October 2010


The kit for the October edition of the Smart-Ass Knitters club from indigodragonfly arrived today. These packages just keep getting better every time.

Socks! My favourite thing to knit. This pattern will be a bit of a challenge with all the cables, but I love that the socks are knit in mirror image of each other. I think the patterning on the foot looks better this way.

The yarn is Merino Sock, and is not really as blue as the photo makes it look. It is mostly black, with a dark marine blue/green and some deep purple streaks. I love it! The DPNs have the loveliest pink colour in them, and are very smooth and polished. Unfortunately, I can’t knit the socks with them, because I am such a loose knitter that I always need to go down at least one size to get gauge. I’ll have to find something to knit with them, though. They feel amazing.

I don’t have much finished knitting to show, so I took a couple of pictures of knitting in progress. The sun is shining for a change! I’ve been indoors so much because of the rain, the squirrels think the back yard is just for them now. While I was taking photos, one of the black squirrels ran right past me, and stopped and stared at me in shock when he realized he wasn’t alone…and then took off running. I laughed out loud. If the neighbours didn’t already think I was a little odd (taking pictures of yarn in the backyard) they surely do now!

This is Hypernova–The Scarf, from Arlene’s World of Lace. I’m knitting it in Wollmeise 100% superwash merino. The colourway is a We’re Different Grapes for Sheri. This pattern shows off the colours much better than what I was knitting with this yarn before. I had cast on a shawl in a feather and fan pattern, and it just looked kinda boring. I’m glad I ripped it and started over.

Shawls never look very thrilling before blocking, but the yarn is so lovely I had to show my progress on Luciole. This is a Knitspot pattern, the first one I have tried. The pattern is extremely well-written and easy to follow. I’m knitting it in Wollmeise Twin (80/20 merino and nylon), in another We’re Different colour–Mauerblumchen. This is my current favourite Wollmeise colour, and I can’t wait to finish this shawl so I can wear it. Possibly every day.

Just in time…quilt group meeting is tonight and I just pulled the latest cuddle quilt out of the dryer.

It’s raw-edge applique over a pre-quilted base. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. The frayed edges give it a soft, naive look. I did the quilting and bound the quilt before sewing on the appliques, so that the applique lines become extra quilting. Next time, I may try doing machine applique with the edges turned under, but this was faster and lots of fun. It came out at about 24 inches square this time, because I prewashed my fabrics before starting. The backing is cotton flannel, which shrinks so much that I find prewashing is necessary.

I also finished a pair of socks on Saturday.

They’re knit in MCN Sport, by indigodragonfly, in the “More Sea Than Sky” colourway. The pattern is Ampersand by Kristin Kapur (a Ravelry freebie). This yarn is so soft it feels almost sinful to wear! I’m sorry the photo is so dark, we’re having more rain today and my pictures are suffering. I’ll miss being able to get outside to photograph my projects when the snow comes.