Mother’s Day Sneak Peak

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Socks, Socks, and more

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I have absolutely loved Seraphim by Miriam Felton (creator of Icarus) since I first started contemplating lace. I haven’t worked on it because I could never decide on which yarn to use. Finally I broke down and cast on this weekend. I’ve tried three different yarns in that time. Something from Handpaintedyarn.com which is really pretty but I think it needed to be doubled, in a gorgeous yellow. Not right.

Then I tried some cashmere/silk that I got from Colourmart. That one is a great ice blue color, but I’m still struggling with the thinness of laceweight, never mind throwing a cone into the mix. I haven’t made it to the stage of working with cones yet.

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I finally settled on the Knitpicks Bare that I dyed a raspberry color awhile back. I love how the variegation works well with the stockinette body of the shawl. I think it will be pretty when all is said and done, and I can wear it with jeans this summer. I haven’t decided whether I want to add some beads to it also, but I’m contemplating it.

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And, of course, the Hogwarts Sock swap. I’m feeling good about this one. One sock is halfway done. The stitch markers are in the mail. The knitting needles are likewise. I can’t wait to put everything together and send it off.

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I’ve also got some simple stockinette socks going for my internet blog surfing time. I can work on these because I don’t have to look to knit (purling is a whole other thing). These are coming out great. I still haven’t figured out if I’ll keep them or if they’re somebody’s Xmas gift. We’ll see. In any case, they’ll count towards my 52 pair count.

I’ve been meaning to update my blogroll for awhile now. That list definitely does not have all of the blogs I read on a daily basis listed. Stay tuned for an update on that front sometime this week.

My Harry Potter Compatibility Test

You scored as Albus Dumbledore. You are very wise, observant, and analyctical. You have a very “well-organized” mind, which makes you function in a calm and fair manner. Though you get angered easily, its rare of you to ever act our of temper. You are constantly seeing the good in people and are naturally forgiving because of it. You’re easy to please and a great person to learn from.

Albus Dumbledore

84%

Hermione Granger

75%

Sirius Black

66%

Remus Lupin

66%

Neville Longbottom

53%

Luna Lovegood

50%

Harry Potter

47%

Oliver Wood

44%

Ron Weasley

38%

Severus Snape

34%

Lord Voldemort

31%

Percy Weasley

28%

Bellatrix Lestrange

25%

Draco Malfoy

3%

Harry Potter Character Combatibility Test
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52PP Pair #2 Done

yellownblue-regia.jpgI’ve finished my second pair of socks. Phew! Just barely in time for the week. They’re cute, but not for me. Somebody in the states should be able to wear them, probably my mom. I’ll send them along with her Mother’s Day gift.

On to the next pair!

Long Time, No See

It seem like forever since I’ve posted, but it’s probably been about a week and a half. I was determined to turn an UFO into a FO, so I spent last weekend working on my poncho-turned-capelet (Thank You, Wrap Style). I bought the yarn and cast on for this project back in November, when I first started knitting again precisely BECAUSE I wanted a poncho to wear. Here we are, months later. The darned thing was boring, all stockinette with big needles and thick yarn. I frogged it after letting it sit in the knitting hat box (my storage system) over the winter. Now it’s a capelet that’s too big for me (I don’t have the frontal real estate to carry it off), and will be winging its way to my sister for the fall.

In other news, I’ve started and am close to finishing this weeks socks for the 52PP. I picked a simple ribbed pattern from Knitting Vintage socks, some Regia yarn, and my new Crystal Palace bamboo needles and cast on. They fit really well, considering I was skeptical of the star toe at first. I like really fitted socks, and these are perfect. The only problem I have is that I followed the directions exactly, which said to start the toe decreases after six inches. Definitely too early for my feet. They’ll fit somebody (probably my mom or grandma) perfectly.

And, to top it all off, I started another lace project. I was really trying to do the whole project monogamy thing (aside from socks) but it really doesn’t work for me. I think if I can limit things to 3, I’m good. I wanted some simple lace, and the Civil War Shawl is not that. The pattern never stays the same (except for the 16 times I repeat it per row, ugh). Anyway, I picked the Arctic Diamonds stole from the Winter 2006 IK. So far, so good. I am only at the beginning though. I hope to have it finished by the end of next week. Then I can safely say that Mother’s Day will be covered.

Pictures to follow.

Hogwarts Sock Swap Questionnaire

1. What Hogwarts House have you been sorted into?
Ravenclaw
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2. Shoe Size? 8

3. Foot Length? 9.5 in.

4. Foot Circumference? 8.75 in.

5. List your three favorite needle brands, including size and length.

Inox Grey DPNS, size 2.0 mm, 2.5 mm, (would love some in the 2.25 mm size if they made them)
Lantern Moon DPNS, size 2.25mm

6. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?

I’d love to try new needles. The options are very limited for me here in Germany.

7. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference?

I’d prefer the film colors, but don’t really have a strong preference.

8. Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal?

Sure, I’m already in Germany, so I’d be willing to ship anywhere.

In case you missed it, the Hogwarts Sock Swap is going on here in anticipation of the next book!

Finished! and Started

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Well, I’ve managed to finally finish the January One STR Jaywalkers. It seems like they’ve taken a long time to finish, but I think it’s only been about 2 1/2 weeks. They do bunch a bit at the ankles, but I’m so pleased with how the pattern shows off the yarn that I don’t mind. I’m not sure I’d make another pair, but come on…The January One color way is only really appropriate for one pattern. Have you SEEN how many pairs of Jaywalkers she’s made with STR. And I started a new project. Those Denmark socks that I mentioned earlier. I cast on for them almost immediately.

Now if only I could finish the other two pairs of socks in the sidebar…

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Did I mention I joined the 52 Pair Plunge, just to make life more interesting. These are all the sock patterns I have marked for making in the next year. Maybe next time I’ll show the sock yarn that makes this entirely possible.