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I already told you all here about how I was swept up in the newest craze to sweep ravelry over the last month.  So here they are the end result of the Through the Loops Socktoberfest Mystery KAL.

Pattern: TTL Mystery Sock Basic Version (ravelry)

Source: Through the Loops

Yarn: Koigu, KPPPM

Needles: US 1

Started: October 1, 2008

Finished: October 29, 2008

Find it on Ravelry here.

These socks were a real joy to knit.  Just smooth and easy.  Enough pattern to keep you from getting bored, but not so much that you really need to concentrate.  I love to be challenged in my knitting, but sometimes it’s nice to have a project that just knits up like a dream.  And who doesn’t love a good KAL?  It’s been such a blast to see how beautiful everyone’s are in different ways.

It is crisp and blustery and the sun has the certain quality that can only mean Fall.  It makes me want oranges and browns and moody colors.  Lucky for me that’s just what showed up in my mail box yesterday.

(WARNING, SPOILERS FOLLOW!!!)

Yarn: Three Irish Girls, McClellan Fingering Weight

Color: Lewis (October 08 club color)

Dye Lot: initial club run

Amount: one skein at 400 yds

Purchased at: through Sock Yarnista club

stashed on ravelry here

Not only is this color gorgeous and just what I’ve been craving, but this yarn feels amazing.  It’s Merino with Bamboo and Nylon and it is so incredibly soft.  I carried it around in my bag all day and I kept taking it out to have another look and feel.  It really has satisfied my Fall yarn craving.  I want to break it out right now, but I’m staying focused on gift knitting so it will just have to wait for a little while.  I have a feeling it will make it out of that bin and into my hands a few times before then though.

This post has been a long time coming.  I finished these some time ago (you may remember me blogging about my progress way back when), but I wanted to write up my modification to the pattern before posting about it.  I’ve finally had the time to do that, so now I’m ready to show you.  The other tricky bit about this post was deciding whether or not to use pictures of myself in the garment (you know, since it is under garments).  The self conscious part of myself said “no”, but in the end my desire to let you all see what the modification really looks like won out.

Pattern: my own modification of the Criss Cross Garter (ravelry)

Source: Naughty Needles

Yarn: Ella Rae, Silkience

Needles: US 3

Started: June 18, 2008

Finished: July 31, 2008

Find it on ravelry here.

I made a pretty substantial modification to this pattern.  The pattern is written to be a garter belt, but I modified it to be actual underwear.  I also chose to leave the garter straps off.  I’ve written up a pattern for the modification and I’m going to share it with you.  The modification is only written for size Medium, which is the size that I made, but the principals could likely be applied to the other sizes relatively easily using your own measurements.  Also please let me know if you find any mistakes and I’ll correct them.


Modification for Criss Cross Garter

Follow pattern as written until you reach the section titled Lower Edge.

FRONT SIDE

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k1, p1, k1, p2, p21, PM, k23, PM, p23, p2, k1, p1, k2.
Row 2 (WS): Sl1, *k1, p1, repeat from * to 1st marker, p to 2nd marker, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 3 (WS): Sl1, *k1, p1, repeat from * to 1st marker, k to 2nd marker, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1.

Repeat last 2 rows twice more. Then work Row 2 once more.

Next Row (RS): BO to 4 sts before 1st marker, work 4 sts in seed st, SM, k to 2nd marker, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Next Row (WS): BO to 4 sts before 1st marker, work 4 sts in seed st, SM, p to 2nd marker, work last 4 sts in seed st.

DECREASES

Row 1 (RS):
Work 4 sts in seed st, SM, ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, SM, work last 4 sts in seed st.
Row 2 (WS): Work 4 sts in seed st, SM, p to 2nd marker, work last 4 sts in seed st.

Repeat last 2 rows until 3 sts remain between markers.

Next Row (RS): Work 4 sts in seed st, SM, k to 2nd marker, work last 4 sts in seed st.
Next Row (WS): Work 4 sts in seed st, SM, p to 2nd marker, work last 4 sts in seed st.

Repeat last 2 rows for one inch.  Place sts on holder.


BACK SIDE


Row 1 (RS):
Sl 1, k1, p1, k1, p2, p28, PM, k23, PM, p28, p2, k1, p1, k2.
Row 2 (WS): Sl1, *k1, p1, repeat from * to 1st marker, p to 2nd marker, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 3 (WS): Sl1, *k1, p1, repeat from * to 1st marker, k to 2nd marker, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1.

Repeat last 2 rows twice more. Then work Row 2 once more.

Next Row (RS):
BO to 4 sts before 1st marker, work 4 sts in seed st, SM, k to 2nd marker, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Next Row (WS): BO to 4 sts before 1st marker, work 4 sts in seed st, SM, p to 2nd marker, work last 4 sts in seed st.

DECREASES

Row 1 (RS): Work 4 sts in seed st, SM, ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, SM, work last 4 sts in seed st.
Row 2 (WS): Work 4 sts in seed st, SM, p to 2nd marker, work last 4 sts in seed st.

Repeat last 2 rows until 3 sts remain between markers. Graft together with live sts from Front Side.

I’ve actually got many a backed up FO to share with you, but since this project was years in the making I couldn’t help myself in sharing it right away now that’s it’s finally finished. There was a lot of hibernating and waiting for certain things to fall into place. But here it is. It’s finally done.

Pattern: Pleated Skirt (ravelry)

Source: Blue Sky Alpacas

Yarn: Louet, Gems Opal (discontinued)

Needles: US 0 & US 2

Started: end of 2005, beginning of 2006?

Finished: October 14, 2008

Like I said this project was started years ago. It spent along time hibernating, then once it was finally knit up, it sat around until I could afford a Knitter’s Block, because I wanted to be sure it got blocked out very well. The final hang up, was that while it was somewhat miraculously still going to fit, there was no way the waist band was making it over my hips. I decided to modify it by installing a zipper in one of the side seams to lend ease to taking the skirt on and off. Right about the time I was ready to seam and install the zipper, my mother’s sewing machine which I had been using for a few months broke and was unusable. So I waited for my birthday when I asked for a new machine of my own. Last week, months into being the owner of a new sewing machine, I finally got a moment to prepare and sew in the zipper, so I went to change the “easy snap of presser foot” to the zipper foot and it wouldn’t snap on. Once again I was foiled. Yesterday I just decided I didn’t want to wait until I had time to explore the presser foot situation and just installed the zipper by hand. It’s not the absolute neatest thing in the world, and I have more than few holes in my hands today from all the pins, but the upside is that I actually wore the skirt yesterday evening!

Now that it’s done I absolutely adore it. It’s easy and comfy and it looks great. With the zipper to assist in the dressing process the fit is perfect. It sits right on the hips and the softness of the Gems Opal (post washing) makes it drape so well. It is quite possibly my favorite FO to date.

Find it on Ravelry here.

It’s Tuesday, which means today is the day, as promised, to pick the winner of the first ever knitting pretty in dc blog giveaway!  I said I’d pick randomly and since I’m a lady of my word I headed on over to random.org to use their Random Integer Generator.  I could have picked out of a hat pretty easily, but this seemed the easiest way to guarantee fairness.

Anyway, the number it generated was 4!  Which means the winner is Ashley!  Yay.  Congrats Ash, you’ve got some yarn coming your way!

…is the kind where you enjoy being distracted and you manage to feel like the time you devote to the distraction is worthwhile even if it wasn’t initially what you had in mind.  The Through the Loops Socktoberfest Mystery Sock KAL is just that kind of distraction.  I’m supposed to be working away day and night on all my gift knitting, but I just couldn’t say no to such a fun diversion.

Clue #2 came out Wednesday and since I had a little extra time off this afternoon I decided to walk over to Hello Cupcake to treat myself and work on some knitting.  I made a little progress on my socks and in order to avoid guilt picked up a gift project for a bit too.

(WARNING, SPOILERS FOLLOW!!)

That’s a vegan pumpkin spice cupcake just before it was devoured.  The guy behind the counter told me the vegan ones were fantastic and definitely not a sacrifice and he wasn’t kidding.  It was incredibly moist, not too sweet and the top had more in common with an apple crumble than any cupcake I’ve ever had.  It was really delicious.

The socks are turning out really nicely.  I’m doing the basic version this time, for a number of reasons including yarn choice, but I hope to make the cabled version later.  I am actually really fond of how the pattern looks in the yarn.  I was afraid the KPPPM might be too variegated, but it mixes it up to colors very nicely.  I think it helps that this colorway doesn’t have very much light to dark variegation; tonally it’s all quite similar.   I can’t wait to see what happens in clues three and four.  (By the way, starting with this post I’ll be linking photos to their flickr pages.  Laziness really just isn’t a good enough excuse not too.)

The other distraction I gave into today was that the supplies I had ordered to make these showed up in my mailbox.

I’d been wanting my own personalized tags to affix to projects (especially gifts) for awhile now.  After exploring many options, I decided making my own following those instructions would be the best option both from the perspective of aesthetics and funds.  So on Monday night I ordered a personalized rubber stamp, dutch linen tape and a fabric safe ink pad.  Everything arrived today, so I thought I’d start making a few just to try it out.  I’m getting better at laying the stamp in the right place and I think it’s going to work out really well.  I can’t wait to sew one into something and make it really mine.

Two big things happened at the end of last week blog-wise.  The first was that Peaceful Knitter sent an “I love your blog” award my way.  How exciting!

Instead of using the same graphic, I decided to use a photo of a card I picked up at Crafty Bastards last weekend from the perennial favorite Something’s Hiding In Here.  It’s only moderately appropriate since it’s not actually a best blog award, but I love the card and the ribbon is at least right.  Besides I always have to do things my way.  Either way I am so honored to have anyone love my blog and think it’s worth an award of any kind.  I honestly only started this blog on an impulse (you’ve heard of impulse shopping, well this is impulse blogging).  I had resisted having one for ages and then one day I just though “Oh why not?”  And I’m so glad I started because it’s become really fun.  So I’m really flattered that others are enjoying it too.

The other thing that happen, was that within 24 hours of finding out about the award, my blog tipped over the 1,000 hits mark.  That’s right, one thousand.  Compared to the favorite and mostly highly trafficked knitting blogs, it’s nothing, but for my little blog, which is only three months old, it’s quite a big deal.  Or so I think anyway.

So in order to celebrate two exciting firsts, I’m going to go for another first.  My blogs first giveaway!

These are the spoils!  After ages spent trying to get a decent photograph this was the best I could do as these colors wash out very easily in pictures, but hopefully it’s enough to entice you.  Up for grabs are two skeins of Berocco Ultra Alpaca in color 6246 which is a dark evergreen, and one skein of Ella Rae Silkience in color 18 which is a deep purple, almost an eggplant.  Berocco Ultra Alpaca is one of my favorite yarns.  It’s half wool, half alpaca content make it soft and fuzzy without being too heavy.  It’s really lovely to work with.  But I’ve got loads of it and this color is the least “me”.  The Silkience was lovely to work with as well, but I overbought for a project and don’t have anything else in mind for this skein.  So they are available to you as my way of saying thank you for reading!

Here’s what you have to do.  There are two options, both of them involve posting a comment.  Option number one is to post a comment with a link to a project that you think fits the description “knitting pretty”.  It can be a link to a ravelry project page, a blog post, or a flickr photo, but it must be your own project.  It can be an FO or in progress.  I love seeing what other people are doing, so this will be a fun treat for me.  Option number two is to post something you love about or have enjoyed about DC, whether you are a local, a frequent visitor or just someone who came once on an eight grade trip.  Share a story, tell us about your favorite spot, whatever you think is best, as long as it’s something great about DC.  Then next Tuesday, October 14, I will use the random number generator to give me a number of a comment, and the author of that comment will be the winner of the spoils!  Thanks for reading and good luck with the giveaway!

The above is actually the first line of a fantastic song by The Dodos who I saw in Baltimore on Sunday night.  The set was quite short since the singer had mono and had to quit after awhile, but what there was of it was awesome.  Anyway down to business.

About a week ago I receieved another lovely shipment from Three Irish Girls with the September installment of the Sock Yarnista Club.  I would have shown off sooner, but it’s been a bit on the rainy side here lately and it took me awhile to get decent photos.  I also have been trying to play ctach up with a lot of things, so that contributed to the delay a bit as well.  Anyway, without further ado…

(WARNING, SPOLIERS FOLLOW!!)

Yarn:Three Irish Girls, Adorn Sock Yarn

Color: Baltic Sea (September 08 club color)

Dye Lot: initial club run

Amount: one skein at 430 yds

Purchased at:through Sock Yarnista club

stashed on ravelry here

It’s a bit different than I expected from the picture, more blue, but it is so gorgeous I could hardly be disappointed.  This is the first time I’ve opted for the semi-solid choice and it certainly worked out well.  I’m trying to limit myself to semi-solid sock yarn these days.  My natural inclination is always for gorgeous variegateds, but all the sock patterns in my queue will be better served with semi-solids.  And if they’re all as pretty as this one, it will be easy to stick with that trend.