22 September 2010

A Flurry of FOs and a Slew of Startitis!

You know how sometimes, even if you have been working on projects for a while, they seem to suddenly be finished all at once?  It doesn't happen to me a lot, since I tend to stick with one project for a while, but there are exceptions and here are two of them.

First up:  a pair of socks, this time for ME!

I started these back in June, and for a long time they lived in my locker at work, so progress was rather slow.  But once I finished sock #1, I decided that I would work on them at home also, which needless to say, made it possible to finish them sooner rather than later. 

I call them Dublin Parrots.  Here is the relevant info for those who may be interested.

Pattern:  Dublin Bay Socks
Yarn:  Black Bunny Fibers Superwash Merino Classic, colorway Parrot.
Needles:  US 1 1/2
Comments:  I have had this pattern in mind for this yarn for a long time.  I finally decided that I wanted to knit myself a pair of socks, and thought it was time to put these together.  I thought the pattern would be much more difficult than it was, but once I got started, it wasn't hard to memorize the lacy part.  They are comfy and I love the little lace inset along the side of the legs.  I do have quite a bit of the yarn left, so I may make a hat or mittens for a kiddo from the remainder.

Next, something I am calling Variations on a Theme 1:

So named because I am planning to make 4 of these for gifts - one will be for The Tim, who has informed me that he gets first dibs once all of them are knitted.

Pattern:  Seafarers' Scarf
Yarn:  Misti Alpaca Handpaint Suri & Silk.  (I don't know the specific colorway, because the ball band was missing ...)
Needles:  US 5
Comments:  This is such a nice pattern, particularly for variegated or handpainted yarn.  It knits up quickly, and is very practical, since the ribbed portion stays cozily around the wearers' neck.  The yarn was soft, squishy, and very pretty.  I will not mind knitting 3 more of these in other colorways!

Moving right along, now I'm ready to start two new projects - even though I have some other things in progress - but these have a specific time frame, and the other waiting projects are for me, so there's no rush.  I can't really tell you much about them at the moment, but I can show you the yarns I will be using.

Above we have some lovely pale pink Classic Elite Fresco yarn, paired with some Dale Baby UIl yarn in black.  Hmm, what will they be???

And what about this ball of Manos Rittenhouse yarn?  What's up with that?

I'm afraid you'll just have to wait.  All will be revealed.  In time.


Maureen said...

Aren't you being all mysterious! Lovely socks and scarf by the way. I too would have finished socks to show.....if I were a one legged individual. Unfortunately all I have is 4 or 5 singles :(

Anonymous said...

Is it time yet?

SissySees said...

So that's where my knitting mojo went! I'm glad it's of good use to someone... ;)

Carrie#K said...

But I want to know now!

Those socks are cute. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who loses ballbands.

mary said...

Oooh, I love the socks. I went and downloaded the pattern, thanks for the link. Have been looking for a pattern for some yarn my mom picked out for herself and this is it.

Kathleen Dames said...

I'm intrigued by the Rittenhouse - great color!

Brigitte said...

"You know how sometimes, even if you have been working on projects for a while, they seem to suddenly be finished all at once?" - um. No. Actually I don't. I can't even remember the last time I finished something. So no. Not at all. But I'll take your word for it.