Monday, March 2, 2009

February Update

I haven’t blogged in awhile, but I haven’t been slack. I’ve been busy knitting away.

I did finish my pair of socks for Feb. I did not bind off until March 1, but I call them done anyway.

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These look so much nicer this way than on. The hearts stretch and become all wonky, but that’s ok. It’s something I can live with.

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See what I mean? I did enjoy making these, though. I did a few mods. The yarn called for was a light fingering, on size 1 or 0 needles. I was not about to mess with that, so I upped the needles to size 2 on sportweight yarn (if Ranco is sportweight, or maybe a heavy fingering?) and cast on 52. I only did 4 pattern repeats around instead of 6 and did a shortrow heel. No need to bother with a heel flap if you don’t have to!  So the second sock was super easy: 3 repeats on the cuff, 4 on the foot. Done!

I cast on for my March socks already and finished the cuff. I have to redo the first row since my count is off, but I was feeling kind of ill last night. I’ll fix it today.

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The Pattern is Komet and I am using Saucon Sock in Turquoise. I don’t know if I like this yarn. It’s cotton and acrylic, so it’s inexpensive, but it’s not as soft as Ranco. And it’s kind of splitty. Stay tuned for more on this.

I completed my kitchen set for my Secret Swap. I still need to sew buttons on the towels, but that only takes a few minutes.

I also made this:

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Can you guess what the pattern is? Ok, it’s the Clapochet, the crocheted version of the Clapotis. I couldn’t resist when I saw it, and it looks so much like the “real” thing. I used a J hook and 2. 5 skeins of RHSS. (No, I won’t apologize for using acrylic!!) It’s all triple  crochet and goes VERY fast. I finished this in 2 days. It could be a one day project if you are a fast crocheter and don’t get as distracted as I do, LOL.

 

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Lacy Diamonds. Don’t you love how this pooled? It’s like a zig zag of color. Very cool. I wish I could plan these things.

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Colorwave cloth. No, the screen isn’t messing with you. There is a glaring error smack dab in the middle. Too bad I didn’t notice until I bound off. And then I probably would not have gone back to fix it. This cloth is unfixable: read frogging only.  I like the texture. It’s soft and spongy.

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Citizen Kane (pdf). I knitted this while watching Amazing Race. It’s so easy and pretty quick. I think for best results though, use a larger needle size. My size 6 made a dense fabric and the “rosebuds” can’t show through as well.

Last, I want to show off my goodies from the $10 swap on Ravelry. It’s fun looking at how creative everyone is in sending out cool packages at $10 or less. Some things are totally awesome and very creative.

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My package was pink. It may not look like much, but everything had something inside it!

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Handmade stitch markers.

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Sock yarn and dye.

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Erasers for the kids.

I think this was an awesome package. All my containers are reusable and cute. I now have a place to store my DPN’s (I have a lot!) and even a mini notebook. My partner rocked!! Thanks, Margo, aka prlknits on Ravelry!!

 

I don’t have any hats to show yet. I do have a bunch in mind. I just need more time!! Darn the internet and the constant distraction. Darn Ravelry beckoning me…but I wouldn’t give it up, LOL.

I’ll be back with more soon….

4 comments:

Timiae said...

Everything looks amazing! I love Ranco... if only it were superwash, though. Thanks for the link to the clapochet pattern; will have to look into that. Your swap package is great!

Beth said...

Wow, I am amazed by those socks. You are a knitting machine!!!

Aunt Kathy said...

Anita if you frog that cloth I am gonna whack you with my wet noodle. Silly girl just USE it. Don't matter how it looks when it's a washing the dishes now does it?

smariek said...

Great projects, I really like those socks! Creative swap package, that sounds so much more challenging than those $$$ swaps. I keep all my booboo cloths and use them around the house.