Elinor Brown Knits

Knitting Designs by Elinor Brown

Month: May, 2007

Orchid Socks and Upcoming Blog Contest for Grapefruit Socks

The good: Orchid Socks are knitting up beautifully and I really love this colorway from Woolarina.

The bad: Studying for final exams and finishing up a directed readings paper is really chewing up my knitting time this week.

The ugly: OK, so some of you don’t think the Grapefruit Socks are all that ugly but I do. The last straw came when Aaron referred to them as my Ronald McDonald socks. I’ve decided that these socks and my wardrobe will never coexist peacefully so I’ve decided to have a blog contest and give them away. I’ll finish the length to the winner’s foot measurements (provided your feet aren’t bigger than a women’s US 10 so I don’t run out of yarn). I’ll post contest details in the next two weeks, when I’m closer to finishing the pair. Stay tuned.

Woolarina Grapefruit Socks and Knit Picks Catalogs

Have you ever landed on someone’s blog and thought, “Oh man, what was that blogger thinking?” Well, I’m that blogger this week ! I know some people like this kind of project but for all of you out there who are cringing, I’m right there with you. Give me solid sock yarn any day. Nevertheless, I am interested in how the striping is turning out. I used a short-row heel and knit the heel from the other end of the ball in an attempt to maintain the established striping pattern.

There has been a little surprise with this yarn. Do you see the inch of green? It was difficult to photograph but rest assured, there is an inch of green thrown in. I don’t mind too much, since my expectations of the project in general are rather low. Perhaps that will be how I’ll tell right from left?

You can really see the pooling capabilities of this yarn in the cake, now that I’ve used up quite a bit.

I just received the new Knit Picks catalog this week. Am I the only one that thinks the modeled sweaters in their catalogs look like droopy potato sacks? And some of the sock patterns they feature? *shaking head* KP sells some great yarns but I think they need to hire better marketing folks. Or at least, marketing folks who are at the same time skilled knitters. You can find far superior examples of Knit Picks yarn in action on Flickr and frankly, that’s just sad. They should be able to put out a catalog superior to a Lion Brand one, don’t you think? Well, that’s what I think.

Pooling Grapefruit Socks

Here is what remained of the sock yarn for my in-laws’ socks. Four socks and this is all the yarn I have left. You can see why I was worried about not making it!!

My Grapefruit Socks are definitely pooling in spite of knitting with two skeins, as Stacey predicted. Surprisingly, I don’t hate them. Not yet, at least. And really, what do I care anyhow? These socks are getting me through through exams! Their intended purpose is not to sit in my bag looking pretty. I must remember that.

In other news, a few weeks back, I realized that there was a mistake with the Secret Pal 10 swap and I had two spoilers! Well, Christine ended up getting reassigned but she sent me stuff too! Some coffee, some of her own hand-dyed wool in an absolutely beautiful blue and personalized stitch markers!

Can you see those stitch markers? She used pictures of me and Beatrix from my Flickr account!!! That is so cool. I wonder how she did it? I will definitely treasure these stitch markers! I should put them to use in upcoming baby knits too! How sweet is that lady? You should all stop by her blog and see that kid of hers! He’s such a cutie with all that great hair!!!

Thanks, Christine!!!

FO: Gentleman’s Fancy Socks

Thank you so much for your input about the ribbon on the baby tank. I haven’t decided what to do yet but Toni had the bright idea to tack the bow down! Why didn’t I think of that??? Of course! I might try tacking the bow down in front first before turning it around to the back. There’s something about a bow in back that screams 1986 to me.

I was looking forward to running a 10K last weekend but I woke up on Sunday to thunder, lightning and a heavy downpour. I’m still pretty disappointed about it because there aren’t many 10Ks in my area and it’s my favorite distance. I’m thinking of running one in Kansas City in early June, although the logistics of getting to the race and dealing with baby care might make that impossible. We’ll see. Instead of running this weekend, this is what I did:
That swift and ball winder is addicting!

I finished the Gentleman’s Fancy Socks this weekend. I apologize that every picture of these shows a different color – navy blue is impossible to photograph!!!

Pattern: Gentleman’s Fancy Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Lang Jawoll in 85.025 (navy blue)
Needles: US 2, US1
Modifications: I don’t care for leg shaping so I knit the cuff and the first repeat on size 2 needles and then switched to size 1s for the desired shaping. It worked out very well.

You should see how little yarn I had left over. Maybe I’ll get a picture of that for later this week. It was really astounding. Both pairs of socks for my in-laws really came down to the last few yards!
There are two new pairs of socks on the needles, both using Woolarina sock yarn. The first is Craftaholic’s Orchid socks in Raspberry. Instead of doing a lace repeat in front and in back, I chose to do it in front with ribbing halfway down the back followed by stockinette stitch like the Canal du Midi socks.
The unblocked version looks all crumpled but check out some of the other Orchid socks on Flickr. That Craftaholic has some great sock patterns!

This yarn is also Woolarina in Grapefruit. I bought this ages ago because I loved the colors. At the time, I must have forgotten my contempt for the pooling that so often comes with variegated yarn. The yarn has been languishing in stash because I didn’t know what to do with it. Since the Orchid socks require more attention to knit than I’d like, I thought I’d start a mindless ribbed sock for reading/studying with this yarn. Of course, I’ve taken every precaution and I’m alternating between skeins to minimize any pooling. It’s going well so far, although I’m only a few inches in. Perhaps you’ll see some pictures later this week. I think I’ll try 4-5 inches of ribbing followed by plain stockinette. I’ve never made a stockinette sock so this will be a first!

Why a Cute Ribbon Tie Isn’t Such a Great Idea for a Baby Sweater

Do you think it would look strange if I turned the tie around to the back of the tank? *sigh*