Monday, July 28, 2008

Tea Time

So our Augustas are almost complete! After working on them in all our spare time this weekend (which, sadly wasn't much ... you always think you'll get more knitting done than you actually do it seems...) we are oh so close. Mine are completely done, but pom pom-less (and we all know that the pom pom really adds that extra punch) and Mom just has her little red cuff. After working so hard this weekend, we took a little time for tea this morning ... freshly made English Cream Tea scones (courtesy of one of King Arthur's delicious mixes) and kiwi pear green tea. It was also an opportunity to break in our new tea pot!

So Hopefully pictures of Augusta, pom poms and all, will be up soon. Until then, check out our finished Shibui Toe-Up Socks. We finished them quite some time ago, but Mom has decided to redo her cast off to make it a bit more stretchy. We've been trying out this cast off for toe-up socks, and so far, it seems to be working just wonderfully.

Toe-Up Sock by Anne Berk
Yarn: Shibui Sock in colors 3602 (left) & 4201 (right)
Needles: We both like socks on two circs .. we used Addis, I think size #2

This was our first time doing toe-up socks, and our first time knitting with Shibui. Toe up is so nice ... no worrying about picking up gusset stitches, and the yarn was just gorgeous. I don't know if the pictures even do it justice ... Mom's look like strawberry fields or watermelon slices, and mine remind me of cool blue water ... it really seems like you could almost dive into it. Anyway, we love the socks, and the pattern was written so clearly .. great for our first toe-up sock!

So stay tuned for more sock posts (and other accumulated FOs) ... we're becoming regular sock addicts here at knit two together. If we didn't have so much yarn for so many beautiful sweaters, we might abandon other forms of knitting all together!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

August(a) in July

So, it's been an embarrassingly long time since the last post here at knit two together. And I could make lots of excuses, but that involves stolen computers, broken cameras and just general summer madness to really go into. However, some knitting has definitely been going on! Right now, Mom and I are working on one of the cutest pairs of socks I've seen ... Through the Loops' Augusta (rav link here).

This is our first time knitting with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, and we both love it -- we've already bought more to make some striped socks. I love the unexpected color combo of Augusta and the simple lace pattern (which isn't super visible in the picture). We've both finished the first sock and are well on our way on the second ... maybe we'll even finish up this weekend.

Sock fever has hit our house. Mom and I had never done much sock knitting, and now we've become quite obsessed. And here's the sock that started it all (at least for me) ...

The London Sock (loosely based on this)
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Wasabi Squeeze
Needles: 2 Addi circs size #2

So, as you might guess from their name, these were made during my time in London ... I actually finished them up to calm me down after my computer was stolen from my hostel (knitting really has an amazing ability to calm, no?).

I tried to follow Black Dog Designs Picot Eyelet Sock (but left out the eyelet obviously ...) It wasn't the best first time sock pattern just because it assumed you'd made socks before, but it was a great learning experience. They're by no means perfect ... I definitely need some gusset practice ... but they're my first pair and I love them!

There's been more knitting than that going on this summer, but where's the fun in revealing it all at once? So for now, happy summer sock knitting!