Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Onwards and Upwards

With December here and four Christmas projects still on my to-do list, I figured I'd better get a wiggle on!

I decided the guy version of the maroon sock would work well for one of my recipients, and since I have to knit it to design it, I'm killing two birds with one stone.

I cast on with some lovely grey Scheepjes I raided from Mom's stash. I did a couple pattern repeats but it just wasn't working out. The yarn wasn't smooth enough to give really good stitch definition, so I called up mom and put in an order for a semi-solid, inky colour skein of Alley Cat

This is what she came up with:

Pretty good eh? Reminds me of BIC pens when they explode in your hand... I called it Squid.

While I was waiting for it to dry, I cast on for the second pair of guy socks I have to knit this Christmas. I chose a nice rustic green Fortissma Socka that was also raided from Mom's stash... I sense a theme here....

Anyway, here it is with the Squid sock too....I got the Squid yarn as soon as it was dry and cast on, so the green sock is getting set aside because the Alley Cat is so much nicer to knit with than the Fortissima. Once again, sorry for the crappy pic... the Squid sock has arrows (like the maroon sock) and the green sock has mini cables. Both are about 3.5 inches long so far.

I have to say it's so nice now that I'm knitting at Job #2. It looks like my editor will be off until Christmas, so without that evening knitting time, I'd never get everything done for Christmas!


Lee said...

I love the color of that Squid Alley Cat Yarn. I wanted to say THANK YOU!!! For the yarn I got it today. It must have been at the border for a little while. I am loving that Opal Petticoat. THanks again. I am also glad that you can knit at your 2nd job now.

Lee said...

Oh yes and you are so sweet for sending me the little fairy stitch markers that you sent me too. I think they are very beautiful.

Rhonda said...

It sounds like mom's stash is taking a big hit. Will there be anything left for me the KNIT with?

Samantha said...

I love the Squid colour. It reminds me exactly of exploded bic pens.

lexa said...

The squid is gorgeous! I still have two scarves and five or so pairs of socks to knit for Christmas. Luckily three or so pairs are for men and will be Thujas made with worsted weight yarn. I had wanted to make my two year old nephew a sweater, but I think I'll just have to make it afterwards -- I won't have time. I'll be working extra this month most likely, and it's usually crazy busy at work so I don't have time to knit this time of year on the job!

Jeanne said...

Wow - how nice you can keep on using your Mom's stash - that's really of of her to share!

Squid is gorgeous!