Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Done for Dharma Lynne

Hooray! I finally finished this pair of socks for friend Dharma Lynne. She is modeling them in the two pics. I used the self patterning sock yarn and did manage to begin at roughly the same spot in the two skeins so that they ended up looking like a matched pair. :-)

Again, I used the Queen Kahuna method of knitting two socks at the same time on two double pointed needles--toe up!

It's been slow going on the cabled pullover sweater for me...so many holiday projects, so little time!

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Ye Olde Knitting Machine

Having been under the weather for a couple of months, and not able to stand to quilt, I asked Daryl to bring out my knitting machines and supplies. I opted for an easy project, a poncho and hat, to which I added a center cable and "twists" using an easy technique I picked up from www.knittersedge.com. A few months ago, we had purchased a steam machine and it makes steaming and blocking fun!  Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Adding Lace

Sockotta yarn, which is wool, cotton and nylon also knits up nicely. I tried something a little different by adding a lace pattern from one of Barbara G. Walker's books. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 20, 2006

That's More Like It!

This lovely wool/nylon self-patterning yarn was purchased at my LKS and begun immediately! I love how the design came out and that I managed to have a near perfect match. The fit is good and they feel oh so nice! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 16, 2006


Finished the first pair using the Crazy Hells and Toes method!
They are a bit large, but comfy still. As you can see, I did not quite get the concept of starting in similar places on the skein and so they do appear to be unmatched socks. I used the lacy rib pattern for the ankle. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Crazy Toes and Heels

On Saturday, six of us Albuquerque area knitters got together to learn how to create two socks on two circular needles. As of this morning, you can see my progress. It may not look like much, but I'm thrilled with this! Shortly before leaving on a trip I tried to master this technique as socks are such a good travel project...I gave up and my previous socks were done on double pointed needles.
Lynne Neighbors led our small group and she is such a patient teacher that I've managed to catch on! These are begun at the toe end and I've added the necessary stitches for toe width, and am now just knittin' round and round...
We've put in a group order for Queen Kahuna's "Crazy Toes and Heels" book as it's her techniques Lynne is teaching us.
Hmmm...these look a bit like Jerry Garcia glasses...
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Sock it to Moi!

Whew! Finally a pair of socks for moi...and only the second pair I've knitted.
At over 90 degree weather on a daily basis, these newly finished socks were only briefly on my feet! They are now in a drawer waiting for colder weather and I'm barefoot again!
As with my first pair of socks, I used the Knitty.com pattern. This was fun to do as the pattern is easily memorized. The yarn was Bernat Sox Nouveau, 60% acrylic and 40% nylon.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Knitting addiction

At present, I'm finishing up a pair of socks for me and this--my second pair ever--is going oh so much more quickly. Amazing how spending time doing lace and then cables with repeated patterns gets one in the habit of learning the various repeat stitch sets. I can certainly get farther faster when I don't have to look up the pattern every row to refresh my memory!

My animal personality?

Your Animal Personality

Your Power Animal: Eagle

Animal You Were in a Past Life: Whale

You are active, a challenger, and optimistic.
Hard-working, you are always working towards a set goal.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


This was a simple pattern...two rectangles worked on straight needles and then sewn together and fringed. BTW, I used nearly three skeins for the fringe alone! Posted by Picasa

At last, Aran at last

My Aran poncho, begun in January was completed in April. This was just in time for a trip to Wisconsin where the nights were very cold, and this poncho was only one of the layers I needed. I finally got around to taking a photo of it, in 87 degree weather (hence the open necked dress underneath).
This was a free Patons Design Studio pattern on the internet, and I used two strands of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes and size 9 knitting needles. I love the feel of this poncho--it's soft and drapes well!
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Sunday, April 02, 2006


The sky last night was quite beautiful as the remnants of a brief storm left behind a rainbow. It was 20 years ago, on April 1st, that Daryl proposed. We are such romantics that we always celebrate April Fools Day as one of our special anniversaries!  Posted by Picasa

Cabling on

I've become quite enamored of cables and am just a smidge past the halfway point on a cabled Aran poncho for me. It is a Paton's Design Studio pattern that I found on the internet. I'm working with two strands of Merino Wool and have found I need to be rather careful to be sure both strands stay together.
A nice, long road trip to San Diego last weekend helped me finish the first half...not too many distractions in the car! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 23, 2006

My first cable sweater for my best guy!

Darling husband Daryl is shown wearing his new sweater begun in late December. This "Aran Pullover Sweater" pattern came from Lion Brand Yarn's site, and I used Wool-ease worsted weight yarn called "Fisherman". I cast on the sweater in late December, 2005, took it off the needles on February 17th. It took a couple of evenings to carefully join the parts and then it was blocked on February 23rd. Yippee!! I'm very pleased with its overall appearance although I think the sleeves should have been shorter (and I measured twice!) and the neck band higher/tighter.
I enjoyed working with cables and so today I'll begin my next project, an Aran Poncho, designed by "Patons Design Studio".
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