Knitting Notes


Pattern: Rivergrass by Wendy Johnson
Yarn: Sundara sock in the Pine over Gold colorway
Needles: 1.5 DPNs

I’ve finished my first socks for the current cycle of Sockdown, using one of the pattern I received from the Sock Yarnista club. This was my second pair of toe up socks, and the short row heel is definitely getting easier the more I do it. I liked the pattern, but I’m discovering I like a slightly large pattern repeat. I have the urge to stop after the end of a pattern repeat, which gets counter productive pretty fast when you’re dealing with four rows at a time. Not to say I won’t do short pattern repeats again, but given a choice between two in front of me, the longer repeat will probably win.

I enjoyed working with the Sundara yarn, but I confess it’s not quite the cure for cancer it’s almost made out to be online. It’s a good, solid yarn, and I like her color sense, but it won’t break my heart if I don’t buy any more anytime soon.

I’m not sure if I’ll be doing October’s Sockdown challenge. I’ve resolved to make my father and C socks for Christmas, which would work out well with the men’s sock challenge this month, but I’m also doing a swap in a week or so, so I’m holding out on ordering yarn for their socks until I know if I want to buy anything for the swap. So if I don’t manage to get any yarn by the end of the month, I’ll be skipping October’s challenge.

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Knitting Notes

Pattern: Chrissy Gardener’s Moonflower socks
Yarn: Three Irish Girl’s Carys BFL sock
Needles: 1.5 DPNs

I finally finished my Moonflower socks! The only modification I made to the pattern was to user larger needles, since I wanted to give them to someone other than a toddler or midget. It’s a lovely pattern, but I think it’s cemented my love of larger pattern repeats. The first sock crawled when I didn’t know how many more repeats I needed to get to the milestone. The second sock wasn’t nearly as bad, but the mental damage had already been done.

This marks the first time I used some of my Sock Yarnista club yarn. It’s also the first time I experienced Blue-Faced Leicester yarn. I definitely enjoyed knitting with it. It did have a pretty tight twist (which wasn’t so fun to deal with when reknitting the portion I’d frogged), but it has a lovely feel to it. I also really love this colorway, which is nothing I’d normally buy, but is completely gorgeous.

So now that I’m finally done with these, I’m going to try and finish the sleeve on my Brocade Leave Sweater before casting anything else on, but I do have plans for the March Sockdown challenge, so we’ll see if I can keep to that resolution.

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My new swift works! I spent a lovely, leisurely time winding my Three Irish Girls Carys Blue Faced Leicester yarn, which is practically lace weight it’s so skinny, and I didn’t feel the need to tear my hair out once. I’m repressing a serious urge to take all of my stashed skeined yarn and wind it right now. I’m repeatedly reminding myself it stores better in the skein…


The reason I wound the yarn is that they added Chrissy Gardiner to the designers for this month’s Sockdown. I’ve been looking for an excuse to make her Moonflower socks, which were the Sock Yarnista pattern for December, and figured I might as well use December’s yarn while I’m at it. The yarn is the Mulled Wine colorway, which is not a colorway I’d normally choose for myself, but I really like.

The challenge for this month for me will be using size 0 needles. So far so good, the yarn seems to glide pretty well over my Harmonys, so I fairly well flew through the cuff and first pattern repeat.

In other news, I need to frog the Koolhaas hat. I got way off once I got to the pattern. I think I’m just going to place a marker for each repeat. It’s going to be a little marker heavy, but the pattern is just long enough it’s a little too easy to get off in the middle of the row. I do like the Malabrigo, though.

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My Sundara Artist’s Choice Yarn Collection arrived today. I’d gotten the mixed palette, figuring that was probably the best way to score some blue, as well as the warmer tones I like. I figured I’d get two colors that I really liked, and one I could trade for something else.

I got better than that. I started following the Ravelry spoiler thread yesterday, and saw Persian Poetry (the purple one), immediately loved it, and immediately knew there was no way in hell I’d get it. Clearly though, whoever chose which yarn to give me is a clairvoyant mind reader, because not only did I get the Persian Poetry, but my other two skeins are lovely examples of blue and green, aka my two favorite colors. None of these skeins are getting traded. I loves them! Merry Christmas to me!

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Yesterday, not being much of a hordes of insane shoppers fan, and with the BF working, I decided to head into town to see Twilight. Of that, I’ll 0nly say that I’m about fifteen years too old to be able to sit through that movie with a completely straight face. That being said, I did enjoy it. It was delightfully overwrought.

After the movie, since I was already paying for parking (and by the way – $5.25 Nickeloden parking garage for a movie and the additional few minutes it took me to wander through the city’s smallest yarn store? $5.25? Really?), I was finally able to wander over to Tess’ Designer Yarns. It’s a tiny little storefront, but inside, it’s packed with yarnish goodness. The colors are absolutely amazing, and the variety of really, really, really nice yarn was wonderful. I wandered around for a bit just feeling up the silk and cashmere. I ended up buying two skeins of sock yarn, which totally don’t represent the totality of the colorwheel available, but do represent my favorite colors. The sage green yarn is their is their regular sock yarn, but the blue yarn is the Peruvian sock yarn, a mixture of wool, silk, alpaca and nylon that’s actually machine washable. I’m totally in love.



And then, to top it all off, I got home, and found my Sock Yarnista package in the mail. I was prepared not to like this month’s selection that much, as it’s not really in a color scheme that’s normally my cup of tea, but I actually like it a bit more in person. It’s still probably going to become a gift, but I’ve definitely been enjoying looking at it today. (This month’s extra was magnetic pattern place holders. Love them!!)

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My first Sock Yarnista shipment has arrived! I got the Silver Bay colorway of this month’s Beckon Super Merino. Sadly, the light’s not so good today, so the photo above doesn’t really do the color any justice. It’s definitely a good icy blue.

I’m really tempted to start on this month’s sock pattern. I need to sit down and figure out how to switch it over to DPNs. I don’t think it’ll be that hard, but I may wait until after I’ve got some progress going on the Maelstrom socks I’ll be doing in September. I don’t want to start these and have to pause in the middle. So we’ll see. I really love the pattern.

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Jaywalker sock number one is done! I have absolutely no idea when sock number two will get done, as I seem to have acquired a number of other project I should really be doing in September, but I can’t afford to tie up my sock needles. So we’ll see when I get started on number 2. The pattern is at least super easy, and shouldn’t be a problem to pick back up again.

In our travels yesterday, I picked up some Trekking Hand Art Yarn at the Yarn Sellar in York. (BF was finishing off our Flo’s hot dogs lunch, so I had some time at my leisure 🙂

I’m planning on doing the 2009 Sockdown Challenge on Ravelry. September’s challenge is to do either an orange sock, or a Cookie A sock. I’ve been lusting after Maelstrom ever since Twist Collective went live, and I think the blues in the Trekking yarn will look great in that pattern. (On a side note, I have to add to everyone that’s been singing the praises of the Twist Collective Patterns. They’ve very nicely written, with lots of photos. I’m quite sure I’ll be buying more from them.)

My first Sock Yarnista package went out of Friday, and since a number of people have already received theirs, I’m hoping mine will show up on Monday. I’ve already gotten the pattern, which is called Barrow, and is an incredibly cool Celtic knot pattern. It’s done on circs, so I’ll either have to learn how to do that, or figure out how to adapt the pattern to DPNs. So I may not be able to make it immediately, but I definitely want to make it some day. (If it’s easily adaptable to DPNs, that might be sooner rather than later.)