Pat's Knitting and Quilting
October 30, 2008
I made this teeny tiny (8" X 10") quilt about 5 years ago. I don't recall the designer or pattern name, but it is a favorite each year when we unpack halloween decorations, so I decided to take a picture and put it up here too!
As we get near the end of Socktoberfest, I have one more pair of socks completed...
October 24, 2008
Isn't that a great word? It means two-end or twined knitting and is a wonderful old Scandinavian technique that sure makes a soft, warm, wind resistant hat (or anything else for that matter!)
Here is what we were doing while everyone else was at Rhinebeck last weekend - Dave has the hat on - It also fits Connor and Cam, and is currently the most sought after hat in the house since it is soft, not itchy, warm and made in such beautiful fall colors.
OK - now back to sock knitting....
October 15, 2008
My friend Linda - a talented, creative and fearless knitter - designed these beautiful socks! I love everything about them. The pattern is easy and fun - also quick - 5 repeats of the chart and you're DONE! They are knit toe up and end with a new-to-me (since I rarely knit toe up socks) tubular bind off - the perfect stretchiness with a very clean look. There is a nice smooth transition between the undulating leg pattern and the cuff ribbing - so pretty and a perfect fit!
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Clue 2 of Through the Loops Mystery Sock complete! I've just printed off Clue 3 which looks like it's going to be a beautiful eye of the partridge heel.
Still have 2 more pairs of socks going - and predictably... I'm now being strongly drawn to hats/mittens/sweaters - A good impetus to finish all of these socks up!
As for quilting....I continue to make 4" stars for the Mother Goose quilt - not too many more - soon I'll be putting the top together.
October 7, 2008
Aren't they pretty socks? I love the way the cable splits and winds toward the instep and heel to border the front and back ribbing - such a simple but beautiful sculptured touch!
Pattern: Journey Cable Socks by Sivia Harding
I have 4 more pairs of socks going (have already blown off my recent rule of only 1- 2 items "on the needles"), BUT there are very important reasons (excuses) why I HAD to start each one of them ....
My close and very talented knitting friend, Linda, ( we have wonderful coffee and knitting time on Wednesday mornings) has designed beautiful, swirling, flowing socks called Spring Pools (Ravelry project link). She has a free pdf. download for her pattern which is easy and fun to knit (and goes fast in sport weight yarn!) I had to start these!!
The Sock Knitter's Anonymous October Sockdown challenge is to use any Stephanie van der Linden pattern. I love my Florenz socks, so was excited to start another one of her slip stitch designs - Binsenkorbchen - available as a free Ravelry download or through the Socken-Kreativ Liste yahoo group. I'm using a gray background with Lorna's Laces "Iris Garden" for the stitch pattern - mmmm pretty!
How could I not join in on Kirsten's Through the Loops mystery sock??? Clue 1 complete in Cherry Tree Hill "Mint"
Last, but not least, Dave has been asking for another pair of socks for his cold hockey rink coaching. It has been 2 years since I made the last pair (which have been worn constantly through 2 winters and are still in excellent shape - I have nothing but good things to say about Austermann Step - the aloe and jojoba oil keep on giving!)