Elinor Brown Knits

Knitting Designs by Elinor Brown

Month: May, 2007

Gifted Ribby Cardi

Theresa of Knitting Underway fame posted last week about her dissatisfaction with her Ribby Cardi and asked if anyone would be interested in it and she sent it to ME! Can you believe it? That Theresa! I’m going to find something really nice to send her!

The cardi is absolutely beautiful and it fits too, although I won’t likely wear it until it cools off again in the fall. I had an audience as I took pictures of it for you:

Something about that head popping up from the neck of the sweater made me laugh. “Oh, are you taking my picture? Oh OK, I’ll pose…”

Thanks so much for sending it, Theresa! I’m sure it will see lots of use next fall and winter!!

I also just received a skein of Posh Yarns Emily in “Tickly” from Elaine! It’s so soft! I don’t know what I’ll make with it just yet. Either a pair of socks or maybe some baby booties and hat sets. We’ll see!

Thanks, Elaine!!!!


New Gadgets!

Well, you all guessed what little B was doing in my last post. Heh. As Jess said, “There goes that Mother of the Year award!” Oh and speaking of Jess, you all need to go over to Ravelry and check it out. Rachel said just about everything I have to say on the matter. I think it’s the best thing to happen to the online knitting community since Knitty. Go sign up! It’s free.

I’m glad so many of you like the list of links I posted last weekend. I said last week that I often gravitate towards blogs that have lots of pictures. This is not to say that I don’t read others or that I read only picture-heavy blogs. Sara over at let me explaiKnit is one of my favorites and she never has any pictures. There are also some blogs with great photos that I do not read, primarily because I dislike the written content (and no, I will not provide you with an example of that…) On another note, Mira taught me a new vocabulary word yesterday: “blopping”, as in “blog hopping” – may you all go blopping this week!

And now on to knitting-related content:

My stepfather-in-law made me a yarn swift last week!!! Can you believe it???? Isn’t it beautiful? I had asked him to look at a swift to see if he could drill holes for pegs. I had considered making one once my semester ends. He returned with a prototype, with the finished product a few days later! I’ve always wound my yarn by hand but I have a 1-lb skein of Cherry Tree Hill mill end that I’d like to knit up and I just couldn’t face the wretched hand-winding.

So of course, what’s a girl with a swift to do without a ball winder?

Now, what can I wind up?

I could wind yarn all day.

Progress continues on the Gentleman’s Fancy Socks:

I really wish that I could have had them finished to present to the recipient when he gave me my swift but that’s OK. I’ll finish them this weekend and then I can give both pairs of socks away!!

I must say that I finished the first sock with 2.75 yards left. Suspecting that I’d run out, I bought another skein from Simply Socks Yarn before I decreased for the toe. I hope that I end with a similar amount left over on the second sock because the skein that came is a noticeably different color than my original. If I do not need it, I will plan on using it for some striped socks later on so I’m not too disappointed about purchasing an extra skein.

More Loot

My secret pal has amazing timing. After each of my last two Organic Chemistry exams, I have returned home to find amazing packages sitting on my doorstep. Check this out:
An Australian knitting magazine, some candy and chocolate, a notepad (note the picture on the cover) and some Lang Jawoll Comfort in my favorite color: bright pink.
But that’s not all! SOCK BLOCKERS!!!!! I’ve been coveting sock blockers for ages. I tried them out on one of my UFOs. This particular sock has been languishing in the UFO pile mostly because it requires a cable needle and I don’t have that kind of attentive knitting time available. Normally, I never use a cable needle but this particular yarn/cable pattern requires it. Looking at the sock on blockers makes me hope that I can finish the second sock soon!
I’ve finished the first of my Gentleman’s Fancy Socks but I haven’t had time to photograph it so I’ll leave you with a picture of Beatrix. I’ll let you guess what she’s doing in this picture…

Knit blogging will resume later this week! I will have lots to share with you!