Sunday, June 10, 2007

i didn't think i had it in me

as promised, a finished pair of Gentleman's Fancy Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks.
Gentleman's Fancy Sock
i knit an 8 inch cuff for size 10 men's foot. Fearless Fibers superwash merino in midnight, less than one skein. 2 at a time on 1 knitpicks circ, cuff-down. i followed the pattern except for the plain foot and i made the heel flap 2.5", which is shorter than specified. so the ironic thing is now that they are done and washed, i really like them. as in, my dad is lucky that they don't fit me, otherwise they might not be in the mail with his Father's Day gift. i don't like them enough to knit another pair, but i'm satisfied with these.

next, a finished cozy!
Cozy from Knitty
Pattern is from Knitty Fall 2004. i used 7 skeins of cascade indulgence, which was a delight to work with. it's deliciously soft and just a little fuzzy, but very warm. i used size 7 knitpicks circs. i added a 3 stitch garter border and knit to the specified length. i love this stole. the pattern was very simple and soothing to knit and easy to fix mistakes. this is my second cozy--my first i made for a coworker back when i was new to knitting. i've learned a lot since then, like not to use lionbrand woolease on a lace item (cringe). i'm really impressed how lovely the stole looks post-blocking.

but that's not all. i finally broke down and finished my long-forgotten anatolian mittens from Folk Mittens.
Anatolian Mittens from Folk Mittens
Ravelry has been good for me. it allows you to input start and finish dates on your projects. i started this back in July 2006. i couldn't let it reach its first birthday unfinished. thanks to the passage of time, my gauge changed and Mitten #2 was a little bigger than #1, but i was able to block them to the same size. i love the look of colorwork mittens, but i have my doubts that i'll ever make another pair. if i do, i will do two at a time on a circ, rather than use Brittany #2 dpns. i think part of my problem is that the dpns were too long to be comfortable, plus i broke a couple and had to wait for replacements. i used Briggs and Little Durasport in cream and denim. the yarn is very rough in the skein but softens nicely after a wash.

i have even more in the works that might surprise you, but for now i'll sign off.

see all project entries on Gentleman's Fancy Sock
see all project entries on Cozy
see all project entries on Anatolian Mittens


  1. Wow, that's a lot of FOs for one weekend! And they're big ones too, not like little potholders or something! I love all of them, especially the socks.

  2. I just got the Vintage socks book. I can't wait to start something from it - maybe the Child's First socks? I love the way Ravelry is inspiring everyone!

  3. Looking good! That cozy is so pretty. Your dad is a lucky guy because those socks rock. I will wait patiently until one day I can be cool enough to join Ravelry.

  4. congrats to you! lots of FOs. :) Love the socks, cozy, and mittens! I saw the mittens on ravelry -- they really popped out at me!

  5. Holy FO finishing! They all look great! I especially love the Cozy.

  6. Excellent times three! (or is that five?) The cozy turned out wonderful! Well done!

  7. Dang, lots of FOs. They all look great--particularly the socks. Love them.

  8. Go 'head with your bad self! That's quite an FO parade! LOVE the Cozy especially :)

  9. Wow - you have been busy! I knit the Anatolian mittens last fall and gave them to my Mom for Christmas - she loved showing them off all winter - yours are beautiful in blue/white.
    I really like your Gentleman's Fancy socks too - I've been wanting to knit them for Dave, but am dreading all the K2 P2.

  10. OK... You're making us all feel inferior! Work-a-holic! :)

    Seriously though... Very well done on all of those objects, but those mittens are fabulous! I'm really impressed!

  11. Goodness gracious - where to start? they are all so fabulous. I love the socks... I haven't made this pattern yet, but it is on my list. And the Cozy is beautiful. I completely forgot about that pattern. Love the mittens too - the folk knits are always my favorites - the ones with a history! :)

  12. All such great FO's!

    Your dad is so lucky! Thqat is a great gift!

  13. All of the FO are beautiful.

    I got my invite to Raverly, and I just have to load my stash, etc.


  14. wow, way to go - I love all three!

  15. You make the awesomest stuff.



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