Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WIP: Zombie Hello Kitty Socks

Last week was rough, wasn't it? I never got the feeling that things were going as they should and it was all I could do to get through the day and collapse into some knitting. To celebrate the end of the work week I cast on these vanilla socks in Canon Hand Dyes Charles Self Striping Sock in Zombie Hello Kitty. The little red stitch toward the bottom of the picture is my scrap yarn for an afterthought heel. I'm thinking about trying an alternate afterthought heel - maybe the Fish Lips Kiss Heel? 

Let me know if you've tried any of the variations on an afterthought heel and how they vary from the usual afterthought heel. I've got the rest of this sock to knit and the second one before I have to decide!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Music Monday

"Blitzkrieg Bop" from the Ramones 1976 debut single. The last of the original Ramones, Tommy Ramone, passed away on Friday at the age of 65.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

FO: Kenzie Tayberry Hat

Pattern: Kenzie Tayberry Hat by Cirilia Rose (free)
Yarn: Kenzie in Beetroot (#1004) and Bayberry (#1005) one skein of each
Needles: US #6 (4.0 mm) & US #7 (4.5 mm) Clover Bamboo Circulars
Mods: I stopped the pattern section early by about an inch or so, did a three needle bind off, and then stitched the corners together to make kind of a folded top. Hard to explain but easy to do. I'm not sure if the pattern is written this way since I didn't have it with me when I finished the hat and haven't gone back to check (sorry!) since I'm kind of a lazy knitter that way. Kenzie is an amazing yarn to work with; the blend of New Zealand merino, alpaca, nylon, and angora are soft on the hands and make for an amazingly soft and warm knitted piece. The yarn is also heathered, with nice little blips of lighter, brighter, or contrasting colors of noils which lend a nice depth to the color and interest for the knitter. It really does deserve a nice soak to let the texture and drape of the yarn shine through - I tried to give it a steam and pretty much nothing happened to the fibers - so I highly recommend a yarn bath to get ultimate softness and drape out of the your finished project.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

FO: Happy Street

 I finally blocked my Happy Street Shawl.
 The garter stitch is squishy and lovely.
 I love the short rows and they're easy peasy to do since you don't have to pick up the wraps.

Pattern: Happy Street by Veera Valimaki
Yarn: Hazel Knits Entice in Queen of the Night (purple), Hazel Knits Piquant Lite in Lichen (yellow) and Colorful Yarn Merino Sock Yarn in Steel (gray)
Needles: US #6 (4.0 mm) Hiya Hiya Sharp Interchangeables (42" cable)
Mods: None! I knit this exactly as the pattern specifies and couldn't be happier with the result. All of the yarns came from my stash and I have very little yarn left over - probably enough to make a stripey hat of some sort but not enough to knit extra stripes. I won't lie, the 500+ stitches at the end take quite a while to get through but if you have enough bus commute time (I do) and enough social knitting time (check, check) the garter stitch practically flies off the needles. This thing turned out to be over 6 feet long!

I like big shawls and I cannot lie. 
You other knitters can't deny
That when a girl walks in with a smile on her face
And a big blocked thang (not only in lace)
You get sprung...

I leave it to you to puzzle out the rest of those lyrics!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Music Monday

"Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys from the 1967 album, Smiley Smile.

Monday, June 30, 2014