Wednesday, January 10, 2007

First WIPs of 2007

2006 was my most knittingest year so far. I completed 14 projects, including one sweater. However, not everything I started in 2006 I finished, and I am carrying some things over. As I have a lot of knitting I want to do this year, I have been knitting furiously the last several days to turn some of these WIPs into FOs.

First, I have made it to the moss stitch chevron of the Landscape shawl. 37% done! I really like how the yarn variegation looks in the different stitches. At the very top, you can see the green stitch marker sticking up indicating the start of the moss stitch chevron. I'm on row 188, and on row 244, I get to start the final chevron of reverse stockinette. When I get to row 308 I get to bind off.
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As I mentioned in my last post, I had to wear store bought grey socks earlier this week, and I think my lone gingerbread cable sock noticed. I decided I better get its mate started before it rose up in rebellion. I really, really like how this cable pattern is working out on the socks. I will have to use it again.
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I would have finished this pair much earlier, but I am using metal needles and I didn't want to risk having them taken away by airport security when M and I traveled over the holidays. So, over the holidays, I started a pair of Jaywalkers in Trekking XXL (color 159) on my new 6-inch Crystal Palace bamboo double points. I love these needles!! They are by far my dpn favorites: slick, pointy and warm to hold. The sock isn't bad either, but it will have to wait for the gingerbread cable sock.
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Finally, I am knitting a pair of mitts for Michael's college friend Karen, who with another friend, will be coming out to California from Chicago to visit us next month. Karen saw my screaming red mitts on the blog and wanted a pair in blues and purples. M promised her a very soft, warm pair of mitts and totally vetoed! fingering weight yarn, which the fine cabled mitt pattern calls for. I was a bit disgruntled at first until I realized I needed to go to my LYS, and then I perked right up. I found a skein of Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb Swirl DK in purple club. The merino/silk blend is really soft, and the DK weight should make a warm pair of mitts. My only problem was a complete lack of pattern. I am adapting the twisted cable mitts pattern I used in a chunky weight alpaca on the fly. So far, it seems to be working.
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Once these become FOs, there's a second sock to knit for my mom, a new scarf for my Grandma Adeline (she confessed over Christmas that she lost the scarf I knit her a couple years ago, which she loved), the Aran Pocket Shawl, a scarf for the Victorian Lace Today KAL, the ice cream sundae socks...Why am I still blogging? Back to knitting!

4 comments:

Jen said...

oh, i do love all your socks! and the shawl looks great too!

trek said...

Aren't CP dpns awesome? I've got a pair of size 2½ that I've been trying to swap for a smaller size (1 or 1½) but everyone is so attached to their CPs and I can't blame them.

Lori said...

Don't be too scared to start the lace project for the kal. The provisional cast on using the chrochet chain is not that bad. I found the toe-up sock cast on tutorial from Wendyknits to be very helpful. It is the same type of cast on. Good luck.

Brigitte said...

Hi Brenda, thanks for your comments on my blog! And I'm glad I found yours...

So, I have to say - if you believe they serve raspberries for breakfast in heaven, well I believe it's navel oranges! We can swap - your oranges for my raspberries. We have a MASSIVE raspberry bush in the back yard...!

Love your work, especially your socks. I'm pretty lame when it comes to socks - can only do them toe up. I love the gingerbread cable socks!