Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pictures talk. At least I hope they do!

A little something for Rudder. Now I need to meet him!

Hand Spun Goodness...

Mittens ala Elizabeth Zimmerman. Hat from Spin Off magazine.

Just cuz!

A work trip to Kwethluk. Now this is Alaska.

Lola looks a little peeved but aren't they so cute.

More holiday knitting. Hand Spun featured again.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sisters...Socks & Snippets

A few weeks ago my sister came to work wearing some socks that I had knitted for her several years ago. I asked her if I could look at them and admire them again. You see, those socks were a labor of love. Still a fairly new knitter I has worked on them for hours on a drive from Homer when just pulling into the driveway I crammed them into my bag. I am not sure what happened next but in the end I had stitches off a needle which was broken in half. These were my lovely rosewood double points. Perfect length. Perfect size. Perfect loss! I recovered and finished these wonderful socks.

Pattern: Harebell Lace Socks by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Austermann Step
Needles: 2.75mm
Anywho... After analyzing these socks she said quite frankly. I want some normal socks. You know. Just plain. Not lacy. I am a pleaser so I came home. Analyzed the stash. Sent off some text photos. Looked over patterns and we collectively agreed on these.

Pattern: Retro Rib Socks from Favorite Socks designed by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock
Needles: 2.75 mm and 2.5 mm for heel
I modified the pattern to be toe up and used a short row heel. I love doing toe up two at a time. She loves her socks. Notes about this ribbing. It is very stretchy. Maybe go down a needle size. They are a little big but socks always shrink just a tiny bit.

Snippets! I love Rowan Felted Tweed! I want to marry it.

Toe up 3x1 rib socks. Using Wooly Nylon thread as toe, foot, heel re-enforcement!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Winter is here!

If you live in Alaska you know winter has arrived.  It has been weird though, snow, rain, snow rain.  This craziness makes for ugly driving out there!  It does lend to good knitting time though and lately I have been thinking about all of the wonderful gifts I want to make for Christmas.  Ooops, what month is it?  Yeah, so knitted gifts for ALL are out but the good news is that I have time for a few.  I have my list started but I cannot divulge all of that in blog posts so I will have to just post snippets of things and you will have to leave the rest up to your imagination...
I will leave you with a picture that explains what I would love to be doing right now!