Posted on | April 1, 2010 | 18 Comments

My MIL’s birthday socks are finished!  Eight days, cast on to cast off.  Amazing what new yarn can do for my stick-to-it-ness!

Pattern:  Child’s First Socks by Nancy Bush in Knitting Vintage Socks

Yarn:  A tad less than two skeins of Koigu KPPM (if anyone really wants to know the colorway, I can find it).  I have enough left for contrasting toes and heels on a future pair.

Thoughts/Mods:  Knit two fewer repeats on the leg.  Love this pattern, will definitely knit it again!

I was feeling so good about my progress that I did a little victory spinning on Sunday.

266 yards of baby alpaca – my first successful attempt at spinning alpaca!  In the past, I’ve ruined the fiber by putting in too much twist and tightly-spun alpaca is like a Brillo pad.  I also tried to get away from spinning fine and this is a solid DK weight, a bit thick and thin, but I’m happy with it.

Since finishing these projects, I’ve been doodling around a bit.

I went to my LYS’s sale and rummaged through the clearance bins.  Found 6 skeins of Daktari 100% cotton thick and thin yard in this silvery blue, plus one skein each of dark brown and mustard.  I thought finding a pattern would be easy, but the projects on Ravelry are mostly skirts and colorblock sweaters – neither of which appeal to me.  I’m considering making Anhinga:

but without as much swing in the front panel.  The pattern calls for 100% merino, so this would be a far cry from what Norah Gaughan intended, but it may be worth a shot.  I got gauge with US 6s (three sizes smaller than specified! I must be the world’s loosest knitter!), and I’m worried about yardage, so I’m thinking of knitting it top down and incorporating the mustard and dark brown on the bottom.  It could be a total disaster.  It’s still in the “percolating” stage.

Meanwhile, I cast on for Bella’s Mittens with yarn I also found in the clearance bin, Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Cashmere:

I did not pay one bit of attention to the directions when it came to the cables.  That’s what happens when I cast on during Lost!  I didn’t even realize it until last night and I decided to knit on and see what happened at the end.  I totally blame the fiber – knitting silk and cashmere is such a treat!  These will be ripped, as not only are the cables reversed, but they’re a snug fit and that makes for uncomfortable mittens.  I’ll reknit on larger needles and correctly follow the pattern, and next winter, I’ll be one of the 4,500+ cool kids who have made these!  Ha.  I haven’t even seen the movies, much less read the books!  Such a poseur.

So, what’s next?  Well, I am firmly committed to dragging out all my single socks and knitting them mates.  I have a plethora of single socks.  You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.  At least six, possibly more.

I also have a package waiting for me at the post office from Canada.  Full of Canadian wool.  Many colors of very thin Canadian wool.  I am extremely excited about this.  My rational side says to put it away until cool weather returns (it’s going to be 80 today), but my impulsive side just might win out…


18 Responses to “finito!”

  1. Carole
    April 1st, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    The socks are beautiful!

  2. Marie
    April 1st, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    ‘Such a varied collection of satisfying projects going on with you – especially cleaning up the second socks situation – that should be so gratifying and at the rate you knit those pink beauties it should be quick too!

  3. Tina M.
    April 1st, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    Those socks are fantastic, she’s going to love them. And I’m not even much of a pink person! I’m also strangely attracted to that sweater, even though it would look awful on someone my size. Thankfully, I’m far more interested in shawl knitting right now.

  4. Rue
    April 1st, 2010 @ 9:48 am

    The koigu socks look delightful – I hope your MIL loves them!

    I’m really curious about the big box of Canadian yarn coming your way. Is another stranded colorwork project in your future?

  5. Kitten
    April 1st, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    Yay, pretty! That Canadian yarn is thin – perfect for warm weather.

  6. Tami
    April 1st, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    Pretty socks! 80 degrees?! Were still huddled in warm wear with 50s and scraped frost off the car windows this morning. Though it looks like its going to be a nice day so possibly low 60s.

  7. Rachel
    April 1st, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    Those socks are so pretty…and 8 days to knit a pair? Impressive to say the least. I’ve got Bella on my long list of things to knit and like you, haven’t seen the movie or read any of the books…and don’t plan to. But I like the long, heavy gloves so not letting it stop me!

    80? As we woke to a layer of snow and 30 degrees this morning, I’m feeling just a wee little pang of jealousy!

  8. Lynn in Tucson
    April 1st, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

    Victory spinning! I love it! And that sweater is beautiful. I hadn’t seen it before.

  9. Cookie
    April 1st, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    You’ve been so busy!

    I love the socks!


  10. Crystal
    April 1st, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

    Beautiful alpaca! There is nothing better than a good homespun alpaca for squishy goodness :)

  11. Robyn
    April 1st, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    You don’t even want to know how many single socks I have that need mates!

    Love the finished birthday socks!

    I had to go look at my Bella’s to understand what you are talking about. How’d you manage to make the cables upside down? LOL. Will you be re-doing them?

    Canadian yarn? Which one??

  12. Cheryl S.
    April 1st, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

    Lonely striped sock seeks mate for romantic evenings and walking in the park. Matching dyelot a must, but fraternal striping is acceptable.

  13. Petosky Turtle
    April 1st, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    I love the socks. They’re really pretty. And the spinning and mittening and swatching is all pretty impressive as well!

  14. Anne
    April 2nd, 2010 @ 5:55 am

    You’ve been busy! Love the socks – that is such a fun pattern, isn’t it?

  15. jen
    April 2nd, 2010 @ 7:05 am

    Wow! So many projects, and I love them all! Especially that sweater you’re still contemplating, the bella mittens and the spun alpaca. Whatcha gonna do with that?

  16. Laurie
    April 3rd, 2010 @ 4:28 am

    Love the socks. Record time. If you have the patience for the sweater ripping, I think it sounds like a good plan. I like the color idea at the bottom, but I suspect you will decide on drape and fiber appropriateness (or not) long before then.

    Single socks…that is what I’ve been finishing for THREE MONTHS. I’d lost count. I think I was up to eight singles…I’m down to four now. Three with patterns, five st st. Now I have just the patterned ones left, and one st st recently started (as in within the last six months.) I decided socks don’t count.

  17. Bubblesknits
    April 3rd, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

    Such gorgeous socks!!!

  18. cyndy
    April 6th, 2010 @ 3:56 am

    Very nice socks! They make a lovely gift!
    Lucky MIL~