Elinor Brown Knits

Knitting Designs by Elinor Brown

Category: socks

Warrior Baby

I wonder if all that prenatal yoga paid off? Doesn’t this look like the warrior pose?

I can’t resist posting this one because I think it’s so funny to see this little baby head popping out of the cavernous hole that is our kitchen sink*.

What’s with all the baby pictures? You guessed it, there’s little knitting to report – only a super lame FO and a really cool garage sale find.

Yarn: Regia Cotton India, who knows what colorway
Pattern: 60-stitch, stockinette socks with about 4″ of ribbing.

In the photo, one looks longer than the other but they’re the same size in real life. These socks will go to my mom. Like I said earlier, I’m not so fond of the colorway but I did buy two skeins of Regia cotton to make socks for my mom so that’s all there is to say. I’m tempted to cast on for the second pair soon just to get them done.

Next up, my $0.25 garage sale baby quilt. It’s certainly a scrap quilt (and a tied one at that) but I couldn’t resist it. It’s light and soft and it’s the kind of blanket that I would want if I were a baby.

* Concrete countertops look cool in magazines but let’s not talk about what they’re like to live with…


FO: Grapefruit Socks

Pattern: Basic Stockinette with short-row heel and wedge toe (CO 64 sts)
Yarn: Woolarina Superwash Sock yarn in Grapefruit colorway

These socks will be packed up this evening and shipped off to Ann, who graciously traded me some beautiful Sea Wool and Lang Jacquard for them! So much for a stash buster project! Ann, I hope these fit!!!

For weeks, I’ve been meaning to blog about the beautiful stitch markers that my sister-in-law, Xan, made for me. Aren’t they pretty? Jewelry for my knitting needles!!! She’s so talented. She can knit, crochet, sew, quilt, tile a bathroom floor… I just checked out some good baby knits books from the library so I plan on using these in a baby project that will debut soon. I must finish my socks first!

Speaking of socks, I’ve finished the first of my mom’s Regia cotton socks, although I had to rip and reknit the toe once because I measured incorrectly. These socks are just OK in my book. Their overwhelming comfort makes up for the white ply (I assume that’s the cotton part of the Regia blend) that makes them look a bit funny!

I do like how the striping worked out at the toe, don’t you?

The crochet project is coming along quite well. I’m adding about one color strip a day so at this rate, it will take me all summer but that’s just fine with me. Afghans aren’t very portable projects anyway so this will be my at-home project.

After my last post, Maryse reminded me that there’s no reason to apologize for crochet. She’s right, of course. I know I’ll get some heat for saying it but I strongly associate crochet with tacky, acrylic (insert household item here) covers that one sees at local craft fairs. It’s because my grandmother used to have crocheted toilet paper roll covers in all of her vacation rentals. As if covering a roll of TP makes it look like anything other than what it is… So if I’m down on crochet, it’s because of the toilet paper rolls.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a preview of other crafty projects in the queue this summer:

FO: Craftaholic Orchid Socks

Pattern: Craftaholic’s Orchid Sock pattern
Yarn: Woolarina Superwash Sock
Needles: US 2 for the first 4 inches, then US 1
Modifications: This is a toe-up pattern but I knit it top down, without reversing the row order. Also, I only used the lace pattern on the front, with extended ribbing followed by stockinette stitch in the back.
Here is a view of the back. The extra ribbing and stockinette in back was inspired by Nancy Bush’s Canal du Midi pattern that I knit up in April.

One thing that I love about these socks is the striping on the bottoms of the feet.

I really can’t say enough about this yarn. It felt like soft Koigu with similar twist. I love the striping too, although it only striped when I knit on US 1s, pooling a bit on US 2s. Since these are for me, I’ll be able to give you a review of how the yarn wears later this year – a bonus!

I’m horribly behind on Bloglines, please forgive me! I’ve been reading everything but haven’t had much time for comments. I’ll get back next week when school starts up again and I’m not on full-time baby care. Speaking of which, how do you stay-at-home moms do it? I’m exhausted and crazy from two weeks of sitter-free baby duty!

Celebratory Knitting

This week I took two finals and handed in a 5-page paper and an 80-page paper. I’m officially done for the semester and done with my masters degree. Commencement is tomorrow but it will be a bit anticlimactic, since I still have to take more science classes to meet the medical school entrance requirements.

Needless to say, I celebrated with a few rows of sock. I present one finished Orchid Sock. The second is already on the needles.

This picture shows the lace pattern a bit better.

Even though this yarn was probably not the best choice to show off the lace pattern, I love the striping shown here.

Instead of knitting the lace pattern on the front and back, I knit the back the same way the Canal du Midi Socks were made, mostly to give the sock some stability.

I enjoyed knitting these socks so very much! As I’ve told some of you, I will be sad to finish the second sock!

My secret pal, whose last two packages been waiting for me after each of my last two organic chemistry, struck again. This time? Four hours after my organic chemistry final. If it weren’t for the Australian postmarks, I would swear that my pal is in the class with me because her timing is freakish.

This time, she sent a Jo Sharp pattern book, three wonderfully soft balls of Alpaca Silk Georgette and some chocolate wrapped in the prettiest paper!

Although I had heard great things about Jo Sharp patterns, I’d never leafed through one of her pattern books. I must say, this pattern book is definitely my style. You all know how often I knit adult sweaters (have I even made one since I started blogging?) but I’m itching to cast on for several from this issue! Unfortunately, I can’t find any pictures of the mitts and stockings that my pal suggested for the yarn. Maybe I’ll have to knit them. Thank you so much, secret pal!!! You are totally amazing!

Finally, both Emily and Jen tagged me for that 7 Random Things About You meme that’s flying around blogland. I’m conflicted about memes because I don’t like when they replace real knit blog fodder (personally, I’d rather see what you knit than learn about your freakish talents or strange pet peeves, even if that means you only post once a month). Read on if you so choose. I’m not going to tag anyone else (much to the annoyance of Minty) but feel free to post your own you like.
1. I grew up on Cape Cod.
2. I begged to go to boarding school and loved every minute of it. Cape Cod was that awful (pretty, yes, but an intellectual wasteland nonetheless).
3. When I went to college at the University of Kansas, my grandmother referred to it as a study abroad period.
4. I live happily without both meat and television (until Beatrix, I lived without dairy and eggs too). I firmly believe television is the root of all evil. I won’t judge you if you like it but if you can’t carry a conversation without talking about TV shows, my eyes will glaze over and I’ll politely excuse myself from the conversation.
5. I’m a New York Times Crossword junkie. Like Bill Clinton, only not nearly as good. Have you seen the Bush crossword? It’s good. 😉
6. I don’t run on the Kansas River levy (the best running surface in town) because one time, a lone female runner who was really far out got stalked by a mountain lion at 5 a.m. Even though I would never run at 5 a.m., alone on the levy or that many miles out, I still fear mountain lions.
7. Whenever I ride out of town, I think about how nice it would be to live in the country. Then, I think about snakes and mountain lions. That’s the end of that fantasy. I’m such a New Englander.

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.