Monday, May 26, 2008

Jury Socks

Yes, I finished another project this weekend :) And again, I had barely any of sock #2 started after work on Friday.

Pattern: Basic Sock Recipe by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Needles: Size 1 Clover Bamboo DPNs (evil, evil)
Yarn: Opal fingering weight (beyond that I have no idea)
Started: April 15, 2008
Finished: May 26, 2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Salish Sea

Yes, this is the one I had started about 10 minutes before Friday afternoon's post. I rocked through sock #2! :)

Pattern: Salish Sea Socks by Cat Bordhi (December 2007 Rockin' Sock Club)
Needles: Size 1.5 Knitpicks Circulars
Yarn: Socks That Rock mediumweight, Bella Coola colorway
Started: May 5, 2008
Finished: May 25, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Cooking fun

So last night C was chopping and prepping for supper (chicken stir-fry). The recipe called for 7 cloves of garlic.

He got these 6 peeled:

And then went to a new head of garlic and added clove #7:


It turned out to be a pretty perfect amount of garlic, actually :)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Not what you think

Well, it's true that I have three single socks...

...but I don't have Second Sock Syndrome. See? I am working on the second sock for all 3 pairs!

I have to say I am really enjoying the Salish Sea socks. I am going to have to get Cat Bordhi's New Pathways book. I did end up getting some stitch markers for her patterns (used in the Salish Sea pattern, but you technically can get away without them, as I did for the first sock of the pair).

Have a great holiday weekend! Let's see if I have any finished pairs by the end of it ;)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Lots to tell.

Once again I took too long to update the blog because work is completely wearing me out. I have no interest in the Internets when I get home. But knitting is keeping me sane.

Mom drove out for a short visit last weekend, which gave me an excuse to get a cake from Deerfield's:

Yum!!! They have the best buttercream icing EVER.

Oh, I can also post her gift, now that I've given it to her...this is a coffee cozy meant to replace the cardboard ones used at Starbucks and similar places. It was easy, quick, and fun - made of leftover Noro Kureyon from a Booga Bag I made long ago.

We made chocolate covered strawberries too, but no photos of that. They were delicious, though!

And I suppose you'll be wanting to see the knitting progress... :)

I did finish Jury Sock #1 yesterday, but forgot a photo. It looks the same though, except it has a toe ;)

I got this far in the first Salish Sea sock...

...when I realized there was no denying the fact that it was absolutely GINORMOUS and I was going to have to frog it. You all know how much I hate frogging, but I did start over from the beginning.

It's now a little past where it was before I ripped it out:

It is sort of funny looking but I've tried it on and it actually fits superbly well. Also, I like the pooling effect better on the smaller size, so that is a bonus. I expect to finish this one in the next few days. After this pair I get to move on to this year's Rockin' Sock Club! Which is good, as I hear there is another installment on its way very shortly.

I also finished the first Aquaphobia today:

I really like it. Kind of funny that it actually is pooling, but very different from the un-patterned bottom of the sock. I think it's very pretty, but the colors are just not me, so this pair is going to be set aside for a Christmas gift...just not sure for whom. (My relatives are all suddenly crossing their fingers....LOL) This is a fun one, though.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Good stuff.

I haven't yet shown my "Jury socks," which I started while I was on jury duty. I usually knit a few rows on this during lunchtime at work, and I keep it in the car in case I have to wait for any reason (but I never knit while I'm in the driver's seat!).

These are just the Yarn Harlot basic sock recipe. I'm using US 1 bamboo DPNs, which are icky icky icky (I so much prefer the metal circulars). The yarn is some Opal that I had sitting around (but the ball band has long ago disappeared). These will be for C, when I get around to finishing them. Might be a little while but he's not in a hurry anyway.

I will be casting on tonight for 2 new pairs of socks...

First is the "Salish Sea" socks, which are the last installment of the 2007 Rockin' Sock Club. Here is the yarn - STR mediumweight in "Bella Coola":
(sorry for the huge size, I tried to re-size but apparently the yarn wants to show off its color). It appears I never blogged this yarn when I got it, nor did I stash it on Ravelry....but then we all know how December goes.

I am also doing Aquaphobia as part of a KAL with Ktog. I have no yarn with enough yardage, so I had to call upon the Loopy Ewe for help:

(All the yarn seems to be show-offy tonight.) This is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Thin, in the Mardi Gras colorway (exclusive to the Loopy Ewe). I really have to hand it to Sheri - I ordered this on Thursday morning, and received it yesterday. Now that's service! This is totally not my usual color choice. I was looking with 2 criteria in mind: 1) yardage, and 2) lots of color variation. I may not keep the Aquaphobias for myself - someone lucky may end up with them for Christmas :) But for right now I'm undecided.

I also have to show off the fabulous pizzas we made last night:

We have been eating a lot of pizza lately as we experiment with crusts (such a sacrifice!). There will be more experimentation, but this is my favorite so far. You can't see it, but there is a mix of wild mushrooms under the cheese there. Yum! The crust recipe is here!

Kitchenered to Death (ie., Sidewinders)

All done - finally!

Pattern: Sidewinders, by Nona
Needles: Size 2 Knitpicks circulars
Yarn: Socks that Rock lightweight, Fire on the Mountain colorway
Started: April 10, 2008
Finished: May 4, 2008