Thursday, April 14, 2011

410 Cables

410 cables -- that's how many are in the Habitat hat I knit last week.

FO: Habitat hat

I picked up two skeins of Shelter on my visit to Fibre Space in northern Virginia a couple weeks ago, knowing I wanted to knit this pattern.

I couldn't put this down - I knit it in five days.

crown decreases

The crown decreases are so smart and pretty. I haven't looked too closely at my cables to see where I might have made a mistake and miscrossed one (or more).

It took less than one skein, so I have about 1.1 skeins left -- I'm thinking about some top-down mittens. We'll see.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

birthday socks for my brother

The last pair of socks I made for my brother took more than two years (yikes). The most recent pair of socks took 13 days!

FO: Josh's socks

Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Endurance sock yarn in Meteorite colorway (about 90% of a skein), Loopy Ewe Solid Series in strawberry for the heels
US 2 needles
Knit: March 18-March 31, 2011
Rav link

I picked up this yarn at the newest LYS in Virginia Beach because it reminded me of Ohio State colors, where my brother went to school. Thankfully it knit up in a pattern this is very pleasing to the eye! (I don't mind pooling on socks for myself, but for my brother, I'm more particular.) It was very reasonably priced ($9 for 437 yards), which is part of the reason I got it (since I'm trying to save my money for Maryland Sheep & Wool), but the quality was not great: A strand of ... something ... ran throughout and it didn't take the dye very well, so its whiteness stood out against the other colors at times. (This photo shows it a little bit better than the photo above.) Also, the twist wasn't great. I'm hopeful that the socks will hold up well over time, what with the nylon + polyester content.

The socks even made it to Ohio ahead of his birthday (which was Friday). Woohoo!

This is my ninth pair of socks for the year. I can't even believe it!