Ariannah's Knitting Journey

Friday, April 28, 2006

World Wide Knit in Public Day

World Wide Knit in Public day is June 10th, and the photo above links to more information about this day to celebrate!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sport weight socks

This is a sock I just made up. One thing I lack, is the imagination to make up "names" for designs I compose myself, and this is one of those times. The pattern is very easy and probably not very profound, a 2x2 knit purl ribbing, followed by a couple of rows of plain purling, and generic heel and toe :) Given that it was sport weight, it didn't take too long to make. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. It's for my husband. (Click on it to see better detail).

Anyway, the yarn is Opal Gems sport weight, Clover Bamboo double pointed needles size 3.25 mm, 18 cm in length (7"). As you can see, the mate is on the way.

Today is one of those beautiful spring days, and wound up putting my needles down for a little while to stretch my legs and get some fresh air.

Stay tuned, next on my list of things to blog - is my lacy knitting with some of my lace weight alpaca - I'm loving it!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Really Pink Socks and bad weather

Well, this is enough fooling around with the template changes for now, before I really mess it up (grin).

The picture to the left shows a pair of socks I completed a few days ago. The yarn I used was Lucy Neatby's Celestial Merino. It's done in a k2, p2, ribbing all the way down. In real life they are really really pink, and I'll try to see if my husband can take a more true-to-life picture. I liked the look of the yarn in the skein, but as I progressed in knitting these socks, I decided the colors were a little too bold for my own personal wearing taste. My soon-to-be 16 year old daughter, however, likes them a lot and now is the proud owner of these socks.

Today we have a blustery, snowy day here in HRM district, and Moe has shown some pictures on her blog to prove it. I don't mind bad weather days, as nobody seems to question why a perfectly healthy adult with a sizeable brood of children would want to stay indoors on such a day. I can contentedly do indoorsy type activities with my children, knit, putter around the house, and it's default acceptable "bad weather activity". On lovely gorgeous spring and summer type days, one must go out and enjoy it, especially with children.

Isaac Asimov's short story collection, Nightfall and Other Stories contains a story (which I highly recommend) entitled It's Such a Beautiful Day. In the preface to this story, he writes about how his idea of a good time is to sit at home and type up stories (as is easily evidenced by the number of books he churned out)

He writes (regarding staying indoors and writing in bad weather):
No one has any particular objection to this as long as we have the sleet of a typical New England late fall day darting through the air....

But then comes a beautiful day in May-June or September-October and everyone says to me, "What are you doing indoors on a day like this, you creep?" Sometimes out of sheer indignation they pick me up and throw me out the window so I can enjoy the nice day.

So, since I have some time, and the children are content doing indoor activities, I think I'll take more pictures of works in progress, and blog about those too, a bit later on.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A Pair of Latvian Socks

I finished these socks a few days ago. They were a pleasure to knit, even on 2 mm bamboo twigs. (I used clover bamboo double-pointed needles). I know for sure I will be knitting these again, perhaps in another color. I think solid colors are definitely the way to go on these, as I think stripey, or self-patterning types of yarn would hide the lovely stitch definition of these socks. The V-shaped eyelet pattern was a good way for me to practise remembering the yarn overs where they needed to be. I'm wanting to venture into knitting something pretty and lacy with my Misti Alpaca, which I showed earlier. Oh, by the way, for any Folk Socks enthusiasts, there is a Yahoo group called "Folk Sock Knitalong". I am a part of this group, but I've not yet participated in the knit-alongs in real time.

An edit: responding to those who wish to know the yarn I used. I used regular fingering-weight sock yarn. It was Scheepjes Invicta extra. Here in Nova Scotia, Lewiscraft was going bye-bye to make room for craft giant Michaels, and I was all too happy to help Lewiscraft liquidate their stock (smile).

The yarn's weight is 50g=210m, and it is 75% virgin wool and 25% something else (I forget, nylon perhaps?).