Friday, June 20, 2008

It's too hot to knit sweaters

It's been too hot to knit sweater so I've been knitting socks like mad. I forgot how quick they are. Here's the finished Merlot Monkey Sock. It's BMFA's STR lightweight's rare gems color way I picked up from Stitches West. I thought Monkey might be a good idea for it. What do you think?

And what's so neat is the color matches Jasmin's hair color! That's her posing with the sock on the WWKIP day.

The Baudelaire was finished before the Merlot Monkey got started. Here's a finished photo.

I actually started another sock (pomatomus) before the monkey was finished. The color is so just so intense I needed to take a break from it. I think the pattern and the yarn color is good together, no?

On a non knitting related note: We went to the DeYoung Museum up in SF for father's day. It was free and the new Chihuly exhibit was opening that weekend too. Thanks to our friend Renee and Stephen's family we were able to go to the cool things that happen around the bay area. Baby seems to like it too!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

What I did in May

It's been too long. I will blog more often I promise. It's just I don't upload photo often because I don't trust my old computer so each time I upload, I need to back it up to an external hard drive. Now the same old computer doesn't have enough memory thus making the whole back up thing kinda manual and hard. I don't want to talk more about this, I am just hoping to get a new computer soon.

Now, some knitting content. I've been working on the Trapeze Jacket from Stitch Diva Studio using the Newton's yarn I got from Stitches West. I am holding two strains together to get the right weight. It's 60% cashmere and 40%wool. So soft. I admit the color seem like a good idea in the beginning but after knitting up some I am feeling that the color is really loud. I just need to wear something back with it or something. [Ravelry Link]

Now the jacket is taking a lot longer to knit (then the last one) because it's slipped stitch and the fabric construction is just dense. The weather getting warmer didn't help either. I did not want to touch it for a while. I did manage to pick some socks up and finish them.

Here's the Earth Day Sock 2008. I am calling it Earth Day Sock because I started the first Earth Day Sock last year with a color way call Earth Day. And I thought this color way is a bit earth like, so why not keep the tradition of casting on another Earth Day Sock on Earth Day (April 22). These are just plain top down sock but it's knitting with one of the most luxurious yarn: Handmaiden's Casbah (I think color way Nova Scotia). Another knitter joked that she doesn't want to go back to her other sock yarn after working with this.

There other second sock I finished was the Gentleman's Fancy Sock from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. Here it is being worn by the baby as a thigh high stocking :-)

After finishing some second socks, I immediate casted on a new sock. This is Cookie's Baudelaire on Knitty using Mama Blue's Sea Merino in "Penny" color way and using my favorite sock needle: Susanne's ebony 2.5mm.

i am craving for some pink color though...might start something else soon.