Monthly Archives: September 2009

Beginnings

Thanks so much for all the Anniversary wishes on my last post! We had a wonderful anniversary dinner! We wound up going to Del Posto, an amazing Italian restaurant by the owners of Babbo (my all-time favorite Italian restaurant here in NYC). The pasta was *incredible* and just melt-in-your-mouth yummy. I couldn’t have asked for a better meal or a better night. It was all wonderful and a great beginning of our non-newlywed marriage. 🙂

The day after our Anniversary was really busy, though! We hosted a baby shower for a close friend of mine who I previously knit many different things for her, her husband and their soon-to-be-born baby boy. The baby shower was a huge success (she wanted it co-ed so we wound up with more than 30 people here!) with my husband making a great BBQ of hot dogs and burgers as well as his dad’s famous rib recipe. Basically, everyone had a wonderful time and it was a lot of fun! As a shower gift, I knit up a baby blanket:

Chalice Blanket - FINISHED

This was made in Dream in Color Classy in the color Go Go Grassy, which she just loved! It’s a beautiful mix of green and purples. The blanket itself was very easy to knit and quite easy to memorize, as long as I could look at the beginning of every row I was fine to remember it. I am so excited to meet her new little one (due on October 30th, though we’re all hoping for Halloween)!

Chalice Blanket - FINISHED

Pattern – Baby Chalice Blanket by Lykkefanten (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Dream in Color Classy in Go Go Grassy (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US10 (6mm)
Cast on – August 31, 2009
Cast off – September 8, 2009
Modifications – None

To go with the blanket, I also made an extremely quick (2 hours!) pair of baby socks using the same yarn. I think they turned out adorable even though they’re plain… anything that tiny has to be adorable! 😉

Baby Socks - FINISHED

Pattern – North Country Cotton Baby Socks by Handpaint Heaven (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Dream in Color Classy in Go Go Grassy (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 (4mm)
Cast on – September 9, 2009
Cast off – September 9, 2009
Modifications – None

Both of the patterns are free, so if you’re looking for baby knit ideas, these just might work for you!

Baby Socks - FINISHED

I loved hosting the baby shower not just because it was for my close friend who loved the blanket I made (she really did, check out the picture below!), but also because as the title suggests, I love beginnings and the beginning of a new life is extra special! 🙂

Carla's Baby Shower

For other beginnings, I’ve been working on two different projects. First up, a new pair of socks from the Sock Innovation book. For any readers that do not know, I’ve been knitting one pair a month from the book along with a Ravelry group (Makin’ Cookies). We’re currently doing Devon. Although I love love love the yarn I chose to knit this with, the pattern hates me and this is the third time I’ve had to cast on for it. But just look at the pretty yarn first!

Fiberphile Merino Cashmere Sock Club - August 2009

Say hello to Shadow Lake, the August 2009 color of the Fiberphile Sock club. Isn’t it beautiful?

Fiberphile Merino Cashmere Sock Club - August 2009

It’s a gorgeous cashmere blend (and you should all know by now how much I love me some cashmere) and just knits up beautifully, as does all Fiberphile yarns! Here’s the beginning of my third attempt at this sock…

Shadow Devons - WIP

I’m knitting the YO’s through the back loops to minimize the lacyness so of course it made the socks a lot tighter, thus the multiple starts. It’s coming out beautifully, though, and the color is even more rich in person.

Shadow Devons - WIP

My last beginning is the beginning of a sweater! That’s right, I’m knitting a sweater! Go ahead, be surprised. I don’t think I’ve made any garments since December and I don’t really remember that experience fondly at all. But when I saw the Vine Yoke Cardigan (rav link), I fell in love and just have to cast on, though I know that sweaters take so long and are much more time consuming than a simple pair of socks. I’m currently at the gauge swatch phase and trying to pick between these two:

Vine Yoke Cardigan - Gauge Swatch

That’s Malabrigo Worsted in Applewood (SO soft and such a beautiful color). I’m leaning towards the top swatch which is a little off on gauge post-block (pre-block is dead-on) but I like the look of it more. Also, I’m already picking a size with negative ease and a little positive ease wouldn’t hurt, so I think I’ll stick with it…. we’ll see.

And this isn’t a beginning (more a middle actually) but tomorrow marks two months of me not buying any new yarn! Woohoo! Go me! 😀

Happy Anniversary to Us!

No knitting on this post… just a quick shout out to the world that I was married one year ago today, am still very much in love (I better be, no?) and very excited to see what the future holds for us! We absolutely loved our wedding and can’t wait to break open the guestbook cards so we can read them again and remember it all.

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I love that picture because it totally shows how we felt that day… just happy to be together. Our friends and family being brought together are really what made the party the best it could be, though, and to us, that’s what made it a success.

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We’re spending the day alone for the Anniversary, but we’re hoping to have a great day – hanging out with the pups, going to a movie and then dinner (he won’t tell me where – it’s a surprise). I can’t wait!

As all married couples, we hope that *everyone* will be happy on our wedding day (or in this case, our Anniversary Day) so I hope you, my dear blog readers, will also have a great day… perhaps surrounded by friends and family like our wedding was, or quiet by yourself or with someone special. Whatever the case may be… Enjoy! 🙂

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Cable-icious

Although I’ve always loved cables, I was very surprised when I found out that I’ve actually been using it so often the past couple of months. It’s like cables have taken over my life! Not that that’s a bad thing, of course, but it does make me very grateful that I learned how to cable without a cable needle last year!

To begin, my finished pair of Eunice socks that turned out quite lovely, if I do say so myself:

Eunice Sock - FINISHED

They turned out very well (though a little small for me as they were a gift for my mom – who absolutely LOVED them!!!) and the subtlety of the colors really lent the sock a nice touch! Plus, the cashmere in the Casbah makes these socks incredibly soft to the touch – it feels wonderful on the feet.

Eunice Sock - FINISHED

Pattern – Eunice by Cookie A. (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Handmaiden Casbah Sock in Ivory (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US1 (2.25mm)
Cast on – July 5, 2009
Cast off – July 27, 2009
Modifications – None

Next up is a very very quick knit that turned out really beautiful and was so much fun to make! Plus, how can you not love the wave-like cables?

Nalu Mitts - FINISHED!

I call them my Purple People Eater Nalus and they only took me about 10-12 hours, came from a FREE pattern and only took up 133 yards of yarn. Honestly, how much better can you get? It’s a wonderful last-minute gift and this particular pair went to my cousin who just turned 17.

Nalu Mitts - FINISHED!

Pattern – Nalu Mitts by Leila Raabe (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in Tanzanite (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US4 (3.5mm)
Cast on – August 15, 2009
Cast off – August 18, 2009
Modifications – None

And for yet another pair of socks, here are my Sunshine Socks made in the amazing Wollmeise Sockenwolle (yes, Wollmeise again… have I mentioned how much I love this yarn?):

Sunshine Socks - FINISHED

I would have loved to take pictures outside (so you can see the true BRIGHTNESS of this yarn), but it was raining that whole weekend and now I’m much too lazy to actually go and retake pictures… but you can get an idea for the awesomeness of these socks… and of the yarn!

Sunshine Socks - FINISHED

They were incredibly easy to make and so fast too! I took a lot of time off from knitting them but actual knitting time per sock was just a day or two! Plus, don’t you just love a twinkle of sunshine on a gloomy day? 😉

Sunshine Socks - FINISHED

Pattern – Sunshine by Cookie A. (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Wollmeise 100% Sockenwolle in Safran (rav link | store I used – destash from Rav member)
Needle – US1.5 (2.5mm)
Cast on – August 6, 2009
Cast off – August 29, 2009
Modifications – None

The last (I swear it’s the last!) cabled project is still a WIP and probably will be for a while yet… it’s currently the slowest project I have yet to do (and I’ve made some doozies!) because of the endless cabling, the freaking twisted stitches (all knit stitches are twisted!) and the fingering weight yarn! It’s a great yarn, and I’m enjoying the way the hat is coming out, but man-oh-man am I ready to be finished with it.

Bayret - WIP

I’m actually a little farther along on the hat now (about 50% done) and hope to be finished by the end of the month… I just can’t work on this more than 2 rows at a time or I swear my eyes will cross!

Bayret - WIP

Isn’t the yarn pretty, though (second pic much more true to life)? I’m test-knitting the yarn for a new store (Stitch Sisterz, go check them out!) and not only do I love how it feels, it has beautiful stitch definition as I’m sure you can see above.

And that’s all for cables from me… for now! I mean, I do still love cabling, I’m just surprised how much of it I’ve done lately without really intending to be a cable-whore at all! It’s funny how I tend to migrate towards certain things without meaning too… first I went through my blue phase, then my green phase (still in it actually) and now a cable phase! I wonder what’s next in store for me….

What phases (knitting or otherwise) have you been through lately?

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