The Queen Is Dead; Long Live The Queen!

Get ready. Wait for it. Wait for it.

The Spider Queen Shawl stretched to dry

I stretched her hard enough that I had to use a couple of paperweights to keep the blocking boards from buckling, and she’s about 53 inches square. When I unpin her and she relaxes a little, she’ll probably lose an inch or two, but, still, she’s a nice size for a square shawl.

Here’s a closer look at the center. The difference in the color is due to some of the shawl being over the carpet while the rest is over the blocking boards.

The Spider Queen center close up

She no longer looks like something my cat horked up.

Here’s a close up of one of the corners. I’m very pleased with how my corner attachment technique turned out.

The Spider Queen Shawl corner

Oh, and here’s a picture of my newest project, a Clapotis scarf knitting in my very own handspun, Cool Madras BFL from Corgi Hill Farm.

Cool Madras Clapotis Scarf

I’m using a 4mm Aero circular and it’s knitting up really quickly. The pattern is very simple and easy to memorize, and the yarn is heavenly. I can’t believe I made the yarn myself. 🙂

FO Friday

Ta-da! The Show-Off Stranded Socks are ready for the wearing.

Show-Off Stranded Socks in CTH Supersocks “Birches”

I really like this stitch pattern, but I don’t care for the heel the designer uses, so I made a traditional heel-flap-and-gusset heel instead. I kept the heel flap in pattern except for knitting the first two and last two stitches to make a garter-stitch border to ease the picking up of the gusset stitches. Also, I made a round toe, which is my usual toe. I had just enough yarn to complete the socks, which fit my gunboats quite nicely. The Cherry Tree Hill Supersock yarn is very soft and wonderful to knit with. And the stitch pattern used for the sock is a good one to use for hand-painted sock yarns.

The Spider Queen hasn’t been blocked yet. I’m planning to stretch her out tomorrow while watching football. Yes, I’ll take pictures. 🙂

Here’s a shocker. It was about 12:56 am when I snipped the last woven-in end on Show-Off last night (technically early this morning, LOL), and because it was so late (or so early, depending on your perspective) I didn’t cast on a new project. At this very moment, I have nothing OTN.

Well, sort of. I have a second sock in my knitting basket that hasn’t been touched in at least a year, but I need to dig out the pattern so I can finish it.

I also have an afghan that is in the middle of being put together that I should finish up.

And then there’s St. Moritz. I don’t want to talk about St. Moritz. And we won’t even mention Melanie, a lace shawl from Sharon Miller, that needs frogging.

But the sock and the sweater are in time out for the foreseeable future, so they don’t count as OTN; the lace shawl is destined to be frogged, so it doesn’t count as OTN, either. The afghan is knitted; it just needs finishing, so it cannot be classified as OTN, either.

Therefore, I currently have NOTHING on the needles. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Something must be done to correct this horrendous situation! I have a plan brewing, and it involves some of my handspun as well as some commercial sock yarn and at least 3 different projects. I’ll let you in on it all tomorrow. 🙂

 

WIP Wednesday

Let me explain something to you, dear reader. I’m retired. That means that one of the first things I do when I wake up in the morning is ask myself, What day is it? Lucky for me my computer tells me what day of the week it is, or else I’d be lost in a total time warp. One day is the same as the next for me. Every day is a day off.

So this morning, when I realized it was Wednesday, I knew I had to write a blog post. What point is there in joining WIP Wednesday if I forget to post something on Wednesday, right? So here is where my WIP stand today.

I have completed a few more rounds on the second Show-Off Stranded (not stranded) sock, so there’s no point in taking a new picture because it won’t look any different from the previous picture.

I don’t know whether The Spider Queen still counts as a WIP because she isn’t blocked yet. I think not. The knitting is done, and she doesn’t need any making up, so in my not so humble opinion, she’s a finished object.

So that leaves me with a spinning project. I started working on a lovely braid of BFL and Sparkle from Woolgatherings.

The colors are brilliant, and I am really enjoying spinning the sparkly yarn. The Sparkle Nylon is soft and isn’t even noticeable aside from the sparkle.

I’m spinning this yarn very fine and planning to chain-ply it to make a sock yarn. But I have a long, long way to go before this project is completed.

Stay tuned to the channel all week because I will definitely have a report for you on FO Friday.

TTFN!

A Weekend of Knitting And Football

So, the mighty Mountaineers of West Virginia University beat the Maryland Terps on Saturday. And on Sunday, my beloved Buffalo Bills managed to win over the hapless Pumpkin Heads Cleveland Browns. But, sadly, the Stillers managed to give away their game to the Raiders.

All that football means a lot of knitting, and a lot of knitting means that the knitting is done.

The Spider Queen knitted but not blocked

I used six balls of Jamieson & Smith Cobweb with just a little to spare.

I hope to dress The Spider Queen later this week. I can hardly wait to see her stretched out in all her glory.

After finishing the arachnid on Saturday, I went to work on the Show-Off Stranded sock #2.

As you can see, the heel has been turned, the gussets worked, and the foot is progressing nicely. There is no stranded knitting whatsoever in this pattern, so I really don’t get the name. The pattern really should be called the Show-Off Passed-Over Socks because the pattern consists of doing a yarnover, knitting two stitches, and passing the yarnover over the two stitches that were just knitted. 🙂

Time for a new project. Maybe I’ll knit up some of my handspun.

FO Friday

In addition to WIP Wednesday, Tami also gives us FO (Finished Object) Friday.

Alas, I have no finished items to report, although I’m close to completing the knitting on Her Royal Highness, The Spider Queen.

A weekend of football knitting should do the trick.

My ball of yarn is running pretty low,

but I still have another full ball stashed away, so there’s no fear of running short. 🙂

Maybe next Friday I will be featuring a knitted and dressed Spider Queen. Wouldn’t that be something!

WIP Wednesday

I decided to follow the crowd and make Wednesdays WIP Wednesday à la Tami on Blogspot.

I hope that this will give me incentive to post something every Wednesday. I have a bad tendency to let time get away from me.

Progress should be my middle name. Pinko Progress Knitter. Ha! I’ve been zipping right along on all my current projects. The Spider Queen has nearly half of her final edging completed. That’s right, nearly half. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, she’ll be finished before the month is over. No pictures of her this time–she’s sleeping soundly in the knitting corner and I don’t want to disturb her.

My other current knitting project, the Show-Off Stranded Socks, is also happily marching toward completion. I’m nearly finished with the leg of sock #2, so the socks should also be completed before September runs out of days.

Show-Off Stranded Socks

On the spinning front, I’ve been spinning up some Falkland from Spinneretta in the Drought Time color way. I’ve spun about 3/4s of the fiber. It’s a lovely color way, don’t you think?

Some lovely Falkland on the spindles

Football Means Knitting!

College football has completed week two, and the NFL season is now underway. And that means I have been knitting my ass off. Okay, it really means that I have spent a lot of time sitting on my ass knitting and watching football. 🙂

I’m way proud of my progress. The Spider Queen is nearing completion. The last border is nearly done, and the edging is coming up.

The Spider Queen still in the yarn vomit stage, but nearing completion

The regal arachnid should be finished before October arrives.

The Show-Off Stranded Socks are coming along. Sock # 1 is finished and sock #2 is underway.

And, the pièce de résistance, the Mystery Cable Socks are done.

What’s that you say, dear reader? You’ve never heard of these socks of mystery cables? That’s hardly surprising. These socks are kit from the sock-of-the-month club at theknitter.com, a kit that I got in December of 2004, nearly 8 years ago. I have big feet, and I ran out of yarn. Since the yarn was Cascade 220 Superwash, I wasn’t concerned. Even though I hadn’t gotten around to starting these socks until quite a while after I had received the kit, Cascade 220 is a very popular yarn that is readily available, so I could order more, right? Wrong! When I tried to order more, I discovered that this particular color of Cascade 220 was no longer available. Anywhere. And this was before Raverly, so I couldn’t search stashes or do an ISO (In Search Of). So I did what any self-respecting knitter would do. I stuffed the project bag into the back of my yarn closet and forgot about it.

Fast forward a few years, actually more than a few years. I’m cleaning out my yarn closet and find these unfinished socks. Just for the hell of it, I checked on the intertubes to see if maybe by chance this color of Cascade 220 Superwash was available again. Guess what? It was! So I ordered a ball figuring that the dye lot wouldn’t even be close. But it’s a pair of socks. It’s no big deal to rip back part of the foot and reknit it, alternating the old yarn and the new. But when the yarn arrived, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the new yarn matched the old exactly. EXACTLY!

Sometimes the knitting goddesses are on my side. 🙂