Sunday, November 8, 2009

Knitting Photos - At Last

Monkey Socks - aren't they fun to knit. I liked the pair I made my neighbor so much that I knit myself a pair. The yarn is from Celtic Memory yarns and is a merino bamboo blend that is so soft and yummy and I think it works really well with this pattern.

Maybe its my love for gardening, but I am drawn to socks with leaf motifs. This pattern is from Vogue Knitting - The Ultimate Sock Book and the pattern is called "Leaf Lace Socks", I really enjoyed knitting the picot edge and the chart is short and very easy to work with. The yarn is Knit Picks on size 1 needles. This will be a nice color to wear this winter, wouldn't these look great with a similar colored skirt?

Project #2 is just a simple ribbed cowl, the yarn is a mystery yarn of Wool and Alpaca on a size 13 needles. I had originally purchased the yarn for a gorgeous little top, but realized that the pattern called for each hank to have 100 yards (these only had about 60 yards - oops!) So a cowl they will be, another great way to extend my wardrobe.
WIP #3 - half way through the Red Scarf that I am donating, I'll put some extra time on it this week and see if there is any way I can finish it before the weekend (my knitting group meets on Saturday). Wish me luck! I read on Stitches of Violet's blog about limiting WIP's to 3, so I am trying that for now, it seems manageable.
Just wanted to share a couple of photos from my last trip to the Huntington Library. These giant bamboos are incredible, I've been near them when there was a strong breeze and the creaks and thunks that they emit is quite loud, I could appreciate them there in that garden and can imagine how they would be in a storm. (am quite happy that I never planted these in my yard though)
Ok, you've probably guessed by now, I love flowers and roses just move me, their fragrances, the way the petals glisten when they are kissed by dew, I even like it when you can see the new buds coming up while the older flower are fading.
This place had a lot of character and if you like loud music and
girls on roller skates (in rather short skirts), then this place is for you.
I'll admit the breakfast was good and the prices pretty reasonable, but it was hard to relax and enjoy my food. (I'll just leave it at that).


Natalie said...

Your merino/bamboo monkeys socks look amazing. I love the stripe and crisscross combo. All your projects look great.

Marguerite said...

Nice projects. Monkey is one of my favorite gift patterns because it fits a variety of leg/ankle sizes so well.

Love the rose pictures. Please keep the flower pictures coming this winter for us northerners.

cathleen said...

So many pretty photos, Jean. Had to laugh, though, you have as many knitting projects going on as I do! Love those roses!

smariek said...

You've got a lot of projects there. Nice socks! When limiting projects to 3, is that "actively" knitting or just everything sitting as WIPs on needles? I can say I'm "actively" knitting 3 projects. Don't ask how many are actually on needles though.

Mmmm, bacon! It's 11:40pm and I'm hungry just looking at bacon!

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Deborah (aka Mt. Mom) said...

Hi, Jean.
That brown yarn looks very interesting.
I've never (yet) made Monkeys, but you make them sound like fun! :-)

I don't know if I'd like limiting myself to 3 projects, but I do know I can't give serious thought and attention to many *more* than that.

My maternal grandparents had a strip of bamboo like that along their driveway, between their property and the neighbors'. It grew and multiplied, more than they intended or liked, but we kids loved to "explore" among the trunks/stems, finding "paths" and small "clearings" in which to hide. Your photo brought back pleasant memories! Thanks.

Rhondi said...

Hi Jean
Thanks for leaving a comment. That diner sure looks interesting!