Kirsti Knits

Time - such a precious Gift is it; To work, to read, and Yes, to knit. - Minnie Gertz

Friday, August 26, 2005

Friday updates

I'll try and make this a short post.. we'll see. There's not really much to report, except that I've updated my Finished Objects blog to include all the Top Secret Projects. Here, for example, is the Sparkly Pink Scarf that was TSP 3, as modelled by my sister, and in close-up.

And here is her Booga Bag (TSP 4)

The socks will be joining them as soon as the ends are woven in, and I can get a good picture of them on Terry's feet. She loves them, though they are a little thick to be anything but bedsocks really.

I cast on the Patons Grace cotton yarn from the previous post to start more socks, but I've almost decided to rip out the 3 inches I've got done. Being cotton, there's no stretch to the yarn, so I have to knit it fairly tightly, which is hard on the hands, especially on size 2 needles. Plus I have this suspicion that they'll bag and fall down around my ankles as soon as I put them on . Now while I may have been used to this at school, it's not what I want from socks now. So if anyone has any suggestions on how to use the yarn, let me know. Otherwise I'll take at least the 2 unused skeins back to Michaels.

So I did cast on with the Cascade Fixation sock yarn I bought at Threadbear last month, and am having great fun with the Broadripple socks from Knitty. Funnily enough, the pattern was designed by one of Threadbear's owners, which makes it all the more appropriate. I'm liking this one a lot. Here are the Socks So Far:

Cotton Sock in basketweave pattern
(Rows 1&2: k2p2, Rows 3&4: k)
Cascade Fixation sock in ripple pattern held up by my lovely wife

The other knitting news is slightly less fun: I finally got through to British Airways at Metro Detroit airport, and nobody had found my notions case. So I've lost all my crochet hooks (including one that was from my mum), my stitch markers, cable needles, tapestry needles, tape measure, yarn scraps etc etc. Serves me right for not paying closer attention to my stuff I guess. Oh well.

We've got dinner guests tonight, so I'll be cooking stuffed pancakes (though I was somewhat tempted to try out Michelle's Honey Mustard Chicken recipe) which means some shopping, and a lot of house tidying have to happen between now and 7pm. Have a great weekend! (And so much for a short post! Hah! I couldn't be concise if an abstract depended upon it...)

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Katherine said...

I'm so saddened to hear about your notions case. It seems that when I get the tools that I use I always lose something or the kids break it. I hope someone will be nice and turn it in for you. The Glace yarn isn't that good for socks, it can be done, but I gave up using it while making my very first sock ever. I like something with a bit more stretch too. Something you could try if there is a little girl in your life is to do a 2x2 ribbed top that is only about 3 inches long. I think it would only take one ball to make two small socks. Or maybe some baby booties even. I'd move up to 3.25 in needles and return the other two balls. Or, you can always make some really dainty type wash clothes. OH! What about a pair of anklets? LOL Hope something works out for you and that your notions find their way home.

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Amby said...

That STINKS about the notions case...hopefully it will turn up since it's not really something anyone other than a yarn lover could use. I think you will be my inspiration to keep making socks (not my strength)! I will bring my newest sock book to Sweetwaters...some of the patterns are cheesy but there are some good basic ones too. See you Monday!!!

At 12:33 PM, Blogger GaiaGal said...

Oh crud about the notions case!!! Very sad...and it's probably even hard to remember what all you had in there, it won't hit you until you have a need for the item. UGH!!

No matter how many Booga Bags you make i am constantly amazed by them, they are just so fun! I LOVE mine!!

Your socks are looking beautiful so far...aren't they fun?? I can't wait to get my list smaller so i can get back to Deb's woolies!!

Have a great time with your company!


At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, cotton doesn't work well for socks. Stick with wool, or blends. Welcome to the wonderful world of socks! You'll never regret it.

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Thanks for the info on my blog.....I feel so much better!!!!

Love and Hugs,

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Mrs.Curvy said...

Oh, the socks look wonderful! Very nice pattern your using with the fixation yarn. Your sister looks nice in her new scarf. Beautiful yarn, you used for that too!

At 11:45 PM, Blogger jodi said...

What are the pancakes stuffed with?

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Sally said...

I'm sorry you lost your thingy case. Sux.

Hope the pancakes were yummy - Jodi - it's a cheat recipe my mother invented - stuff pancakes with ham and chopped mushroom and onions fried in butter. Then pour over a tin of Campbells cream of celery soup mixed with a small pot of sour cream....yummmmm

BTW That's a terrible photo of me Kirsti - can't you photoshop my head out and just focus on the sparkly loveliness that is the scarf?


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