Monday, November 24, 2008

thankful for knitting

With such a long to-do list, I've had to check out from actively browsing the web. I've read through Bloglines and kept up with you all, but as you can tell from the time between posts here at sheepishone, I've been elsewhere.

Since I last shared, a few projects have been cast on and cast off while others have simply gained yardage. Lots has been accomplished. Lots more has yet to be. But I can't complain. Overall, things have been good here and I'm looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving break. I have to stop there, though, because attempting to wrap my head around the business of December could leave me in a bad state of mind.

The Through the Loops Mystery Socks have JUST been finished.  Socktoberfest ended in November for me, since I had some problems staying monogamous to my project...  I enjoyed the pattern, even this basic version.  The pattern repeat was never boring, and I thought it was extremely well-written, as are all of Kirsten's patterns.  Although I had wanted to knit the cabled version, this skein of The Plucky Knitter Single Ply 100% Merino in Green Tea was more variegated than I thought it was going to be.  It, not I, chose to go with the pattern's basic version.

I started holiday gift knitting.  This is another Lucky 7 hat knit in Malabrigo Worsted, Forest colorway.  I am finding that this pattern ALWAYS knits up snugly, and this is the last time I will use it.  Not even going up to a size 9 needle and knit extra cable twists seemed to help!

These ankle socks were a two-day project -- and remember, what I get done in two days, most of you fabulous knitters can be through with in one.  I didn't use any specific pattern, but here are the details: Cast on 48 sts on size 4 dpn.  K2, P2 rib for 10 rounds.  Knit two rounds in stockinette.  Begin standard Sl1, K1 heel flap.  Stockinette stitch through to toe.  Decrease to 8 sts.  Kitchener.

I had intended this yarn for an advent calendar: the idea was to knit all the hats and mittens in variegated Christmas-ish colors.  Once I did the first mitten in this Claudia Handpainted Sport Shorts Peppermint Mocha, I decided the advent calendar should really be done in solids.  

Next: A pair of Mini Fetching for Laurel.  I knit these from a skein of Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere (this yarn is now discontinued) I had laying in a drawer.  They are very dense, knit on size 4 needles.  I followed the pattern to a "t", casting on the same number of stitches, et cetera.  She's worn them to school, so she must really like them!

The last finished project I have to share with you is the MacDaddy socks that you've seen a bit about before.  (The pattern, at one time available on MagKnits, is now here.)  One sock features the Apple, Inc., logo and the other has the "happy mac" face.  Both were duplicate stitched on once the socks were completed.  Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Pewter and Louet Gems in Black are the yarns used.

I'm getting started on the solid version of my Adventskalendar today.  Hopefully it won't be January before I post again!  Oh, and I've got to remember to bake off the Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie dough chilling in the fridge.  Yum!

Meanwhile, have a very joyful, friends- and family-filled Thanksgiving!


Jodi said...

What an inspiring post of gorgeous handknits! I'm especially taken with those cute ankle socks. I may even have some sportweight sock yarn stashed away that would work perfectly.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

You've certainly been a busy knitter while you've been away!! Love all your projects (as always!!).

Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving!

chelsea said...

oh wow, thats a whole lotta finished knits! feeling a bit envious, but thoroughly enjoying your beautiful photos.

tiennie said...

What beautiful projects! You have been a very busy knitter. :) Happy thanksgiving to you!

Sandy said...

Wow, you've certainly been busy. Your projects are great!
You know, that is my husbands all time favorite cookie you plan on baking. It is a MUST each Christmas. They are divine!!!
Happy Thanksgiving!

a friend to knit with said...

i am just so thankful for this post! i was wondering if you would ever post again. :)
i must make those cookies. AND get started on my advent. tomorrow. yes. tomorrow.

Jane said...

You've been a busy lady! I've been doing the same...reading through everyone's post but not finding the time to post my own. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

Annie said...

I know the feeling of the to-do list. But it's all fun. You have a beautiful way of photographing your knits. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.Wishing you some R&R :)

amanda said...

I love those little ankle socks! A2 day sock sounds perfect to me!

Kate said...

You've been busy! I'm still working on my 'mystery socks' and not sure I'll finish them before December comes.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

gobble gobble. : )

Alison Boon said...

Wow you have produced some great pieces. I love the socks especially.

Philigry said...

all these projects are so great! i love that hat!

Anonymous said...

Love the ankle socks. Did you mention what yarn you used? Very Christmas-y!

sheepish one said...

anonymous: yes, the yarn is claudia hand painted yarn sport shorts in peppermint mocha. thanks for your comment.