how i knit to stay sane

January 22, 2008

Tell-All Tuesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — K @ 3:35 pm

I thought I’d try something new — a bit of a structure for my ramblings!  So, my plan is to have a “Tell-All Tuesday”, in which I disclose the current projects getting my attention, and what’s going on with them, and “Finished-Up Friday”, in which I show off a recently finished project, and share any information about them that might be useful.

I have two projects going full tilt right now.  First up, a pair of pretty socks in Mountain Colors Bearfoot, Huckleberry colorway.

There are 50 stitches, on #2 dpns.  I did a short row toe, and am about 40% up the foot, before I’ll start the short row heel.  At that point, I may switch to a 5 stitch pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks, but I’m not sure.  I want something to really showcase this lovely coloration on the yarn!  But, psst, guess what?  My sock has a secret.  It has a twin sister….. It’s no secret that I prefer making my socks two at a time, so I decided to fiddle around with a way to do it on dpns.

So far, so good!  I’m double knitting, using two balls of wool, and keeping them separate by using a knitting thimble.  I do keep compulsively checking for crossed stitches every few rows, so I won’t have to rip too far back if I encounter a mistake, but I haven’t had any since right after I started.  I’m into a groove with it now, so I don’t think I need to worry!

Next up, I’ve been dying to start knitting on Jeanie since I first saw the Winter 2007 Knitty! I even told my husband that I dream of Jeannie… (I know, groan!).  When we had our weekend away, I hit yarn shops with the express desire to end up with a yarn I truly loved and could make into an exquisite Jeanie.  Thanks to Frivolous Fibers in St. Michaels, mission accomplished!  A helpful yarnaholic at the store showed me her current luscious garter stitch scarf, and when I touched it, well, it was yarngasmic.  I purchased two hanks of Blue Heron Yarn’s Rayon Metallic in Denim.  It’s pricey stuff, but really worth it.  Worth every cent.  Especially when you have as great of an LYS experience as I did while visiting!

I managed to do no more than fondle it for a whole week, and cast on Jeanie this weekend.  It’s just an incredible pattern, and I’m so enjoying the knitting!

So, highly recommend the store, the yarn, and the pattern!  Gotta love experiences like that!  🙂



  1. Oooo I love that pattern!

    Comment by scienceesl — January 22, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

  2. Wow! How long did it take you to make that? Maybe I’ll try to do that someday, when I have time. Thanks for the idea!

    Comment by othepjavier — January 24, 2008 @ 6:10 am

  3. Wow, I am completely amazed. I’ve tried so many times to learn to knit something other than a scarf… perhaps once my children are a bit bigger I will have some extra time!

    Comment by moorethanuknow — January 24, 2008 @ 8:19 am

  4. […] The socks are still progressing.  They are my take-with project, so they get worked on often, but in short spurts.  I am hoping to turn the heels soon (maybe tonight — Brandon is going out for a bit, and I’m hoping for kids to go to sleep easily.  Isn’t it cute that I can still harbor these fantasies?)  I only have about 8-10 more rounds before I start the heel, so it is conceivable…..  (right?)  I was using dpns, but the needles were just too flimsy for me, and were pretty warped about halfway up the foot.  I switched to a magic loop circular, but I’m still using the double knitting method to knit with one sock nested in the other. […]

    Pingback by Tell-All Tuesday « How I knit to stay sane — January 29, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

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