Google+ Beverly Is Yarn Crazy!: January 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday's Temptation

I love to find new places to get my yarn and fiber fix, and occasionally I share them with you here on the blog. So, I thought I would see if I could muster the dedication to post a new place every Tuesday, for you to check out. Let's see how long I can stay committed to this.

First, I want to let you know that I do not get compensation from anyone. Period. I do not want to be contacted to review or try out someones products, nor will I accept any freebies for this. I just have a little blog for my own pleasure and to share with my friends. I do not want it to become commercialized, that is why you don't see ads on my blog. Now that we have that clear, lets proceed.

Today I would like to direct your attention to Jeds Joy Artisan Studio . I particularly like the design of her snag free stitch markers. She has many sizes to choose from so there is something there for everyone, no matter what needle size you prefer. I have a set in my cart, waiting for payday. Check back next Tuesday to see what I have found in my internet travels.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

2 WIPs and a Scrappy FO.

I have been having a wonderful time working on the Amiga. The pattern is very clear, including the instructions on how to join the motifs in the 6th round (no sewing together, yay!). I frequently get confused when trying to join motifs in some patterns, so I was glad that the instructions were so clear and easy. Now I need to pick up stitches to knit the ribbed neck.
I have done a little work on the Sasquatch Socks. They are huge and I am a little worried that they may actually be a little too big. I think I will have the apartment manager take home the first one for her husband to try on before I start the second sock. I like to make dishcloths to have on hand for last minute gifts, plus they make a great way to practice a new technique, but what to do with the little leftovers? I just make dishcloths for me. I don't care what they look like as long as they will get the job done, so I use multiple colors even if they don't "go" together. The one below is just garter stitch and uses 3 leftover balls of different colors. It was a mindless project while watching a television show that I was engrossed in, so I didn't have to look at what I was knitting.So, what do you do with your leftover kitchen cotton?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

As The Heel Turns

In the continuing saga of as the heel turns... Okay, I am not a clever writer, so I will fail miserably if I don't just get down to what this post is about. I have finally turned a heel on the Sasquatch size 13 boot socks. (Could my arm look any more white?) I have large hands for a woman, so that gives you some perspective on just how large this sock is.When I started this project, I searched for a good, simple pattern for a sock this large, without any success. So, I have been improvising as I go along, using gauge to determine how many stitches to cast on and simply doing the heel flap, turn and gusset that I like best. I didn't realize that I knew how to knit a sock without a pattern until I just started doing it.

I am taking meticulous notes in hopes that the 2nd sock will be identical. (That would be a first for me!) If I am completely satisfied with how they turn out then I may post my notes so that others who are unfortunate enough to be acquainted with Sasquatch will be able to make him some socks too. Tune back in to the same channel for the next episode!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

2 WIPs

My last post told you that I am working on a giant pair of socks for my apartment managers husband. I have only been doing a couple rows per day of the endless leg ribbing. I am just winging a basic sock pattern to make this, so I don't have a link for you. My pictures for this post are bad, because I was lazy and just snapped them on my laptop in my lap.
To alleviate the boredom of ribbing, I have started working on a cowl for myself. It is comprised of 7 crochet motifs attached in a circle which then have stitches picked up and knitted in ribbing. Yes, more ribbing. The yarn is Aegean from my friend Loribird's etsy shop, The Wool Room. The pattern is Amiga. Here is the first completed motif.I will keep you posted on my progress. What are you working on?

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year and New Crafting!

Hello! I am still here. I am sorry that I have been MIA for so long. I have been very preoccupied by my recovery from my surgery, and the new eating habits that I have had to learn. Everything is fine and going pretty well. If you are interested in reading about it in more detail, my weight loss blog is Beverly's Journey. Now, on to the yarny stuff!

Since my last post I did complete several projects, but I didn't take any pictures. (Sorry, I just haven't been very good about pictures and blogging lately, but I will try to be better for the new year.) They were gifted to my nieces and nephews for Christmas. I made 3 pairs of socks and 4 pairs of mittens to go with the project that I had already posted. I did not complete all of the gifts that I had planned this year. So, I had to purchase 2 hat and mitten sets! Oh, the shame of it all.

I am currently working on a project for my apartment manager. After seeing some of the socks that I have made, she asked if I could make a pair of men's size 13 boot socks for her husband. She brought over some worsted weight wool that she said she purchased in Canada. It is unlabeled, but feels like 100% wool in a 2 ply woolen preparation. It is a kind of "crunchy" texture to the yarn, and I can feel the lanolin in it. I think that these will be extremely warm socks.

I will make a resolution to post at least once per week on this blog. Please check back and keep me on the straight and narrow.

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