Monday, August 28, 2006


... becomes "Bluegina"...

Pattern: Orangina, by Glampyre, XS

Yarn: Rowan 4-Ply Cotton (Ripple), 3 skeins

Needles: US 3 24' circular

Modifications: I cast on for the XS size, minus 18 stitches, so I could make an XSS. I'm not an XSS but as many have pointed out, this pattern knits up a bit loose otherwise. I took much of my modification advice from Domesticat, whose version of Orangina really inspired me to make this top.

Lace detail...


"Bluegina's" beginnings.

Print O' the Wave Stole

Firstly, my apologies for the blurry photo that my Guido took-- :)


Pattern: Eunny Lang's Print O' the Wave Stole, free PDF on her sidebar (pattern was modified: see comments below)

Yarn: Peruvian Collection Baby Silk from Elann (3 skeins and a bit)

Needles: US 5 circulars

Modifications: I left off the border because I was pressed for time, and did 3 repeats of the wave pattern instead of 4. Also, I didn't do the pattern wave motif in two sections (which you are to graft together). Instead, I simply cast on, knit until I ran out of time, and then did the eyelet border pattern to complete it.

Views: I loved this pattern and the yarn (though I do find the Alpaca a bit scratchy on my bare skin). My only wish is that I would have had more time so that I could have made the stole longer and wider. (I made this stole in too much of a hurry, but I wanted to wear it for a friend's recent wedding.) I would, if doing this again, do 4 wave repeats so that the stole is wider, and I would make it at least another 12" in length. I'm not sure I would do the border, and I don't think I would bother with the grafting because the waves going in one direction do not bother me at all. I don't think it makes much difference, and in fact, I wouldn't want a graft line, no matter how invisible, going down my backside!)

Blocking Shots:

Friday Harbor Socks

AKA: "Riverwalk Socks"

Pattern: "Friday Harbor Socks" by Nancy Bush, published in Knitting on the Road.

Yarn: Fortissima Sockotta (75% cotton; 25% nylon), US 2 dpns.

Final Thoughts: I really loved this pattern, and found the lace chart to be easily memorized, thereby making a speedy process to this sock. I also really like the yarn. It's sorta squishy.

Thursday, August 17, 2006


Though no introduction is really necessary, here are my first Jaywalker socks.
Pattern: Grumperina's Jaywalkers, but of course. Jaywalkers pattern free from Magknits.

Yarn: Fortissima Colori (75% wool; 25% polamide) which I got from Elann for a thrifty price.

Final Thoughts: I loved the pattern of course. I'm not sure about the yarn, though. I've only worn these socks twice so far, and with gentle laundering, they are already developing quite the "fuzz" on the heels. I don't think I would use this yarn again.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Guido and My First Socks

Pattern: I used patterns from Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road. I must look up which ones...
Yarn: I cannot remember. Something I picked up from HobbyLobby for about $6.
Needles: US 2 dpns
Started and Completed in 2005 (pre-blog)

Sorry about the vague specs. However, these are the first socks I ever made. The first pair made was for "Guido's" birthday. I then used the remainder of the sock yarn to knit my own first pair of socks (anklets). I had to stretch the yarn by adding some black cuffs and toes.