Monday, March 31, 2008

Save the Rainforest, Adult and Toddler

This yarn was originally destined to be a Christmas present. It's Lorna's Laces Sheperd Sock Multi in a limited edition colorway called Rainforest done for Jimmy Beans Wool. It has way more purple that I usually like. Yet, it sat in my yarn drawer over the holidays and managed to hide out from the casting-on monster. Then, whoops, somehow it snuck out last month and managed to find itself into a pair of socks just my size!

I felt a little badly about this, so I immediately cast on another pair, in my daughter's size. She loves having matching socks.

As you can see from the above picture, I made mine into anklets. I managed to get all four socks out of one skein, plus a few rows of a second. So, I have nearly a full skein sitting around, waiting to be a gift. Or maybe the toe and heel of a gift, because no one seems to like anklets as much as I do!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Jersey Socks

Several weeks ago, we went to New Jersey for the first time. Instead of getting any knick knacks (or whacked by Tony Soprano, as my husband was predicting) I got... souvenir yarn! We went to a cute little LYS and I let my daughter pick out a color way (thus, a toddler size version is also on the way).

Pattern: My own
Yarn: Plymouth Happy Feet (ravelry link)

I would have to rate this a mediocre yarn. It wasn't terribly soft, but the finished sock is quite cozy. It also seems a little thicker than the other fingering weights that I've been using lately. That said, the color changes are frequent, which I like, because I had almost no pooling. I had only 3 or 4 stitches per color, and that made these a fun, fast knit. Though you can't tell from the pictures, these are much taller than my normal socks. We were listening to the end of Robert Jordan's Shadow Rising, and I totally got carried away in stockinette. I was so into it, I'm surprised my gauge didn't change!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ski Jacket

Now that the moving sweater is off the needles, I really wanted to do something different for my next big project. Something different, in which I learn something new using stash yarn.

One out of three ain't bad. May I present the yoke of yet another seamless yoke sweater. It's different in that it's a cardigan. Which isn't all that different, I know.

The pattern is the ski jacket by the amazing Veronik Avery. I've made several modifications, mostly because I have limited yarn and am not confident that I'll make it through as written. I'll post the details when I post the FO pictures.

Tonight the yoke is blocking. Tomorrow, toddler willing, it goes back on the needles and I start the body.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Phoebe: 1999-2008

Last weekend we lost a member of our family. Phoebe took suddenly ill and, on Saturday, she left us.

Phoebe started life in Haines but, after a brief stay at the human society (where we met) she has been with me. She lived in Oregon while I was in college, moved out to Chicago with me, then to Colorado for graduate school and finally out here to Pennsylvania. She even took a vacation with us to New Mexico. She traveled plane, moving truck, Civic and even on the ferry between Juneau and Bellingham. Despite this, traveling was not her favorite thing. Her favorite things were snuggling with me while I read, laying on my head while I slept and chewing yarn. And food. She was crazy for food. Cat food, cat treats, tuna, milk and, though I know cats don't have sweet taste receptors, jam and tomato sauce. She would eat the peanut butter and jelly right out of your sandwich if you left it unattended. Just a few weeks ago she and Brenna shared a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

She may have resented the kids, as their arrival meant less time for her and me. So, at the end, it was just her and me and the vet. We said our good byes and then her pain was gone. I can't tell you how much I miss her, so I won't try. Thank you for reading this.