Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A little old, a little new....

As FKD transitions into 2006 we have a bit of the old and a lot of the new!

For something new, like all the other cool kids on the block, I joined Anne's ABC Along because it sounds like so much fun!!

The plan is once every 2 weeks, members will post pics that have meaning to them and their lives that correspond with the letters of the alphabet. In a year's time each participant will have shared 26 bits of themselves. To start my 52 week journey I bring you.......

A is for ALLIGATOR!!

Now in the interest of veracity, I did nick this suitcase wannabe off google BUT living here in South Florida it is not uncommon to see these guys just strolling around! And I don't mean in the zoo or off an airboat in the Everglades. After all, I live this close to one of the largest swamps in North America and since Florida is built on this guy's house, sometimes he exercises his squatter's rights! I've seen dudes like him in a local park, in a canal on the Intercoastal Waterway and once on a golf course!!! And more than one family pet has gone missing from a backyard :( So welcome to wild kingdom, SoFla style!

To ring out the old, here is the last FO of 2005....The Corded Rib Mesa Footie for fluffy footed me!

Specs:

Socks that Rock yarn in the Mesa colorway on size #1 (2.25 mm) Crystal Palace Bamboo DPN's
Pattern: my own variation on the Elongated Corded Rib Sock from Sensational Knitted Sock by Charlene Schurch and my own Eye Of Partridge Mini-Flap Short Row Heel (isn't that heel so pretty?)

I'm really pleased with these socks because the fit is superb, love the colorway and the yarn has so much "boing" factor! Thanks again, Utah Grrls!! :)

Here's a very special 2005 gift.....Look what my good friend and super knit bud Agnes sent me......

This adorable swatch PIN that she made!!! Isn't this the cutest? She's so generous AND just crazee about the P-Man, how could I not love her? Thank you so much Agnes!!

And what was the lucky Jan. 1 project started at Chez FKD? Why, more socks of course!! Since new years are for new beginnings and expanding one's knitting bag of tricks is always a good thing I decided to re-visit toe-up socks using the Turkish Cast-On. After all, I was voted *Best Tutorial* so I figured I should actually walk the walk, ya know? I LOVE this cast on!! LOOK how pretty and perfect......


I'm also using yarn new to me (Mountain Colors Bearfoot -- YUM!!!) and a technique pretty new to me, Magic Loop. I actually used one needle for the Turkish Cast On instead of two (it's easy!!) so I'll go ahead and stick with the magic loop for the whole sock. I still prefer DPN's but Magic Loop would be my second choice :)

Here's a look at more sock progress. It's Bearfoot in the Northern Lights colorway on a #1 (2.5 mm -actually US #1.5) 40 inch Addi Turbo in Mistake Stitch Rib. I love this yarn, so sweet on the needles! The color is so delicious and rich....and so smooth to knit....so good!


As always, a P-Man pic for the fans....I call this his "I am the pampered Master of all I survey" look....and he IS!!!


I'm still working on my Market Square Bag (tier 8) and haven't decided on the color for the Lacy Aran that's next in the queue altho Valencia is the front runner so far!

So what did you cast on for luck in January 2006?


Addendum: CHIBI SHOUT OUT....As an avid sock knitter I am EAGER to get my hands on the new ORANGE Chibi with smaller needles for things like socks :)
I've had no success finding them on line and have no LYS....anyone know where I can get one?

14 comments:

Tanie said...

Wow!

Agnes said...

ABC-Along? That would be interesting ... I would keep an eye on that!
Pumpkin is indeed the pampered King of the World! LOL!
I have started a new pair of socks too ... but I did it cuff down this time. :)

Ada said...

Lovely Socks, your knitting is beautiful as always. The swatch pin is great!!
Pumpkin is looking like a king on his throne.

janine said...

Happy New Year to you and Pumpkin!
I'm doin the ABC alon as well but I am havin difficulty etting photos for my "A" need to go see my mum about that :-)
Because i have been feeling under the weather all hols I have been knitting lots of little things so on New Years day i cast on ( and completed a jaywalker knitted cover for my Palm :-) Next up a pirate scarf for my son

Liz said...

I've been searching for the orange chibi myself...I want those smaller needles man!

Love the Pumpkin!

Carole said...

I cast on the Diamond Fantasy Shawl on January 1. So far, so good! And, I love love love Magic Loop!!

Singular Stitches said...

The Mesa socks are gorgeous! I love how the colors pooled! Very nice!

Leslie said...

I am absolutely thrilled to find you're doing toe up on Magic Loop as that's what I've been doing too :) This is my second pair of toe up and they're coming along much easier than the first - teaching yourself is not always easy - it was going UP the heel not the magic loop that I found difficult to "wrap around". (I already broke my NY Resolution to stay away from bad puns - sorry.)

Now I'm off to find your archive on Turkish Cast-On - the third pair of toe ups will be brillant thanks to you!

Hoping you and Pumpkin have a lovely day - I'm getting 2-4" of snow...

JessaLu said...

I haven't had the nerve to try to Turkish cast on yet - however I use the magic loop technique all the time.

Diamond Fantasy Shawl is my 2006 project numero uno.

Happy New Year!

New York City Mouse said...

I'll keep an eye out during my LYS crawl this weekend and if I see that orange Chibi I'll get one for each of us. In exchange I would like Pumpkin's first born. It's time for me to get a kitten.

La said...

Ding Ding Ding! Toe-up Turkish Cast-On socks! THAT'S what I'm going to knit with my gifty STR yarn from Cara. Now, just to find the perfect lace pattern to "design" into it...

La said...

Thanks for the inspiration

Nancy said...

I love the Turkish cast on for toe up socks. I use one long needle for magic loop and cast on both at once, it works much better than the figure 8 I first learned. The only modification I do is that for the first one I wrap an extra 1/2 time so that I can leave the yarn hanging down in front. Then I drop it, cast on the other toe and when I get back to pick up the yarn to knit the first wraps, its in the right place and I haven't lost any wraps.

I first leaned it from Vogue knitting like you, but keep your tutorial book marked and I refer other people to use it. Thanks for posting it!

Nancy
www.justknittingaround.com

La said...

WOOHOO! You can comment again!

Now, show me your fug! (God I'm a bossy bitch, huh?)