Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hello again!

I haven't exactly been that great keeping up with my blog over the past year. I have been busy going to college, working full time and taking care of the home. I decided recently to avoid burnout that I must make an effort to make time to knit.

Recently my knitting sprees have been all about socks. Now I am the type of knitter who makes some/one sock(s) then gets bored. Not this time. I have made quite the socks lately. I have yet to finish an entire pair, but I am working on that. I discovered if I make one sock, then start a different style of sock I can then go back and finish the second sock from the first pair. Right now I have five pair of socks in the making. This helps me avoid boredom and get them done. I am almost finished with an entire pair so I will be down to four in the making any day now.

Going to school to learn medicine is tough on the brain. So much to learn and the human body is ridiculously amazing! Knitting is really helping me to relax a bit more and I find myself not so stressed about the stupid amount of papers that I must write.

Currently I am knitting a pair of Jaywalkers by Grumperina. I love them!,...or it as I am just on the first one. I knit them in my new favourite yarn, Crazy Zauberball on size us1 needles.
I tried adding a photo here, but it does not work very well on the ipad. You can view my Jaywalkers on this link.

To view my Jaywalkers, click here.

Monday, August 19, 2013

American Sock Knitting

I am so happy to announce that the book I have a design in is now up and ready for sale; American Sock Knitting by Beth Moriarty

The pattern I chose to design for the book is Appalachian Trail Socks.

I had a lot of fun dreaming up a design for this sock, sketching it, and then choosing which stitches will make the yarn do what I have sketched on paper.

It took quite some time, but well worth the wait. I have to say that all of the designs in this book are just magnificent! (meaning the other designers, not to hype myself up) The others are truly talented designers and have done a great job in helping to come up with an idea for their sock design. 

The book features recipes too! You should check out Beth's website and order yourself a copy of the book.
You can find it HERE

(Cover of book courtesy of Beth Moriarty)

I don't think I am allowed to show you what's inside, you'll have to check that out on your own, but I can show you my design that I used as a test before I knit up the pair for the book.

I really hope you take a look at the website and purchase a copy; you will be pleasantly pleased! 

Kimberly D.




Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I've been very quiet!

I haven't really had much to say lately as knitting has sort of taken a back seat. I am currently enrolled in college trying to make my future a bit more brighter.
The school work is overloading me which means I cannot knit.

However, I am on a 2 week break which is about to end in a matter of days. So what did I do? I picked up my needles and started a pair of socks that I have been dying to knit. 

Ivy Trellis socks by Alana Dakos


As you can see I did not get very far. I only had just picked these up 6 days ago, but I do work full time and I am in the process of moving house soooo...I think I did ok so far!

I am really enjoying these. I have noticed, along with others, that the instructions for the heel are a bit odd. BUT, I do think knitting with the magic loop was part of my problem. Maybe I wouldn't have been so confused by the P1 bit at the beginning of the heel flap. I did figure out where I will need to start knitting for the top of the foot. I am off by two stitches but I figured out how to fudge it and get the sock back on track :)

I began this sock by casting on with the Italian Tubular Cast-on. I was excited to try it and it was sooo simple! It made my cuff look store bought. Though, I was a bit short on the length of my cuff, but it still works ( I got too excited to start the leg!). I started the cuff on a size 1 needle then switched to a #2 for the body of the sock. Many complained it would be too small otherwise. I went back to a #1 for the heel and as soon as that is done, back to a #2 for the rest of the foot.

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Sock Knitting

I am very excited to announce that the book American Sock Knitting is up and available for Pre-order!

I am so happy with the way everything looks and very excited to have been lucky enough to be able to take part in such a great adventure.

(The original test sock)

Go on...Click Here and have a look for yourself. So many great patterns to choose from. All come from a different state representing the area in which we live.

Below is a picture of my design Appalachian Trail Socks that is in the book. I had so much fun coming up with this design. Originally It was named something else to represent the Susquehanna river that flows through our town, but I changed my mind in the end. The process of sketching, then actually coming up with what stitches would make up my design was crazy fun. I couldn't believe how easy it all came together.
   To be honest, I think a solid colored yarn would look much much nicer on these because it shows off the stitch definition, but yarn was not my choice here.
Photo courtesy of Beth Moriarty: American Sock Knitting

You can also find my newest design on Ravelry

Here are some of the details:
The Appalachian Trail is the holy grail for American hikers. As it winds its way along the Appalachian mountain range from Georgia to Maine, intrepid hikers are rewarded with mountain, pasture and forest views along its 2,184 miles. Started in 1921 and built completely by private citizens, the trail is managed by the U.S. Park Service but maintained by thousands of volunteers.

Kimberly de la Cruz designed these socks with a winding trail of leafy twists and a lush, fresh color to pay tribute to the Pennsylvania section of the AT. They are too pretty to hide in hiking boots, though.


Finished Size: Adult Medium: Foot circumference 7″ (18cm); leg length to ankle 5½” (14cm); foot length 8″ (20]cm) (unstretched)
Project Gauge: 36 stitches and 50 rounds = 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch; 45 stitches and 46 rounds = 4″ (10cm) in Winding Trail Pattern
 Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (80% Superwash Merino; 20% Nylon, 435 yards/398m); 1 skein Catalpa #310

Thursday, May 23, 2013

It's been a long time!

   I haven't really been posting much on here. In fact not a lot lately at all. I am currently enrolled in college and between that, work, and kids my free time is zero. I do have some really good news though; I received an email from the publisher of the book I have a design in.

   I am very excited! It will be back in the publishers hand the beginning of July and shortly after I will be able to share some details with you. This has been a long wait and I hope you like what's inside!

Kimberly D.
:)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Torsdag

Well the KAL is just about over and I have not succeeded in finishing 3 sweaters. I did get one done 100% Another one is 80% done and the third is about 20% done. Not too bad I suppose.

I could have been done had I not been weaving on my new loom!
I managed to finish a table runner. I ended up teaching myself how to weave as I had nobody here at the house nor any books. I did find some stuff online that I checked out about 3 weeks prior to owning the loom. I read it carefully and when I got the loom home I put the legs on and started measuring for the warp.

However, I do not have a warping board which made things tough, but in the end I managed to make this.
It started out as a scarf, but it was far too short and is now a table runner. I cut off all the fringe except 4 inches and it looks really nice actually!
My next project is another scarf, this time with a long enough warp, and I am going to do a tweed design.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Torsdag

So one sweater has been finished for the Luvinthemommyhood KAL
And sweater number two (or is that three?) is moving along quite nicely.

I have chosen 5200k by Suvi Simola
I am knitting with Universal Yarn Pace in the colorway Olive.
A fingering 4 ply  75% wool - 25% Nylon blend

I made a few changes already by using a Us 5 for the collar and knitting a ribbed collar 
instead of the garter it called for. Then I switched to Us 6 for the body.

I am unsure if I will make any changes to the shaping of the sweater, as the last sweater I made had no shaping and I actually preferred it to the ones that did. We will see what happens.
It's moving along quick quickly for fingering thanks to the size needles. My last fingering sweater was knit on Us 2's, which would be why it took me a year and a half !!

Tonight though I think I am going to make a change of pace, I am going to spin some wool for sweater #3 of the KAL. I am almost done, but it has been waiting patiently for me to actually sit at my Ashford and spin!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Onsdag

So in the middle of my KAL I decided to tackle some Wip's that I had sitting on the sidelines.
This was the first.

These were made for a co-worker that I started this past winter. She was very pleased to see that I bit the bullet and finished them.

Another project that I am going to work on while my KAL is still ongoing is 
I have one sock completed, The other I am decreasing the gusset.
I think if I keep this up I can have all my Wip's done by the end of the year!

The idea that I had was while I am spinning at home for my sweater is that I can be working on the wip's in the office in between work.
IF I am not too busy. I'm hoping for the best.

Monday, August 6, 2012

FO

Done!
One sweater done for my KAL challenge.



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Torsdag

Sweater #1
95% complete
5" of collar left to go and arm ribbing. That's it!
KAL deadline is end of September.
I still have 1/2 of another sweater to go.....

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Onsdag

And so here we go with a little recap of my Summer Sweater KAL
I have my handspun Acer Cardigan on the left, and my Plain & Simple Pullover on the right.


So far I am still working on some singles for the Acer. It's going a bit slow as I haven't had much time for spinning. The Pullover however is making quite the progress finally!
I'll be glad to have both of these done for fall.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Onsdag

I haven't exactly been the greatest blogger as of late.
But I have been a busy bee.
Well that and I stopped knitting my cardigan so I could join a KAL!

It's probably not to late to join in if you'd like.
You can go to the Ravelry group & sign up.

I was able to join in even though I had already started a sweater. But, I had to stop where I was. 
The rules were that if you had already started, then you can join, but late.
I asked if I were able to join at the start with everyone else due to my disadvantage of having to scour, card, spin & set the twist on my Romney fleece. They said yes :)

So today I get to pick it back up and start knitting. 
However, I am soon out of yarn and will need to wash more fleece. I figure if I alternate between knitting till I run out & making more yarn, then I will stay interested enough to finish the sweater in a timely fashion.
Unlike the other sweater I am about to show you.
A sweater that I started May 1st 2011
Life got in the way and it became something to do in between kids, life, knitting deadlines etc.

But now that I have been waiting for the KAL to get started, I actually made headway and have started on the front top. This is where I am and where I will be stopping yet again.
It's time to work on my KAL sweater now. I am hoping by fall/winter that I will have two pretty sweaters to wear.