Thursday, January 10, 2008

It's a new year. What's new?

It's a new year, so I thought I'd start out with a bang:

I just completed these tonight. Yep, everybody, that's a completed pair knit with Noro Kureyon Sock (colorway S182), inside the best shoes in the universe. Seriously, I've worn them everyday since I bought them about a week ago, and I'm considering buying a few backup pairs while they're still available. NERD ALERT! The pattern I used is the Pennant Stitch from More Sensational Knitted Socks. I think the pattern gives the socks a cool texture and takes advantage of the long color repeats, but I think next time I knit socks with this stuff (I have 3 other colorways now, making me a total yarn whore), I'll probably knit them toe-up and in plain stockinette to take advantage of the awesome thick and thin texture. Here's one more shot:

Oh, and a close-up:

In other news, I'm working on the second sock on another pair:

These are some Primavera Socks knit using Trekking XXL (colorway 110). I modified the pattern to allow one extra reverse stockinette stitch after each repeat with in the row so that I could have my standard 72 stitches. I am enjoying this pattern immensely and highly recommend it - it's very easy to memorize, and is essentially five rows of ribbing with one pattern row. The sock also fits very well, since it's a ribbed pattern.

I also finished the Gauntlets from Not Just Socks a while back:

These were knit with JUST ONE ball of Regia! The pattern is very simple and a fun knit. I wear these all the time.

I also had a fantastic Christmas - seriously, I think it may have been my favorite Christmas...ever. I was able to spend time with both my family and Jake's family, and had quality time with everyone. It was really fun. It also probably didn't hurt that I got a trip to San Francisco from Jake (going in February!) and a spinning wheel (Ashford Joy) from my parents, although I think I already told you that. I am a little frustrated with spinning right now, but I'm hoping to get some help from some friends this weekend. Oh, joy. Pun intended.

Lastly, I've decided to start taking care of my nails. By taking care of my nails, I mean getting fake ones, done in the nail salon. I don't really know why. It's awfully girly of me and if I keep this up, I could be qualified as "high maintainance", though I not sure I'd give a shit if that was the case. Check it out:

Totally worth it, no? Don't worry, they don't get in the way of knitting.



Lisa said...

Well of course you needed pretty nails to peek out of your beautiful gauntlets...duh! Love the Trekking colorway, I may have to seeke that one out.

Jeannie said...

I like the Noro socks and those are very cool shoes. I like the Not Just Socks for Kids book, I'll have to check out the one that the gauntlets are in. I like those!

Kim U said...

You are too fast! I can't believe you're already done with the second sock. They look fab in your shoes - I'm definitely going to have to think about getting a pair of those. And a non-sock FO too?!? I'm feeling faint :)

Leah said...

I have found that some of the clear shoes don't vent well and make you feet that the case with these shoes?

Drats on the fingernails....I saw the tip of that pic, but not the whole thing and thought you were going to be showing something else!

Great socks, what is up with the color repeat on one of the toes???

Nyxxie said...

Where did you find those shoes? They are great!

Erin said...

You're right, those are the best shoes ever, especially for hand knit socks!

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Your nails look very, very nice. Love the gauntlets and the socks !