Happy 2009!

My sister graduates from high school this year, you know. She’s so clever. She’s also finished her first pair of socks, without any help at all from me except that I told her she could start the heel anywhere she wanted to. Which she was pleased with. She didn’t even need help with kitchenering the toe, which gains her extra knitter points in my book.

But yes! I know it’s already 2 weeks into January, but there’s 50 more weeks of the year! So here’s what I’m up to right now.

Baudelaire socks
Baudelaire socks for the SKA Sockdown! January theme of a pattern from an online magazine. I’m knitting them in Dream in Color Smooshy in “Lunar Zazzle” from Lovelyarns, and they’re very nice. I think the first one is a little too tall, so I may rip and reknit the cuff after I finish sock number 2, but I’m very content working on these. They knit up pretty quickly.

I seem to be in a mitten phase right now, even though I don’t much care about mittens. I finished a pair of charity mittens for the Lovelyarns school charity project, whereupon the knitters are trying to knit mittens for each of the 250some kids at a local elementary school.

school charity mittens

I knit these in a day, January 7th to the 8th, and gave them back to Sue on the 8th. I used some unidentified blue and gray/black/blue yarn, using the jogless striping technique that made it look all streamlined and sexy. They’re very cute mittens, and I hope “M.S.” enjoys them.

In my hands at this moment is the mate to a mitten that my mom knit a long (unidentified) time ago. Her birthday is in a few days, and when I found this mitten I wanted it to have a mate! The mitten fits me almost perfectly, but it fits her better except for its length. So the plan is to knit the second mitten to length, and then pick up, snip, and reknit the second mitten top to match.

The mitten saga

The problem with the first mitten is that it was knit flat and seamed from the top to the cuff, so I can’t just take out the top and rip back and knit it up again. I actually do have to cut it off and knit up again. I can’t decide yet whether I’m going to reknit mitten #1 flat or in the round. Knitting it flat would be in keeping with the rest of the mitten, but knitting it round would be easier. I’ll see once I get there what works better.

First Silk Mitten

It’s such a pretty mitten! It’s soft too: the yarn is a wool/silk blend, Schachenmayr Nomota “Saskia”. Shiny and pretty!

The last thing in the works at the moment is mom’s sweater. Remember how we knit it too large?

Princess Sweater remnants

Well I frogged it, measured my mum, and cast on for a smaller size. Here’s hoping my sister gets in on this too, and that it fits this time.

There are a few other things that are waiting for my attention again. The Swirly Mittens from the previous post are on hold. The fabulous champer from Ravelry is sending me a full skein of Silky Wool in the black I need. I’m so grateful! She rocks. The Monkey socks are waiting until I’ve freed up a US2 again. I was going to start the second one when I’d finished the first Baudelaire sock, but I finished B when I was in a place without the yarn for the Monkeys, so I just moved on with the Baudelaires. Once they’re done, though, the Monkeys are going to be back in action. And of course the long ignored but never forgotten Sock Yarn Blanket is waiting for me at school, for when I need both simple knitting and to get rid of remnants. It’ll always be there; no hurry.

I don’t have a lot of goals for 2009. I want to knit up my sock yarn stash, to the extreme. I don’t want to buy a lot of yarn for now, so I’m going to try to only knit from the stash unless disaster strikes and I absolutely have to buy yarn. =P No but really, I want to knit up some of those socks I have planned. The Playwright wants a pair, for example, and I have just the thing. Also I have a sweater I want to design and knit, and enough laceweight for two shawls. My objective is to stash dive!

Oh and Rowan thinks he’s a person.

Rowan = people

I’m going to miss these boys so much!

ISO Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool

I need it in black. My friend from college, ML, asked me to make her some colowork mittens. We chose the delightfully challenging Kiehkuralapaset Mittens, and I began knitting away with the Elsabeth Lavold Silky Wool and leftover hand-dyed from my Diagonal Rib Socks.

second fire mitten

They’re so cute! I’m almost halfway through the second mitten, and I love working on them, but I’ve gone and run out of the black.

So! If you have any ELSEBETH LAVOLD SILKY WOOL in BLACK (COLOR 33) leftover from a project or something, and want to get rid of it, I will eagerly take it off your hands. I don’t need that much, so I’d be happiest just paying postage if that’s necessary, but if you want something in return I’m willing to negotiate.

first fire mitten for mary

Help finish these mittens!

Finishing up 2008

My Christmas knitting was successful on all counts. I finished my dad’s socks a few days before Christmas and wrapped them up neatly. They took an amazingly long time, and I’m so glad to be finished them. They were tolerably amusing, but by the time I was knitting the toes I was excited to be finishing them. Dad wears a size 11. Now the Playwright wants socks too, and he wears a 13, making my women’s size 11 (men’s 9) feet look positively tiny.

completed Retro Rib socks
Retro Rib Socks
Start: November 5, 2008
Finish: December 21, 2008
Pattern: Retro Rib Socks by Evelyn A. Clark, in IK’s Favorite Socks.
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, in “Mineshaft,” 2 skeins. I thought it was going to take 3, but LL has a lot of yardage on it. Score!
Needles: US 2 for leg and instep, US 1 for sole and toes.

My sister and I also finished the sweater we were knitting for mum. That was the secret gifty project that I was working on: I knit the front and both sleeves, and Sarah knit the back. We did well! The pieces were the same sizes (I knit on 8s, Sarah on 9s), and the blocking and sewing-up went well. We sat on my bed on the morning of my birthday and seamed, and wrapped the sweater up for Christmas right in time.
Sewing up the sweater.

The downside is that the sweater is too large; having not measured mom ahead of time because it was supposed to be a secret, we made it one (or two?) sizes too big, and will have to take it apart and reknit it. I am not terrifically excited about this, but I’m glad we need to knit smaller, and not larger. Mom loves it though.
Princess sweater

Princess Sweater
Start: November 23, 2008
Finish: December 23, 2008
Pattern: Sidelines Top by Lou Schiela, from IK’s Fall 2008 magazine
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, in a royal purple; 6ish skeins.
Needles: US 8 (me), US 9 (Sarah)

Christmas day, I also finished this scarf for the Playwright. It made me so pleased to finish it on Christmas and be able to give it to him the next day, but he’s Jewish so he doesn’t really care about the 25th for anything.
One-Row Malabrigo Scarf

One Row Marine scarf
Start: December 21, 2008
Finish: December 25, 2008
Pattern: One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Malabrigo merino worsted, in “Marine”; 2 skeins
Needles: US 8

I used every inch of those 2 skeins. It was amazing. Here’s how much yarn I had left at the end of binding off:
End after binding off!

The pattern, the One Row Handspun Scarf, was so freaking fantastic in the Malabrigo, and my lovely grandparents got me two more skeins of Malabrigo in the colorway “Mariposa,” that I knit another scarf right away for myself.
mariposa scarf

One Row Mariposa scarf
Start: December 27, 2008
Finish: December 30, 2008
Pattern: One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Malabrigo merino worsted, in “Mariposa”; 2 skeins
Needles: US 8

Those two scarves were the last finished objects of 2008. I have a few more things on the needles, but I’ll get into them in my upcoming welcome-to-09 post. The cat is walking off with the yarn for my mittens, and I’m going to have to untangle her.

I’m not going to do a wrapping-up-everthing-I-did post, because I’m not very interested, but I’m going to spend part of today working on my blog and getting it ready for ’09, most importantly in the area of rounding up my FOs for their own page, and setting up the sidebars for new stuff! Hooray!

Happy New Year, everyone.