Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ravelympics 2010

Having neglected this blog for far too long, I decided to post to celebrate Ravelympics 2010, ravelry's olympic extravaganza. Feeling modestly ambitious, I entered the Sweaterboard Cross event, planning to create the Triple Slip Vest from Knitscene Winter 2008/Spring 2009. I made some significant changes in the design. I changed the waist, neck and armhole ribbings to 5x5 (instead of 1x1) to create better flow into the slip stitch pattern. I altered the neckline from a V to a U. And I made shortrow cap sleeves instead of 1" plain armhole bands.

The pic is the WIP, approximately half-way done, graciously modeled by Oliver.

I actually finished the vest last night and received my medal. A FO picture will follow when I can put my hands on the camera. In spite of having had a horrible respiratory infection for the past few weeks, it's nice to be able to demonstrate an accomplishment, however small.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Hallelujah - My Socks Arrived!

Oh happy, happy day!

My Sockapalooza socks arrived, closing the sock loop for me. And what beautiful socks they are! They're perfect for me . . . the yarn is a neutral color (charcoal gray), but with just enough pizzazz - the multicolored speckled tweed.

The stitchwork is incredible - these were obviously made on a size 0 or smaller (I'm not sure exactly what size my pal used). Check out the cuff detail.

My mouth dropped open when I saw this toe graft. Bravo, Kim!

And to put whipped cream and a cherry on top of this luscious sock sundae, my pal sent extra goodies in the package: yummy shower gel & spray and postcards of my dear socks' city of origin - Cleveland!

But the best thing of all is that Kim made these socks for me! They fit perfectly. In my case, this is no mean feat (pun intended); I have very long, extremely thin feet, one of the less significant manifestations of Marfan's syndrome, a genetic disease that has affected me since birth.

I don't want this post to turn into a downer. It is, after all, intended primarily as a well-deserved tribute to my sock pal, Kim. So I'll save further Marfan explanation for another day.

Instead, I'll treat you all to some pics of my very happy feet enjoying their lovely new sockies. First, the fashion model poses (okay, well, it's the only modeling opportunity my feet are likely to ever have, so humor them, please).

Ooh, fancy lighting!

Gorgeous Sockapalooza socks lounging under the banana tree . . .

. . . and admiring themselves in the mirror!

I love my socks! Thank you, thank you, thank you Kim!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sock Newsflash - Bordhi is Cat's Meow

Okay, knitting life is so complicated.

Not that I'm complaining. But just when I thought that I had my next few projects queued up, along comes something so astonishing that it could upset any knitter's proverbial apple cart.

The mail carrier had a special gift for me today . . . Cat Bordhi's new book New Pathways for Sock Knitters, Book One. I haven't actually read this book yet, not in a serious way . . . just paged through it and catching a sentence or two here, a snippet there . . . but with its focus on various types of sock architecture, along with many ultra-creative patterns in each, it's all I can do to focus on my UFOs. This book is calling out to me . . . read all of me! Try this one! No, that one, it's even more spectacular! It's more than a book of patterns; it's a way (actually, multiple ways) of understanding how to put together a sock and why the knitter would choose one method over another. Bravo, Cat! (As if you needed more accolades after your previous work . . . but you get more of mine anyway!) I can't imagine what she's got in store for us in books two & three!

What's a knitter to do?

An entreaty to my unborn Forest Path Stole and DH's sweater:
Please forgive me if I detour off of my intended path that leads to the creation of you both, at least for a little while. The temptation of the sock pathways may be too powerful to resist. You will get your chance, I promise.

I think all Paloozers and other sock knitters everywhere might want to give this book a look-see, despite its fairly hefty price tag, not discounted anywhere as far as I can tell.

And speaking of Paloozers, still no more word on Sockapalooza either upstream or downstream. :-( I'm just hoping, hoping, hoping that my downstream Pal really is on vacation,and that the purple lace sockies I made for her are waiting safely for her in a secure location. I wouldn't mind getting my socks, either, though I can be patient . . .