Monday, September 25, 2006

One more FO

Finished DS's red white and blue socks in August. Forgot to post a picture of these! I like 'em but wish I'd tried harder to match up the colors so they're symmetrical with each sock. Otherwise, they're warm and toasty for the cold weather to come.

I did some major yarn shopping while on vacation in August. I got to visit Purl Diva in Brunswick and met the amazing Ellen. I scored some Lorna's Laces Worsted in Motherlode for a cardigan for myself, and some Reynolds Whiskey for socks for DH. I also visited Maranacook Yarns in Readfield near where I was staying, and a yarn/craft shop in Rangeley whose name is escaping me at the moment. I found some lovely cranberry colored Bartlett Yarn worsted for a kid sweater. Bartlett Yarns are the best smelling yarns I've ever gotten -- the lanolin smell is heaven!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Fall brings new FO's, fun times

Somehow, despite, many other competing interests, I made it to the Boston Knit Out and it turned out to be a nice day, despite the weather forecast. There was swag available and I got some lovely red yarns, making me think there is a theme for the day. I need to knit up a lovely red scarf. Here's the photo of my take for the day:

From top to bottom, some Reynolds Garden Tweed in a muted red and beige mix(cotton, linen, viscose), some Manos Cotton Stria in a lovely red, and a bag of Skacel Gatto (all nylon) in great shades of red, orange, white and yellow. Got to see some fellow MIT knitters, including Rhonda, Erin (and baby Geneva -- what a cutie!) and Christine.

In other knitting news, I finished DS's preschool nap blanket in Muench Big Baby (12 balls, but you can do it with less) using Basketweave stitch on size 15 needles. It knit up fast and is very soft. DS's comments?? "It smells like Mommy." I love that.

After the blanket is done, I'm back working on Clapotis, which I ripped out earlier this summer so I can start afresh. It's going better and I'm amazed at how much more I understand about the pattern through repetition. Does that mean I should just knit everything new 5 or 6 times?? Gawd, I hope not. Sorry, no photos of that one yet, but I'll post some as it progresses. It's in Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb, Tuscany (red, blue, green) colorway. This yarn is very hardy, as I've knit and ripped this out multiple times. It still retains its strength and sheen. Good stuff.