Thursday, July 28, 2011

summer knitting

Jam update for posterity: 3 batches of strawberry, 1 batch of sour cherry, blueberry to be determined. Peaches just coming in.

sock update: I'm tired of making plain socks

Back in April, when my LYS had it's annual sale, I picked up seven skeins of Rowen summer tweed in denim, thinking that I would make a summer short sleeved tee. Then summer actually hit and the thought of wearing yarn, even cotton/silk yarn, repulsed me.

Before that happened though, I picked a copy of Summer 2011 Knitscene, because it had several top down raglan style Tee patterns.

A few days ago, I threw down the sock I was knitting because my goodness was I bored and I started contemplating something different. A sweater maybe. I dug out all my stuff from the dollar and a half cardigan and decided that would be too hard. I need something simple but not mindless. So I dug out the summer tweed and started envisioning a shrug. I have a pattern I want to make someday, but twice now I've gone into it with yarn, swatched and missed gauge by enough that I don't dare attempt it. But something funny happened while I was swatching, I started seeing not lace, but a raglan style shirt/cardigan something.

And so, last night instead of reading before bed, I flipped through Knitscene looking at all the patterns, looking for one with the gauge I had and the amount of yarn I had (because sale =none left I'm sure). I'm reasonably close on both gauge and amounts on the Lodi Cardigan . I'm only 75 yards short--surely that's the difference between 3/4 length sleeves and short ones?

Please somebody get ready to say I told you so, in a month when I complain about being too short to finish.

Thursday, July 07, 2011


It has been a while but I have many things to report. First, I made 3 batches of strawberry freezer jam. I ended up having lots leftover from last year but I think that had to do with making 2 batches of blueberry instead of one, and then not making the strawberry ganache that I frequently make. So I made three again this year. I only have one more jam from last year to use up now, see it is easy to give away extras.

I also went on a long car trip to see my mom and brought along my rainbow socks, dyed from a sock blank that I spoke about last time. I cast on shortly after I posted that entry--a basic toe up. I struggled with--should I make them super long or should I save roughly half the yarn for something else and decided I could do a rainbow scarf too if I stopped. So I did. When we got back from our short trip (1 week!) I had this:

rainbow socks

And a few days after we got back I had this:
rainbow socks

These have to be the fastest socks I have ever knit. EVER. And I've started a new pair. But now I'm thinking perhaps I need a second project going. Either the rainbow scarf (lacy!) or a sweater--maybe dollar and a half as I am feeling braver.