This is my Esther Williams hat Its made from Peruvial wool from elann about a year ago when they had a bag sale of it - single ply 100% wool, soft with a nice halo. Was a nice stash buster - used about 2 and half of the small skeins, may make a few more. very easy to follow pattern with an interesting stitch turned out very cute i thought.



i joined poor miss finch's KAL for her new hat pattern, and i finished mine last night - its dark green in some old elann peruvian wool bag sale stuff - loosly spun single ply 100% wool. It has a nice halo to it and resembles Lambs Pride without the mohair in it. Ill post pictures next week when i have my camera.


Not for me...

So I've come to the conclusion that Brittany Birch needles are not for me. Ive had way more problems than they are worth. Out of a set of five Ive had two snap on me and one chip. I emailed the company, and im hopping they send me out a full set but i only told them about one snapping so they might only send one needle. This means that i have to go out and buy another set of size one DPNs - most likely in bamboo because i dont have enough now to finish my socks. My only other size one DPNs are metal and are in use.

In Sock pal news - ive finished the gusset on the first one, but they are small....very small. I can bairly get them on my feet but i have pretty big feet. My sock pal never gave me her measurements so i am praying that these will fit her, but im not sure. I will email her tonight to get those, but im deathly afraid that ill have to rip these back which i SO dont want to do, but of course the whole point is to have a wearable pair of socks....


Bad Luck

I have NEVER had such bad luck when it comes to knitting. Ive had to rip this sock back three times so far, and while restarting it for the third time i broke one of my brand new brittany Birch needles in half. What is wrong with me? they better look damn good when im finally done ><


ugh I'm so upset with my self. I was moving along with my sock pal sock - just about at the heel flap, and I messed up the pattern...I had to rip the whole thing out, like 6 inches. I restarted and am back to about an inch, but its really upsetting, I was so happy with what I had it looked really good.

I haven't really been working on anything else lately though, my other pair of socks have grown a bit, but havent really touched either sweater in awhile...


The Yarn Barn

while looking for a store in my area that sells lorna's Laces (for my sock pal) i came across The Yarn Barn...its about 10 minutes away from campus and its great! i didnt have much time to look around but they appear to be very well stocked, Cascade, Rowan, Jager, Koigu, Lornas Laces, Debbie Bliss...you name it. They also take credit card which is a huge plus for me - the store near my house doesnt, and i tend to not shop there because of that (and their lack of stock). The only thing that i was a little disappointed in was the lack of colors they had of Shepard Sock - and what they did have they really only had one skein of each color - the color i wanted had two skeins - thank god. But i will definitely be going back to this store again, hopefully when im not pressed for time, i didnt even get to look at their books!

I got a solid color, denim and a set of Brittany Birch 5 inch US 1 DPNs - im loving them so far. the length is amazing and the feel? wow. they are like the perfect in between for me of metal and bamboo - i always feel like im going to break my bamboo ones, and the metal ones are too rigid for me, esp in DPNs - i like them to bend a tiny bit.

I had plans to make a gorgeous pair of lace socks that i had a pattern for, but when i was working it the numbers didnt work out right and while i could probably work the numbers out i think it would be a little too time consuming, esp as im worried about the deadline as it is. So im working on a pair of very nice lace socks from Vintage Knits. Im a little into the leg atm, and its looking good so far. I got the solid color for the more complicated lace to show up and with this more simple lace i kinda wish i had gotten a colorway with a little bit more variation, but they will still look great.


Well, the sock swap is kicking off so heres the answers to the questions hehe.

1. What are your foot measurements?
From Toe to heel - 9.5 inches
Around the ball of foot - 8.5 inches
Around Ankle - about 9.5 inches
I never noticed how big my feet are hehe, i wear a size 9 or 9.5 shoe, ive never had a problem with sizing when knitting a regular womans sized sock before though.

2. Do you have a favorite sock yarn?
Of what ive knit with the most pleasent is Koigu, I usually go for superwash wools for regular use socks though.

3. Is there a specific pattern you favor?...lace or ribbed?
I like everything, im really easy going when it comes to socks. I usually pick something with some lace in it (its the only time i knit lace) but i like just regular ribbed ones too. I want my pal to be happy knitting these socks so pick what you like to knit cause i generally like everything hehe.

4. What colors do you prefer? Do you like solids or stripes?
I like blues and greens, orangy peachy, Pink in moderation. I like either earth tones or very bright, im not a fan of pastels. I prefer solids or varigated yarns over stripes - esp. when in a textured pattern. Ive used self striping yarns and had nice results too though.

5. Do you have any allergies to a specific fiber?
No allergies per say, but mohair itches a bit much for me

6. Holiday that you usually celebrate?



I was a little hesitant when i bought Marly by On-Line to make my jo sharp sweater, but this yarn is amazing. Its merino superwash, and its spun so that its got a LOT of give. Its knitting up so nice and even too. The only problem? I think its been discontinued. I cant find it on On Lines website (which is in another language). And elann only has one color of it left and its not one that i really like all that much, so i guess i have to make due with what i have.


So heres the pictures of my WIPs

This is a pattern from Austermann that i got when i ordered Peru yarn from elann. The orange is a lot more vibrant in real life though. I have both sleeves done and so far this much of the front. It takes such a long time its knit on size 3 needles.

This is knit with a dark blue color of Online Marly from Elann. Im using a Jo Sharp Pattern - Laurel Hill, from the Hand Knitting Collection book one. I just started this a couple of days ago so i dont have much done.

I couldnt get a decent picture of the sock im making but its the Gentleman;s sock with lozenge pattern from Nancy Bush's Vintage Sock book in a forest green color of discontinued Patons Kroy 3 ply.

First Post

So I joined a Sock Knitting swap and it finally pushed me over the edge to start a knitting blog. I'm not sure I'll be a good blogger, I have a livejournal but that is generally just about stuff in my life, there was never any set topic.

I'll take pictures of all my WIPs later on and try to post them. I'm one of those knitters with lots of projects on the needles at once, at the moment I have two heavily cabled sweaters going and a pretty simple sock from the new Nancy Bush book Knitting Vintage Socks, which I must say wasn't as good as I expected it to be.