The Fiber Artist

Wow, that sounds pretentious doesn't it. But it is the name of my company, so I decided to use it. This is where I will keep a record of works in progress in the hope that it will result in more productivity. It will also give me a place to ramble on about my life, so that maybe later I will remember what happened in ___ (fill in day, month, year of your choice).

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Are My Sons Too Big For Their Britches?

 Along with the knitting of socks, and the Kauni Damask, (almost to the shoulders) I have been trying to keep my sons in their pants.  Christopher has a bunch of old jeans that he is wearing to work at his 2nd (or is that 3rd or 4th) job.  he drives a forklift in a factory here in town during the week from 6-2:30.  The jeans have holes, I had noticed that one pair had a hole in the rear, but as he wears long johns under, and coveralls over them he was not
concerned.  Last week when I washed them the entire back of the jeans right next to the seam split.  I mentioned it and he said to throw them out, but instead I went over to the studio, and got the jeans that Carl had worn out, cut off the lower leg, and patched the split.
Yesterday I found 2 more pair that need patching, this pair were easy so I knocked them out yesterday.  I have another pair that have a large hole in the front crotch area that I will tackle
this morning, so the question is "Is Christopher too big for his britches?"

Then there is Chase, who doesn't seem to understand the concept of unbuttoning the jeans, as opposed to ripping them off, and therefore has a number of perfectly good jeans that he can't wear because without buttons he can't keep them up, he has been instructed to find all of them and I will sew on some buttons.
All of this repair work is being done as a break from the knitting on small needles, I have been trying to get the numbers worked out to cast on the February Lady sweater because that will be worked on the great big size 6
(4.0mm) needle to give my hands a break.

So are both my younger sons too big for their britches?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Even More About Socks

 The birthday socks for Mark are kitchenered and washed and are blocking.  Out in the mail on Monday.
 The January Self Imposed Sock Club socks are finished, washed and blocked.
They have this pretty lace pattern.  Can't wait to see what is next.  Come on Feb.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More Socks

 The Green socks for Mark need to have their afterthought heels Kitchenered.  It was so dark yesterday that I decided that trying to Kitchener dark green sock yarn with brown woolly nylon was a recipe for disaster,  so they have been put aside until we can find sunshine again.
 A picture showing the whole socks, see done.
Therefore, I have started working on the second gift socks of  '11.  And one more repeat of the Self Imposed Sock Club (for which there is no picture because they now both look like the longer one from the last post).

Monday, January 17, 2011


 It is no secret that I like to knit socks, lots of socks.  If I make the socks, they fit me.  Otherwise - not so much.

I belonged to the Six Sox yahoo group years ago and quit a few years ago.  I decided to join again. This is the Dec-Jan pattern.  Three rows of mitered squares. which are 15 -17 -21 stitch starting row long. So that as the socks go from ankle to top they get larger, like me!

 The pattern had the top row of miters as the top of the sock but I put an 80 stitch ribbed cuff of 1 3/8 inch.  (As in I knitted the first until it looked long enough, and then matched the second to the first.)  Then I picked up 64 stitches and knitted the sock down. Afterthought heels.
 I also copied (the sincerest form of flattery) the Yarn Harlot's Self-Imposed Sock Club and the first sock is here.  this is 2 repeats of the pattern.
 And the other sock has 3.  We are going to the library later and I want to take this along to work on while Sierra meets friends for a study session.
 Then there is the first guy sock of the year, for the middle grandson's birthday in Feb.  The short sock is much longer now due to a family discussion last night.  These will go to town as well, for any times that I need to talk to someone.
Guy socks are a default, toe up, (so I can uses all the yarn) 2X2 ribbed foot and leg, afterthought heel. I can knit these practically with my eyes closed, and only need to have my list of foot
sizes to tell when to put in the waste yarn for the heels.

And there you have it the first 3 socks of 2011, one finished 2 in the works.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Last Year Cleanup

 This was finished the 29th of December, but it wasn't finished blocking until yesterday.  but it is done now.

Stats:  Goddess Knits Mystery 20
Yarn: JaggerSpun Zephyr in color: Cinnabar

Mike's hat is for his birthday in Feb. Finished the 28th of Dec.
So that is the end of last years projects.

Now on to 2011.

Left over skein of Woolpak 14 ply.
Plain ribbed hat.