Saturday, September 25, 2010

Finally, Knitting

I have a whole lot of catching up to do, so let's get started with some SP goodies! I received the lovely spinnables -- and bat cookie set -- from AKKnitter a while ago. I've never spun yak before and can't wait for cooler weather so I can give it a whirl. And black is always good. There were also some colorful spider web thingies, but they had to be hidden from the cats.

I ended up having to bow out of the swap because of some medical issues, which is too bad, I always enjoy knitty swaps. Thank you for the lovely fluff, AKKnitter, and thank you whoever took up my slack!

In knitting news, I'm knitting socks for my Dad. The pattern is incredibly stretchy. Here it is on my leg -- nice and symmetrical-looking rectangles of stitches.

Without a foot in it, it looks more like this:

Who said only lace looked weird pre-blocking?

Finally, my Clapotis is done. I have yet to take a good post-blocking picture and some action shots. I can't get the colors right in artificial light and am waiting for just the right conditions outside to show off the lovely red/gray/purple colorway.

I'm so glad I read the reviews for this colorway of Lion & Lamb (#66, Embers) on ravelry -- it bleeds like the dickens. I first gave the shawl a good soak in water with lots of vinegar, then rinsed with clear water, and gave it another soak with Eucalan. It still bled in the Eucalan bath, but not absurdly. The colors are still vibrant. The person on rav wasn't so lucky, hers was a faded mess after she washed it. I'm so grateful she shared her experience, I really love this colorway.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Yikes, it's September!

How time flies when you're having fun -- or are incredibly busy!
I have barely done any knitting over the past few months. There has been too much going on at work, in my personal life, and it's just been too darn hot outside. But it's beginning to cool down, and I once again feel the lure of the yarn. Stay tuned -- my Clapotis is almost done, my mom's socks are partway there, and I just started a pair for my Dad yesterday. It still needs to cool down a bit more for me to touch my spindles, but it's coming, it's coming!