Chevron scarf, hopefully!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wow, May

The spring is flying by, isn't it? I guess that I have had big projects to help pass the time ... I'm going to be moving to a new city in a few months, so have been spending waaay too much time online looking for apartments and reading about the city (because I don't know much about this city, but am getting excited).

I also just made a major purchase:
New Car!
Keychain Sock Blocker Sock by Debbie Jennings, purchased at The Loopy Ewe
Koigu KPPM
US 1 needles
(the car is cute too, isn't it?)

But, there has been knitting as well ...
Jules Socks
Jules Socks by Kate Blackburn, in The Inside Loop (a new online knitting magazine!)
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight - Rose Quartz
US 1.5 needles

I knit the first sock in Israel, of course using up precious packing space to bring yarn for another project just in the case that I finished the pair ...well, it was not completely for waste because my next sock project was to be Snicket Socks from the suddenly (at the beginning of April) non-existent Magknits. Yes, the pattern is on Ravelry now, but it took about a week for it to appear there and I was very proud of myself for having the pattern printed out already during that time!
(The precious pattern and Claudia Handpainted sock yarn in Honey)

I've also been chugging along on two scarves, both of which seem to be taking longer to knit that I expected. Hopefully I'll have finished pictures soon, my goal is to get as many UFOs (2 sweaters, 2 scarves, 3 single socks, and 1 pair of mittens) done before I move as possible, and to try to not cast on for any more projects either until they are all done .... delusional, I know ...