Tuesday, October 7, 2008

wow! a contest!!!

where did the month go?

i did finish a pair of mismatched socks from the hurdy-gurdy and jabberwocky. it is fun to see how the pattern looks different depending on the yarn. i like both the definite stripes and the more variegated look. now to write up the pattern before tina kills me.

i hate boring knits. show me something different and i have to try it. i may not finish it (ie, the sideways socks from january '07. all the attempts have been frogged, never to be resurrected again) but i will try it. my latest challenge has been the mitered windowpane socks, a recipe by gladys of the yarn floozies.

the mitered squares are very easy and gladys has a wonderful tutorial, full of pictures. my problem was finding my "magic" number for my yarn (wanted an even number of squares).
  • i started off with some cth sockitome in blueberry hill, my addis 2.5mm, and 13 stitch squares: 8 squares too small, 10 squares too big.
  • same yarn, knitpicks 2.5mm, 11 stitch squares: 10 squares too small.
  • same yarn, addis 2.5mm 11 stitch squares: decide i don't like the color because there is not enough variation.
  • new yarn: cth supersock in river run, addis 2.5mm, 13 sts squares: same as first attempt.
  • supersock, knitpicks 2.5mm, 13 stitch squares: 10 squares is perfect. did two tiers with miters facing the same direction. didn't like them facing the same direction.
  • supersock, knitpicks 2.5mm, 13 stitch squares, 10 squares, alternating directions: FINALLY!
so, here is the beginning of my mitered windowpane socks:


i don't know if it is just me, but i find that i knit to a smaller gauge with my knitpicks 2.5mm as opposed to my addis 2.5mm. i measured both and the knitpicks seem just a little bit thinner. anyone else notice this?! or am i weird all by myself? (and no, debi, don't go there!)

we still have a few more spaces open for the carefree holiday (or not) kal. here's a chance to win some yarn just for knitting and you might even get a few of your holiday gifts out of the way. we cap at 100 people so if you are interested, please go on over and sign up. the kal ends november 30th.

so, about that contest to celebrate my belated 100th post! i may be convinced to dig into my stash of socks that rock to find a nice prize there. let me think (which can be very dangerous!). leave me a comment on this post about a project that you find intriguing or a project that you really want to knit. i would love a link! as you know, i am a sucker for brownie points. so, extra entry for posting about my contest on your blog (again, leave a comment on here) and extra entries for you if someone says you sent them over.

deadline for drawing is whenever i get up on tuesday, october 14th. that gives you a week! let the game begin!

edited to help those who can't think of anything intriguing. grin!

59 comments:

marcy said...

Hey cograts! always game for a contest!!!
after finishing up some contract projects, i am knitting something for myself!!! The February Lady Sweater!!!! is an unknown color of STR heavyweight! any suggestions?? would love a new skein of str in a new color since the only ones i see are those in my orders, no stores around here! wore serendipity socks yesterday and was cozy. :-)

T. said...

Ummm....I really want to knit a BSJ just b/c I never have knit one. But, I don't really have anyone to knit it for....

Miss T said...

Happy 100th! I'm itching to knit the Bee Fields shawl. The yarn's waiting for me, I just have to clear away a couple of other big lace projects first.

wenat said...

Happy 100th post! I love the socks, but I'm not sure I find them intriguing any more, since I'm on my third pair -- LOL!

I've got a pair of "unbiased" entrelac socks on the needles at the moment -- wait till you see those on my blog -- that's my intriguing knitting at the moment.

Shea said...

Happy 100th Post! I'm wanting to knit the Honeycomb sweater. I've got just the yarn for it. Now if I can only find the time...

KJo said...

Happy 100th!
I really find lace intriguing (and I do so love a good intrigue) so I want to knit Goths Bat Shawl by Melinda Morrow and/or Elfin Bride
by Jennifer Stafford (just the sleeves actually). The biggest project I've ever tried was either the huge scarf I made dad or the socks I'm trying to make for him...

Thanks for havin' a contest, I love contests!
KJo (on Ravelry)

debi's place said...

Sorry forgot to say something so need to start over.

Happy 100 years oh right that is 100 posts just feels like 100 years some days.

Keep up with the windowpane socks. I do want to try them when I finish my puppies.

Tabitha said...

I want to knit a shrug. I am thinking about this one but first I have to finish a few WIPs. Congrats on your 100th post.

JC said...

Right now I really want to crochet something felted, but I'm not sure what. Any suggestions?

JC said...

Oh, I also mentioned your blog on my blog www.garnfiti.blogspot.com

Kristen said...

I have been knitting for less than one year, but someday I hope to be skilled enough to make the Swedish Heart-Warmer Shawl. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/swedish-heart-warmer-shawl

It is just so interesting and the model looks so great in it. But I think it will be a while before I'm ready for all that stranding. :)

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Elaine said...

Happy 100th.

I love the CTH colorway - just gorgeous!

I just love Hanne Falkenberg's Gloria sweater and have just started - like really just started.

I'm posting this on my blog and will encourage my few friends to come on over.

Brian said...

I have a project that I have wanted to knit since I first saw it - It's a Berocco pattern called Pakuna - I have it in my Ravelry que, but I want to get a few things done before I start on it:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pakuna
(http://www.berroco.com/276.281/277/277_pakuna_pv.html for those non-Ravelry folx)

I thought it was felted at first -but I just love the design and colors!

Jersey said...

I just came over from Elaine's blog elaine-knitting to wish you a happy hundreth.

I'm planning to knit Fiddlesticks Lotus Blossom shawl. I just love how it looks.

Your sock pieces look great

Gigi said...

I'm want to some day do socks on two needles..but for now my next project is going to be the metropolitan skirt in Twink Country Knit Book

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/metropolitan-diary-skirt

|chee-uh| said...

I really want to make a knee high version of these Button-Up socks by shibui:
http://www.handicraftcafe.com/shop/Products/Button-Up-Socks__P-SB-K5W-005.aspx

Kenyetta said...

I have started but never finished The Sunrise Circle Jacket from Interweave.
Happy 100th Post!

BarbaraME said...

100 years? Wow - you don't look a day over 80 - he he he.

Debi made me say that!

I really want to knit the Rivendell socks - I have the pattern and think I've figured out the yarn (sundara glacier). Some day...

oxox

BarbaraME said...

Oh - I did make mention of your contest on my sadly out of date blog...

Turtle said...

happy happy post-iversary! (oops, boyscouts at the door selling popcorn, i am so a sucker for scouts!) I am a bit nervous about the hemlock ring throw, not sure why but maybe cause the pattern seems a bit vague. I purchased the yarn last month and am just finishing up a few other projects before i start it. thanks for the contest!

bird said...

Have you seen the Francie Sock on http://bowerbirdknits.blogspot.com/2008/02/francie_29.html? (Sorry... not sure how to link here.) It's sooo beautiful and ingenius. I've been wanting to do this sock for ages, but am not spending money on patterns right now, when there are so many free ones, and so few free yarns and needles! =)

Josiane said...

Congrats on reaching the 100 posts milestone!
A pattern I found intriguing is the Calla Lily Bag by Cat Bordhi, published in The Knitter's Book of Yarn (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/calla-lily-bag). When I saw it in the book, I had to read the pattern twice, or maybe even three times, before I started getting it. I don't know why, but I was really intrigued, and had to keep reading it again until it clicked! I haven't knit that bag yet, but I think I will, someday.
(I found out about your contest from WiKnit)

ikkinlala said...

Happy 100th post!

The project I really want to knit right now is Interlocking Leaves (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall08/PATTinterlockingleaves.html).

Bronwyn said...

Right now I'm itching to make the green cabled mittens from the most recent cover of Vogue Knitting- I believe they've been dubbed the Druid mittens though they're listed just as green mittens in the mag.

I'm going to do them in a heathered red. Yum.

sunsetknitter said...

Happy 100th post!
I keep thinking about knitting the Central Park Hoodie and the Clapotis.
Every time I see a sweater in the store, I think "why buy that? I should just knit the CPH."

Breien in Lansingerland said...

Congrats on your 100th post. I came here through Wiknit's blog.

What I wanted to do for a long time was knitting a blanket. Wolhemel started a Groninger Blanket KAL and released the second block today. (It is a Yahoo group. I am making one in red.

Carrie said...

Happy 100th post! SweaterBabe.com has a new pattern that I'd love to get started on: http://www.sweaterbabe.com/knitting-patterns/chic-cowl-neck-sweater.htm. Looks a little intense, but fun.

srapalmateer said...

Congratulations on the 100 posts!

I'm trying out the Tiger Eye Scarf-my first real lace project. It's going pretty smoothly right now!

Yasmin said...

Congrats on reaching 100 posts! That is an acheivement for lazy bloggers ( like myself!) I love contests.
I want to make the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I love the look of it and I'm quite intrigued because I'm a fairly new knitter. I'm off to mention about this contest on my blog.

purple-power said...

Elaine (elaine-knitting) sent me here to wish you a happy 100th.

I am so impressed that you persevere to get it perfect unlike so many of us who just plow in ...

I'm going to make a clapotis some day soon. Really, soon :-)

erika~ the inspired mama said...

oooh, those socks are going to be gorgeous!!

i would love to win some yarn!! let's see... i want to knit a entralac scarf for myself this season. no pattern that calls out to me yet, but i am looking. i am also on the search for the perfect noro silk garden for said scarf!

happy 100th post anniversary!

EJ said...

A contest - I LOVE contests!

I read about your contest on Elaine's blog - she's my "facilitator"

I love the socks you're knitting - they look absolutely fabulous and I love knitting projects using mitered squares, so it seems absolutely perfect.

And happy 100th. Being blogless (in NJ) 100 is roughly infinity.

Knitting Linguist said...

I love the colors of that sock yarn -- and you've certainly put in the work figuring out exactly the right number for you! I'm not sure I have any exciting or thrilling new patterns to talk about, but as other commenters have said, I want to try a BSJ, and I'm dying to knit the Sunrise Circle jacket -- I think that the shaping's neat on that one...

throughthepriszm said...

Oh wow! I love how the blues just meld together! I'm really glad I followed the linke from Yasmin's blog at http://hooksandlaces.blogspot.com/.

Lorena said...

How pretty! I've just started to knit and I have a VERY ambitious project planned...the somewhat cowl from knit and tonic. BTW I found you from http://throughthepriszm.wordpress.com/.

tom said...

Happy 100! I LOVE the socks. An inspiration, but all of your sock patterns are.

I want to knit my first pair of socks - just a plain toe-up sock to start. Then I can get into something like yours.

I found out about your contest from Elaine too.

Sharon Rose said...

Congrats on 100+ posts. :) What I want to knit... wow... I have an enormous queue. I think the one I most want to do next is the MS3 Wings of a Dream - a stole with two wings. I'd love to do it in black - think raven - for next Halloween maybe?
Thanks for running such a fun contest!
Sharon

artinreality said...

I would love to start the February Lady Sweater. I think it is really cute. But I keep thinking I should wait until I have lost those pounds I am working on. So in the meantime I think I will work on some smaller projects from the IK Holiday magazine last year. there was a lovely litte scarf, which I am dying to make called Huckleberry Ascot.

Rachel O said...

I love how the mitered socks are working up. Beautiful colors too.

I really want to knit a Mermaid. It's a big investment, but I do want to try it sometime during this lifetime.

I found out about your contest from Elaine.

Happy 100 plus and keep up the great-looking patterns.

Crys said...

You've inspired me! I'm resurrecting my blog (after a several month hiatus) including a link to your contest, AND I'm going to start a contest of my own by the end of the month.

I'm knitting my first sock, my first slipper, and I really want to make an Aran sweater... maybe I'll start spinning the yarn for it this weekend.

Heard about your contest on Rav...

crochetgurl said...

Congrats on your 100th post! There are so many things I find intriguing to knit that it's hard to choose one. However, if I really had to, I will probably choose Backwards Cabled Pullover in the new Custom Knits book. I'm currently working on the Opulent Raglan by the same designer and am loving it! Therefore, hopefully, the pullover will be just as fun!

Thanks for letting me play. :-)

catsmum said...

congratulations!
I've knocked a few off the 'always wanted to' list this last year - like BSJ - and now I've made 4 of them.
One of the things that I had been avoiding but deep in my heart of hearts i knew that I really wanted to conquer at some stage, was charts
so last night I cast on for the Grace Note Socks - charted but with the back up of written directions just in case and with a more complex lace pattern than I normally do for my socks. So far I'm loving it.

britnlind said...

I am itching to start the Helping Hat by Canknitian. Here's a ravelry link http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/helping-hat.
Its for my brother. He sees me knitting all the time and told me to make him something fly. I must abide. **wink**

Marilyn said...

I have never tried cables. I think that will be next.

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

Congrats on your 100th post:)Hugs DarcyI have blogged about the contest and linked back to it here:http://darcyknottyknitter.blogspot.com/2008/10/knitting-in-bellybutton-of-california.html
Iam going to knit the Mabel Scarf link to pattern:http://larissmix.typepad.com/stitch_marker/2008/01/the-mabels-scar.html

Chelsea the Yarngeek said...

Congrats on the hundredth post! I'm totally digging those socks you've got going. As for me, I'm preparing to swatch for the Dollar and a Half cardigan to take as my airplane knitting on Friday. I'm finally going to make something for me this year AND keep it!!

(Oh! And Darcy over at Knotty Knitter sent me. :D)

Katie O said...

I love the clapotis... and that kinda of yarn is perfect! for it!! Darcy's Knotty Knitter sent me your way!!

Anne said...

Here I am! I'm yearning to knit Susan Pandorf's Iris shawl but I don't think I'm up to it yet ...

Phyllis T. said...

Congrats on your 100th post. I came to your site via Darcy from KnottyKnits on blogger. I would like to knit up a pair of NoPurl Monkeys found here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/no-purl-monkeys

Jenny Girl said...

Congrats on the 100th post!
I am obsessed with the Strawberry Hill sweater from Norah Gaughan Volume 3. Actually there are several sweaters in that book I want to knit.

Your socks are cute btw!
Have a great weekend.
P.S.
I have posted this on my blog.

Knit Pickins said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. Some projects in my queue that I find particularly intriguing are the Lady Eleanor stole from Scarf Style and the Felted Stained Glass Fan Bag by Madeline Langan.

I'm taking a Selbuvotter class in a couple of weeks. These intricate fair isle patterns intrigue me as well!

katerina said...

I thought I posted this once before, but it looks like it didn't go through.
There's a great really "interesting" pattern I want to knit - it's called Pakuna by Berroco
for you Ravelry folk:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pakuna
and non-ravelry folk:
http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Berroco-Berroco_277_Peruvia-4844.html

I just love the way it looks a bit like it's felted, and the ways the colors come together!

sunsetknitter said...

Happy 100th! Jennygirl sent me.

LaVerna said...

I love those socks!I saw them over on Ravelry.I am intrigues by the Lizard Ridge blanket.I don't know if I will ever get around to making one though.Congrats on 100!

OhAmyKP said...

!!Congrats!! Thanks for the Contest, I found you contest from Wiknits blog.

I started out the year saying that it would be the year of Socks and so far you'd knitted 3 pairs but 2 of them were techinque tester pairs (meaning I have not intention to wear them due to yarn or size issue) and My goal for the year was to be 3 pairs.

However, I'm so not going to make that quota because the shiny object of the Fair Isle Hats has stolen me away for Sock (I went willingly). There are so many fair isle hats & Mittens that I've added to my Ravelry queue in the last week. My first Fair Isle Hat will be this one below, the standard Snow Flake hat.

http://carissaknits.blogspot.com/2007/11/snowflake-hat.html

Esther said...

Congrats on the 100th.

I just surfed over your blog after looking at these patterns.
http://tikkunknits.wordpress.com/patterns-for-peacebuilders/

We are in the middle of the Jewish holiday of Succot and as I much prefer homemade decorations I find these patterns intriguing.

Sarah said...

Some patterns that I want to knit someday are the fetchings and chevron scarf.

Emily said...

I'm preggers (due in March 09) and itching to make some baby clothes. I'm thinking about attempting EZ's Baby Surprise Jacket. It's actually at the top of my Rav queue. I just need to finish up this sock first...