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Blue Moon Fiber Arts Raven Stash

These are my remaining Raven colorways was from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. Yum. I have four skeins of Woobu, the rest I only have one.

1. Woobu in Thraven, 2. Luscious Single Silk - Thraven, 3. Socks that Rock mediumweight - Corbie, 4. Silkie Socks that Rock - Tlingit, 5. Socks that Rock heavyweight - Rook-y, 6. Socks That Rock Mediumweight Thraven

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Raven Stash

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  • Warp Speed

    Started Monday night. They’re currently about 2 inches longer than this picture. The Spiraling Master Coriolis socks from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One. Yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight Raven Clan color Haida. Yummy dark black and blue color, but stains my fingers. Washes off easily at least. Must remember to wash socks before wearing! I also joined the new Knit-Purl Sock Club. (Thank you economic stimulus check!)

    Raven Clan Haida

    Maybe this should be a photo blog, I never seem to have much to say!

    Coriolis Socks

    I love me some magic loop.

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  • A finished object! The “Boyfriend Socks” in size US 0 (SO TINY) that took me 4 months. They fit, I’m happy. These shoes fit my skinny feet better now too! The yarn is ShibuiKnits Sock in color Midnight purchased from Knit/Purl. The temperature is supposed to hit 70 today. Why not wear some wool socks?!

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  • Adventures In Swatches

    Uses for Orange yarn… Swatches! I had a migraine while knitting this. It is horrible all around. Yarn is KnitPicks Swish worsted (I think). Lace pattern from the Sun Ray Shawl on Elann. This is not an accurate swatch of the lace. I moved things around in my migraine befuddled knitting. I did discover how to not do SSKs, but not doing them at all! Just knit the two loops as normal on that row then do a SSP over those on the next row (the wrong side). I need to investigate other ways to SSKs because mine really, truly are ugly.

    These swatches are for an afghan. I started it a long time ago in cables, but it is just too heavy. Need something with pattern that is not girly-lacy (more manly!).

    UGLY!

    Swach #2 in a really similar lace pattern. Taken from an Adirenne Vittadini pattern book. (Don’t remember off the top of my head). Ignore the horrible K1P1 ribbing at the top. I was too lazy to do it proper. (Also can’t make ribbing look right in my normal continental knitting style). I re-figured the chart to put the SSPs on the purl row, instead of SSKs. The middle section has the SSPs, the top and bottom sections have K2TOGs, which don’t look horrible, but aren’t quite as nice as the SSPs. Part of the problem is this yarn. KnitPicks Main Line, which is 75% cotton 25% wool. It probably would look better blocked. I hate the way my knitting looks in cotton yarn, but this isn’t as bad as 100% cotton yarn. The original cabled afghan started out in this. I need to get some pictures. I think I’m going to switch to KnitPicks Comfy, as it is machine washable. The Main Line can be used for a summer sweater or something! Hmm. I never have gotten around to making a ChicKnits Eyelet Cardi!

    Afghan test swatch.

    Next I’m going to try a swatch of the Voyager Lace Stole.  I love the way the lace makes the wavy edges.  I could basically just size up the stole pattern for an afghan, leaving off the picot edgings on each end.

    Color Test Swatch

    Finally, a swatch from Annie Modesitt’s New Directions in Color class.  My first attempt ever at colorwork.  I thought it was more hideous in class, but it is not so horrible looking to me now.

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  • Yarn Harlot Videos

    I finally posted them in vimeo.  The first two are my favorites, and yes, that’s me “singing” along during the song :)  Other people were too, they just weren’t next to my camera!  I was sitting almost half way back and all I could get with the 12x optical zoom was her head, not that you could see the rest of her behind the podium.

    Millie the Mouser from akimbo on Vimeo.

    Yarn Harlot Serenade from akimbo on Vimeo.

    Inexplicable from akimbo on Vimeo.

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  • Inexplicable Knitting Behavior

    Pictures are here from tonight’s knitting talk by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot. Click for larger ones on flickr. Fun night, I got there about 1.5 hours early and about 1/3 of the seats were taken. There most have been over 500 knitters there. I bought her new book and a special Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock lightweight sock yarn colorway: Knitters Without Borders. I’m too sleepy to write anything else. I didn’t stay to get my book signed, 3 hours on my butt in a chair was enough. Lots of lovely nice knitters there! Stephanie was as hilarious as her books.

    I also have video of a few bits of Stephanie and the song at the end. I’m not posting those publicly yet, I think I want to find out if it’s okay first. (From whom, I’m not sure!) If you’re interested, email me at akimboATonthefritzDOTorg and I’ll give you the link and password. Videos in this post.

    The Yarn Harlot - Inexplicable KnitterMore Inexplicable Knitting BehaviorInexplicable Knitting Behavior Boyfriend Socks

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  • The Beginning of a Knit-tastic Week

    No Mean Feet! 1st and 3rd Monday night Sock knitting at Knit-Purl. Sock Monkey is Kaaren’s (in bottom pick), fresh from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock Camp (jealous!). This week includes Yarn Harlot Tuesday at the World Forestry Center for a book reading and signing. It’s on my way home, how could I not go! This weekend Annie Modesitt will be in town and I’m taking her Colorwork class Sunday and probably Combination Knitting on Friday night depending on my schedule. I’ve never taken a class (I taught my self to knit from books) and I enjoy Annie’s blog, so this ought to be a FUN week!

    No Mean Feet Socks

    Kaaren and her awesome Sock Monkey:

    Karen and her Sock Monkey!

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  • Irish Hiking Scarf

    Christmas 2005 gift for mom. 2.75 skeins of worsted weight Misti Alpaca from Knit-Purl. I don’t have the yarn wrapper in front of me, but I assume it is 4270 - Cornflower Blue. This stuff is amazingly drapey and soft.

    Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf. A great way to learn and practice cables!

    Irish Hiking Scarf

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  • Finished Socks!

    Proof I do actually finish a few things! These were finished in January, 2006. Rib and Cable socks from Interweave Knits Fall 2005.

    Model Shot Done.

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  • Pattern: Easy Roll-Brim Knit Hat Recipe

    Roll Brim Hat #1

    Yarn: color charcoal, 100% Wool. I used about 2/3 to 3/4 of a skien.

    Needles: 16 inch circular Addi Turbos size 3 US and size 3 US bambo dpns for the top.
    Project Gauge: about 6.25 st/inch

    Notes: For a 23.5 inch he ad. Cast on 132 stitches. Hat came out about 21 inches around. This was perfect as it allowed for stretch and wasn’t too tight.

    akimbo action shots of #1:

    Roll Brim Hat #1

    Roll Brim Hat #1. Action Shot!

    Roll Brim Hat #2

    Yarn: Noro Kureyon, color 52, 100% wool,

    Needles: 16 inch circular Addi Turbos size 3 US and size 3 US bambo dpns for the top.
    Project Gauge: about 5.5 st/inch (before blocking)

    Notes: For a 22.5 inch head (mine!). Cast on 108 stitches. Hat came out about 21 inches around, this was more like 19.5 inches before blocking. The Noro wanted to loosen up on me.

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    Roll Brim Hat #2
    Roll Brim Hat #2.  Top View.

    Weight/Yardage: 108 yards/50 grams per skein. I used about 1.25 skeins.
    Yarn
    Gauge: 4.5-5 sts = 1″, #7 or #8 needle

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