Saturday, August 13, 2011

Saturday Stash

Here I am with the stash report again.  That week sure rolled away quick!  I guess that's what happens when you're on the road for half of it.  Since I was travelling, I took along some little, quick-to-finish projects. 

So, in the drawer marked 'done' we have Sunshine + Raindrops = Rainbows.  Two little baby hats that I put together with elements from here and there.  I like the spiral y/o's on the crown.  I did the beanie with the ruffled brim first and decided that I didn't want to have to knit so many stitches next time. 

So, we have a picot edging that I think looks like raindrops all around.  Those who have done a picot bind-off, you know it's not that many fewer stitches.  Gotta keep it interesting, you see.  Made with an acrylic worsted, these would be warm enough for winter.

I've been having a bit of a sock-knitting withdrawal and I went down the inventory trying to decide on one of the yarns.  I chose the one with greens and pastels  because it looked so pretty.  Hey!  That's why I bought it in the first place.  But it turned out to be a self-striping yarn. Sigh.  I'm a little tired of the stripes (except for kids' socks) and have to search for patterns that work with the stripes.  Nothing on ravelry tickled my toes, so you know that means off to the stitch dictionary.

I have several wonderful books with lots of neat lace patterns but most either don't work for socks or are impossible difficult to knit in the round.  A few swatches later and I was happily knitting my sock.  Before it's stretched out, it looks like a hot air balloon to me. 

But when it's on, the pattern and the yarn  remind me of wind-surfing sails, waves and surf .  So, these are the Windwalker Socks.  I plan to make this a free pattern on ravelry.  Good thing there are two socks to make.  Tweaking the pattern is easier when you have an excuse to do it all over again.  The pattern has a natural bias as you knit in the round but can be controlled when knitting straight along the foot.  I kind of like the duality there. 

Also finished is the dark pink cable and seed stitch scarf.  Into the gift box it goes,.  And Charlie has chosen the finishing for his blue cardi.  He will have a hood - almost completed - and a zip front.  It should be ready for its fifteen minutes of fame next week.

That's this week's progress.  Oh, and I've crossed four items off the stash list completely. Gone from the chest and transformed into something useful and beautiful.  


Ginny said...

I LOVE the socks!!! And the baby hats, well, let me just say I was going to ask if I could buy them from you till I saw they are baby hats!!

Annie said...

I LOVE the socks - TOO!!! Instant love.

Rudee said...

I like the picot bind off (or even cast on which is easier), but I'm a bit picot fatigued this week, having had to cast off 456 stitches in that manner.

The hats are so adorable. I like the rainbow yarn.

Do you need a test knitter for your socks? I'd love to make them.

Mimi said...

Isn't that the best feeling, gone from the chest and transformed into something useful and beautiful?
You're flting through these projects, and one nicer than another!

Stephanie V said...

Thanks - glad you all like the socks.

Rudee - I didn't really think about test knitters. What a novice designer I am! But, thanks for the offer. I'll let you know when I've tweaked it enough. Not a picot in sight LOL

EmptyNester said...

Look at those socks! Love them! And that hat is too cute! I need to knit something for Breezy's friend, Keely's baby. Maybe a blankie. But that hat is too cute!

I am working on the Trellis bag. So far-not too bad. LOL


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