a vacation knit…

14 03 2007

a week of vaca will definitely recharge you! but, man, a day at work can really drain your batteries. i slept in today and i’m still hurting. the near-spring allergies aren’t helping either. ugh. anyhoo…as promised…i have more pictures of my vacation yarn finds and a sock i nearly finished…

but before i do that, i must give credit where credit is due. the second yarn shop that i visited in winston salem was named ‘knit one, smock too”. i will not digress with a rant about web presence. grrrrr….ahem…. this store had a nice selection of yarn as well as quilting, embroidery and smocking supplies. (the lady nicely told me that smocking is a sort of embroidery on the smock of a child’s dress). i asked for ebony dpns and was handed some bamboo with a pleasant,”here you go!” …(huh? i asked for ebony. maybe i was mumbling.)… she was distracted by a phone call so i took the opportunity to scope out the selection of yarn. i think the selection was worth seeing for most knitters…but being mostly interested in sock yarns i was knocked out by the simple fact they had jitterbug. of course, i get knocked out if i just see something in person for the first time!! i walked away without the dpns…and with the jitterbug in jay. all in all, a nice store, but not worth the 20 minutes that were lost when we got lost trying to find it!

thankfully, i had a project to distract me while in the car.


garter rib socks adapted from sensational knitted socks
for butter (k) in yartini 4-8-15-16-23-42
started: march 7, 2007
needles: 2 – 2.5mm, 60 cm addi circ’s
notes: toe up, 72 stitches, short row heel, back-stitch bind off

here’s a detail of the rib:


garter rib detail

i think the b.o. was pretty stretchy…what do you think of the looks?


back-stitch bind off

this yarn is soooo yummy. it is a joy sliding through your fingers while you knit…and so soft knit up. i caught butter rubbing it against his cheek! i am mad at myself that i didn’t use it to make myself a pair (but i guess not too much since i bought two skeins of the colorway!!).

to make the endless ribbing go faster, i knit in the combination style. ( i think there was a knitty gritty episode on this technique.) me thinks that my stitches are not as neat when i use this technique, but it is said that combined knitting will prevent ‘rowing out’ (where you’re purl kind of separate from each other…think reverse stockinette that’s not so even). if there is any interest, i’d be happy to shoot some pics so show you how i knit this way.

what else?!? oh! more yarn….


colinette jitterbug yarn in marble
destined to be mother-in-law socks (pattern tbd)
purchased from shuttles, needles & hooks in cary, nc
100% easycare merino wool | 100 g : 267 meters

i will not digress with a rant about web presence. (have i said that before?)…but i almost forgive this store because of it’s quirkyness. if you google this store, you’ll find mixed reviews. the best description i have for it is “a crazy yarn house”. there is yarn on the floor, on the shelves, on the walls, under the stairs. they have cotton, wool, novelty, alpaca (achoo!), baby yarn, bulky yarn, they have tons of sale yarn upstairs and giant looms, too. there was yarn everywhere…so much it looked like the house may explode. you name it, they probably had it! this is what i imagine what my house would look like if i had unlimited yarn funds…(sorry baby…i promise that i will be more organized, though). butter and rita immediately felt claustrophobic and overwhelmed… as usual, sock selection was sparse…but i foud some jitterbug, and the usual staples of regia, trekking and the like. the ladies were pleasant…i say you should go just to see it…if but only once. then go eat at the diner across the street. it was yummy.



great adirondack yarn company soxie in bahama mama
purchased from great yarns in raleigh, nc
100% merino superwash wool | 360 yards

great yarns was a much more….um….civilized yarn store. lots and lots of high end yarns. very accessible, very organized and very friendly staff. they had a nice selection of books and patterns as well. they had koigu and jitterbug in their sock yarn selection but the yarns were definitely picked over. (sigh). i was very pleased to find soxie, though. again. another first for me. the above pic doesn’t show much of the yellow…but it is gorgeous. a little loud…but what the hell, i was on vacation, right!? go to great yarns or their sister stores if you want a more ‘upscale’ yarn experience. oh, and don’t go dressed like a skater. they’ll be nice…but i felt out of place. i will definitely stop back on my next visit to see rita.

whew! ok. i’ll shut up now.


roza’s sock progress

3 03 2007

my roza’s socks are flying along…quite an addictive pattern.  the slick metal knitpicks needles and the smooth yarn just seem right together.  and the fabric created has just the right amount of ‘cush’.

i used the recommended size 0 needles…however, i’m finding them to be more snug than i expected. i am a tight knitter…but i would definitely go up a needle size or two if i planned on gift knitting these in the future. i also heard on the lime and violet podcast that they found these were not so stretchy and tended to slouch a bit (right?). not so with my socks. perhaps cuz lime substituted yarn? (ps-they are coming to columbus!!! i’m hoping that i’ll be able to catch their live podcast. give me a shout if anyone out there in blogland is planning to go to knitter’s connection)

manny is modeling the 7.75″ of the leg i have finished. she is doing great and says hello to her fans:

roza’s socks by grumperina (interweave knits spring 2007)
lorna’s laces shepherd’s sock douglas fir
started: february 27, 2007
needles: knitpicks size 0 dpn’s
notes: very snug fit on me with this needle size

souvenir and shop review

1 12 2006

hello all, i’m on my way out the door so i leave you with two pictures and a snippet.

picture #1:


camo lace sock progress
almost to the toe!! i hope i finish tonight!

picture #2:


skacel merino lace
100% fine merino wool shrink resistant
100 g / 1375 yds
color 37 (tan) looks more like a light cocoa


based on this yarn store review, i went to visit a lys in las vegas. (i actually tried to visit wooly wonders, too, but i couldn’t find it and we were pressed for time!!). gail knits is located on sahara/ft apache, about 8 miles from the strip. we were staying off of tropicana and used the ‘back roads’ to avoid driving through the terrible traffic on the strip. from the directions on their website, it was easy to find.

rant: all you yarn store owners, if you haven’t figured it out yet, there are a ton of knitters online!!!! please at least have a web presence that tells us about your store. we want to visit you!! we want to support local businesses!! don’t make it difficult to find you!!!! oh, and by the way, i’m fiercely devoted to word of mouth referrals and complaints…so maybe some good customer service?!?

there were a group of ladies sitting and knitting. they all looked up and smiled when i walked in. and gail herself asked me i needed help. ( i recognized her from the website). there was a ton of novelty and glitzy type yarn. i also saw cascade, rowan and a small selection of lace. they had only one shelf of sock yarn – all opal, but the colors were not my favorites. as a sock knitter, this wasn’t my shop, but the people were so warm and friendly, i just had to buy something (that, and this was my -one- souvenir). so i bought the lace. now i need to figure out what to make with it. anyway, if you are not a sock knitter or if you are looking for a warm and welcoming bunch of knitters, i say go visit gail knits!! we were also directed to a nice restaurant called bleu gourmet. (thank you!) if you haven’t tried the nutella and banana crepes, go now!!!

long overdue pictures…

25 10 2006

first of all, i know that you are dying to see the new toilet seat that df has purchased for our master bath. (apparently our current seat is only 3 years old, yet there is a crack on the hinge-y part. when df tried to fix it, the other side cracked as well. this led, of course, to the extensive search of toilet seating, materials, cost, hardware, shape, etc. etc. really, it is fascinating). may i introduce to you {dramatic pause}…..our new toilet:


manny has graciously obliged to being the spokes-model (she says she deserves the spotlight, rather than the toilet seat)


note the graceful lines of the brushed nickle hardware

manny’s outfit is all the rage with foot models. here you see the avant-garde stylings of cookie a., creator of the pomatomus pattern from knitty. did you notice the sharp metallic details that jut out artfully from the garment. genius!! just genius!! here is a close up for the fashion editors.


pomatomus socks by cookie
STR in peaseblossom (rockin’ sock club – july) by BMFA
4.25 oz / 360 yards ; 100% superwash merino
started: frogtober ?, 2006
needles: set of 5, #1 metal dpns

in news outside of toilet seats…after much frogging and tinking and such…i have finally finished demi. ok, that’s a lie. i have finished a sleeve of demi.


demi from vintage knits by rowan
rowan yorkshire tweed aran in darkside #414
100g / 160 m ; 100% wool
started: frogtober 2, 2006
needles: kp options #6 & #7 (so far)
changes: no bobbles!

this sweater is going to be warm!! and i mean warm. i just drape the thing over my arm and i immediately feel a difference in temperature. all you warmer-blooded peeps, take note of this if you don’t like to get overheated in your sweaters.ok, i think that’s enough for today.

may you be lucky enough to survive frogtober unscathed.

a message…

12 10 2006

manny wanted me to let her write as a guest blogger today. [who is manny? remember this? (df decided that this was a good name for her.)] i was happy to oblige.

dear blogland,

i write to you with a heavy heart. i have been so lonely these past couple of months. my life-long goal has been to bring the joy of hand-knit socks to the world. but as of late, i have not been able to answer my calling – my destiny, even. i spend many days just gazing out the window.


since this was socktober, i anticipated the gloom and dreariness of non-sock-dom would lift. but alas, sometimes i just lay on the couch all day….


today, i decided to take a stand. even if i’m not DOING what i’ve worked for since i was just a “little piggy”, i can still send my message by TELLING the world how i feel. i just wanted to let you know that YOU should celebrate socktober, even if *some people*, and i’m not naming names or pointing toes, aren’t celebrating as much as they should. please hear me!! go find that perfect pattern, splurge on that special yarn and KNIT SOCKS!!!

me? don’t worry about me. {sigh}


…i find ways to pass the time.



p.s. – incidentally, i’m looking for work if you know anybody.