Wednesday, December 28, 2005

My quality control inspector checks out my latest project. Last year I learned to knit socks, starting on New Year's Day and ended up knitting I think 15 pair. This is going to be the year for felting, and here are my first pair of slippers. I used Lamb's Pride Worsted and Fiber Trends Ballet slippers pattern.

The felting process is so easy, and it's just amazing how fast these felted down. It took about 25 minutes in the washer. I had inadvertently turned one wrong side out, so I reversed it and put it back in for a couple of minutes, and it looks fine.

These will be the family Christmas presents for next year, I hope. Of course, I planned on doing that with socks, but I ended up just giving people their socks as soon as I finished. One of my New Year's resolutions will have to do with having self control!!

Friday, December 23, 2005

My first Branching Out from Knitty. I bought the Silky Wool from Sunflower in Taos when we went to the Wool Festival. This is such a satisfying pattern - fairly easy to do and quick to finish. I have about 12" of a black one done, and then one more skein of Silky Wool in a greenish-goldish color. I tried this pattern in Baby Silk from Elann, but it is too drapey.

The image is a little fuzzy, but here are baby socks made with some of the KoolAid dyed yarn from this summer.

I really love the undyed sock yarn from KnitPicks. The skein was enough so that I made a pair of women's size 8 socks, these two pair of baby socks, and still have enough left for another pair of baby socks. I don't know how the mom will feel about handwashing baby socks, but I thought they were really pretty. These are going to twin girls born last July.