Saturday, January 24, 2009

saturday's mish mash

Seems to me that I might have a few things to catch you up on, dear reader...

December seemed like an usually chilly month for my California-bred bones. Rain is the wintriest precipitation our area receives, but if there's not a wide band of weather protecting us from Arctic air, Canada sends down her chill. Once the gift knitting was finished, I started knitting up all sorts of things for sheer warmth.

Gavin loves to play outside, and his poor fingers feel like popsicles. For him, I found a perfect mitten pattern -- one that allows full coverage but a flap-like opening at the palm for quick gripping ability. I used the pattern to an extent, altering the thumb gusset and changing the decrease placement. Because he is three years old and teeny, I only knit six rounds between joining the flap and beginning the mitten decrease. They fit perfectly, and I love that he knows I knit them just for him.


Playground mittens knit in Mission Falls 1824 wool, Pistachio colorway.

Back at Christmas, Annika had swiped the pair of Toasty I had knit my mother-in-law before I could wrap them up. Of course that pair was too loose and too long, so once I finished Gavin's mittens, I cast on a pair of mini Toasty. ("Melba Toasty", I call them. Oh, I crack myself up.) She's worn them to school and while playing... The allure of Toasty continues, regardless of age.

Toasty in Malabrigo Worsted, Continental Blue colorway.

Last night, I wove in the ends of a Katie's Beret. I fell in love with Kirsten's pattern and yarn, so I shamelessly copied. The pattern is fabulous, and I can't wait to wear it, for the hat is drying now:

Not Just Katie's Beret in Indie Dyer's Supersock Select DK "Fairy Forest" colorway.

I also knit two cowls: a Luxe Neckwarmer in The Plucky Knitter Bulky Cashmere and a Purl Cashmere cowl in The Plucky Knitter Laceweight Cashmere. Neither are ones I'm exactly excited about, but if you're on Ravelry, you can check them out yourself. If nothing else, they'll keep my neck warm.

It was November when I last had socks on the needles. I could tell I needed to cast on soon... My wood dpn's were chilly in the winter air, too. First, I cast on for Herringbone Rib Socks in The Plucky Knitter Superwash Merino "Summer of Love". There's a January KAL in the Ravelry Plucky Knitters Group, but these will not cross the finish line because...


...the kids have had colds, which means that they're clingy and want to be held. A lot. And I don't really mind, even though it definitely cramps the knitting style. To combat that, I had to cast on a simply knit sock, one that doesn't require a lot of thinking and can be set down the second someone needs a ginger ale or more grapes. My go-to pattern for socks is the Adult Basic Sock #12. Sounds fancy, huh? It's an Ann Norling pattern, and the first sock pattern I paid for back when there was a LYS around here. I've made enough socks to know which elements of which patterns are best: I use the Ann Norling pattern for basics, then the Charlene Schurch garter-edge heel flap, and the Charade toe.

Basic 2x2 rib sock, sKNITches Syncopation in the signature sKNITch colorway.

Do you have a favorite sock pattern?

20 comments:

Renee said...

Your knits are lovely!
My favourite sock pattern is a basic one with a 3 x 1 rib down the entire leg and top foot of the sock. Feels the most comfortable in my footwear, if not fancy like other patterns. Love Plucky MCN for knitting up socks.
Hope your crew is feeling better soon!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Hello from a fellow Californian!

Love your WIPs all such yummy colorways :)

Nancy said...

I like the basic 2 x 1 rib cuff and plain foot on all of my socks. They wear really well, are comfortable, and allow the yarn to be highlighted more than the pattern.

I like the color of your WIPs, especially the last two.

Jodi said...

Holy cow, you've been busy! All those gorgeous, saturated colors.

My favorite sock pattern are Waterloose socks. Thicker yarn + feather and fan = sock heaven. I'm absolute rubbish at knitting fingering weight socks.

Annie said...

I do not have a fav sock pattern becaues I do not do socks, YET. Maybe that should be my goal this winter. Your pics and knits are beautiful!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Busy knitter indeed!! Love the mittens, the Toast (I'm obsessed with that pattern a bit!), and the just starting socks!

I have to say one of my favorites is the Monkey sock...I've knit quite a few and I have it memorized now!

peaknits said...

Melba Toast - you crack me up too! I love the colorway you chose. MY favorite socks...probably the Embossed Leaves - it has made repeat performances on my needles. It looks hard but then it is so easy, right?

sweetp said...

Love the wee green mittens, such a great idea xx

PrincessPea said...

Gosh - so many fabulous knits! I agree with peaknits above, my favourite is also the Embossed Leaves socks pattern. There's so much in it that pleases the maths nerd in me!

a friend to knit with said...

i love that baby cable pattern you gave me. so so much!!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

No favorite sock pattern yet. 2009 is going to be the year of my first knit socks so I'm looking forward to seeing what people suggest!

Hilary said...

What cozy knits for those little hands! As always, I am drooling over all of the colors of your lovely knits...

Philigry said...

everything is beautiful.
I hope the kiddos feel better really soon!
No favorite sock pattern here....maybe someday!

iknitipurl said...

You are a knitting machine. Love the kiddos mittens, I might have to make a pair of my daughter.

My fave sock pattern is Cookie A.'s monkeys. I can't get enough of them! :)

tiennie said...

Those are fantastic projects you've got there!

jenniferlang said...

love the beret! And the Toasty Mitts ~ Malabrigo,... now I want to make them for myself :)

Jane said...

Wow, you've been busy. So have I! I only wish it was with knitting. Hope your kiddos are feeling better!

Journeying Five said...

love all your finished and wips! you have a great eye!

Alison Boon said...

Great colour choices every time.

The Dyer said...

Like the beret ;)
Indie