Thursday, September 28, 2006

My picot edge (sort of)

Well, here it is, and it looks... well... okay, I guess. I have more pictures, and I think they're better pictures. Of course, they're still on the camera.

But, I'm still posting this one, because I want to feel productive :-)

(All images copyright E. Boudreau)

Monday, September 25, 2006

Knitting and stressing, stressing and knitting.

I started a post about my loverly picot edge, but I wanted to include some pictures with captions, and I just don't feel like working with the photo/illustration programs right now . . .

. . . because I should really be using them to create thesis figures.

I did take more pics of the socks, though. The Crusoe is coming along nicely, and hub's second sock is knit to the heel flap, which makes be smiley and content - I know he'll have them before it gets cold.

I'm trying to be productive, both work-wise and knitting-wise, but I keep on thinking about my dental surgery next week, and that makes the smiley disappear.


Sunday, September 17, 2006

Hubby's finished sock, and my new sock primordium . . .

A-ha! Pictures!

Firstly, hub's finished sock, and its partner, now almost 2":

Here's an extreme close-up of my first attempt at kitchener... not too bad, if I say so myself!

And, my beautiful STR... I decided to go for the picot edge for sure, and it went relatively smoothly. Here are two close-ups of the first 13 or so rows, before folding it down (the first one is fuzzy, but you can see the k2tog/yo's more clearly than in the second one.

I was also adventurous and knit the edge up, rather than sew it afterward, because Claudia's blog inspired me. It took me a bloody half hour to do one stinking round, but it was worth it. The result is really sharp, particularly so while sitting on my digital camera waiting to be uploaded.

I will say that the colors are much more true in these shots. I can't wait to show my mom when she visits to help me get over my dental surgery in 2 weeks. Waaaah. Dental surgery. *sniff*

(All images copyright E. Boudreau)

Friday, September 15, 2006

Two socks cast on this week . . .

I cast on hub's second sock, finished the ribbing, and nearly an inch of the leg.

I also cast on my Socks that Rock... I decided to augment the Crusoe pattern with a picot edge on the leg, rather than the rolled stockinette cuff that it calls for.

I'm at home today, working on some graphs and nursing a toothache (well, they're all aching, to tell you the truth). Since it's Friday, I'm going to quit working at 4:00pm or so, and I promise I'll take some pictures before the sun goes down.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Second Sock Syndrome?

Remember the sock? Perhaps not... but, it's finished nonetheless! Hubby insists it fits perfectly, and isn't too tall, because hey, he likes socks that are a bit on the short side.

(I think he's humouring me, but I'll take whatever I can get.)

Unfortunately no pictures yet; I won't let myself take any until the second one is cast on, and the ribbing is done.

Friday, September 8, 2006

The blankie is on the way to its new home!

Child's Knitted Blanket (pattern is free with registration)
7 skeins Lion Brand® Jiffy® in "Salem" (I used 6.5 skeins and quit for fear of running out, and I just hate to frog)
US11 (8mm) aluminum needles
Started: April 15th, 2006
Completed: September 2nd, 2006
Finished size (approx) 36" x 42" unblocked
Misc: Basic long-tailed cast-on; crochet cast-off

Here are a couple of pics:

Blankie on the floor, with a 12" papercutter for scale.

Close-up of the seedstitch border and the hourglass pattern.

My mother knit a lot when we were younger, but never really gave anything away to people outside the family (she still has all of the sweaters and socks and hats she knit for us tucked away in giant ziploc bags). She's been knitting/sewing/embroidering/needleworking since she was a child and kept it up through her adulthood, and is so proud that I'm following in her footsteps with real, useful, beautiful projects.

She knows this is my first large, major project, and asked me last night how I could bear to part with it. She's totally in love with the colorway, and how soft it is (I'm pretty sure it awoke the granny-lust in her, and she wants me to a) keep it and b) have a kid to wrap it in).

I was surprised that it was actually really easy to part with, in a way. I've worked on this project on and off for about 4 months, and it was never boring. I loved the yarn (even though it's *gasp* acrylic, it's really soft, and totally washable) and I loved the pattern so much that I can easily see myself making it again (I'm coveting something in soft yellow yarn right know).

I just know in my heart it was meant for my Goddaughter.

:-) Happy Friday!

(All images copyright E. Boudreau)

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Baby blankie is FINISHED!!!

The blanket that I started a couple of months ago is finally done.

I'm hoping the light will cooperate with me, so I can take pictures after some good ol' thesis work gets done.