Socks and Swatches

4 Aug

Fall must be coming because I want to knit all. the. time.  I finished what may be my favorite pair of sock evah.  (Give me a minute while I figure out how to get a picture out of Flickr PITA redesigned page.  Gah.)  (OK, now that I've found it, it may be an improvement.  Still, give a girl a little warning.)



The pattern is Aragorn and the yarn is Cascade Heritage.  One pair done, another pair started:


Marlene in Colinette Jitterbug.  

I've been working a little on my swatches for the Master Knitter level 2.  These are practice swatches, especially since I did the lace swatches in worsted instead of fingering.  Sometimes skimming directions just isn't enough.  I should know that by now.  This level won't be done any time soon.  There's an argyle sock which I'm sure I'll procrastinate on.  And I've never done intarsia so I'll have to practice.  There's a vest that can be done from a pattern or designed.  It seems like designing would be good practice for designing a sweater in level 3.  That won't go quickly.

Level 2 practice swatches

I spent part of last weekend organizing stash.  That was fun.  I was happy to find a little leftover Cotton Fleece that I used for my Cable and O's cardigan.  After I finished it, I decided the button band had too many stitches.  For reasons I don't remember, I bought a couple skeins from a Raveler to use for the new button band. 

This won't surprise anyone, but it wasn't the same dye lot.  Visibly not the same dye lot.  So I've been debating what to do about it.  I thought I had saved the yarn from the original band, but couldn't find it.  Well I found it last weekend so I'll soon be doing Cable and O's 3rd (and hopefully final) button band.  It's interesting how much heavier that Cotton Fleece (cotton/wool) sweater is compared to a similar sweater in Cotton Ease (cotton/acrylic).

The neglected garden seems to be getting its revenge.  We have tons of tomatoes on the plants, but only the grape tomatoes have turned red.  Do they realize it's the first week of August?

8 Responses to “Socks and Swatches”

  1. Miyamojo August 5, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    Love those socks and swatches. 🙂
    I can’t believe it’s August already.

  2. anne August 5, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Love those socks! I can see why you are making a second pair!

  3. Abby August 5, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    Your knitting always looks so perfect! My tomatoes are just starting to turn. I expect an onslaught soon.

  4. Kathy August 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    I wish tomatoes could stagger their ripening but no all at once or none. I guess you will be canning, freezing or giving away lots of tomatoes and then you will be tired of them until next August, right? Beautiful socks. I had the Dutch version stored in my library from April so glad now to have the English version instead. Happy harvesting.

  5. Rebekah August 5, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Oh those are great socks! Almost makes me want to knit a pair of socks again, almost. Me and socks just don’t get along.

  6. Carrie K August 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    Aragorn is lovely! I like that split cable. I want to knit all the time too, preferable something new every time. 🙂
    Your swatches look fabulous! I’m always surprised at how different my gauge is on different yarns.
    Our tomatos won’t ripen either. Possibly because the high lately has been 80 degrees. I’m not complaining mind you, but it is weird.

  7. Debby August 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Those socks are a work of art. Truly.
    Just curious: do you know how many of the designers that publish their designs in magazines and on Ravelry actually complete the master knitter program that you are doing? I think it’s great that you are becoming an “official” master knitter, and I didn’t realize you had to know how to design to do that. Will we be seeing Cottage46 designs on Ravelry soon?

  8. Rebecca August 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    Wow! Level II looks more interesting than Level I…..can’t wait!

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