Tuesday, January 15, 2008

On the Needles...

I know you all must be dying to know what is on my needles. I'm sure that I sensed a cosmic "What is that Heather person knitting these days?" earlier today. I hear and I obey....

First up, the Gentleman's Sock in Railway Pattern (or something with "gentleman" and "railway" in it) from Knitting Vintage Socks. What is the yarn, you may be wondering. I am, too. I know it was in the bottom right hand bin of sock yarn at River Knits. (That'll make Elizabeth roll her eyes...). It's my first adult sock using size 0 dpns, and I'm really liking the product I'm getting...
To say the next item is OTN is not accurate anymore...it was OTN when I was taking pictures for and planning this post, but was finished during a literary adaptation festival at my house this weekend (Our Mutual Friend and Persuasion). It's the Tumbling Blocks Cashmere Scarf, designed by Amanda. I used Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere in the Film Noir colorway (how could I not use a colorway called Film Noir?) I love it, and I plan to wear it tomorrow with what Joe calls my "X Man Outfit".
The shawl below is being affectionately referred to at my house as the Very Useful Shawl (a tribute to A.A. Milne and Pooh's Very Useful Pot...). The real pattern name is, I think, Simple Garter Stitch Prairie Shawl from Folk Shawls. I'm using Lamb's Pride Worsted and the color is called Blue Flannel. I have a lot of this color left from my failed Knitting in the Old Way sweater attempt. I'm looking forward to having this to throw over my shoulders in my best "Cathy on the moors" fashion, a la Yarn Harlot.
And...another Irish Hiking Scarf. Some of you may remember that I made a scarf in this pattern for the Christmas basket (and some of you may be screaming "shut the *&^% up about the Christmas basket already!! Sheesh!"). That version of the scarf was made from Lamb's Pride Worsted and selected by Joe's sister, Cam...one of the truly knitworthy of the family (she also got a pair of Trekking socks this year). The next morning she very quietly asked me if I had a softer scarf, because the one she chose was itchy. I washed it using conditioner, but still it was too scratchy. (Cam is delicate. I write that because I'm sure it will draw a funny comment from frequent commenter and utterly knitworthy Michaela...) So...I'm making her another using Pure Merino. If that is too scratchy, she is beyond hope.

And last, but not least...the Movie Socks. These are plain, basic recipe socks cast on specifically for knitting in the dark when I go to a classic movie at the Lafayette Theater. The front left sock yarn is from Opal, but I don't know much more than that. It was a generous gift from Sheryl, and happens to be Klondike Middle School colors. The front right sock is a Lorna's Laces sock yarn that I've had in the stash too long to remember the colorway. The back sock, which I wish you could see better, is using Cherry Tree Hill...the colorway is called Silver Streak, but I'm calling them the Olbermann socks, since the colorway comes pretty close to matching Keith Olbermann's hair these days. I will be attempting an afterthought heel with at least one of these pairs. Wish me luck....





5 comments:

Kadiddly said...

I'm still working on my Tumbling Blocks scarf, but isn't that Jade Sapphire cashmere a dream to work with? I put it down and just pet it sometimes...

I really like your colorway!

Kate B said...

I love my Tumbling blocks scarf in Mongolian cashmere. I finished it in the spring when a scarf just wasn't needed, but this fall/winter I have worn it all the time. Mine is in fall-ish colors--brown, red, orange.

3 cheers for Amanda for designing the scarf!

3 cheers for Heather for posting about it!

3 cheers for Elizabeth for selling such awesome yarn!

3 cheers for the goats from whom we have received these marvels! :)

Michaela said...

Ok...so yes, Cam is beyond hope...but not because of her delicate nature. And yes, it did draw a guffaw from the depths of my being - which TOTALLY freaked out Baby Kitty. We do what we can.

I am so impressed w/ your stamina. My sock is at the same point it was last time we talked...sister's baby blanket is making definite headway and I decided that had the firmer time table. Especially since Wyatt told his old kindergarten teacher that I am also making a baby blanket for her new addition, which is due in one month. Any easy blanket ideas that won't cost the arm and leg that Faith's is???? Help.

P.S. I love you.

Heather said...

I'd suggest a baby hat for Wyatt's teacher...the umbilical cord hat from the book Stitch n Bitch is a favorite...we'll talk. :)

And it's not stamina...it's obssession.....

Michaela said...

I'm glad you corrected me cause saying "stamina" made me feel dirty...dang, I did it again.