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Video: My Drunk Best Friend

March 11, 2013

My best friend and I made a video quizzing each other on, well, each other. There’s mention of knitting, so this posting is totally legit.

Pterotactyl

March 7, 2013

Pterotactyl

This is still sitting around waiting to be blocked, but I don’t feel as guilty as I might, because I’m still proud of myself for actually weaving in all those ends pretty much right away. About thirty-five of them.

ends

So many ends. SO MANY ENDS. (And so much just back and forth plain knitting.) But once it’s blocked, I think it’ll be a really nice casual shawl.

The pattern is Pterotactyl, knit up in Cascade Heritage Solids. I wound up short on yarn and just did a few extra rows of purple after the last wedge, but I like the way it looks this way, too.

Socks!

February 28, 2013

I’ve been knitting quite a few socks lately. I knit some replacement socks for my friend’s dad, some warm socks for myself, and these lovely things — which I of course wore and washed before I thought to take a decent picture. I threw them in the machine with some other stuff, to snug them up a bit, which unfortunately made them fuzzy and made it even harder to see the stitch pattern.

Hermione's socks

They’re Hermione’s Everyday Socks, and they did have a lovely stitch pattern which kind of disappeared into the yarn at anything beyond arm’s reach. I may make another pair in a different yarn, but I’m still happy with this brightly-striped pair. The yarn is Online Supersocke, in the colorway 1389

Stitches

I also started a pair in G-B Wolle Inka, which I bought a few weeks ago at a yarn fair, to give Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel a go.

sock

I did my first heel and rookie silliness aside, I really like it. The sock itself came out a bit narrow, though, so I made it shorter and will probably send it to my more dainty-footed mom. (With a mate, obviously.)

They’re also the first sock for the KnitPro Karbonz that I also bought at the same fair — I needed some 2 mm DPNs and was really interested in something stronger than wood, and so far I’m really happy with them. They feel sturdy, and somewhere between wood and metal in slipperiness, and the tips are great. I got a shorter set without realizing it at the time, but I kind of like it for socks. Not as fiddly.

Sheepish return

February 24, 2013

I just had a lot of book stuff to do, I guess, and not much exciting to show. Which isn’t entirely true, because I made a big button tree and knitted several pairs of socks and whatnot. But I wasn’t in a knittybloggy mood. I promise to do better.

Button button who’s got the button?

January 28, 2013

We went to the flea market yesterday, and one of the things we found was this little tin of buttons. Tin and button together for ten crowns, which is about a buck fifty.

Buttons

I just love old buttons. I don’t knit enough cardigans to justify all the buttons I have — but then again, I have a wide variety and that means I’m prepared for any kind of cardigan I might knit, right?

I rummaged through the jar when I got home, picking out the more interesting buttons. Even just this selection makes this a totally wortwhile purchase, I think.

Pretty buttons

Can’t you just see these on a cream-colored little cardigan?

flowerbuttons

And these roses have a really interesting look.

buttonroses

I think I need to find more vintagey-style patterns to do my vast button collection justice. Or knit a big sweater and sew buttons all over it.

Another Ishbel

January 26, 2013

So I finished that wine-colored Ishbel for my friend and, really, I think my main lesson was that I shouldn’t make two of the same thing in a short period of time. I figured it was an easy pattern and also I couldn’t unexpectedly fall in love with it and want to keep it for myself. But really, it bored me because I’d just done it. And, of course, I ran short on yarn and had to order more — I’m not entirely sure what happened, but at least this was a yarn that was easier to get more of.

Ishbel

It’s Cascade Heritage in the color Wine, or 5663. I do like this yarn, but it’s a bit annoying to have three-quarters of a skein left now. I’m sure I’ll find a small project for it, and a few yards will probably make their way into the sock scrap blanket. So we’re good.

There are a couple of spots in the spine where the yarn-overs look kind of weird, and I have no idea why, but I think it’s the kind of thing you won’t see when it’s actually being worn. Can’t spot it from the back of a horse, as they say.

Video blog: Sock square sadist

January 16, 2013

There are so many ways this can turn out.

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