Tag Archives: finished object friday

Finished Object Friday: Ribbed socks

Word Lily knitsI said the other day that I’d only knit two non-baby things in 2012. I already blogged about one of them; here’s the other:

Blue stripes ribbed socks

(Ravelry project page)

I made these in July. They’re really basic, just a basic sock in 3×1 rib, continued all the way down the leg, over the top of the foot and through most of the toe. I didn’t use a pattern, I’m trying to discover vary aspects of the sock to find the best fit, and this was a step (heh) in that direction.

While not exciting, they’re definitely easy to wear, since I practically live in jeans. I do love sock knitting.

(Posting this as part of FO Fridays and Fiber Arts Fridays.)

Advertisements

Garland of Hearts

We don’t usually do much to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I came across this crocheted heart pattern (by Lucy of Attic24, Teeny Tiny Hearts (Ravelry link)) and just knew I had to try stringing them up.

So, I did. On Friday I pulled the Valentines-y colors from the scrap bin and started hooking. Stowing it all away over the weekend so it would remain a surprise for Paul was hard. Then, Monday, I was crocheting in earnest. The hearts whip up quickly, each one took me less than 10 minutes to complete. When I reached 50 — the number I’d estimated I would need to span the chosen space — I stacked them all up, grabbed a ball of neutral yarn and my needles and came upstairs.

I cut a length of yarn, threaded my needle, and started stringing! (Here’s my project page.)

To borrow Lucy’s phrase, ta-da!

Here’s a wide view:

So, what do you think? I thought it added a touch of fun, of whimsy. I thought the variations in the hearts (they’re not all the same size, some of them are actually duo-toned) would be more visible, but that’s OK.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I appreciate you!

Note: I’m probably more behind on telling you about my fiber arts endeavors than I am about my bookish ones, but I’ve finally got another post (or two) almost ready to go, so hooray!

Fiber Arts Friday: Project Spectrum, week 1

Word Lily spins

I’ve been really enjoying Project Spectrum this first week. Red isn’t exactly a color I gravitate toward, but the project is certainly making me more mindful of it, so far. Not all my Project Spectrum endeavors are fiber-related; I started a Tumblr as a sort of homebase for my Project Spectrum — although I may end up posting other things there as well, who knows?

RED that’s been through my hands

handspun

Remember those two batts I posted two weeks ago? I finally got them skeined and photographed. They’re both composed of the same mix of fibers and colors, but the more homogeneous was carded twice and the yarn with more distinct colors was carded once.

handspun from my hand dyed, hand carded, wool
50.2 grams of fiber yielded 114 yards, pre-bath.


55.6 grams of fiber yielded 100 yards of thick and thin, pre-bath.

I also spun up 4 ounces of a wool/silk blend fiber:

handspun wool-silk blend

Plying this is on the agenda for today.

Planning ahead

I think I’ll also be ordering beads today, for my first-ever beaded knitting project, the large-size Aeolian Shawl (Ravelry). I’m looking at these beads, to go with the Jaggerspun Zephyr wool/silk in mahogany I already have. I certainly won’t finish this within the month, but I’m looking forward to the challenge, regardless.

Where are you noticing red today?



Have you crafted a finished object this week? Check out the roundup of other people’s finished objects for the week at Tami’s Amis.

Fiber Arts Friday
Also, see the Fiber Arts Friday roundup at Wisdom Begins in Wonder to see what other people are crafting this week.

Knit, knit, knit

What I’m not posting about today

• I could post about the yarn I spun, from the batts I posted last week — except the yarn is still on the bobbins.
• The project I’ve been spending most of the week on is still not quite ready for its close-up, either.
• I didn’t knit the royal wedding. And I didn’t even wake up early to watch it.
Yarn School is underway, and I’m kind of sad I’m not there, experiencing it again.
• I’m tentatively gearing up for Project Spectrum, which starts May 1, but I’m not sure how avid I’ll be, considering my other commitments. Still, I bet it’ll be fun to stretch myself and how I look at and think about color; join us?

Word Lily knits

Instead, I guess I’ll share a couple finished knits.

I finished the short socks I talked about a few weeks ago.

Pink handknit socks

Ravelry project page
Not sure who the end user of these will be yet. But, making them set my brain a-whirling! Hopefully this brainstorm won’t fizzle, and I’ll have more to share on the subject.

I also wrapped up the hat I mentioned in that same post.

black hat for Paul

Ravelry project page
Again, just a basic hat (the whole cobbler’s children situation, now somewhat remedied), but I think that’s what he wanted.

I also finished a couple other socks, but no, they’re not a pair!

two socks do not make a pair

Sunrise Socks

sunrise sock

sunrise sock detail

Ravelry project page

This yarn is super squooshy.

I tried several different needle sizes and sock sizes before settling on this combination. These should fit my husband.

Rivercat Socks

Rivercat sock

Rivercat sock detail

Ravelry project page
Rivercat Sock pattern

These socks (I cast on for the second sock last night) are for a much delayed swap with a friend.

They seem super-skinny, but I think that’s mostly because of the ribbed nature of the pattern.

I seem to be falling down a sock-knitting hole this year, after taking 2010 mostly off from that particular obsession. I can’t get enough! 😀

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!



Have you crafted a finished object this week? Check out the roundup of other people’s finished objects for the week at Tami’s Amis.

Fiber Arts Friday
Also, see the Fiber Arts Friday roundup at Wisdom Begins in Wonder to see what other people are crafting this week.

Wraps, plural

Word Lily knits

I’m a little sad I didn’t commemorate Knitting and Crochet Week, but oh well. It’s too late now! I do have a couple finished objects to show off today, though.

First up, a baby blanket I knitted, in the log cabin style.
Asymmetrical Log Cabin Baby Blanket
The lines and edges aren’t really wonky, as they may appear. I blame that illusion on the down comforter, upon which I placed the blanket for the photo before mailing it off.

Log Cabin Baby Blanket casual

It’s about 30 inches square, worked entirely using 100% cotton yarn reclaimed from sweaters. I love using the recycled cotton for things like this, because it’s so very soft and it can be thrown in the washer and dryer for easy care.

My Ravelry Project Page

Secondly, a small shawl.
Springling Shawlette

This was a test knit for Cosy, for a soon-to-be-released pattern that will feature her hand-dyed yarn. I used her Snapdragon light fingering for this piece; it was a blast to work with!

The shawlette was quick to work up, but it gobbled an impressive amount of yarn. Measurements post-blocking: 48″ x 19″. I used all but 3 yards of the 700-yard skein. I guess that’s garter stitch for ya!

More details on my Ravelry Project Page.

So, what have you made this week?



Have you crafted a finished object this week? Check out the roundup of other people’s finished objects for the week at Tami’s Amis.
Fiber Arts Friday
Also, see the Fiber Arts Friday roundup at Wisdom Begins in Wonder to see what other people are crafting this week.

Fibery Friday

Word Lily knits

I’m so behind on posting yarny reports that I don’t know where to start.

Let’s see …

.

I knit a pair of socks:

Monkey socks

socks

Monkey socks

Pattern: Cookie A.’s Monkey
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Sockin’ Sox; it was a huge headache, until I settled on this pattern. It was pooling horribly no matter what I did, otherwise.
Ravelry project page

Monkey socks close-up

detail

I was glad for a pattern that combated the pooling, but the pattern got repetitive and boring very quickly. I had to force myself to make the second sock.

Alas, most of my knitting since the Monkey socks must remain secret for awhile. I think I’ll leave it at that for today.

Handknit socks make me happy!

Have you crafted a finished object this week? Check out the roundup of other people’s finished objects for the week at Tami’s Amis.

Fiber Arts Friday

Also, see the Fiber Arts Friday roundup at Wisdom Begins in Wonder to see what other people are crafting this week.

Two colorful FOs for my birthday

Word Lily knits

I seem to have unintentionally crafted a bright, colorful birthday for myself. That I’m posting these two objects on my birthday is perhaps the most serendipitous part — although, maybe not. I seem to be scrimping on the photographs today in order to get something posted. Please forgive me. The addition of color is quite welcome, though, because it seems to me January has been quite grey. Many days without sunshine.

Motley

When this pattern was first published (in September, maybe?), it was one of those (it happens only rarely for me) patterns that grab a person and won’t let go. I *had* to make this, immediately! Except, the immediacy was delayed, since I needed specific yarn that I didn’t have and couldn’t quite justify buying.

This photo is of the shawl before blocking. It has been blocked now, but I don’t have a decent photo of it yet. I used Marks & Kattens Fame Trend. More details on my Ravelry project page. I love how colorful it is!

Handspun brights

Then. Remember this yarn (merino, two-ply, my handspun; dyed by me last summer at the fiber festival in Iowa)?

I cast on Monday using this Wendy Knits pattern, and on Thursday I cast off, on the second sock. Again, more details on my project page.

I think maybe it’s time to put some color on.

Have you crafted a finished object this week? Check out the roundup of other people’s finished objects for the week at Tami’s Amis.

Fiber Arts Friday

Also, see the Fiber Arts Friday roundup at Wisdom Begins in Wonder to see what other people are crafting this week.

Fiber Arts Friday: Busy week

It’s been a busy week fiber- and yarn-wise for me, so I have plenty to share with you!

• On Saturday I started and finished an accessory for Maisie. We’ve been watching college football, as is our custom in the fall, and Maisie has given me some strange looks when I cheer. I decided if she was able to wear team colors to help cheer the boys on, that might help. I couldn’t find anything fitting, so I just cast on, and my idea worked.

Maisie wearing her new kerchief.

Obviously, this piece wouldn’t need to be a statement of team pride, but in this case it is. Go Huskers! For me, it solved a bigger problem, too. I’d been wanting to knit something for Maisie, but I didn’t want to invest a lot of hours on something that she’d just destroy. And she’s warm enough with all that fluff that she doesn’t really need a coat, etc. My Puppy Kerchief project page on Ravelry (with more photos).

• On Monday I finally, for the first time, went to knit night (I think it’s actually called Sit, Sip and Knit — SSK — at this store). I’ve have the dates on my calendar for more than a year, but every time I convinced myself to make the trek, it was a holiday or something, when I know they’re sometimes closed. Well, notwithstanding Columbus Day, I went this week, and I had a good time. I plan to go back.

• On Wednesday I got exciting knitting and book mail!

Knitting books in the mail!

I’ve been deeply wanting these two books for what feels like ages. In reality it can’t have been that long, because Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Vol. Five: Lace Knitting only came out June 1. Knitting on the Edge by Nicky Epstein has been out a few years, but the point still holds. Regardless, I’m very excited to finally have both of these!

• With the books came the long cables I need to continue working on the blanket I’m creating. So I should get back to the graph paper (Excel, I think, maybe) and math on that.

• I’ve been pondering making Iced (Ravelry link). If I do, I’ll likely make it in worsted/aran-weight yarn, reclaimed from a gray sweater hanging in my closet, rather than the bulky it calls for. And I think I’ll end up adding pockets, too. It would be my first time knitting pockets, but a cardigan is generally more useful to me with pockets. Based on the one tutorial I read, I think it wouldn’t be that difficult.

• I finished the second prototype of a hat I’m designing, and there’s definite progress. Just want to try one or two more things before I decide it’s finished. (Oh, and decide if I want to offer multiple sizes. And if so, work on that….)

To see what other people have been working on this week, check out Fiber Arts Friday and FO Friday.

What have you been working on this week?

I am an Amazon Associate and receive a small commission on sales through my affiliate links.