Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Pink Menorahs (a.k.a Meida's Socks)

Finished, finished, finished!! I love these socks so much, I might need to make another pair just for me!! The pattern is georgeous, the cuff and heel turn is ingenious and I'm gaa gaa over the colors! You probably can't tell from these pics, but when I look at the pattern, it kind of reminds me of Pink Menorahs. You also probably can't tell from these pics but these socks are the most beautiful I've made so far.

Pattern: Meida's Socks designed by Nancy Bush for IK Favorite Socks.
Yarn: STR Lightweight in Mist
Needles: 2 24" Addi Turbos size US0 / 2 mm
Time to complete: Well, now, that doesn't count because I'm always working on several projects at once. But let's say two weeks of actual working time.
Changes: 1. I moved the pattern repeat to be in the middle of the foot when I did the heel flap.
2. Since the pattern called for DK weight yarn and I was working on microscopic yarn, I added two knit stitches in between each of the 4 pattern repeats. If I do them again, I'll mamke it two purl sts instead so that they appear receded.

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    Thursday, June 21, 2007

    Catching up on some old stuff

    I've got a little free time on my hands this morning (OK, not really free time, just no meetings), and I thought I'd give a little update on some goings on, finished projects and the like.
    1. Knitting GROUP
    Last night we had a little surprise party for Alyssa. You see she's our bud and she's moving which makes us sad but it also gave us an opportunity to do some really creative planning around her departure. It was totally cool, totally covert, somewhat chaotic what with 300 emails flying back and forth and TOTALLY FUN! She had no idea! Check her blog for the pics since I forgot to bring my camera.

    2. I've got a few FO's that I need to share. For example: I finally finished, are you ready?

    THE LOTUS BLOSSOM TANK!! Yes, I know, you thought it would never be done. I made the largest size and I can say with absolute confidence that IK did not test knit the pattern and try it on a real human of said size. The shoulders? Epaulettes. Totally. They're folded under in this pic.
    Oh yeah, and did I mention that it's too big? I know it doesn't look like it here, but I'm less lumpy than when these pics were taken and it's now about 4 inches too big around the middle, floppy in the bust and too big in the back. Add that to the rolled under epaulette shoulders and I'd say this top is pretty much a bust... It was almost an almost... but it's just not very flattering. So, into the frog pond when I can bear it. There's no reason not to save the beautiful Cotton Classic for something else. Maybe a short sleeve cardigan with raglan shaping? Who knows.

    3. I'm still working on the Dad Socks. I finally got him to try them on after chasing him around for about a month. I just need to rip back to the gussett of the first sock (which is the second sock I've knit) and switch to smaller needles or take another inch out of the foot. It fits around his ankle perfectly, it's the foot part that just "fits" like it has 0 negative ease and I'm pretty certain that if I switch to smaller needles, that will give me the negative ease I'm looking for.
    In case I haven't mentioned this before, I'm using a pattern from Favorite Socks, Elegant Ribbed Stockings after I saw Adrienne making them in a dark color (without the ribbon) for her hubby and they were fabulous! As soon as I've got pics, I promise to share.

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