Archive for the “bloo socks” Category

The baby blanket is now 60% complete.

My boss had to make a stop on the way home from work, and I said that I would sit and wait in the car. "No knitting?" he asked. "Did you finish the blanket?"

"Oh no," I said, and fished my bag out from behind my skirt. "It's not done yet." But it's getting closer! I did a full pattern repeat on the way home, and I plan to knit more tonight while watching the Vice-Presidential debates.

During the mandatory fun company lunch today, I put a few rounds onto the Bloo Sock between dessert and the owners' speeches. Some of my co-workers thought it was funny that I was knitting, but one said that it was very clever of me to carry something productive to do with me, and another asked if I ever sold my work. I said that I didn't, but that I'd be happy to teach her to knit. Something tells me that she's not going to take me up on the offer.

Comments Comments Off on In Which the Pirate Gets Ahead.

Marie, from the weekly knitting group (the one I never get to go to anymore) invited me and a half-dozen women to spend the weekend at her beach house in Maryland. What a fun time we had - and what an amazing view! We knit, spun, talked late into the night, and ate *so* much food. Marie's house is absolutely beautiful. It's a three-story Victorian right on the water, with so many little details that I kept noticing.

I arrived on Saturday afternoon. After a wonderful lunch of lemon chicken, we knit for a while and then ventured out to a local yarn store, Crazy For Ewe. It took some serious self-control, but I didn't buy anything. The only yarns that really tempted me were out of my budget - like some Schaefer Heather, and some sock yarn that I would have had to get two skeins of for just one pair of socks, and some hand-dyed laceweight from Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets that glowed with color and had metal spun in with the yarn. It would make a beautiful shawl, if I could afford it! I did have fun touching all the yarns, and everyone else bought something, so I didn't feel bad about keeping the store open after its scheduled closing time.

Yarn Barn of KS MerinoWe had grilled salmon for dinner with potatoes au gratin and green beans, and then got back to knitting and spinning! Jinann and I both brought our wheels, and I got started spinning some of this merino. I'm planning to make a three-ply sock yarn with it. There's eight ounces of the stuff, so no concerns about having enough. I don't know if I'm spinning tightly enough for sock yarn, so I plan to run the singles through again and put some extra twist in before plying.

This morning, Marie made us French toast with raspberry butter, and there was more knitting and spinning before a lunch of shrimp over pasta with a saffron cream sauce. I finished the second skein of yarn on the baby blanket, which was my goal for the weekend, and got started on the third skein. The Bloo Sock did see a few new stitches, but as it's meant to be my airplane knitting in a couple of weeks, and it doesn't have the deadline that the blanket does, I tried not to work on it too much.

What a fantastic time! I hope that we can all get together again soon and do it again!

Comments 1 Comment »

The ribbing on this new sock is not really working with the pattern. I think I'll give up on it - I'm not really liking the size 0 bamboo needles, but my aluminum size 0 DPNs are otherwise occupied for the next 90% of the second Bloo Sock.

I don't mean I'm going to give up entirely, just on the ribbing. My new plan is to knit the rest of the pattern repeat on the bamboo needles as a test swatch, try it on to be sure it fits, then rip it out and begin again with different ribbing on the aluminum needles. Frustrating, perhaps, but I'd rather have this thing look *good* than have a design element that doesn't really flow. I might just go with a 1x1 rib.

Meanwhile, I'm way behind on the baby blanket. I've knit ten pattern repeats in the last three weeks, rather than twenty-one as I should have been doing one per day. I'm not getting as much done in the carpool as I'd hoped, but the due date is only a month away so I'd better get cranking on that!

Comments 1 Comment »

There are thirty miles between the office and the strip mall parking lot where my boss and I meet to carpool. It takes about forty minutes to drive that distance, during which time I can knit three rows, or 75% of one pattern repeat, on the baby blanket. I can knit faster than that when I'm not in the car, but I have a tendency to get headaches if I don't look up between stitches to watch the scenery go by.

It has been too dark, or I have been too tired, to knit on the way to work. We meet at 06:30. The sun is barely up, and the days are only getting shorter. Perhaps I'll give the morning knitting a try tomorrow; 75% of a pattern repeat per day is not going to get the blanket done very quickly at all.

I cast on for the second Bloo Sock and knit the first four rows of ribbing. Unless I knit on it with every spare moment I have, it will not be done by mid-October when I hoped it would be done. The blanket has a much firmer deadline, which means that I have to focus on it instead of the socks.

And speaking of socks, I'm starting to get really excited about the class on Sunday with Cookie A. There's even a socktailcocktail party afterwards! It's going to be so much fun. I can't wait to get the pattern knit and written up so that I can share it with you all!

Unfortunately there will be no new pictures for a week or so. My camera has gone missing. I think it may be lost and gone forever. I will be replacing it, almost definitely with another Canon PowerShot, as soon as I decide which model I like best.

Comments Comments Off on In Which the Pirate is Warm.

I know that knitters are exceptionally nice people, but it's always great to have that re-proven to me.

After I finished the first of the Bloo Socks last week, I had the bright idea to weigh it. Then I weighed the remaining yarn. Then the sock again. Pirate-Husband came home and asked why I was cursing, so I weighed both the sock and the remaining yarn for him, being sure to zero the scale first.

The next day, I spent several hours contacting yarn stores to try to find another ball of the same color and dye lot. I'd originally ordered the yarn from WEBS, but they were sold out. There was someone on Ravelry with a ball up for trade or sale, but I contacted her mere hours after she had sold it, and she hadn't yet updated her stash. I called all the local stores and wrote emails to all the ones on the internet which offered Trekking for sale.

Several stand out as deserving of recognition for their help:

Romana from Yarn Cloud, who called around in search of the right dye lot for me, even going so far as to contact Skacel to see if they had any more left (they didn't, but still).

Pat from Yarn Barn, who forwarded my emailed plea for help to a mailing list of yarn store owners, so that the request would get to more people.

Judy from The Knitter, who did have the right yarn and immediately set it aside for me! It arrived today, and I am so happy! It's all I can do to keep myself from casting on right now, but there are some non-knitting-related things that I need to take care of before I can get started. (Like dinner. Darned inconvenient, having to eat several times a day. Cuts into my knitting time.)

Pictures of the first sock will be available as soon as Pirate-Husband gives me my camera back.

Comments Comments Off on In Which the Pirate is Amazed.

Last night I went to SnB for the first time in six months. It was so good to see everyone again! I'd like to try to get back there more often, if possible. The timing and location aren't so great for me, but I love being surrounded by two dozen awesome knitters. I got one pattern repeat done on the baby blanket while I was there, which is half of what I'd hoped to accomplish. The pattern row wasn't too hard to do even with all the conversation and distraction, which pleased me.

I gave some thought to the sock design I'd like to make up, and I think the lace pattern I originally had in mind might not work. The pattern is a multiple of 24 stitches plus one, which would mean having it repeat three times around the sock. How would that work over the instep? I'll swatch for it just in case, but it might not be the best of ideas, so I'll go to the design class armed with a couple of different stitch patterns.

Pirate-Husband continues to be awesome. I took out the yarn that I'm going to use in the sock design class, and was fussing with the scale and ball-winder. "What are you doing?" he asked. When I told him that I was splitting the skein in two and winding it up, his first response was "But the class isn't for three weeks! Should you be winding the yarn up now? It isn't good to have it under tension." I love that he knows these things about my hobby and that he's so supportive, but I reassured him that three weeks of being wound up wouldn't make much of a difference to the yarn.

The first Bloo Sock is almost complete. I hope to get it done tonight so that Michael can try it on this weekend. I am a little anxious for it to fit well, so I can knit the second sock without worrying that I'm just going to have to rip it all out and start over. Anyway, I'm meeting up with him in Philadelphia to do touristy things and drink beer. The women at SnB last night were recommending Philly yarn stores to me. I may try to resist, as I'm still supposedly on a yarn diet!

Comments 2 Comments »

Last night I finished the first of four skeins for the baby blanket. Originally I'd bought three, but the pattern ate more than I thought it would, and Pirate-Husband helped me find another skein in the same dye lot. It's coming along - and looking good - but I have to knit two pattern repeats on it each day so that it will be done before the (as yet unscheduled) baby shower.

The Bloo socks are coming along too. I'm past the gusset decreases in Sock One and I'm estimating four to five hours left on it, and then Sock Two. Last night I worked on them a bit, until I was too tired to remember not to knit straight over the ribbing! I also started doodling up the design for the tweaks, with plans for small, medium and large sizing. I just have to work out the heel and toe numbers, knit a pair to the new pattern, have them test-knit and the pattern proofed for errors, and then publish!

Due to scheduling issues (boss got a promotion and has been working long hours to catch up on the work) my carpooling has been temporarily put on hold, so I've lost several hours of knitting time per week. He's been considering putting his foot down on work, so we might be able to start driving together again - and because his new position requires him to go back and forth between our locations, he's offered to drive every day if I put in for gas! That's a lot of potential knitting time for me, and a lot of mileage saved on my car.

Comments Comments Off on In Which the Pirate Gets Somewhere.

I'm back from the War with lots of knitting behind me!

The Bloo Sock is (now) past the heel and into the gusset. I knit the heel flap and turned the heel, but either the numbers were off or I can't count to 31, so I tinked back and re-turned the heel with my own numbers twice, as my own numbers were also off the first time. That's when I realized I'd forgotten to center the ribbing over the instep. I stared at the sock for a while and gradually came to terms with the knowledge that I would have to rip back to the beginning of the heel flap, rotate the stitches, and do it all over again. After I came to that conclusion, I also realized that I'd forgotten to write down the proper numbers for the heel turn.

Being the perfectionist that I am, I did rip back. It took some frustration and a very small crochet hook to get all the stitches back on the needles in the right orientation. But I am happy to report that the heel turned without further incident and that I have written down the numbers so that the next sock will match. At this point I feel that I've really made enough changes to this pattern to publish it for myself.

Is anyone interested in test-knitting a ribbed sock at an almost ridiculously fine gauge? I haven't yet written up the pattern, other than scribbled notes on the original printout, but I'm planning to publish in at least two sizes, possibly three. The perk will be that you get a free, if untested, copy of a pattern that won't be offered for free.

My camera battery has died, but I'll have pictures soon!

Comments Comments Off on In Which the Pirate Returns.

(Before you ask, I've written this post in advance and scheduled it for while I'm away. I am not on the internet while on vacation.)

For the Bloo Socks, I started Elizabeth Bennet's Perl Sock Program to get the numbers, but then I started modifying. First I had to fudge the gauge in her form to get the 10% negative ease I prefer in a sock. Then I went with a k6, p2 ribbing instead of doing the sock in stockinette. I changed the type of decreases as well. How much modification would I have to do in order to publish this design as my own?

I'd love to be able to publish this and even sell it, but not if it's copyright infringement. I bet I could change some more stuff about the pattern without too much effort and get to the point where it really is my own design, no worries. I have some thoughts about what I can change already, but I'm not going to give them away just yet!

When I was searching for patterns, I noticed that there weren't many written for such fine-gauge socks. I'm getting 11.25 stitches to the inch, and most sock patterns seem to be written for eight to nine SPI. This could be my designing niche - I do love the look and feel of light fingering weight yarn. I have lots of ideas for socks, and I'm really looking forward to taking the class with Cookie A. in September and learning how to design what's floating around in my head.

Pirate-Husband figured out that this is the sixth different sock pattern I've knit up, and suggests that if I do publish it, I should call it Number Six. I think that's rather fitting, given the recipient, although after I make further changes to the pattern, it will actually be Number Seven.

Comments 2 Comments »

This weekend is the beginning of vacation! Pirate-Husband and I are going to an annual medieval-style camping event. We're going up to the site this weekend just to get our land and tent set up, and then coming back, working for a few more days, and going back to site Wednesday of next week. We plan to stay for a week and a half.

Last night I started the baby blanket just to see what the yarn looked like knit up (lovely) and I plan for that to be my car knitting. It's a 4.5 hour drive up to the campground. The expectant mother will be at this event, so I don't want to work on it where she might see... but since we're driving to and from site twice, I'll have a good chunk of time to work on the project.

I'm bringing the Bloo Socks and the yarn I bought for the Swiffer cover commission with me, as well as my drop spindle and some roving. I could only find one TP roll onto which I can wind the singles, but someone on Ravelry suggested sliding the cop onto a straw - what a great idea! Also, there's a "silk spinning on a drop spindle" class I want to take, and I'd like to have my own spindle for that. The ones they give out tend to be unbalanced.

Posts may be scarce until August 11; I'm not bringing my laptop on vacation with me. There is internet access on site, but it's slow and costs $6/hour! Be seeing you... :)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Comments 2 Comments »