Sunday, June 21, 2009

Mitchell's First Hand-Knitted Socks

Hi,

I had enough green (Interlacements, Tiny Toes, in color "Taiga," 402) from "Sprucey Lucy" (Sock #9) left over to make these ankle socks for Mitchell (and maybe some booties... we'll see).





I'm playing with a "Formula Sock" pattern that will work for any size and any gauge. This is the first test sock, so it will be a little while before I "publish" the pattern on Ravelry. I need to do some more test socks in different sizes. I'm planning to have test socks for baby booties, women's average, and at least one men's size. I'm also going to make at least one of the test socks in "sport" weight.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Quilts for Dane and Mitchell

Hi,



With a nephew, Dane, on the way, I'm making baby gifts and off to another shower, today. I started with the checkerboard booties, but the main gift is a quilt. The nursery colors are blue, red, and brown, so I picked out some fabrics that seemed to fit. I also got enough to make two quilts, so that Mitchell would get one. The only difference is that Dane's quilt has some brown in the backing fabric, and Mitchell's backing is just blue, and Dane's is quilted in brown thread while Mitchell's is quilted in blue thread. And, of course, the tags are different!


Mitchell refers to Dane as "Cloudy." He's been very consistent about it. I'm sure he means in a very billowing, white, summery cloud sort of way, not a dark, thundering sort of way, since he is quite excited. Whenever anyone talks about a baby, he says things like, "I'm getting a cousin!" or "When is my baby coming?" He has also been asking, "What month is it?" When I've said, "May," or now "June," he says, "What month is Cloudy coming?"


I took these pictures last weekend, when I finished the quilt. You might think I'm so efficient and early, but if you knew that the shower was originally scheduled for the 6th, and then slipped, you might realize that I'm still a "just in time" finisher...



We can't wait to meet our nephew/cousin! Yea!!!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Lacy Rib Finished... Sock #10

Hi,

I finished my KAL sock from the Lacy Rib pattern in "Socks From The Toe Up." This gives me a hiatus until the next KAL starts July 1. The yarn, Araucania Multy, is a pretty color, but it isn't a very yummy base. It feels a bit like Opal, which I used for my first sock. It seems like a sort of "utilitarian" base. I have some Louet Gems, which I picked up recently (a gorgeous "Wild Cherry" variegated pink from "Crazy For Ewe" and a solid from "The Loopy Ewe,") and that base seems much more luxurious, springy and soft to the touch. The Louet colors are all very rich, also, so it is no compromise... I'm also waiting for just the right sock pattern to use my Creatively Dyed Calypso... It has a lot of color changes, so it is more a appropriate for a pattern without a lot of detailed stitching, cables, and so forth that will get lost in the color. Hmmm...


I'm working on some socks for Mitchell from the leftover green yarn from Sprucey Lucy. I have the first sock done. I think I'll have enough yarn for a bootie out of each skein, too. :)

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Visiting Varmint

Hi,

Chris went out to mow today and found a turtle hunkered down in the middle of the yard, dug in. It seemed very strange. He came in and got me and Mitchell to go see it (her). It seemed like maybe she was laying eggs. Hmmm.



She just sat there until we backed up, and then she rambled off across the yard.



I took a look at the hole, and I was amazed how deep it seemed to be. I couldn't see any eggs in there. Either I interrupted the process, or they are really deep down... or maybe I just don't understand what was going on.



As she powered off across the neighbor's yard, she kept looking back at us. I felt bad for bothering her.


Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Lacy Rib In Progress

Hi,

The second sock in this month's "Socks From The Toe Up" (SFTTU) Knit Along (KAL) is the "Lacy Rib." I'm using Araucania Multy (Color 312). I have the first sock done and the second up to the gusset. I like the way the semi-solid yarn is turning out for this pattern. Many of the KAL socks on Ravelry for this KAL are either multi-color variegated or striped, and most of them aren't the greatest for this pattern, though some are pretty, of course.


I have a little over 1/3 of the yarn I started with for the first sock. If I make a suitable partner for the yarn and have similar yardage, I could use the 1/3 and 1/3 balls to make a striped sock the same height. Hmmmm... perhaps purple...

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Checkerboard Gansey Booties


Hi,

My brother and his wife are expecting a son next month, and there was a baby shower, yesterday. I knitted these baby booties. I made up the pattern. You can download here (for free).

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Sprucey Lucy - Completed



Hi,

I finished the second sock and frogged the ribbing on the first sock to add one more pattern repeat. After looking back at the instep, I realized I had six repeats there, but only five in the calf. It really just needed one more. It seems like the length of the foot needs to equal the height of the calf.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sprucey Lucy Progress


Hi,

I've "finished" one of the KAL socks, but I may frog the ribbing so that I can add more height. It just isn't quite as tall as it should be. I'll decide when I get to the top of the second sock... I put just as many repeats in the leg as there were in the instep (before the heel). That's how I always did Top-Down socks. It doesn't seem to work for toe-up. Maybe the heel takes more length. Hmmm...

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay