Friday was my birthday. DH got me two watches – one that I asked for (an indiglo watch where the face lights up) and another fancy watch ( a Bulova because he wanted me to have a nice watch, too), and a wonderful card with handwritten letter inside. He almost always writes me a letter inside my cards and it reminds me how very glad and lucky I am to have him. He is a sweet, smart, and handsome man who is as quirky as I am. LUCKY ME!
Something has just clicked for me this summer regarding socks. It used to take me months (really!) to knit a pair, but now they are much quicker. I knit one pair in 2 weeks. Maybe it just took me some time to feel comfortable with the construction and such. Anyway, here are the latest – for DH, but I modeled them in my Mary Janes.
Pattern: a ‘messed up’ version of the blueberry waffle (alternate knit rows instead of putting them together)
Yarn: JaWoll aktion, used 63 g with 27 grams remaining
needles: US2 (knitpicks) magic loop one at a time, toe up
Mods: Other than messing up the actual stitch pattern, I used a slip stitch Queen Kahuna heel and toe with a 9 stitch cast on
In other knitting, we had bought some yarn (Manos de Uruguay) while in Buenos Aires. DH picked out a color for a scarf. I was going to make him the Irish hiking scarf, but the yarn was too thick to use the pattern as written (scarf would be way too wide). So, I turned the pattern on the side, used 4 repeats and with a moss stitch border between repeats…
Yarn: Manos de Uruguay, 2 hanks, used about 1 + 2/3
Needles: US 8
Pattern inspiration: Irish hiking scarf
Mods: cast on 171 stitches and worked scarf sideways – 4 repeats of the Irish hiking scarf cables (3 cables = 38 stitches each) interspersed with 5 stitches of moss stitch with 2 stitches of garter stitch at the very end of each side
Finished size (blocked): 8 inches by 59 inches
Yes, I cast on 171 stitches even though I hate to cast on – I used the crochet cast on and made sure to keep my stitches TIGHT. It seems to have worked. 🙂
In other news, the grandparents (my parents) came for a visit – first in over a year.
I looked in the books I have and have come up with this list (no internet searching yet):
crochet over needle/chained
backward loop (is this the same as the twisted loop?)
invisible/provisional/waste yarn (are these really all the same?)
twisted loop (is this the same as the backwards loop?)
And I didn’t even type in the “circular” ones I found in my books.