Purple socks and Red Sails

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Well…the purple socks are finished…and they are lovely. Knitted with finger weight yarn that is 75% wool and 25% nylon they were fun to stitch. I knitted at least two rows a night. They fit like a charm with ample toe room. They are just high enough to reach the calf as it begins to widen. I am wearing them now…and they feel great. 

Red Sails is having the endds woven in. I have for all intents and purposes completed weaving the ends on the front. I am now working on the back. There are many ends to weave in. The neckline looks gorgeous. I wonder now if the hole for the head is big enough with the neckline nearly 15 (I do not remember how many rows the neckline is.) rows deep. Every night I weave in 18 strands.

I promised this sweater for last winter. I want to finish this sweater by the winter, 2014.

Chanel-like Jacket and a new beret

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The jacket is getting lots of compliments. I want to put two turquoise buttons at each cuff and add a couple of pockets on the inside.

I have been looking for a sock pattern that has a simple lace pattern, maybe…or maybe a plain sock will be better.

Our assistant rector is pregnant. I must find a pattern to knit something for the baby. She is due in May.

I am knitting a reverse stockinette stitch beret for a friend of mine. I am using two strands of 90% washable merino wool and 10% nylon.  I hope to complete it soon.

Real progress

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Early this morning I got as far as weaving in the ends on my Chanel-like jacket. I wore it to work without the buttons on the cuffs; it was a hit and it was warm. The basket weave stitch went over well. I am excited and proud of the jacket.

I am working on a hat for a friend of mine. It will be a beret. I am using a merino wool and nylon blend.

I recently completed a similar hat using a Lamb’s Pride wool or wool blend. I have misplaced the ball band and have had to instruct my friend to hand wash the hat. I try to keep to keep a ball band in the bag in which I keep the project and the tools for completion of the project. When that fails I have no reference for washing instructions.

I…almost always send a ball band with the completed project to the intended wearer so that he/she will know how to clean the project.

Summary: Keep your ball bands and include a ball band with the completed project for the wearer.

Yarn and a Cold New York Night

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imageOn the way home from lunch with a friend I took the subway to 57th Street to a giant yarn sale at the Holiday Inn.  I  had planned to spend maybe $10, but I ended up spending $43 and some change. I ended up with 10 skeins of variegated turquoise yarn 10 pair of knitting needles and a plan to knit my girlfriend a hat and scarf, and my two brothers a hat each.