Saturday, April 5, 2008

New On The Needles

Exhibit A:
Retro Rib Socks from the Favorite 25 Socks book
Yarn: Lorna Laces Shepherd Sock; Colorway - Tickled Pink
Needles: Knit Picks Fixed Size 2
Start Date: March 25, 2008

I have completed Sock #1 up through starting the shaping of the gussetts. This is my first experience knitting with Lorna Laces sock yarn and I am absolutely in heaven. I had no idea how the colors were going to pool and I am quite pleased with the turn out of it.

The only thing I have to say about this pattern is that I should have listened to my gut when it came time to divided the stitches and do the heel flap. I am happy to report that with this sock, we did not have the double amount of heel flap rows (as I did with the Cable Sock). I successfully divided the stitches and looked them over before continuing. Everything looked good but it seemed strange on where the division fell. At the point, my gut was saying, "Hey maybe you should see if there is errata for this sock! Just in case you know?". However, I plunged forward did the heel flap, picked up the gussett stitches and then started working back in the round. When it came time to do the first round of the insole stitches pattern I knew something was terribly wrong. The pattern did NOT match up with the types of stitches on my needle. At this time I was too tired to investigate further.

Note To Self: Check For Errata Prior To Starting A Pattern

I checked on Thursday and guess what everyone? Sure enough there was a mistake in this pattern and it went all the way back to when I divided the stitches. I haven't frogged yet, but will soon.

Exhibit B:
Mini Poncho by Meema Spadola from Interweave Knits, Fall 2005
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted; Colorway - Col China
Needles: Knit Picks Options Size 10
Started: March 30, 2008

I bought this yarn over the Christmas holidays down in South Carolina with my sister Mary Beth. I had heard of all the ravings of knitting with Malabrigo and drooled over the opportunity of doing so. I had purchased two skeins of this yarn. This is not the original project planned for this yarn. However, the concept is almost the same. The previous project was going to be a wrap.

This one is a Mini Poncho. It is knitted in 1 long rectangle and then one end is seemed to the top edge of the other end. I am not going to incorporate the flower as in the original. Instead I have buttons that I will use to make it look like it open and closes.

Exhibit C:
Gathered Pullover from Interweave Knits, Winter 2007
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca; Colorway - Oceanic Mix
Needles: Knit Picks Options Size 8
Started: April 1, 2008

I had committed myself to finishing my Knitty Thermal before I would allow myself to cast-on for the Gathered Pullover. I even did myself one better by not casting on for it until I made more progress on my Tilted Duster (Update in another post). So I thought April Fool's Day was as good as any to start it up, especially since we are starting to get a little warmer weather. I want to be able to wear this sweater before it gets hot, hot, hot!

In addition to the Lorna Laces yarn, this yarn was purchased on my yarn crawl with Kim and Shameka a few weeks ago. Yes, these yarns did not sit in stash for very long. Knitting with this yarn is absolutely wonderful. As you can tell by my progress pictures, it's hard to put down. In five days I am at the point of working the left front. All the center front cabling is completed. All other stitches are on holders waiting to be worked. This is a very fast knit!


  1. Three cheers for yarn that feels good in your hands!

    You are a knitting fiend.

  2. WOW! Look at all the progress on all the new projects. Startitis is terribly contagious. Good thing finishcillian is an over the counter cure that you are well familiar with & known for using!

  3. I, too, have learned the "always check errata" lesson through experience!

  4. I just had my own "check errata" experience... details tomorrow...

    Lovely, lovely knitting! Your sock looks tie-died - so cool.

  5. I like the colors on everything you are working on. I just finished sewing one sleeve of CPH

  6. I love how the colors pool on the retro sock and the poncho.

  7. Whoa speed knitter!!! Everything looks awesome. I had a feeling you were working on that Gathered Pullover. I am not far behind you. I plan to cast that on once I finish one of my current sweater projects. I have Lorna's laces in my stash as well. I guess I will be experiencing that Euphiria soon. Keep it going!!!

  8. Sorry... meant to say Euphoria. hehe!!!

  9. Wow, that's a lot of knitting! I am loving how the Lorna's yarn is pooling. A good reminder to check for errata before starting a pattern. Bummer that you have to rip back.