Sunday, November 12, 2006

Lacevember, (New) Socks and Birthday


I've chosen what I'm knitting for Lacevember... Arctic Diamonds Stole in the new issue of IK. I'm knitting it in Pace sock yarn (my LYS doesn't carry the Louet yarns) in a pretty icy blue, brrrr. I've finished the bottom border and 2 rows of the "main" pattern, I'm loving it a lot.







And the 2 new socks I've started (yes I know, I have about 5 others OTN that I need to work on and finish, but what can I say). The sock on the left is called Edelweiss by Candace Eisner Strick. The pattern is in the fall issue of Vogue Knitting. I wanted to knit this pair in Lorna's but my LYS is having a hard time finding me another ball of natural in the same dye lot that I already have. So I'm knitting it in Regia (just like the pattern calls for). It is a beautiful, highly textured sock (and I love textured socks... to knit and to wear). It's going to be a snug sock (I maybe should have knit it with US1.5 needles instead on US1's) I think, but it has some stretch so it may be alright afterall.

And the second sock... I'm knitting the yarn my Sockret Pal sent me, I'm knitting it plain to show off it's pretty colors. I'm really enjoying knitting this yarn (it's soft and stretchy).










And so now the birthday stuff (I know it's a few days early, you just never know about the mail)!! I don't usually do this (spend money on myself, you other moms will know what I'm talking about) but I splurged (I can hear Monica now, I've been holding out on her...with my new yarn acquisitions...don't worry, you'll see them in person soon). On the far left is Sheldridge Farms' Crocus (it isn't blue at all, it's purple with little dots of red), next to that is Perchance To Knit/Dreams' Hot Sox (specially dyed for SockretPal participants), in the center is Claudia Handpainted Spring Break (I know handpainted yarns are different even in the same dye lot, but these two skeins are like day and night from each other), on the right is STR in Watermelon Tourmaline (I had ordered Carousel, but they sent me this and I love it, so no harm done) for some reason the Scottish Highlands ( I got that too) didn't make it into the picture, and finally Cherry Tree Hill in Serengeti (I have some brown pants I need socks for and this yarn will go perfect with them).
The 100th post is one step closer (but not there yet), so keep commenting (only one entry per commenter, sorry). It's nice to have new readers stopping by and seeing all the familiar ones sticking with me! Thanks ladies, you're the best!!
More later.

12 comments:

Ashley said...

ils10903My birthday is coming up...and I've bought roving... and tea. I never buy things for myself. lol. I did this year though.

monica said...

Some of that is for me, ... right?
I am so envious. I wish I could splurge like that right now.

ikkinlala said...

Very pretty!

Shelley said...

Look at that gorgeous yarn! I really love that one the sockret pals are getting...really makes me wish I was taking part now! The shawl is going to look gorgeous in that ice blue colour, and I love the socks you are doing - especially the Edeilweiss (sp) ones. Can't wait to see those ones completed.

Rhonda said...

That is a lovely choice for lace. I'm still looking through my mag but I'm leaning toward the cable edge cardigan. My daughter thinks we can share it. HA!

Sourire11 said...

oooh that stole is going to be beautiful.... I love the pattern but the huge, long chart freaked me out!

Vicki Knitorious said...

Oh, I do so love group pictures of yarn. ; ) Very nice!!

Lisa said...

you do absolutely beautiful work! I need to take another sock class, or at least work on my gauge so that i can actually finish a pair.
Have a Great Birthday!

tatt3r said...

Your socks are beautiful! You made some wonderful choices for your birthday present.

Lucy said...

Hi karen, I love the sound of icy blue, hope to see it. I don't knit so i don't want to enter your contest and take away from others who love yarn. How are you judging the entries? i missed something ( very usual for me)

adrienne said...

happy birthday! i love stress free contests! your shawl will be beautiful when you finish.

--Deb said...

It looks like a great early-birthday present to me!! Of course, I just bought myself a spinning wheel for mine... (grin)