Cousin hat and Mother socks

It’s sad that even though I don’t have the excuse of moving keeping me from knitting anymore, I still can’t seem to find the time that I want to knit. Lately I’ve just been working non-stop ( I *really* want to graduate in less than 2 years) and coming home to two energetic dogs who just want to play-play-play, need to be fed or groomed, or just want to love on me – it’s actually quite hard to knit while being loved on by a dog, never mind two dogs! – dinner to be made, laundry to be done and other life-related things to take care of. Knitting, sadly, has gone to the back burner. But not to fear, I still am able to get in a minute or two here and there. My hour-long commute (please allow me a moment of nostalgia for my previous 15 minute commute to work) allows me at least 25 minutes non-stop knitting time (the rest of the hour is spent either waiting for a transfer or running to catch a transfer or walking to/from the subway stop), which is very helpful for these amazingly gorgeous pair of socks I’m test knitting. I really love how these are coming out but, sadly, I can’t show you them until September as they are going to be a mystery knit for August. I’m knitting them in the lovely Malabrigo sock in the most amazing Ochre (I love love love this color). I couldn’t just tease and tease without posting a tiny teaser pic, though, so here it is:

Mystery Sock Test Knit - WIP

The color is to die for, IMO, and I can’t wait to be able to show you these completed socks just as soon as I am able. 🙂 I do have a pair of socks I *can* show you, however:

Eunice Sock - WIP

These are the Eunice socks (rav link) that I’m knitting for the Makin’ Cookies group also on Ravelry. It’s SUCH a great pattern! I am seriously in love with these socks and can’t wait to present them to my mother (who I’m knitting them for). She’s a big fan of cables and not such a big fan of color (except blue and I didn’t want to knit blue as it seems that every single Eunice I’ve seen lately is blue and as much as I love the color, I felt a little variety was in order) so I went with the incredibly soft Handmaiden Casbah in Ivory, a perfect color choice for her, if I do say so myself:

Eunice Sock - WIP

The sock is a wee quite a bit small on me as my mom has beautiful 7.5 feet and I’ve got clunky 8.5-9 feet, but you can still see the prettiness of the sock AND of the yarn – LOVE the color variations in it.

Eunice Sock - WIP

My favorite part of the sock? Other than all of it, you mean? I guess I would have to say the heel. I love the construction of it and how it flows so well with the pattern:

Eunice Sock - WIP

I’m hoping to be done with sock #2 soon, but I do need to finish my test knit socks first so it might be closer to the end of the month before they are done.

The only other knit I’ve really been working on (and finished in just 2 days – really one as I didn’t start until late at night and finished the next day early) was a Stella hat for my little cousin who just turned 15.

Stella Hat - FINISHED!

I don’t have a picture of her wearing the hat, sadly, but she LOVED it! Apparently she put it on and wore it around all day long – and it’s summer, people! So I think it’s safe to say that the pattern was a big hit. In case you have any young friends/daughters/whatever to knit for, this is a great hat to make quickly and easily – and did I mention it’s FREE?

Stella Hat - FINISHED!

Oh and the true color is more of a dark green blue which was difficult impossible to capture.

Stella Hat - FINISHED!

Pattern – Stella Hat by Mary Kay Bishop (rav link
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted in Norway Spruce (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 and US8 (4.0 and 5.0mm)
Cast on – July 6, 2009
Cast off – July 7, 2009
Modifications – Very minor mod but at the purl decrease rows, I just did P2tog instead of K2tog

I have many many projects to be put on the needles, now I only have to find the time to cast them all on! Until then, my gorgeous dogs that I groom myself (neither have ever been to a groomer in their life) hope that you can find much more knitting time for your own projects but that you make sure to look beautiful while doing it… just because you’re knitting doesn’t mean you have to let yourself go! 😉

Post-grooming pretty

Post-grooming pretty

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9 responses to “Cousin hat and Mother socks

  1. Alexandra 07.17.2009 at 3:39 am

    The sock is beautiful, I love the cables and the color! The dogs are adorable!

  2. Susan 07.17.2009 at 7:26 am

    Beautiful Eunice! I’ve just started mine and I hate to admit it but they’re blue. The doggies are beautiful, too.

  3. Lilie 07.17.2009 at 10:47 am

    Love the sock. I’m still working on my second sock and hope to have a pair some day. LOL!

  4. pdxknitterati 07.17.2009 at 3:05 pm

    Eunice is good looking! I love the oatmeal color; looks very Aran and perfect for the cables.

    I’ve been wanting to try some Madeleine Tosh worsted, but too many projects between me and empty needles, so it will just have to wait. Your hat looks great.

  5. yarndancer 07.17.2009 at 8:56 pm

    I love your Eunice socks! The pattern looks great in that colour, and it makes me want to cast some on for myself. And the hat is fab, it also looks great in the colour you chose.

    (I’d wondered why so many Eunice’s had been appearing on Rav, it must be because of the makin’ cookies KAL. Must go join!)

    The dogs are gorgeous!!

  6. Stacey 07.17.2009 at 10:18 pm

    Ha, you are such a sock knitter now! And I sometimes miss my hour & half commute (each way) just for the sock knitting because I’ve fallen behind as well. Plus doing a test knit as well, so not very interesting blog posting to do! 🙂

    Your socks are so gorgeous & I love that hat! 😀

  7. Heather 07.18.2009 at 12:30 am

    Oh my gosh! The ochre is just lovely. And such a tease it was to see just that much of the sock. The sock you completed for your mum is beautiful. I’m sure she will enjoy them.

    Your pups always look soooo happy and they do look very dashing in their photos.

  8. Kathy 07.18.2009 at 12:42 pm

    I love seeing you FO’s and WIP’s! You always have such goodies to share— Eunice and Stella are just stunning!
    With not enough time to knit, you’ve managed to be a beautifully prolific knitter indeed— even with grad school and two fur children to take care of! I don’t know how you do it— I think you’re “just special that way” 😉

  9. sheepishlittleblog 08.11.2009 at 1:57 pm

    Wow!! I hadn’t really looked twice at Eunice before, but yours are so gorgeous that I might just have to cast those on, like, tomorrow.

    Wow.

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