Location: Crescent City, California, United States

I love to make things with my hands. My current passions are knitting and spinning.

Monday, January 30, 2006

First sock completed !!!!

I just finished my first sock for the sock-a-month Kal at this site This was my first pair of socks with a lacy pattern. Wait - it's my first knitted anything with a lace pattern !! And I love it. I have all kinds of ideas for lace shawls with recycled silk, sweaters with lacey patterns..... The possibilities are endless, and my time is way too limited.
These socks were knitted on opal yarn with size US 1 needles. The pattern I used is from I only cast on 60 stitches, and it is plenty big enough for my legs. I was worried about having enough yarn for the 2 socks, so I didn't make the leg very long. I wish I had made it longer as I now have enough leftover to make a third sock. Hey, that may not be such a bad idea...No I have too many other ideas for socks that are waiting to be knit.

This is my sock stash

Sorry the colors didn't come out that great in the pic. With practice I hould get better at taking the pics. The yarn at the back left is Cascade Sierra Quatro, color no.90. It is a pretty shade of purple and lavender. The yarn in the middle of back row is Opal sock yarn with blue, beige, light brown and lavender. The yarn on th back right is Sockotta with pink, lavender and purple. Notice the trend? I think I need to find some new colors! Maybe I'll find some red yarn for Valentine's day!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Here I go!!

Well, I'm finally going to make the plunge and start my own blog. I've really enjoyed exploring other blogspots and finding out what other knitters are knitting. I've only been knitting about 18 months. It all started when I saw a pair of socks in a yarn shop that were a beautiful variegated red.... Well, I haven't knit any red socks yet, but I have knit about 5 pairs inthe past 18 months, not to mention numerous scarves that I've gifted to friends and family members, and several caps. My first pair of socks was knit out of Cascade wool - a beautiful forest green. I was a bad girl and didn't read the directions on how to wash them (they were washed along with everything else, in warm water). Needless to say, they felted up very nicely and ended up about 2 sizes too small, so I gifted them to a friend I work with. My next 2 pairs were out of opal sock yarn (superwash). They didn't shrink, but are a little loose around the leg. Part of that has to do with the pattern I used. I did finally make a pair out of merino wool that fit just right!!! (Doesn't that sound like Goldilocks?) They are sooo soft and comfy - and I have been taking very good care of how I wash and dry them - and they still fit, yippee!!
I am just starting and will add pics and links later.