Tuesday, April 17, 2007

So much love!

I never realized how many grit lovers there are in Knitbloglandia :)

So now that you all know that there actually IS a World Grits Day, make sure y'all mark your calendars for next year and join
Kris for Grits n' Sticks next April 14th!

Thanks for the Blogiversary love too, your comments were all great, heartwarming and quite a giggle! I know, I know, enough small talk....you want to know who won the second annual FKD blogiversary prize!

The winner of the Knit Socks! book and STR yarn, chosen by random number generator, is Suzanne of
Knitzanity! Yay Suzanne, the prize is actually winging it's way to your door step already. Hope you enjoy it!

Now for proof of the serendipity that exsists in this wonderful knitblog community, Suzanne was my Sockee for Sockapalooza 2! That's how I knew her address before I even announced the winner -- I'm not stalkin' you Suz, I promise :)

On the knitting front, I finished my "Blackberry Waffle" socks.

Aren't they pretty?


Upsized version of Bluberry Waffle Socks

One ENTIRE skein Trekking XXL, colorway #78

US #1(2.25mm) Aero DPNs

Mods: Upsized for fluffy feet, original pattern changed to my standard yo short row heel with mini flap and gusset

These socks came out exactly as I hoped! I think the pattern is well suited to the random striping/marl of the Trekking without either competing in a garish way. The pattern was very easy to upsize. They are VERY stretchy to accomodate the fluffiest of feet as well as anyone who might have special needs because of swelling, diabetes, ect. If they were made in a manly color, they could be equally handsome for the male feet in your life.

I didn't carry the waffle pattern down the instep because I didn't want the "bumps" to cause any potential irritation inside a shoe. I did add a 5x2 rib over the instep for a more forgiving yet snug fit. All in all, I heartily recommend both the pattern and the yarn for any feet you may want to knit for of ANY size!

My Forest Path Stole and I are taking a time out. I've made it to tier 5 but I'm just not feeling the FPS love right now. Agnes, my KAL cohost finished hers (lucky girl!!) and it's stunning -- go have a peek!

I'll definately go back to my FPS soon and I know once I finish I will have a stunning stole of heirloom quality but or right now we need some time apart. Sooo.....

Still being a two project only knitter and having finished my socks, I started a new WIP while I muster up the FPS love again. Here's a lil glimpse...

I'm using a wonderful new to me yarn called Nostalgia by Berroco. It's a cable constructed, very soft, cushy cotton/microfiber blend with a very pretty and very subtle nylon filament running thru it. I'm really enjoying the yarn and this new WIP, any guesses what it is?

Here's a close up so you can see the shiny nylon filament.

I'll save the answer for my next post and I'll leave you with the mighty P-Man hanging out on his favorite window sill...kitty Tivo, dontcha know? :)

Have a great week knit buds!!


Meg said...

I'm with you on the lack-o-love for the FPS at the moment!

Siercia said...

Those socks are fabulous! Gorgeous gorgeous purples, love them.

Does your p-man quiver and squeak at the birds when they torment him outside the window? I swear, my two would chew through glass to get the birds on the other side.

sulu-design said...

LOVE the socks. While I don't have fluffy feet, I've got fluffy ankles (cankles, if you will), and they look right up my alley!

La Cabeza Grande said...

Your socks look so shy and sweet, the way you have them posed :o)

Hee-hee! I know what you're making but I promise not to spill the beans. It's looking good, though!

Agnes said...

The Trekking colourways are always so beautiful! Spending some time apart helps boost a relationship ... hehehe ... so I'm sure you'll return to the FPS soon.
I am at the heel of my second Monkey sock ... another pair will be done soon. :)

Carole Knits said...

I don't know what you're making but it's pretty. A sweater, I'm guessing. Love those new socks!

Alison said...

I definitely recognize that Trekking colorway. I have a pair in that color :-)

I'll guess a shrug. I only WISH I was only a two project knitter. It's just not in my makeup though :-)

Lolly said...

The socks are really great! I think I may have that color in my stash (or slightly darker...)

Hmm, looks like a shrug :)

Anonymous said...

The colorway for your socks is gorgeous.

Beth said...

I'm so not celebrating Grits Day with y'all. Nice socks though. ;)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful socks!

Carol said...

Hey P-Man! Is your mom making Ariann? Please tell her I love her new socks!

Denise/CT said...

I hear you on the FPS. I'm struggling away very s l o w l y. Can't seem to settle my mind and keep it on the pattern.
Love, love, love those new socks! Care to share your "heel" with us? I like the way it appears to be a slip stitched heal but isn't a long flap. I'd love to try that. Looks like a good strong wearing heal that fits. I'm working on a pair of Monkey socks in Koigu. I gotta have a pair of socks on the needles at all times.
Hugs to P-man.

Diane said...

What pretty socks. I love the waffle pattern too. Always looks nice and oh so easy!

Good job guarding that window P-man!

Kimberly said...

You certainly do zip out those socks. Pretty color!

Terri said...

Hurrah for blueberry waffles! They came out great.

gail said...

Your socks make me hungry for blueberry waffles!! I know about time outs for lace shawls. I started one in 2002 and am just finishing it now!! It had a longggggg time out!

WandaWoman said...

Somehow I missed this post. Very pretty socks. The colorway is gorgeous. I love my Blueberry Waffle socks.