February 26, 2006

Hats and socks, oh my!

Ok, hat. I knit the Odessa hat last Tuesday and finally got a picture of it last night.

Odessa Hat

I like it. I wish I'd knit it a bit longer than the pattern called for (5.5" instead of my usual 6" - that will teach me to trust the pattern), but it blocked out alright. The yarn is rediculously soft. I'm sure it's not very hard wearing, but for a hat that should be alright. Knitting with the beads was fun too.

Pattern: Odessa, linked above, by Grumperina
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft DK
Beads: size 6 glass beads from Beverly's
Needles: Clover US4 16" circs for ribbing, Inox US6 DPNs for main hat. I really liked the Inox needles.
Start: Feb 21, 2006
Finished: Feb 21, 2006
No modifications. Oh, and I didn't swatch, because, hey, it's a hat. If it's off, you just rip it out and start over.

Now, socks in progress.

Embossed Leaves in progress

I have issues with how this pattern is written. When I finish, I'll do a whole post on what I did differently, and what else I would modify if I knit them again. They do knit up fast though, as I've only been working on them for 4 days. My sockapaloooza pal has smaller feet tham me, so these should finish up quick too! Hmm, two complete pairs of socks in February? We'll see.

I knit most of the second sock at Kris's, with Miyon, Kristin, Krys, and Marissa. Most of them were working on Olympic Knitting - check out their finished projects, they're great!

Oh, and Krys, ERIS SLEEVES!

February 24, 2006

Obviously, I have reading comprehension issues

Long time no post. I have a finished hat to share, but need to wait for it to dry and someone to take a picture for me (no bathroom mirror shots here at Jessimuhka Knits). In the meantime, I started my Sockapaloooza socks.

Embossed Leaves Socks

The pattern is Embossed Leaves Socks by Mona Schmidt in the Winter 05 IK. The yarn is Schaefer Anne. So far I'm enjoying them, but just ran into a reading comprehension issue. I skimmed over the pattern (blah, blah, 1x1 twisted rib, 2.5 pattern repeats, OOOOH! CHART!) and jumped right in to following the chart. This picture is how much cuff I thought the pattern said to knit. It looked a little short to me, so I read back to check. That would be *3*.5 pattern repeats, so I still have one to go. Oops. I figure I'll start the heel during the Olympics tonight, if I don't get too caught up playing my own drinking game.

Speaking of the KO drinking game, now that we're nearing the end of the event, there are more chug worthy posts in the Blogosphere than ever. So buy a bottle of your favorite ale, cider, tequila (for you heavy hitters), or gin (for even heavier hitters - or people who really like Christmas) and play along at home for the last 3 days!

edited because I spelled the sock designer's name wrong

February 17, 2006

Retro Rib Socks - Complete!

The official fancy shoes finished socks picture:

Retro Rib Socks - Complete!

Here's a picture of the heels, they fit great.

RR heels

Statistics -
Pattern: Retro Rib Socks, from Winter 04 Interweave Knits
Yarn: Socks that Rock in Bezyl
Needles: US 2s (2.75mm) Brittany DPNs for one sock and Clover DPNs for the other
Modifications: Dutch heel substituted for pattern heel.
Started: Feb 1, 2006
Completed: Feb 17, 2006
Impressions: I love this pattern and yarn. Socks that Rock yarn is soft, squishy, and thick enough to knit on US 2s. The Retro Rib pattern was great fun to make. I might even make these again some time. They hug my feet perfectly.

Now, to decide what socks to knit my Sockapaloooza. I'm thinking maybe the Embossed Leaves socks from the Winter 05 IK.

February 15, 2006

Retro Rib Progress, musings on SFC, new shoes!

The Retro Ribs are coming along nicely. My pace has slowed a bit during the olympics, as I actually enjoy watching them, so don't get quite as much knitting done. I couldn't knit at all during the pairs finals the other night, so intense! Anyway, I finished one of the socks and the other is ready to be picked back up just past the gusset. I'm very pleased with my grafting on the first sock. I've decided the way to go with grafting is to just pull it as tight as possible. That looks the best, at least on sock toes. I don't know about other grafting, but maybe Krys can tell use when she finally grafts the armpits for her Eris. Graft those armpits Krys!

Retro Rib Progress

One of the skeins is a bit more stripey than the other. I'm using the old skein size, and the person who gave me the StR gave me two skeins. One wouldn't quite cut it, so I started the second sock with the brand new skein and I'm glad I did. I also got some cash in my PayPal account recently, which I think I will use to order more StR. Definitely Carbon Dating, and possibly Red Rock Canyon as well. I'm not going to place the order until I'm done moving though.

Today is the cast on day for the SFCKAL! Yay, I get to cast on over 300 stitches tonight... I'm planning on knitting the one colored ribbed bottom of my vest as corrugated ribbing. It will take a bit longer, but will also give the edge more body and hopefully avoid the slight bunching up that's occuring in the photo in the book.

Finally, Robinsons-May was bought out by Macy*s and is having a huge clearance sale here in SD. I bought these great shoes this weekend for 30% off.

New Shoes!

February 10, 2006

Mary-Kay = awesome

Last night I went to a get together over at Mary-Kay's house. She ordered the best pizza and we all spent the evening knitting and spinning. Typically, I forgot my camera, so you'll have to go see M-K's blog for pictures.

The progress from Mary-Kay's get together

This is what I accomplished over at M-K's. 13 of the 17 repeats for the leg of the second Retro Rib Sock (I think I had 3 or 4 done before last night). Also pictured is a skein of Noro Kureyon I grabbed out of Nancy's up for grabs pile. I already have an idea for something to make out of it.

Also at M-K's were Wendy, Heidi, Crissy, Kristine from Curious Creek and her fiance, Hilari, Susanne from Knitting in La Jolla, and one of M-K's friends. (I really hope I'm not forgetting anyone. In my defense, I had about half a bottle of wine)

We'll have to get together again soon girls! I had so much fun.

P.S. Hilari, thinking of you today!

February 06, 2006

Sock Progress

Made some good progress on the Retro Rib Socks this weekend.

Retro Ribs, 1st gusset

I just finished the gusset on the first sock. I went with a Dutch Heel, instead of the heel in the pattern, because Dutch heels fit my foot the best. (and V-heels the worst, for what it's worth) But the most important question, does it fit?

Retro Rib, it fits!

Like a charm! I plan on trying to avoid the SSS by starting the second sock right now. Then, when I finish that one, all I'll have left is the foot of this one. Time to fish out my spare US 2s.

February 02, 2006

New Socks!

I cast on for Retro Rib Socks from Interweave Knits Winter 2004 last night. Theoretically, they were going to be for my Sockapaloooza pal, but they're coming out a bit big for her measurements. Luckily, that makes them perfect for me! 3" out of 8 on the leg so far.

Retro Rib Socks

I'm in love with this yarn. It's Socks That Rock in Beryl. This color isn't up on the website, but it's similar to the three in the bottom row in tone range. There will definitely be more of this yarn in my future, it's so soft!

I also want to wave hi to my sock pal! Hopefully my rambling in the preferences section didn't freak you out. I know I like to get lots of direction when knitting for others, so was trying to provide that. I'm really fairly open, I promise.

February 01, 2006

The Knitting Olympics Drinking Game

I'm sure you've all heard of The Knitting Olympics by now. I won't be participating, but I'm always looking for ways to make sporting events into a spectator sport. Thus, I present to you:

The Knitting Olympics Drinking Game

created with help from Rebekkah and Natalie

Take a drink whenever someone:

1. adjusts their definition of "finishing" in order to get a gold medal.
2. whines about someone else being farther along on an identical project.
3. drops out after realizing there is no way to knit a fingering weight fair isle adult sweater in 16 days without losing their job.
4. joins a team for something other than a country/joins a team because they like a vegetable. (Team Wales, I'm looking at you)
5. takes a knitting short cut they really shouldn't have taken. (swatch, pfft! I'm only knitting a fair isle cabled lace shrug. Who needs a swatch!)
6. has to frog because they lost count when Michelle Kwan fell on her ass. (We all know it's going to happen.)
7. buys a TiVo/DVR, so they can watch the Olympics later. It's cutting into their knitting time right now.
8. posts pictures of a dirty house or starving children, blaming either on the Knitting Olympics.
9. calls in sick to work in order to finish on time.
10. encourages another knitter to "work through the pain," when that knitter's hands have gone numb.
11. posts to a general knitlist/livejournal knitting community to ask how everyone else is doing on their projects. (blogs/communities/knitlists set up specifically for the KO exempted)
12. doesn't fix a huge mistake on their project because it will keep them from finishing in time.
13. whines about said huge mistake after the Olympics are over.
14. frogs entire project after the Knitting Olympics, due to aforementioned huge mistake. (finish the bottle for this one)

Disclaimer: The Knitting Olympics Drinking Game is for entertainment purposes only. Do not operate heavy machinery after playing. The amount of "a drink" is fluid - anything from a shot, to a glass of wine, to a sip of beer - please play responsibly.

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