Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Where is my blog mojo?

I've got my knitting mojo going somewhat with Christmas looming closer, but blogging has been WAY on the back burner for me lately. I've always thought it was kind of sad and wondered why people just abandoned their blogs, or decided to say their "blogland farewells" when I'd be browsing. Now I understand. I'm tired. And time gets away from me because of other things going on.

But I got the push I needed today because Dawn in CA is having a contest on her blog. I'm adding your button Dawn.

Gotta keep up with my knitting at least. Here's some of the latest:

Pattern: Embossed Leaves
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Select Semi Solids
Colorway: Lotus
Size 1 needles magic loop
Heavily modified: Long tail cast on used, not as many repeats on leg, didn't cut yarn for heel, and I did a regular toe as I didn't like how the star one looked. All in all, I changed it quite a bit! But I got a sock that was more fun for me to knit.

I really liked this yarn worked up in simple stockinette but thought "LEAVES would be GREAT with this!". Sometimes it's better to leave things alone. So what do you do when you change your mind after the fact? Dye them.
I used my Knitpicks acid dye to make them a deeper emerald green. I think patterned socks look so much better in a solid color and now these make me happier. Now I can see the leaves and the pretty details even with some slight varigation still.


Pattern: Merlot
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden
Colorway: #8
Needles size 7 & 9 (I always use a smaller needle for the brim of hats).
This is a Christmas present for my Auntie in CA. She loves, loves, loves Blue. This was a cool pattern, I'll defiitely use it again. The yarn is such a pretty, bright, and vibrant blue (even though my picture doesn't portray that as much) so I made her these to match:

Pattern: Cranford Mitts
Yarn: Knitpicks Bare Superwash Fingering - Dyed with Sapphire Acid Dye
Size 2 needles

Loved this pattern but they aren't very warm! I may make her a plain set as well for a bit more coverage. It's funny, my hat picture is too dark and this one is too light! These are a deeper blue than they appear here. Someday I need a digital photography class!!!

A few more things have been in the works. Not always working out to my satisfaction. I just finished a cabled scarf for The Big Guy for Christmas but it turned into a big, fat UGH! I used Caron Simply Soft in Black (because I've always been happy with this yarn) but I could tell even when I was knitting it up that there were fuzzy issues already happening. I should've just STOPPED, but I thought maybe with a wash and some de-fuzzing it might be salvageable.


He's getting a store bought one this year. I'll try the pattern again one day in a different yarn. Fathers Day 2010?

Happy Knitting!


knittinwolf said...

I love the leave pattern on those socks....I have the perfect green smooshy for it too! Wow, you've done a lot!

Awesome hat and gloves too...such pretty blues!

Thanks for putting up the button..boy am I learning a lot of computery junk! Soon will have a Rav group too, hopefully by tomorrow!
love ya

kkhymn said...

You have knitting mojo Dawn! Yahoo. Your socks and mittens are so beautiful. I am now an official follower of your blog :)

Julie said...

I know what you mean. I haven't done much with my blog either. I know I need to. Hopefully when things settle down and mom is back to 100% I will get it all up to date. I LOVE YOUR SOCKS...that green is so pretty and it really shows up the pattern. The hat is cool and the blue gloves too. Well, I will talk to you later...I have to finish working by 1:00 a.m. so I can give my mom her meds and go to bed then up again at 7:00a.m. to start her meds and flush that icky drain she has....love ya.

Nat Red Knits said...

Wow you have been busy! You've got some serious knitting going on there girlfriend.

For me it is just a matter of loosing track of time. I never know what day of the week it is, not true abandonment ;)

Looky...we both have #8 Noro!! I love the leaves on your sockies. Gloves are awesome too. I just got my first skein of Cherry Tree Hill- Ebay is my friend.

Bubblesknits said...

Gorgeous knits! I love the Embossed Leaves pattern. :-)