Thursday, November 29, 2007

tango, knitting and cat(s)

We had all three, and more in Ashland. The tango festival there is definitely unique; I like these small ones much better than the massive mob scene varieties, such as Portland a couple years ago: 600+ people is just too many.
The last milonga here in Ashland was at the Black Sheep Pub. Very colorful and casual, with a nice size dance floor. A cozy fire, a little Guiness, a few dozen tango dancers, a DJ playing classic tango, AND one of the women was knitting socks between dance sets!
The drive home was overcast, with atmospheric views of Mt. Shasta.

When we arrived home, the cats all pretended not to know who we were, the usual treatment by cats who imagine they have been abandoned (even though they had an excellent catsitter who spoiled them rotten). However, within the hour they were begging for dinner and a warm lap, so I guess we are forgiven.
I did get some travel knitting done: finally finished the Gentleman's Socks in Austermann Step yarn for Sean.

They turned out pretty nicely: very stretchy fit, the yarn was nice to knit with and feels good on the foot. Now I need to make the same pair for my #1 son. Lots of other small gifty projects to finish, and need to cast on for Sean's Petrol Vest.
I'm also almost done with some other small gifty projects, but have more queued.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mitts Finished

I finished my orange mitts. Theses are for a friend of my eldest daughter for Christmas. They are knit in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. They were fun to knit, but when I was finished I found myself twisting all my stitches on other projects. I am working on my sweater again. I had put it aside for awhile to finish some socks, but it is getting colder finally and I would like to finish it soon.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

cabled skiband completed

I really wanted something to cover my ears without having to wear a hat. I chose a stitch pattern (lattice cable) from the Vogue Knitting book, added a few garter stitches to each edge and knitted away. I did a provisional cast on so I could graft open stitches at the end. The yarn has some angora in it and is very soft. I love how it turned out.

Chevalier Mittens

The minute I saw the pattern, I knew I had to make the Chevalier Mittens....mmmm - they are so pretty AND warm with the nice long cuffs.

For all the details and more pictures, see this blog post.

Second cabled scarf for Christmas

I am almost done with this cabled scarf. It's the second of the four cabled scarves I'm making as Christmas gifts. It's the Classic Cable Scarf from Knit Ponchos, Wraps & Scarves by Jane Davis although I only repeated the cable pattern twice, not three times. I'm using Cascade 128 in a deep pink (9478).

Sue It's a Knit Thing

Monday, November 26, 2007

Cables and Lace socks

I have finished another cable project. These are my Dancing Tulip Socks knit these in Spritely Goods Sylph in the Manzanita in Bloom II colorway.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wee cables

While I was waiting for my bigger cable project to finish blocking so I can finally start seaming, I cranked out a baby Shedir for my honorary niece-to-be. I cannot say enough good things about this pattern. Love love love.

Details at my place.

Monday, November 19, 2007


I got something done for this knitalong.
These are my variation on the Firestarter socks. I did them in Blue Moon lightweight STR in a rare gem colourway.
This is a great pattern. It's done toe-up with a really interesting heel. The fit is good too. Definitely a terrific pattern if you want to make socks that are more fun to knit than just the basic pattern!

Small Cable Project

I am working on another mitt. Another for my daughter to gift. She would like to keep this one herself if it were a different color. Her friend goes to the "other" high school in town and their colors are orange and brown. This will work nicely for her. I am knitting it in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in orange.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Gathered Pullover

Gathered Pullover

Here is my minimal cable project, the Gathered Pullover from the current (winter '07) Interweave Knits. I used Knit Picks Merino Style yarn in "Moss" and US size 8 needles (5 mm). The cable detail in the middle is the most fun I've had knitting cables and provides some shaping in what's otherwise a long tube. All in all, a great knit. More photos & details at my blog.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Elizabeth... where are your cables?

Hey everyone... I've just joined the KAL and am happy to be here. Making me even happier, I've just reached the cable portion of the Elizabeth Bennet cardigan from Fitted Knits.

What you can't see the cabling yet?

Look, very baby cables at the very bottom of the bodice.

The stockinette stitch bodice almost killed me so I'm very excited to move onto something a bit more exciting now. The remainder of the peplum is all cabled and there is quite a bit of cabling on the sleeves as well.

I've been very inspired by all of your photos and hope next time I post I'll have something more eye candy like for you to see.

A few more in progress photos can be found on my blog for those of you who want more of the boring details (e.g., knit in Cascade Cloud 9, a wool & angora blend).

Cable Baby Blanket

I just finished a baby blanket for a co-worker. I made some alterations. The pattern has a few errors in it. And I didn't feel like knitting a 5 foot long baby blanket, so it is about 42" long. I still need to block it. It is knit in Plymouth Encore on size 5.5mm needles.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Hey all! I've finished a couple of quick cable projects:
These are the fetchings from knitty:
If you'd like to see more pictures or get more info, you can find it here. Thanks! Tiennie

Gathered Pullover nearly done

I can't believe how quickly this sweater knitted up. This is the body of my Gathered Pullover, from the Winter issue of Interweave Knits. My sleeves are done, so all I have to do now is pick up stitches at the neckline for a stockinette border, sew in the sleeves and block.

Gathered Pullover-body

Friday, November 9, 2007

Palindrome Scarf Completed!

And it was just in time for a very special birthday girl. My MIL loves her new accessory, and I loved creating this scarf for her.

I made it a keyhole scarf so it would be easier on my MIL's hands. I used size 8 needles, and Simply Soft Dark Sage yarn...the yarn was picked by my MIL...honest, I wasn't being cheap!

Finally, a cable

I am working on a cabled sock for a co-worker. The yarn is Louet Gems sportweight and it is very nice to knit with. The pattern is from Knitting on the Road - the Whitby pattern.

I am also working up some swatches for a sweater I want to knit in Donegal Tweed. I haven't seen just the right sweater, so I am thinking about designing my own. I want it to come to mid thigh, have a hood or high collar in case of windy weather, and it will be a cardigan. I haven't yet decided about tie or buttons. Here are two of the cables I am thinking about, in the two colors I am thinking about. This is the Reef Knot. I thought about one of these on each side in the front, with small rope cables framing them. (I couldn't get a really good photo, sorry)

This cable is the double X cable. Both cables are from Barbara Walker's treasuries. I thought I might use three of these on the back of the swetaer, again with small rope cables framing the larger cables.

What do you think? Is that too much? should I choose one and use it front and back? Should I omit the rope cables? Opinions, anyone? Please?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Mod Cables Hat

So I’m seriously loving this KAL. I think I’ve finished more projects since joining than I have in months! The latest is this hat:

Mod Cables Hat
Mod Cable Hat

I posted the pattern to my blog - Life in Cleveland.

One Christmas gift done!

Pattern: Karaoke Cable Scarf by Midnight Knitter

Size: 71 1/2" x 3 1/2" unblocked

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Color #102

Needles: Brittany US 9 (5.5mm)

This scarf took one week of knitting. The colors in the second picture are truer to the actual scarf.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Cables With Heart

This is one of my Fall Cable projects - finally finished. It is the child's size 5/6 "Cables With Heart" pattern from "Arans & Celtics" More photos and details on my blog.

Shirley (

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Little cables

I haven't had the time to get into a big cabled project this year but here is the first of a pair of fingerless mitts I am making (minus the thumb) with cables scattered over the back of the hand. The stripes didn't really allow for a textured pattern but I couldn't stand leaving it plain. It's Lorna's Laces yarn in Pinstripe.

I have begun swatching for a cabled cardigan sweater in Donegal Tweed that I will design - more to come, soon, I hope.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Project infidelity

Okay, I know I just posted a couple of days ago that I was making the Karaoke Cable Scarf from Midnight Knitter in Gedifra Fashion Trend Stripes for my first fall cable project but I've kind of changed my mind for right now.

I loved how this pattern is working up and I thought it would make a great Christmas gift for the 15 year old daughter of a good friend of mine. Sooo, I started a new one using some Noro Kureyon that has been in my stash for several years. I wasn't quite sure what to make with it and this scarf is perfect!

I will get back to the first scarf at some point but I'm excited to have a Christmas gift that should be done very, very soon.

Sue It's a Knit Thing

Mmmmmalabrigo IHS

I just can’t seem to get enough of the malabrigio cables this fall:

Irish Hiking Scarf
Irish Hiking Scarf out of Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Oceanos colorway.

Although I’m not totally 100% sold on the variegated yarn/cables combo I’ve got going here…More pics on my blog.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, November 1, 2007



here's my finished valpuri, knit with rowan summer tweed. it's finally done wet-blocking and i'm wearing it today - love it! it's really the perfect light fall short-sleeved sweater.


First Small Cable Item Finished

I have finished a pair of cabled socks, Cables Galore. The first (I think) project for me in the 2007 fall season. I knit these in Cherry Tree Hill "Sockittome" in the Spring Frost colorway. The yarn knits into a soft fabric and shows the cables nicely.
I am enjoying seeing all the cable knitting, they are all so pretty.