Friday, May 16, 2008

RSC March Kit

It took me awhile to get to it, but my March RSC socks are done. Leafling, by JC Briar. STR mediumweight, Lucky.

Once I started, they worked up really quickly. I was glad I didn't start them right away and learned that there were sizing issues from those that went before me. So I knit the small, something I never would have done on my own. Yet another YEA RAVELRY momment. I love the dotted leaf pattern that runs up the front of the sock, even though I never did commit it to memory.

The other thing I love about this sock, the heel. It was fun different, and fits my foot perfectly! And so nice and squooshy too.

The next installment should be shipping next week. Hopefully the mailman isn't too afraid to deliver it after last time.

I've done a few more leaves this week for Vintage, I need to get cracking on that a little more. And, I started Icarus, I'm into my second repeat of chart 1, so far so good. I'm using my Sundara Silk Lace from the first seasons club mailing, it's so so pretty. I'm thinking about starting Hedgerow socks with some Sundara Sock yarn tonight, we'll see. I might just do some leaves. So, it might be awhile until I have another FO post! I'll have to stick in some WIP post's I guess. I will have a cake to show you soon though, I'm doing a cake for a Victoria Day party this long weekend.

Mmmmm, Cake.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Good luck Mr. M

My small boy is in his first year of Kindergarten (there are 2 years here, Junior and Senior). He loves it, he loves his teacher the bald (an important fact to the 4 year old) Mr. M. This is also Mr. M's first year teaching, and it's Kindergarten. He struggled a bit at first, you could see his frustration, but he has come a long way and has been having a lot of fun with them. The kids adore him.

On May 2nd we got a note home from school saying that the teacher on Maternity leave was coming back early and that Mr. M was leaving and that his last day would be May 9th. A week. New teacher starting on the 12th to finish the last six weeks of school. I won't go into the moaning and complaining and general discontent this caused with the parents, as those of you with kids can probably well imagine. It turns out that Mrs. S is pregnant again, needs to get her weeks in so she can get her full leave again and because Mr. M is the newbie, he gets shuffled off to go teach grade 3 for 6 weeks.

But this is about knitting right! Since the momment I saw Koolhaas in the Holiday Interweave, I knew I wanted to make it for Mr. M for his end of the year gift. And, I knew it would be the perfect project for my first Malabrigo experience. I found some at the Knitters Frolic in Toronto a few weeks ago, lucky, since I had such short notice of his departure and wouldn't have time to order some.

I started knitting that night. I kind of wish I used the opportunity to learn to cable without a cable needle, but I got into a good rhythm and didn't want to mess it up.

I am so happy with this hat, I loved loved LOVED the Malabrigo. I forgot to take picutres of the hat on my husbands full sized head, so my (not quite) 8 year old agreed to be the hat model for me.

Mr. M liked it too.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Playing receptionist today

My husbands secretary is ill today, so I'm filling in. I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm just sort of muddling through. I need to fill in for a week in June though, so this is good practice. But on with the knitting.

I finished the socks for my MIL in mid April (yes, I'm a bad knit blogger), on what I though was going to be the last chilly day of the season, but good old Mother Nature has decided that we do indeed need spring and not spummer.

This is the Retro Rib Sock from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks, knit in the lovely Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight, Love in Idleness. It's so pretty!

She was wearing them today when she came to watch the small people for me and says they fit perfectly. It's nice to make socks for people whose feet are the same size as your own (I'm sure I've said that before)

I went to the DKC Knitters Frolic in Toronto last weekend. Ooo it was fun. Lettuce Knit was there with a table full of STR. I came home with a mediumweight skein in Philosophers Stone and a lightweight in Moss Agate. I also got a Tulip kit, because I couldn't hold out any longer, and a skein of Malabrigo Worsted to make a Koolhaas hat for J's Kindergarten teacher. I'm in love with the Malabrigo. I want my sheets made out of it. There is more in my future, guaranteed.

Well, my car knitting wasn't in the car (silly me for not checking) so I have no knitting. Tragic isn't it? So those poor ribbed socks languishing in the WIP pile will languish a little longer, the ribbing is done though and I'm ready to turn the heel.

Coming soon, the secret project.