Hi everyone! This post is going to be heavy with finished items, as it has been quite a while since my last blog entry. I have been having computer issues. One issue has been that I’ve been setting up a new computer, and I’m not,…shall we say,…in-tune with technology? Some would say technotard. Whatever. I do my best. So, suffice it to say that my computer, and my digital photos, are not speaking to one another. I have retrieved some photos for this post, but somehow I will have to retrieve the rest. Somehow, and some other time. How long can I procrastinate? Also, I managed to download a virus onto my brand new computer, which was, by the way, *protected* by Norton 360 anti-virus! Arg! I did manage to clean up that particular mess, $139.99 later. So, for these reasons, blogging has not been happening. However, I have been knitting!

Valentine Socks

Valentine Socks

  • Pattern: The chart for the heart pattern is from True Love Socks, by Thayer Preece, however the rest is ad lib. I did them toe-up, with “Sailor’s Ribbing” (page 88 of More Sensational Knitted Socks, by Charlene Schurch), and eye of the partridge heel.
  • Materials: Cables and Lace sock club yarn.
  • Colourway: Valentine’s Day Massacre
  • Needles: Two circulars, 2.5mm.

This yarn is the first installment of the Cables and Lace sock club. I really like how it knitted up! This is also the first sock club that I’ve ever joined. So far, so great!

Let me show you the other sock, because I have the picture and I might as well use it.

Valentine socks

I’ve already been wearing these as bed socks, because they go with my pj’s. See?

Valentine Socks

To continue with the sock blogging, I finished these ones quite some time ago. I’ve worn them a lot, because they’re so comfy and warm.

Nanner Socks

Nanner Socks

This pattern was released for people on Plurk only. Yes, I have been using Plurk…but not very well. I’m not on it very regularly. My “karma” plummets frequently. The banana, “nanner”, pattern relates to the dancing bananas on Plurk. I chose the yarn, specifically, because it looked like the colour of bananas. However, it turns out that I love this yarn! It has a bit of mohair in it, but it’s not scratchy at all. Maybe it’s the bit of silk in it that makes it softer. I don’t know, but I love it.

Finally, I have these happy socks.

Stripy Socks

Happy Stripy Socks

I loved knitting these, just because of the happy colours. Wearing them is almost as much fun!

I hope you all had a happy Valentine’s Day!

Where does the time go? The last time I blogged, I was working on mittens for my daughter. As it turns out, they were too big, so I had to frog a bit and start again. Then, they were put on hold, so that I could knit my father a scarf for his birthday.

When you’re thinking of knitting a man’s scarf, what pattern do you think of? I immediately thought of Brooklyn Tweed’s Striped Noro Scarf. It took me a while to locate the same colours, but I managed. Due to the fact that I couldn’t view the colours in person, I wanted to get the tried and true combo.

 

Dad's Noro Scarf

 

If you want the specs for this scarf, I refer you to Brooklyn Tweed’s blog. My version was done the same way. I only made one modification. I used 43 stitches in total (including selvage). So, I ended up with a wider scarf, at 6.5 inches.

 

Dad's Noro Scarf

 

The only thing I should add, is that there were numerous times when the contrast between colours was negligible. I didn’t fuss around too much, with this problem. I was in a hurry to be finished. I just cut out a section of colour, from one ball of yarn, until I reached a colour with more contrast. There was still plenty of yardage left for a six foot long scarf. I was slightly worried about the scratchiness of the yarn. However, blocking softened the yarn significantly.

 

Dad's Noro Scarf Dad's Noro Scarf

 

The 1 X 1 rib gives the appearance of stockinette stitch. However, the edges don’t curl, and the result is a lovely, thick, reversible, flat fabric. Also, the wool/kid mohair/silk yarn content will ensure that my father is nice and warm. I hope he will like this belated birthday present. It’s ready just in time for his month long cruise around New Zealand, then off to Florida. Something tells me he won’t need a scarf. Timing is everything!!! sigh.

Last weekend, we went on a mini family vacation to Moncton, NB. The kids had a great time at an indoor amusement park. Unfortunately, that evening numerous boys’ hockey teams stayed at our hotel. The door slamming, yelling, and running up and down the hallway went on until midnight. My kids normally go to bed at 7:30pm. They couldn’t get to sleep with the noise, so it was not a happy night. The rabble-rousers also completely took over the pool and waterslide. That pool was the reason we wanted to stay there in the first place, and we were disappointed. Anyway, luckily the amusement park made up for it. The next day, I went to a sale at the London-Wul yarn shop. That’s where I got to play! I might have purchased a few things. They were all on sale!

 

Purchases

 

Kelly walked into the shop just after I did. I haven’t seen her in a long time, so it was nice to see her again. If you happen to see a photo of me on her blog, please keep in mind that I had no sleep. I was fried, and had no ambition to do my hair. 🙂 She introduced me to Deb, another knitblogger! Yay!

When I left London-Wul, I went to the new Moncton location of Cricket Cove. I might have purchased a few more things.

 

Purchases

 

This bamboo yarn looks wonderful. It’s also machine washable! I thought it might be a good yarn substitution in Debbie Bliss patterns. As I was leaving the shop, Kelly and Deb turned up again! It turns out that Deb was on a mission for the exact yarn that I bought. She wanted pink, and I guess I took almost the whole pink supply. Oops.