Monday, November 29, 2010

Socks and more socks

My Gelato Socks have been done for a while now:

Gelato Socks

just in time for some serious cold weather (if you do not live in California, go ahead at laugh at 56F, but I am from Italy and I just do not get why people living in places with snow on the ground do not run someplace else.)

Gelato Socks
Pattern: my standard toe-up vanilla sock
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici (a yarn is felice, not felici, but this one is so soft that I do not even care at the usually irritating misuse of the Italian language.)
Raverly project page: here.

I have about 5 more pairs of socks on the needles at various stages:

Italy Vanilla Socks

Paton Stretch Vanilla Toe-up Socks

Sherwood Socks

These are the only one that are not my usual toe-up vanilla socks, I am knitting Back to Basicsby Deb Barnhil, that is based on a Cat Bordhi's sockitecture: usually this new sockitectures irritate the hell out of me  (why look at something and think, "there must be a way to make this unreasonably more complicate"), but I am actually enjoying knitting these (the fact that the yarn is really squishy and yummy does help.)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pixie Hat

Not only this hat is the most adorable hat I have ever knit (with the most adorable baby picture on the pattern)

Love Pixie Hat

but it goes like this: I buy two 50gr balls of sock yarn, I knit a pair of socks, with the leftovers I knit this hat, and I still have enough leftovers to make either an iPod Touch Sock or Keychain Sock Blocker Sock.

Love Pixie Hat
Pattern: Pixie Hat by Diana Chan Taylor
Yarn: Løve Garn Baby og Hosegarn
Raverly project page: here.

Sun is out.

Pictures coming soon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Where did the hats go?

I love knitting hats, problem is, I do not wear hats, so I seldom knit them. Or at least that is what I think, but then I made 10 last year and 8 this year. I wonder where they went.

Three Hats

From left to right, Cash Vero Ribbed Hat,Winter Night Crossroad Hat, Serengeti Fetching Hat

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Sock Obsession

Crazy for Socks
1. Paton Stretch Vanilla Toe-Up Socks
2. Turner Socks
3. Stroll Socks
4. Gelato Socks
5. Italy Vanilla Socks  

When it comes to socks, I go by KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid): I need them on the go, to relax, not to give me a headache. If they have complicated charts or a worksheet, I pass.

I knit my sock toe-up with a heel flap, and I have three cheat cards in my purse with all the essential numbers for gauges 7,8, and 9 per inch.

That said, the Stroll Socks are the Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern by Nancy Bush, because I am determined to knit my way through Knitting Vintage Socks.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Off the blocking board

While it looks like that things go on the blocking board and stay there forever, they eventually come off:

Artyars Forest Canopy
Pattern: Forest Canopy Shawl by Susan Lawrence
Yarn: Artyarns Ultramerino 4
Ravelry project page: here

Balck Icarus
Pattern: Icarus Shawl by Miriam L. Felton
Yarn: Newton's Yarn Country Cashmere/Merino 4-ply
Ravelry project page: here

And one more goes on:

Square Blanket