Thursday, February 16, 2006

Mittens, Lace, Socks

So, here's the progress on the mitten. I haven't been working on it for the past few days, though, because it makes my hands hurt. Instead of working on the mittens, I've been going back and forth between the Nautilus socks (I need that "F" -- see sidebar!) and Backyard Leaves.

Backyard Leaves. Sigh... If one could be utterly in love with a knitting project, I would be head over heels for Backyard Leaves. It is a great pattern -- fun to knit, and soothing without being boring. I can literally feel my blood pressure drop while I am working on it. Unfortunately, there's some tinking in my future, because I seem to be short two stitches on one side of the marker. Even so, I can't wait to get back to it.

Because I clearly don't have enough to do, and can't get enough of lace, I have decided to join Eunny's Sampler Stole-along. (Scroll down to see a picture of the project and get some details.) She's going to set up a separate blog for it, and the official start date will be March 1st -- after the Knitting Olympics. I may be getting in way over my head, but it looks like a fun project! Come on, all you lace knitters out there (::cough, Olga, cough, Chris, cough::), join in!

And I have been feeling serious Sockapaloooza guilt seeing all of Alison's updates. There are people who have finished their socks! (This route is not for me, though, because it would make me CRAZY not being able to send them out.) My sock pal is blogless, and gave me the following two pieces of guidance: wool or wool blend and machine washable. I am torn between trying to wrest out some more information, or really just picking something that I think most people would like. My sock pal's foot is bigger than mine, so Jaywalkers are out, because I would fear that they didn't fit. I may go with the Rib and Cables, in Lorna's Laces. Any other suggestions for interesting, superwash yarns, and patterns that are forgiving in fit?


Blogger christine said...

Laura - the backyard leaves scarf looks great! See, you can knit lace.....;)
Also, the Diagonal Rib pattern on the interweave knitting website, (Ann Budd) is wonderfully elastic, and very fun to knit.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Hi Laura...I can see why you are so in love w/backyard leaves...It is just beautiful!

2:18 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I'm so jealous of your mutliple-projects. Sticking to one is the hardest part of the Olympics for me, but I have so much Am Kamin knitting to do, I don't have a choice.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

I'm so loving your mitten! Backyard leaves is lovely too. I'm looking forward to seeing your Sampler stole progress. I'm an avid lace knitting spectator.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I love your scarf and mitten progress! So many technical things over here - colorwork, lace, cables. You are a very talented lady! ;)

I am working hard to get that "F" next to my name too! I just turned the heel on my 2nd sock!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Your Backyard Leaves scarf is so pretty - I can see why you're in love with it, BUT - I am totally loving that mitten!!! I'm just in awe...

3:20 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm desperately trying to finish my Jaywalkers for February too. AH!!

Backyard Leaves looks incredible in that color.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Socks that Rock is superwash. I suspect that it behaves best when knit for big feet, so maybe that's a good option.

4:07 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Your mitten looks simply amazing!! It really makes me want to give colorwork a whirl someday. And your Backyard Leaves is just gorgeous, especially in that shade of Cascade which you have yet :cough: to reveal :cough: (conspiracy between you and TabbyTuxedo) :cough:. ;-) And you are such a temptress with that Stole-along!! I saw that on Eunny's blog yesterday and after reading your post, I think I might actually be crazy enough to consider it! I'll be way out of my league, but that stole sure is beautiful. I just started working on Eunny's Shetland stole, so it might be helpful to be in a lace KAL. As long as I have you to blame, I mean, thank. ;-) As for the socks, hmmm, IK Rib and Cables is pretty forgiving in fit, as is the IK Go With the Flow pattern. I also love Yukon Leaves, though it's a relatively fitted sock, so I don't know if that'd work for your pal. Take care, Miss L! :-)

4:28 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Looks like you picked a winning combination for your mittens!

I too have been feeling some guilt reading all of the Sockapaloooza updates and not having even received my yarn yet. as for machine washable, have you thought about Lang Jawoll sock yarn? It comes with a matching spool or reinforcing yarn! Also, I think Cherry Tree Hill is superwash. I've been fondling the superglitz yarn and drooling over it so maybe that would help?

5:28 PM  
Blogger knittinmom said...

Mmm, those mittens are so lovely. As for sockapaloooza, I think the folks who are already done knitting are CRAZY! I would probably lose the socks between now and May. Or else decide I needed to keep them for myself. I did succumb to peer pressure and pick out yarn.

6:14 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Such beautiful progress on everything! Those mittens are just yummy. Must be the pinot. :)
And, I think you have finally found a KAL that I'm not dying to join--nothing against lace, but I finally have so many things going that it's not a temptation right now. *whew*
Maybe it's just because I'm SO far behind on Kepler, stooping to make todler socks for my "F", and still working on the candleflame shawl . . . Yeah, maybe that's it. :)

7:14 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Your scarf and mitten look great! I can't wait to make backyard leaves. I agree - it would drive me nuts to have my sockpal socks sit there looking at me for 3 months! I'm leaning toward broadripple for my sockpal socks. Can't wait to see what you choose!

8:07 PM  
Blogger Norma said...

The Feather & Fan sock pattern in Socks, Socks, Socks, is very forgiving in fit and uses less yarn....because it's lace. But don't be afraid of it -- it's a nice n' easy lace pattern. Listen, if I say that, ANYBODY can do it. I'm not too good at lace. And I'm on my second pair of the F&F socks.

Love your Backyard Leaves. I have one just barely on the needles, at the end of the first repeat, and it's been sitting there getting dusty for so long. One of these days I'll pick it back up again. *sigh*

10:09 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

the mittens look great! sorry that your hands hurt :( backyard leaves is a really pretty knit, can't wait to see that finished... and to think it is blood pressure meds too! maybe i need to knit it.... That stole is beautiful! and i really dig those socks she is working on too.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Ooh, that mitten looks so-o cozy! We just had a snowstorm here in CO so you can always send it out to me, even unfinished, for a test drive (*wink*).

The Backyard Leaves looks like it's coming along quite nicely. I'm getting tired of knitting on little bitty needles too so I may just have to start a nice blood pressure reducing project. Great idea.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

You bet!! I AM SO PROUD of the ladies hockey team! This was their first victory against USA - ever.. I have a bunch of friend here and the party has begun..

2:03 PM  
Blogger ttbookjunkie said...

Your mitten is looking so great! I can see why you would be in love with Backyard leaves it looks so pretty...

Amanda :)

8:20 PM  
Blogger Bitterknitter said...

The mittens are sooo lovely! You are doing a great job on them! I have Knitting Marvelous Mittens or some such, anyway, it's a book of colorwork mittens and I have yet to attempt them. The more I look at yours, the more I start dreaming up a wool order to get started on my own! Your final color choices are great, by the way. But, then, I somehow think you knew that!

9:48 PM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Wow! Those are some projects you are working on. Your leaves and mittens are really great and I can't wait to see how they look done.

11:29 PM  
Blogger knitannie said...

Backyard leaves is almost tempting enough to buy the Scarf Style book, even though I HATE knitting scarves, as a rule. And it's not immoral to have a relationship with your UFO. I have still madly in lust with Sylvie, although she's probably really angry with me because I haven't picked her up since the start of the Olympics. Another Olympic widow....

3:33 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

Laura, you flatterer, ;) I was 11 years old 1980, so I remember Lake Placid really well..

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Erica said...

Backyard Leaves looks beautiful -- soft and warm -- and it makes me want to reach through the screen and pet it lovingly.

The mittens, too, look great -- I can't wait to see the FO.

You are a busy, busy girl!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Brava! The BL is sooo impressive, and I am very proud of you!

As for sock patterns, there's always Broadripple. :-) It is forgiving in Fixation, obviously, but my friend Ashley knit it in Koigu (apparently there's special instructions for KPPM), and she specifically said she thought it would be a better fit than Jaywalkers because of the middle panels. She's at

Cough, (stole) cough, (along) hack? Seriously tempted! Except I do not have that book. I do have some yarn that I'd love to use, though. Hmmm...lemme give it some thought.

5:00 PM  

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