socks

Just as I got a warp on the loom for a run of 8 Christmas tree towels, flop, there went a harness down. I thought at first one of the hooks had come undone, but sadly no–a cable was broken.

Woe is me! A broken loom when I have Christmas weaving to do!

I put in an order with Harrisville Designs and a week and a half later (an eternity I tell you!) I have my replacement cables.

Here’s the loom, back in business:

While the loom was out of commission, I got a lot of knitting done. A pair of socks for my sister are all finished, but I’m not posting pictures in case she looks here.

I should probably go do some weaving now :)

Just wanted to pop up a quick photo before I dash off to the airport for this week’s work. I started these socks ages ago, using some Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn I got (I believe) in Minneapolis at some random yarn store out in the middle of an office park.

I used Charlene Schurch’s Sensation Knitted socks for the formula. The Eye of Partridge heel flap looks very nice in this yarn. The slipped stitches form almost a checkerboard. Oh, also–this was my first try at a tubular cast on. I love the results it gives, despite the fact that it’s fiddly to work.

Anyway, it was a fun, quick knit!

I just finished the June socks from the Rockin Sock club. I worked them top-down according to pattern except for the toe, which I did as normal stockinette instead of short-rowed garter stitch. It should keep them from being too bulky around my toes.

I’ve photographed them out in the garden as it’s quite a lovely sunny day out there:

Clue three was released this week and I spent much of the afternoon working on it. I finished just in time to get a photo in the waning afternoon sunlight.

It’s definitely looking like “something” but I can’t for the life of me think what the theme might be. Obviously the faggoting is making very clear points. Not sure if that has a meaning or not. Hum. Oh, and to answer Jessica’s question from last week since I don’t have a great way to respond to comments–The beads are indeed red.

In other knitting news, a couple weeks ago I finished the knee socks I was making with the April yarn from the rockin sock club. This was the “silkie” wool/silk blend and it feels diving. I have to use straps as garters to keep them up though. I might thread in some elastic instead.

My apologies for the poor photo. There wasn’t any good light and I haven’t persuaded brent to take another photo on a better day.

It’s nights like tonight that I love handknit socks. I’m sitting out on my back porch (yes, with the laptop), watching it rain, with cozy wool socks keeping my toes nice and toasty, even though they’re a tiny bit damp from the rain.

Motivated by the STR socks, I finished up a pair that had been sitting around for a few months. They’re very bright and cheery. I don’t think I used enough stitches for the heel, as it doesn’t seem to fit quite right. But that doesn’t matter much–they’re just simple ribbed socks out of some very pretty yarn:

I have quite a bit of the yarn left, so they’ll have to become toes and heels for a matching solid I think.