Knit, knit, knit.

I have been churning out the small projects.

A pair of socks for myself.

Clown socks

Yarn: Trekking (XXL) in Clown Barf color 156. Toes and half of one heel reinforced with yellow Lang reinforcing thread, other heel reinforced with blue. My anal self is appalled.
Needles: US#0 (foot) and US#1 (leg).
Pattern: Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Socks, which is my current go-to sock pattern. I tried a little calf shaping on this pair: about one inch above the last short row of the heel I increased one stitch in the middle of the back, then increased again in that same place about every 3/4 inch until I had increased a total of four stitches. (The leg is 3×1 ribbing, so four stitches made everything work out.) The leg seems slightly more comfortable than the not-increased legs on previous socks, not that they were ever uncomfortable, but I suspect this pair may stay up better. Time will tell.

Two scarves (shown unblocked and blocking) for the Red Scarf Project.

Red scarf berrocco Red scarf nature spun
Red scarves

(left/bottom) Yarn: 3 skeins of Berrocco Blackstone Tweed (65% wool/25% mohair/10% angora), which is a single ply, lovely soft yarn (in spite of being tweed).
Pattern: La Harlot's One-Row Handspun Scarf, worked on 36 stitches.
Size: 63" x 8-1/2".
Needles: US#7 Addi Turbo.

(right/top) Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted, <1 skein each of scarlet and red.
Pattern: Simple stripes from the book, Knit One Below by Elise Duvekot; worked on 19 stitches. I quite love this vertical stripe look, and it knits up very quickly. If you look carefully at the third photo you can see where I reversed the colors halfway through the scarf. This is the technique the author used in the sweater on the cover of the book, but I had enough trouble keeping the two yarn colors in the right place without switching them out every 4 or 6 rows. Once was enough, just for fun.
Size: 63" x 6-1/2".
Needles: US #6 Addi Turbo.

And then there were some hats.

Hat wallaby Hat red strps
Hat soy silk 1 Hat soy silk 2

(1) Yarn: (MC) Knit Picks Andean Silk, color Wallaby, 40 gr (.8 skein); (CC) Louet Gems Worsted left over from my kimono sweater, color Burgundy. What the picture does not show you is how soft the Andean Silk is — knitting it was like working with soft kitteh fur. I kept stopping to pet it whilst knitting.
Pattern: Generic but originally derived from this one, worked on 96 st.
Size: M.
Needles: US#6 Addi Turbo.

(2) Yarn: (MC)Colorado Yarns Durango in the inventively named "1"; about .8 skein (90 yds); (CC) Plymouth Boku, in the also-inventively named "6"; also about .8 skein (80 yds).
Pattern: same as above, worked on 96 st.
Size: XL.
Needles: US#7 Addi Turbo for ribbing, US#8 Knit Picks Option circ with Zephyr tips for the body of the hat.

(3) Yarn: Paton's Soy Wool Stripes, Natural Earth, slightly less than one skein.
Pattern: Clamber, v. 1.0, worked on 96 st, 4 cable crossings before the decreases.
Size: S/M
Needles: US#7 Addi Turbo. (I think, might have been 6s.)

(4) Yarn: Paton's Soy Wool Stripes, Natural Earth, slightly more than one skein.
Pattern: Clamber, v. 1.0, worked on 96 st, 5 cable cr4ossings before the decreases.
Size: L
Needles: Knit Picks Options, Zephyr tips, US#8s. (I think, might have been 7s.)

The first three hats are destined for a couple hats for the homeless projects, one in Seattle and one in Minneapolis. #s 1 & 3 were originally intended for Shanti's ship hats, but after they were done I reread the requirements and found that they should have been knit from washable wool. Oh, well, the ship's crews' loss is the homeless's gain.

The fourth will be my winter hat, I think. I bought both colors of Soy Wool Stripes late last winter when I picked up a new winter coat on sale; the jacket is dark brown nylon and the hat should go well with it, as do my older Noro striped scarf and Plymouth Boku fingerless gloves (the contrasting stripes in hat #2 are the leftovers from those gloves).

Edited to add: Don't be too impressed with my output. This is 2-1/2 months of knitting. Instead, be appalled at how little I talk about knitting on this purportedly knitting blog.

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0 Responses to Knit, knit, knit.

  1. Susan says:

    Good Lord, woman! Looking at what you’ve finished makes me feel very lazy!

  2. gayle says:

    You’re still going like lightning compared to me…
    I haven’t finished anything in so long that I may not remember how to bind off.

  3. Erika says:

    Look at how it all adds up! Ooh and I like those Clamber hats. To the queue!

  4. Erika says:

    Oh I see. Clamber is already IN my Ravelry queue. Since last November. Damn, I need to knit faster!

  5. Lorette says:

    Oh good grief. Now I’m getting shamed into knitting. Thanks for the link to the hat pattern. I really need just a simple pattern to use up some of the mountain of yarn around here.

  6. Big Alice says:

    Wow, that is an impressive turnout.
    Mmmmm clown barf πŸ™‚

  7. Vicki says:

    Loved that Soy Wool Stripes yarn! Nice work.

  8. Cookie says:

    Oh, honey, knitting is so over-rated in knitting blogs. ;^)

  9. soxanne says:

    Nice – all of it!
    And I love the idea of different colored reinforcing thread … hmmmm … must go try that myself.

  10. =Tamar says:

    I like the clown barf. (Just found out I have to rip and redo the toe on a sock because it’s half an inch off on the pattern and the two do match otherwise. sigh.)

  11. Chris says:

    Damn. I need a surrogate knitter!

  12. Bullwinkle says:

    (Damn – this is gonna be a long comment if you’re gonna cram so much knitting in one post.)
    Clown barf socks: I’ve done two different types of afterthought heels on the same pair of socks. It was a self-striping yarn so it was very obvious in the color patterns. The only people who notice are knitters (standing in line at Starbucks by Stitches East, several years ago.) And if you stuff them in your boots, no one will ever notice πŸ˜‰
    Re Knit 1 Below: thanks πŸ™‚ I’ve been meaning to try this technique. Do you think higher contrast yarns would make reversing the colors easier?
    Hats … I feel another hat binge coming on πŸ™‚
    Excellent knitting!

  13. Mary Lou says:

    Nevertheless, that’s a helluva lot of knitting. And nice Red Scarves and Hats for the Homeless! I have used K1Below as a kind of Brioche look, but not with two colors. Must test it out.

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