Sunday, July 21, 2013

Business Casual Socks


The Business Casual socks for Rob are done! These took me about six weeks to complete, which is pretty good for me when it comes to socks. I just love the tiny cables and I think the yarn went well with the pattern. 


The tonal quality of the yarn created a little bit of striping as well as some subtle color variation. I especially liked how the cables changed color every other stitch. 

Pattern: Business Casual Socks by Tanis Lavallee
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Thunderhead colorway
Needles: Size 2 bamboo dpns
Size: Large


I've started knitting a pair of socks for myself using Susan B. Anderson's free pattern, "How I Knit My Socks." They're just basic stockinette socks but I really enjoy using them for travel knitting and for those times when I'm too tired to knit anything that requires a lot of concentration. I'm using my last hank of Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Pacific colorway. This particular skein is knitting up in a nice stripe pattern. I'm finding that these stripes stand out a bit more than in the other two colors of the same yarn I've used recently. I much prefer striping to large sections of color pooling so I'm hoping that it continues. I'm still in the leg section so I'm interested in seeing how things change after knitting the heel. 


Believe it or not, there are only 156 days until Christmas. I know, I know, some of you prefer not to think about Christmas in the middle of July - but for this knitter it's important to get an early start on some presents so that I'm not spending every waking minute in December knitting in order to get everything finished on time! 

Last year I knit quite a few of my Christmas presents for our friends and family and I'd like to be able to do something similar this year if time allows. It's especially fun to knit special toys for the little people in our family! So for those out there reading this, do you have special rules for who you knit for for Christmas such as only the kids or maybe only those who've specially requested something? How do you keep things manageable? Do you create a Christmas spreadsheet like Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (the Yarn Harlot)? I'd love to know!

I also picked up the latest issue of Vogue Knitting - the Early Fall edition and I am loving some of the sweater patterns. I especially want to knit #24 - the Fox Pullover. The great thing about this v-neck sweater is the little colorwork fox. I think it's just adorable. I've never done colorwork in a sweater before so I think it would be a good challenge. There are so many great sweater patterns out there for Fall that it's hard to choose just one or two to make for myself. Does anyone else have this problem? I feel like my Ravelry queue is growing exponentially right now. 

I'll leave you with a picture of some of the yarn for my first stealth project for Christmas 2013. 


Yarn: Cascade 220 Heather Heathers in the Fog Hyatt colorway
Purchased online from Jimmy Beans Wool, Reno, Nevada

Thursday, July 4, 2013

New Knitting Spot

I'm back! We had a crazy weekend of moving into our new home and then I spent the next week sifting through the boxes. There's still a few boxes to unpack (mostly books) but I got sidelined by a nasty cold this week. I'm going to have to get used to a whole new set of germs at my new library! Anyway, I'm feeling quite a bit better today (which probably had something to do with the three-hour nap I took this afternoon) so I thought I'd share pictures of a new favorite knitting spot.


There's a little pond behind the alumni building on campus that I discovered on a walk one day.


Below the bridge I found a nice bench to sit and knit and while I was there a duck came to visit! 


He stood right by my feet for several minutes - long enough for me to find my camera in my bag and get a few pictures. I'm sure he was hoping for a treat, but I didn't have anything to share.


There he goes in search of someone with more than yarn in their bag. Ducks just don't know good sock yarn when they see it.