Monday, January 31, 2011

Year of the Sock: Update

I am declaring the first month of Year of the Sock a success!

See above the first two completed socks of the year. Okay, granted, they aren't part of a pair, but that's just a technicality. The first of both the Big Black Socks and the Faux Fair socks are complete. One is obviously sized to fit me, the other is . . . obviously not.

So on to February! I plan to get the mates to these finished up, and then it's Malabrigo time.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Year of the Sock

I have declared 2011 to be the Year of the Sock! I plan to knit 11 pairs this year. Totally doable, right?

I mean, just for starters I'm almost done with the first of the Big Black Socks:

All this needs is another inch or so of ribbing before I bind off.

And since I took this picture, I turned the heel on the first Faux Fair sock:

So it needs another few inches and it, too, will be ready to go.

Then I'm going to cast on a test knit in this:

So that's three pairs sussed out, and January's not even over.

Aside from these, I also owe my dad a pair (promised for Christmas), and I . . . somehow . . . may not have anything appropriate in the stash. I also have in mind to knit the Irishman another pair of socks for Valentine's Day; the socks I knit for him last year are wearing out a bit on the soles. (My fault for knitting them in something without added strength--he's hard on them.)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Quick and dirty

Complete: one hat, size enormous.

Aside from its use as a teaching tool, this hat went to our charity knitting bin to keep someone warm this winter.

(Someone with a large head. I have gauge issues.)

Pattern: Most Basic Hat from Hip To Knit.

Yarn: Cascade 220 (100% wool, 220 yds per 100g skein), colorway . . . green. 8893, probably. Needles: size 8/5mm.

And isn't the Irishman cute as a button?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Shrug (as a Bug in a Rug)

I knit a thing! It is a Knitting Pure and Simple shrug in Rowan Drift (100% merino, 87 yds/100g skein), colorway 905 "Plantation." I used three skeins for the 36" size, but a normal person would probably need four. (The pattern called for 10.5 and 10 needles; I used 10 and 9 for gauge.)

Yay shrug.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hello, my yarny friends

My, it's been a while, hasn't it?

Between holiday knitting, traveling, and work (nonstop since I returned!), there just hasn't been time to post. I've gotten a few things off the needles, which with luck I will be showing you toot sweet.

In the meantime, I'm going to knit my plain-jane faux Fair Isle sock and chill.