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garter toes

7/8, finished toe

for pattern, did k7, (k1,p1) 5x, k8 to get correct number of stitches.

after a few rows, expanded ribbing section, so pattern is now k5, (k1,p1) 7x, k6.

7/16 – started 1st heel too early (as usual), so ripped back heel & last row of heel garter section. Debating whether to pick back any more of that garter or just have a slightly longer garter section at the end of the foot….

7/23 – about 2in up from garter heel reduced back of leg, ssk k6 (p1 k1) 5x, k6, k2tog.

7/28 – been gradually expanding the ribbing sections, front and back, to taper into a k1p1 cuff. Planning on at least 1” of ribbed cuff.

Used this bindoff: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php, love the way it looks & feels.

Belmondo Shawl

Grey (“zinc”) for most of the body of the shawl, doing “orchid” (pink/purple) for the top 1/4 or so. Really happy about the speed & simplicity of working, and the feel of the cotton/wool blend in the open style.

Got HUGE after blocking, which I’m delighted about. I have enough grey yarn left to make fringe, but I’m not sure if I’m going to. (I’m not usually a fringe person.)

It’s perfect for wearing over a sleeveless dress, especially in our chilly conference room!

Fingerless Gloves

Strange to make this pattern again, given that it was one of my earliest projects! (Tucker’s Ashley has admired those a few times, so when I got some Cascade 220 for Christmas, I knew that was what I wanted to me.) Very pleased with it. Just need to sew up the side seam, but want her to pick where the thumb hole should fall.

Finally finished seaming, 6/29.

Sweater Vest

5/5 – doing gauge swatch on #9

5/6 – cast on while on the bus to SeaTac.

5/20 – separated front & back

5/22 – started V-neck shaping

Blue Nell

Cast on two-at-a-time.

5/21 – finished cuffs

6/2 – heel flap on 1st sock. (Went with 9 repeats of the pattern instead of 12, for more of an anklet feel.)

6/3 – finished turning 1st heel. started heel flap on 2nd sock.

6/17 – starting toe

the garden in May

I’ve missed a couple of weekly posts, and as it turns out, late May is one of the times when the garden goes wild. The first lupins have started to go to seed, as have the first California poppies. But we have enough of both plants that they’re still going strong. What else is blooming? […]

knitting!

Why knitting is cool, and how you can try it too.

in the garden last week

Really only one day of being in the garden, but it’s looking lovely. Several new plants, too.