On the Needles Friday, August 17

What’s on the needles? Glad you asked — lots of stuff.  Now if I could just get some of them OFF the needles.

  This is my Stephen West Rockefeller KAL.  I’ve fallen way behind since I was working on Camp Loopy stuff but I hadn’t really planned to get it done by the deadline – there’s prizes being drawn from among those that finish by a date later this month but I’m not really going to worry about that.  I’m sure I’ll run out of the Zauberball Crazy Socks yarn (the bright crazy one of course) so just ordered another ball of that which should arrive Monday.  I’m working on the I-cord bind off along the lower edge — which takes FOREVER! but I’m getting there.  Then it’s on to the last clue.  I’ve, of course, peaked ahead at all the lovely finished projects on Ravelry from this pattern so it’s no longer a mystery to me how it ends up.  I think it’s going to look great with my bright red wool coat.

My last Camp Loopy project is done, Scalene, and still needs to be blocked — this weekend — so I can get the final photo loaded before the deadline the end of this month, too.

Then I pulled out an old pair of socks I had started a while ago and knit a bit on them.  This was after I discovered that my Honey Dew socks had a major mishap.  I had dopped stitches off the needle while toting it around and with all the slipped loops in that one and the fact that the stitches had ripped back several rows, I had to totally rip it all out.  There was no way I could figure out how to carry those stitches back up the rows in that pattern.  DRAT!!  The yarn I was using was going to be a bit tight on yardage so I think I’ll try them with some different yarn at a later date that has more yardage to it.  So the plain jane’s got a bit of stitching while I stewed about messing up the Honey Dew socks. 🙂

But then I started flipping through my Socktopus sock book (yes, I’ve told you before I love this book) and came across a pattern I wanted to try.  In keeping with my idea for the 12 in 2012 socks, one of the things I wanted to do was try some different techniques/patterns.   This one was toe up.  I’ve never done a toe up pattern.

It’s the Om Shanti pattern – which said it was designed as a bed sock so the pattern has a shorter cuff on it.  Well I don’t wear bed socks – ick – I absolutely cannot sleep with socks on – but I can always adjust the cuff.  So I decided to give them a shot and as you can see, I’m doing well.  There was a provisional cast on to do the toe and shape it with wrapped stitches and once that was knit, you’re ready to fly along the foot.

I’ve just turned the heel here and am starting up the cuff.  I was more interested in seeing “if” I could do them than paying attention to the number of stitches used.  The needle size is a bit larger than I normally use but the number of stitches  are a good number less.  And it’s not real stretchy due to the stitch pattern (which I really like – a simple to memorize stitch that gives a bit of texture and helps stop any pooling) so I need to see if I can try these on.  I think I’ll be ripping them out tho and starting over since I think these will be too tight around but even so, not a big deal.  I now understand how the toe up on this pattern works so I can adjust to more stitches go get the fit I want.  I’m not sure I like the garter stitch toe but will think on that a bit.

So hop on over to http://www.patchworktimes.com/ to see what others have on their needles today.


Chugging along

on the train applique block finally!  I now have the caboose added – it’s only taken months for me to get back to this project.

So hopefully tonight I’ll get all the wheels attached and can get this top set together tomorrow.

Yesterday was spent mostly knitting – I’ve got about 12 rows or so left for clue 2 of the Rockefeller KAL mystery.  It still remains mysterious to me so we’ll see where we go when the next clues are released but I should be done before next Friday when the new clue comes out and if I have my dates correct – that’s the start of Camp Loopy 3 project also which I’m anxious to get started on.

Here’s Rockefeller so far

 And of course I spent a good part of yesterday drawing in EQ, deleting blocks, trying others….. about 4 p.m. I realized I still hadn’t gotten out of my pjs and decided there was no point in doing it that late in the day. 🙂  It was a very relaxing day of quilt drawing and knitting.  I really do need a maid to come make meals for me tho since I can’t be bothered to stop to cook.

Here’s a couple of the new designs I’m tweaking on

On the Needles Friday – 7/20 (Rockefeller Spoiler)

Ah – I just popped over to Judy’s blog and realized it’s On the Needles Friday time.  I normally have to wait until the end of the day to add my progress but can I say it once again… VACATION!!! 🙂

What’s on the needles is the Rockefeller KAl.  Compared to the photo I posted yesterday, I’m a bit farther along and think I only have about 4 or 5 more wedges before I can move on to clue 2, which is printed off and waiting.


Rockefeller progress – spoiler

Got my yarn wound last night and got started on the first clue for this mystery knit along.  I’ve never done one before but since I love mystery quilts, what’s not to like about a mystery KAL.  It’s a Stephen West design (like my Spectra was) and I like his other designs tho haven’t made any others yet.  It’s a shawl.  It’s made with fingerweight yarn in two different colors that should really stand out from each other — what more do you have to know. LOL  So below is the photo of what mine looks like so far — I’m loving it!


Rockefeller spoiler alert

I’m so loving my yarns together for the Stephen West Mystery KAL – Rockefeller.    I was just scrolling through the Ravelry spoiler board to see the color combinations others are using.  There will be some really pretty projects.  And I discovered that I can in fact post photos of my project in progress on the blog so if you are working on this project  and don’t want to see what mine looks like in case you aren’t as far along as I am,  I’ll be putting the Rockefeller name in the post titles where I have photos so you may want to not read those.

Mysteries are fun – but I so love seeing what everyone else is doing. LOL

Friday the 13th – What’s on the needles?

I just realized it was Friday the 13th.  Hmmm.. and it was a very good day but them I’m not superstitious anyway.

So  Judy’s question is what’s on the needles.  You can see what others are knitting on too at that link.   I’ve still got a multitude of socks on needles but since I finished my Camp Loopy 2 project (I still need to take a photo) I went back to my Harvest Dew socks  and just started the heel flap on the first sock. I love all the texture in these socks and the heel has a bit different texture too than the norm which makes the fun to make (but I’m too lazy to take a photo at the moment).

The yarn arrived for my Camp Loopy 3 project today (I just ordered it on Wed.)!along with another fun Camp Loopy goodie – a retractable measuring tape with the Camp Loopy 2012 logo on it.  I’ll be doing Scalene by Carina Spencer.  I’m going to do the striped version.

This yarn is Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino and is oh so very soft with that cashmere in it and the colors are so rich.  The photo does show them quite right – the darker color is more rich dark aqua than the blue it shows up as.  The green has just a hint of shading sort of as if someone took a very dry paint brush with the darker color over portions of the green  – very neat looking –  leaning toward that aqua color so I think they’ll be wonderful together.  Now I just have to wait until the 27th to cast on that project.

The dark aqua colorway  name is “Moon for the Misbegotten” and the green is “Riley.”

You just want to pet this yarn it feels so good.

But today the Stephen West Mystery KAL started on Ravelry.  So the knitting clue was posted and when I came home, I went digging through the stash to find something to use with my Zauberball Crazy Socks.  I original bought the Zauberball to make another Spectra scarf (another Stephen West design) but decided to use it for the KAL and found some Everlasting to go with it.

I’ve already cast on and gotten started but since it’s a mystery KAL – you’ll just have to wait until the last clues have been posted before you get to see anymore of this project.

But quality stitching and knitting time is soon headed my way!  I decided I needed to give myself a vacation so the week after next (my birthday week!) I’ll be on vacation all week with no plans but to do whatever I want whenever I want.  There’s lots of knitting and sewing projects just waiting for me to work on them. 🙂