Sunday, March 27, 2011

Diagonal Lace Socks

I finished my socks a few days ago and I’m just getting the chance now to post about them.  I love them!  They are soft and the colors are beautiful.  I knit the leg nice and long like I like my hand knit socks to be. 

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The pattern was simple and the chart was easy to memorize.  I really like the yarn.  It is Cascade Heritage sock yarn and my first time to use it even though I have a few skeins in my stash that I have bought over the years. 

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I was excited to find out that there is a Ravelry group that is knitting all the socks in Socks from the Toe Up, but then discovered that it has been going on for over a year and they only have one or two left.  Bummer.  I am glad I have my knit along with you and Anita

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Pattern: Diagonal Lace Socks from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson

Needles: size 1 (2.25mm)

Yarn: Cascade Heritage Paints

 

For April and May we are knitting Jagged by Through the Loops.  Isn’t it a cool looking sock?  Reminds me of zig zag quilts, which I love.

 

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I got lucky and won a giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop for Amy’s new book!  There are a lot of fun quilts in the book and I look forward to making some of them!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Getting up the nerve

The deadline is coming up to get the doll quilt I made for DQS10 out the door and on its way.  I realized that I couldn’t put off quilting it any longer.  I have known how I want to quilt it but I’ve been nervous about actually doing it. 

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So tonight I pieced the back, found a piece of batting the right size, sandwiched my quilt, and got it all pinned.  Then I took a deep breath and went for it.

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I quilted it with gray thread which I think looks nice with all the colors.  I got the flow of it partway through.  The thing I love most is that it all blends and you can’t see that I wasn’t confident in the beginning. 

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I never did quilt my big version.  I wanted to do something very similar to this but I’ve kept putting it off not wanting to ruin it.  Quilting this little mini version made me realize that I can do it and should do it soon.

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I really like the back with the rainbow of colors across it. 

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It measures about 19”x22”.  I just need to bind it and collect a few goodies to send with it.  I really hope my partner likes it.  Fingers crossed!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Diagonal Lace Socks KAL -Update

I was really enjoying knitting socks again, especially these socks.  That is until I got to the heel and realized it was a heel I had never knit before.  Uh oh.  After reading through what I was going to have to do I realized I had done similar heels before but the wrap and turn always makes me break into a sweat.  I can never seem to see those little wraps when it comes time to pick them up!  Luckily I had my knit group on Wednesday and there is always someone there that “has done it before”.  Sure enough I got help from Cheryl and Dewey.  Cheryl found my wraps for me and pointed them out and Dewey suggested using safety pins to mark my wraps. 

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What a great idea!  So later that day when I did the heel on the second sock I used little safety pin stitch markers to mark my wraps.  It took all the fear out of it for me and that second heel was complete in half the time it took to make the first one. 

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Now both heels are done and I am working my way up the leg.  I really like the look of the heel turn and heel flap.   It looks like the heel I always use when I make top down socks. 

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How are your socks coming along?

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