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For those of you who live under the rock next door to my rock, you’ve got to check out Ravelry . For those of you who have an invite left .. can you please invite me? I’m DYING to try this out since I’m an anal-retentive organizing nut and this looks like it’s right up my alley! I don’t know if I’m patient enough to wait for it’s full release.

Although I have no socks on the needles and haven’t had for a week (gasp), I’ve signed up for the Summer of Socks 2007 KAL. I’ve thankfully fulfilled my SAM 3 KAL requirements for May and have forbid myself to cast-on for another pair of socks until I finish the Debbie Bliss Matinee Coat for my new neice Molly. You would think this would be HUGE motivation for a sock fiend like me, but even though this was off the needles and blocking last month, so far I’ve only managed to seam it. To officially complete it, I still need to knit the edging around the neckline and then put it in the mail to my sister. Thank goodness it’s knit for a 6 month old!

And if having one project on the needles for a neice wasn’t enough, I’m also working on a purse for my eldest neices birthday. I’ve knit this bag once before for another neice and this neice saw it and said she *had* to have one too. This has been a really quick knit and all I have left are the i-cord handles and felting. She’ll be visiting me the last week of this month, a few days after her birthday, so it will be fun to give her this in person instead of sending it off in the mail.

The VLT shawl (which looks like a blog) is still in progress and I think I’m on track to have it complete by my mother-in-laws birthday next month. I’m not sure I’m going to use the edging shown in the book, but I’m not sure what else would look nice. Any suggestions?

For those of you who love podcasts and/or love scrapbooking, you absolutely must check out my friend Lain’s ScrapHappy Podcast. Currently, I’m not into making scrapbooks (which is the main focus of this podcast), but I just love that her podcast. Last episode she was stating that if a scrapbooking tool doesn’t have mutliple uses, she doesn’t keep it around, so she had taken her ribbon straightening iron into her bathroom to see if it would also straighten her hair! Her last 4 podcasts are all in the 15-20 minute range, so if you want a treat, go subscribe. Oh, and if you do.. please tell her I sent you.

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My April SAM KAL 3 socks are completed and ready to wear … well, ready to wear if I weren’t currently wearing sandals.

Pattern: Baudelaire by Cookie A.
Pattern Source: Knitty.com Summer 2006 issues
Yarn: Socks That Rock lightweight in Jasper
Needles: (2) KnitPicks Circulars size 1 US
Modifications: Judy’s Magic Cast-On


Notes: I *so* love that this pattern was written from the toe up. Maybe I had a bad experience with cuff down socks or something, but toe up socks just feel natural to me. Also, after having to convert the last few sock patterns I knit, it was nice just to follow the instructions as written. I also am glad that I was able to see Cookie demonstrate these socks on a recent Knitty Gritty episode since she does an interesting modification to the short row heel. When the directions say to wrap and turn, she instead turns her knitting and then does a wrap (yarn over). It’s really very clever and I much prefer it to the normal wrap and turn method. The 8 row 22 stitch pattern repeat was fairly simple and at some point on the leg section, I finally had it memorized. I also really liked the added touch of the cable going up each side of the leg next to the lace pattern. As usual, Cookie hits a home run.

I’ve finally acquired a smallish sock yarn stash now and have quite a few wonderful patterns, so now it’s just narrowing down the choices. Since DH’s birthday is in June, maybe I should knit a pair for him?

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Just in time for the very last day of Project Spectrum 2.0 and my Sock A Month KAL (although this is my second pair), I finally finished the socks!

Blue Bamboo Zephyr Socks
Pattern: Zephyr Socks
Source: Domesticat
Yarn: Regia Bamboo Color 1061
Needles: Addi Turbo Lace size 1 US; (2) 24″ circulars


Modifications:
As usual, I knit these from the toe-up using Judy’s Magic Cast-On. I kept the sole stitches to 26, but increased the instep stitches to 36. On the heel flap, I made sure I ended up with 27 stitches before starting the leg and kept the 36 stitches from the instep to end up with a total of 63 stitches on the leg section. The original pattern has 52 stitches, so I definitely had to take time to do recalculations to fit this yarn to my size 8 foot.
Notes: I’m going to confess my shortcomings that I chose the wrong pattern for this yarn and the wrong needles for this yarn. Independently I’m sure I would love each item, but together spelled misery for me. This pair of socks took a month to knit and they should have taken no more than 2 weeks. By the way, the jogless bind-off worked BRILLIANTLY! Thanks again Amber.
  • Pattern: It is brilliantly simple and easy to memorize. I recommend this pattern and will definitely keep it in my binder of favorites.
  • Yarn: I mainly purchased it out of curiosity because it had bamboo in it AND it was the perfect colorway for February/March Project Spectrum colors. The yarn is comprised of 45% bamboo, 40% wool and 15% polyamide. I enjoyed knitting with the yarn but I especially LOVE how the yarn feels on my feet. It’s extremely light and airy and feels like you’re barely wearing anything at all. In fact, if I were to wear socks with my lingerie (which I don’t), these would be the perfect socks.
  • Needles: This was my first project with the new Addi Turbo Lace needles. My personal opinion is they are great, but definitely not for all yarns, like this bamboo yarn. Since the bamboo yarn doesn’t glide like most other sock yarns, and since the lace needles grab the yarn a tiny bit, it was a bad combination. I definitely should have knit these with my KnitPicks Circular needles. That said, I’m definitely going to give these needles a try again with a different yarn and I definitely see the value of these needles when knitting lace. In fact, I will buy a pair specifically for my next lace project since the KnitPicks needles are too slick and the original Addi Turbo needles just aren’t pointy enough.

I definitely recommend the yarn, the pattern and the needles, but not in combination together. Isn’t it fun to have so many learning opportunities with each knitting project? I’m definitely learning so much in my knitting adventures.

Thanks to everyone who posted comments about my shawl. It’s still sitting in time-out, but I have a feeling it may get a frogging soon.

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I love that these socks not only count as my March socks for SAM3, but that they also work for February/March Project Spectrum 2.0.

Pattern: Pomatomus by Cookie A.

Source: Knitty.com Winter 2005 issue

Yarn: Jitterbug by Colinette; colorway 118 Velvet Damson

Needles: (2) Addi Turbo 24″ circular size 0 US (2.0mm)

Notes: I seem to be addicted to knitting socks from the toe-up, so I decided to try another attempt at converting this pattern from cuff down to toe up. Chart B originally made no sense to me (and those who have knit this will understand what I’m saying), but I decided to trust the pattern & it did indeed all work out. The pattern was extremely well written and the beautiful designs that Cookie comes up with is just amazing to me. I’m most proud that I was able to calculate how to get the stitches on the heel to match up with the pattern on the leg. Personally, I think it was just dumb luck, but I’ll take it! As far as the yarn goes .. YUM! I really loved the subtle variations of this colorway and would love to find another skein of this velvet series in a different color. It was great to knit with and I can highly recommend it. Since I’ve knit the last few pairs of socks with my pointy KnitPicks circular needles, I found myself getting frustrated very easily trying to Ktbl with what seemed like “dull” needles. I also hope to never have to knit another pair of socks on size 0 needles again. Not because it takes longer, but because I don’t want to purchase another set of needles!

By the way, this is the reason I knit socks from the toe-up:
This is all the yarn that remains from this pair of socks, and I even had to omit the last row of ribbing at the top. Can you imagine what a mess I’d be in if I knit these from the cuff to the toe?

In non-knitting news, if you’re interested in the slightest at beautifully decorated cakes, you must hop on over to my baby sisters blog and look at her latest creations. This is her first set of cakes that she got paid to make and I honestly think she should consider this as her future profession.

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