Sunday, October 22, 2006

Yarn Crawl!

Yesterday, I went on an all-day yarn crawl extravaganza with my friends Joyce, Preeti and Deanna from the East-Side Cleveland SnB group! (All sadly blogless, I regret to inform you.) The day started out with breakfast and a little gift swap. We were meant to give something recycled or handmade: I gave Joyce some sock knitting books from my shelf, some chocolate and other little knitting support materials. But look what Deanna gave me!

The most gorgeous crocheted throw in my color of the moment! I love it! Deanna is a new knitter, so she didn't have much of a stash to draw from, so instead she finished this blanket. I must say, Deanna is amazing. This was either her first or second knitting project. And she followed that up with this. She is currently knitting a cabled cardigan from Men in Knits for her husband. Yeah. Amazing.

And, of course, there was yarn shopping. We hit three stores: Tamarella Yarns in Painesville, Knitting on the Square in Chardon, and Cast On Cafe in Willoughby. The proprietors of each shop were very friendly and each had a nice selection. The Cast On Cafe has a nice little room at the back where you can sit and knit and have a cup of coffee. They also have an amazing selection of mmmmm-Manos. I couldn't resist. I got two skeins of this:

which will become this (I think it's even the same colorway). I also got some Kidsilk Haze to make some Mrs. Beeton's and some Silk Garden to make a Clapotis (more on this in the coming days).

There was knitting, too. Just before the pizza arrived at Preeti's, I finished a project!

Pattern: Waving Lace Socks by Evelyn A. Clark, published in Interweave Knits
ETA: The pattern appears in the Spring 2004 issue of IK.
Yarn: 1 skein of handdyed Knit Picks Color Your Own merino sock yarn.
Needles: Size 0 (2 mm) 40 inch Inox circular for Magic Loop method.
Comments: Fabulous pattern! I highly recommend it. I chose the scalloped cuffs and, as I have mentioned before, I opted to knit a heel flap instead of my customary short-row heel. I like them, though I probably could have made the flaps a little shorter. I just love the way the gusset looks. Let's see a close-up, shall we?


Blogger Lynda said...

Mmmmm Manos!

Love the socks - and shoes!!

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Ooh, so much yarny and knitty (and crochety -- which actually makes a totally different word that I didn't intend) goodness! That throw is one of the lovelier crochet projects I've seen. And the socks look great, of course!

3:30 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Gorgeous socks! The color is amazing and so perfect with that pattern.

3:37 PM  
Blogger lorinda said...

Beautiful, and so striking with your amazing shoes.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Coleen said...

those socks are perfect! your yarn crawl sounds like a great alternative to Rhinebeck.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Melinda said...

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4:00 PM  
Blogger Melinda said...

(Edited to add a complement)

Sniff, sniff. . .very jealous over here. No one else showed up at Phoenix either.

I was thinking earlier that we could do a little gift exchange but I see you guys already did that too. Geesh.

That cafe in Willoughby sounds lovely -- will check that out soon.

Back to my pity party. . .

Love the socks BTW

4:03 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

That sounds like a great day. I love the socks and the shoes! I have the same shoes and they're great for showing off hand knit socks.

4:03 PM  
Blogger christine said...

yummy stuff - great socks, perfect shoes!!!!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Kate A. said...

That must indeed console you somewhat for missing Rhinebeck (me, I'm still singing your song...). And you *know* how much I love that crocheted scarf! Beauteous socks, too.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Wow. Love those socks. I can't believe you dyed the yarn and everything! Beautiful!

4:32 PM  
Blogger Jaimi said...

The socks are beautiful!

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

What a day!! Great yarn, good friends, and even better socks make for a happy life :)

5:26 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love manos....

The socks are so lovely!

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

Another pair of great shoes (I keep going back to the ones in your SKB post) and they're perect with the socks. I hide my knitted socks under boots - go figure!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Wow, your waving lace socks are beautiful!

7:38 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Ooooh, sounds like a wonderful day. I love the idea of giving each other hand-made gifts. :) And your socks came out lovely . . . . great job with the dying and the knitting!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Yarngirl said...

Beautiful Throw! And great choice in scarves - I'm knitting that too, out of Manos in a darker colorway. Lovely socks - I love the deep color.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

Oh, it's like yarn pr0n around here these days! The manos is yummy, and the socks are fabulous, and we are going to have to chat about Clapotis yarn, my dear -- I have a gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket, earmarked for a clapotis, but I'm paralyzed by the color options. I can't wait to see your choice!

8:37 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I LOVE the socks, L! Adorable!
My friend buys that colorway of Manos every time she sees it - it is so pretty :)

11:40 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Did you hand-dye them? Great color variation. Looks like Koigu!

2:15 AM  
Blogger Brown Pants said...

I would put Manos in the 'hard-core yarn porn' category. Great socks!

3:14 AM  
Anonymous Annie said...

Love the socks. Could you tell me which issue of IK the pattern is in?

6:51 AM  
Blogger knitannie said...

Gorgeous socks, you are so clever! I am guessing Rhinebeck envy prompted the yarn crawl. That is such a great idea.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous linda said...

Christmas came early for you! How great
Cast on Cafe was the one I mentioned a few weeks ago that my acquaintance was opening! I haven't been over there yet, but Annie spoke to her and we're making plans! Peggy is a wonderful person and very helpful. I'm glad you like her shop!

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Awesome socks, I Love the red! Looks great with the cute mary jane's.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Delightful Manos yarn prOn. What a lovely yarn crawl. Such fun. Love the socks. Looking forward to reading more about clapotis.

Did I mention the Manos yarn pr0n was deightful? Yummy Manos.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Now THAT is a sock gusset! Way to go. Gorgeous Manos too.

3:52 PM  
Blogger amy said...

Aw, those were my first socks! I have such a soft spot for that pattern. Your version looks great au naturel, and even better with the shoes!

11:46 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Oh, I LOVE Manos colors. (Which reminds me of a sweater I want to knit . . .) Fab socks, too! Gorgeous hole-free gussets, I might add. :)

1:29 AM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Those are adorable ruby socks! Watch out if you click your heels three times!

9:38 AM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

The sockage looks awesome!


12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely throw - do you know where she got the pattern???

Love the socks too.


12:15 PM  
Blogger gray la gran said...

how pretty! (the socks)
and how cool! (the dansko's)
i dyed some of the knitpicks merino too, but mine was so lofty i couldn't imagine knitting it on size 0's
your socks are lovely :)

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Susan.

The afghan pattern is "Love Letters" out of "A Crocheters Garden of Afghans", by Leisure Arts. There are some other attractive patterns in that book, too.


10:17 PM  

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