Wednesday, July 14, 2010

pairs no. 7 and 8 of 2010

I'm checking in with two newly finished pairs of socks. This past weekend was very good to me, knitting-wise.

FO: more socks

Yarn: OnLine Supersocke Afrika (about 80% of the skein)
US 1 needles
basic stockinette
Rav details

I have a hunch that these socks will wear like iron. It wasn't the softest yarn to knit with, but BOY does it make for a solid pair of socks.

Next up is my latest pair of Socks that Rock socks.

FO: Quinault Canopy socks

Quinault Canopy, mediumweight (93% of a skein -- yippee for toe-up!)
US 2 needles
Rav details

These might be the tallest socks I've ever knit. Love 'em!

These are my seventh and eighth pairs of socks for 2010 -- putting me ahead of schedule for my goal of knitting 12 pairs of socks this year.

I'm hard at work on a pair of stripey socks, thanks to some Vesper sock yarn I got in a membership to the Vesper Yarn Club two whole summers ago (gulp). I also picked up my long-suffering Clapotis and knocked out another repeat, so perhaps I'll finish that up before, oh, the end of the year ...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Mimi's shawl

After a furious few days of knitting (god bless the three-day holiday weekend, even if mine was Friday through Sunday unlike most Americans), the shawl for my grandma is DONE!

shawl, modeled

Yarn: Fearless Fibers sock yarn, colorway: Speak Softly (about three-quarters of the skein)
Pattern: In the Land of Oz
Mods: Knit charts 2, 3, and (to make it larger) chart 2 through row 14
Rav details

This was the second time I've knit this shawl. It felt like it went a lot faster this time, even though I made it bigger. Perhaps it just felt intuitive? Anyhow, I could see myself even making this a third or fourth time. It's a lovely, easy, well-written pattern.

shawl, modeled

My grandma is 88 on Wednesday but I won't be giving it to her until I see her in person next month in Pittsburgh. I cannot WAIT to give it to her. She's one of the most special people in the whole world and she deserves a shawl more than anyone!

shawl's wingspan