K5, P1 for Me

Time to catch up on back projects.  I started this next pair in April 2015 and finished them in July in time to wear to work at the start of the new school year.

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As per usual, I made them toe-up, two-at-a-time with a gusset and heel flap. The pattern is a simple k5, p1 ribbing.  I think that would be too wide for some colorways, but since is colorway has enough going on I think that gave it some focus.

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The yarn is Fortissima Socka Cotton Color by Schoeller+Stahl.  The colorway is 6504.  The yarn is a fingering / 4 ply with 45% Cotton, 42% Wool, 13% Nylon.  Each skein is 392 meters / 100 grams.  I used maybe 2/3 of each skein.  The yarn feels like it will wear like iron.

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I’ve worn them a few times. For this hot climate that amount of cotton does make them cooler, but they still feel like a wool sock, which I like.  I love that I can wear them with tan or blue slacks.

Heather’s Christmas Scarf

A number of years ago Heather was kind enough to make me some indoor session scarfs. I wore them out. This year, I decided to return the favor. The pattern I decided on was the Dream Weaver Luxury Scarf by Natalie Sapanaro.  The yarn it calls for is sequined beaded.I didn’t know that Heather would actually wear sequined scarves so I went with Moonshine by Juniper Moon Farm in colorway 108.  It is a worsted / 10 ply yarn made with  40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk.  The skein held 180 meters / 100 grams.  It is a lovely, drapey yarn.

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The pattern is a simple two row with rest on the WS.  The pattern pulls the yarn so the scarf slants slightly on the bias. I liked that effect.

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Despite how simple the pattern is, I managed to make numerous mistakes resulting in lots of frogging.  At one point, this straight scarf had a bend like an elbow in it.  Oops.  In any case, I am pleased with the finished product and Heather seems to be, which is most important.  Given how cold it is in Minnesota right now, I hope she is wearing it.

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Kathy’s Christmas Socks

I started hitting the socks on June 8 and finished them just before Christmas in December. I think I’ve been knitting less this year than most years. Part of the problem maybe Facebook. In the past, I would knit while watching TV. Now I tend to scroll through Facebook while I watch TV. In any case, the long flight to Singapore in July  and in the long flight back to the US in time for Christmas gave me enough time to finish.

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They are a simple K3, p1 pattern. I knit them toe up, two at a time.  The yarn is  Opal Memory by Zwerger Garn in colorway 2493.  I was worried that the socks were too big. I was thinking she had a size larger than she does. However, she was says they fit well and I really warm? Who could ask for more?

Ella and the Orchids

To ease the transition back to work, I came home from the grocery store today with an armload of orchids. I was not surprised this evening to capture this video on the dining room table. Batu usually just enjoys them, jumping up to sniff them delicately.  Ella’s enjoyment is a bit more physical.