Monday, September 14, 2009

I am still here!

Whoa! Has it really been a whole 3 months since I have posted on this blog? I am so sorry. However, it doesn't mean that the knitting stopped. I have been working on some projects, and I am really trying to kick myself in the booty to get some stuff completed for Rhinebeck in 5 weeks.

Completion #1 - Basic Knee High Socks. I bought this yarn during my last trip to Rhinebeck from the infamous Socks that Rock booth that everyone pounces on, and ends up staying at least 30 minutes on the payment line. Through the corner of my eye I saw this beautiful Pink/Gray/Black skein of yarn, and while standing on the line, I just reached out and grabbed it. It was a Mill End, so the colorway is unknown. Any ideas for a name? Because I love this color so much, I decided to try to use every inch of the yarn. I split it in half and started knitting 2 at a time. from the toe-up. I did a basic short-row heel, and a 2x2 ribbed cuff. I did a stretchy bindoff, so it could stretch around my calf. I am ready to wear these with my snow boots. You can never be too prepared.

Completion #2 - Ishbel - Made with Malabrigo Sock in Solis

I bought this yarn from my friend Vanessa at The Fiber Fix. So, this isn't fully complete because it has to be blocked. I will get to that today. But, here is a pre-blocking picture.
Now, Rhinebeck is coming up soon, and if you remember from last year, I was trying to complete my Central Park Hoodie #2 in time for the festivities. Well, since last year I haven't really touched it. I have gotten startitis with other projects, and my CPH#2 had a few problems that I had put on the back burner. However, they still need some attention, so there is no time like the present.
Here are my issues.
1. In my haste to finish it last year, I didn't kitchener the hood. Instead, I created a seam at the top center of the hood. I proceeded to start the button band. Now that I look at it, I HATE it. So, I am goin to rip out the 300+ stitches on the buttonband, and do it all over.

2. I made the size 36 sleeves, and they just barely fit. I know I haven't been in the gym, but I am still the same size I was when I made my last Central Park Hoodie, so what's the problem? Who knows? So, I will rip them out and make the size 40 sleeves. Many people who have made this popular pattern feel as though the sleeves are tight. My previous CPH sleeves are a little tight too. I have decided that I want to make this a sweater that I can wear with a long-sleeved shirt underneath. So, I will definately rip this out and try it again.

So, aside from that project, here are my most recent works in progress.

The Every Way Wrap - Malabrigo Silky Merino in Dill

Springtime Bandit - Malabrigo Worsted in Stonechat

Kai-Mei - Aruacania Ranco Multy - Pink


Virtuous said...

Gurl you are DEFINITELY working the needles despite the blog hiatus! :)

Now if only I could get ALL of my knitting related mojo back soon! ;op

Miss ya! Call me gurl!!

Kim said...

Dude, I love those socks! You should wear them to Rhinebeck. So many nice projects! I'm making an Ishbel too. Miss you!

Necia said...

Ok your knee highs rock, I love them. Am I going to have to jump on the Ishbel bandwagon? Your Everyway Wrap looks good, and can't wait to see it finished. At least you are making progress girl! Kudos to you for going after what u want on your CPH2. I have a sweater that needs me to do some soul searching with it as well. Sigh.

Sharon V said...

Your knee socks are lovely and perfect for boots, rain or snow. I'm loving on your Ishbel too.

As for the Cookie A socks, I'm up to the part where the lace starts, but I goofed somewhere. That's why it's on the back burner.

Anyway - welcome back!

gold said...

All your knitting projects are awesome! Yes you have been busy! :)

craftivore said...

Hey, I think I was there when you bought that green silky malabrigo merino! I plan on being there for more purchasing (enabling!) goodness. Love the knee socks, I think you should call them raspberry fudge.

Scheherazaad said...

You have definitely been busy! I'm sorry I didn't get to see this summer you when I was in NYC for the Knitterque.
I don't know when I will get to post on my blog again now that the school year has started.

Rosi G. said...

Nice knee hi's!

Don't you just love that springtime bandit? such an easy knit. your color choice is beautiful.

Rima said...

Wow. Those socks are just great! I wish I could knit socks.

And yes, it is the same green! Hehe.