Sunday, June 15, 2008

I've finished several pairs of socks .... Oh, My, Gecko Eyes, Firestarter (from Yarnissima's site), a pretty plain ribbed, solid color pair for my youngest son, a nice cabled rib pattern in one of Happy Feet's beautiful deep variegated colorways for my daughter-in-law, a couple of fairly plain patterned pairs for myself but in really nicely colored variegated yarns ... I'm moving on to more complicated patterns now for the most part. Although I *LOVE* colors and variegated yarns ... and have several in my stash waiting for my attention ::grins;:, so it's not likely I'll be abandoning them completely for solid colors anytime soon.

Working on Dragon's Breath in solid grays for my younger son - he really isn't much for patterns or lots of color. Nice soft, mostly dark, solid colors, thank you very much ::NOT much fun to knit:: .... I've found a few patterns I think he'll put up with ... 3 dragon patterns (well, sort of ... they have dragon in the pattern name & are all based on nice quiet (but at least not boring!) patterns), a couple of ribbing patterns that include cables & twists in them, and a pattern called Earl Gray (or Earl Grey? ... can't recall off-hand) which is mostly plain stockinette stitch but has a small quiet cable pattern along each side from the toe up to the cuff. I'll do that one in gray as well ... what else with that name?

But he has such BIG feet! 11" long!! Means I always have to allow for an extra 50 grams of yarn - either get 3 50 gram balls of one color, 2 100 gram balls (and have quite a bit leftover) or 2 50 gram balls of a main color and 1 50 gram ball of an accent color to use for the ribbing, heels and toes. Well, I figure when I have extra yarn from daddy's socks, I can always make a pair of matching socks for his son ...

I currently have a 100 gram ball of a lovely blue denim variegated color from Trexxing XXL to use for him ... but first, I've got to either find a color to use for the accent color or get another 100 gram ball of this. I'm hoping to get a second ball of this ... it's a really soft, pretty yarn.

Working on the Bayerische pattern for myself. Well, at least I've started hunting for the yarn for it. It's nearly a hundred stitches cast on (VERY textured cable & twisted stitches .... should keep my mind occupied!) and needs a thinner than usual sock yarn. I've actually got some in the right weight .... but this pattern really needs a solid yarn to show off that wonderful textural pattern and all I've got right now in that weight is a beautiful variegated. Unfortunately, the two will just clash and that won't do at all. ::sighs:: Simply forces me to go shopping .... terrible, ya know? ::snickers::

You can find both of these patterns on You may have to wait a few days to get your invitation to join (once you've requested it) but it's well worth the wait to be able to see all the work done by others - and the chance to download some absolutely fabulous patterns ... some for free, others you'll need to pay for.

Also have another grandchild on the way, so bootees and blankets are being created. Found some wonderful bootee patterns on Ravelry as well.

Well, need to go work on either one of the knitting projects or that huge pile of sewing projects .... just as soon as I manage another cup of tea. :)