As promised – knitting content follows.  After a lovely week spent stitching away, it was nice to just sit in the car traveling, enjoying the beautiful sights and knitting.  I took along lots of of projects and actually came home with an FO – a pair of Austermann socks for me:

Austermann

These were started quite a while ago and had been sadly neglected.  As you can see, they are fraternal twins.  I would have preferred identical, but the color runs on the Austermann are so long, it just wasn’t possible.  The obsessive side of me is dealing with this.  The pattern is just a generic top down, flap heel and picot edge.  This is the second pair I’ve made with the picot edge.  I had originally thought that socks with this type of edge might not stay up well, but they work great and I love the look.  There will definitely be more in my future.

Once these were done, I cast on for some gift socks for my sewing friend Lisa.  Once sock was finished on the trip and the other shortly after:

Opal

This is some Opal that has been hanging out in my stash for next to forever.  In fact, I think it was probably one of the first sock yarns I ever bought.  The pattern is again the good old generic top down with flap heel.  I have to admit that I started a picot edge on these.  I use the waste yarn method and usually use cotton because it’s easy to zip out.  I didn’t have any with me so used a scrap of wool.  When zipping it hung up on itself and I used the scissors to snip it.  However, I snipped rather more vigorously than intended and cut my sock yarn too.  I didn’t feel like starting over so just recast on with ribbing.

Also started on the trip was another CIC sweater – I’ll post pictures of that later.

I did work one day last week and paid the price for having two weeks off.  I went to the post office to pick up our accumulated mail and let’s just say that I’m still diving through all of it.  On Monday the doctor comes back and I have to inform him of our latest staffing nightmare.  Let the games begin (again). 

This weekend I’ve discovered the fun of machine applique and made some cute little tops for Izzy:

Shirt1

Shirt2_2

But enough of this stuff – I have some projects that have deadlines and I really need to get working on those.  So this afternoon I will begin working on a knitted sheep.  I’ll either love it or be tearing my hair out by the end of the weekend.  Stay tuned for the next chapter.

And Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there.  I’m spending the day relaxing and enjoying a great meal cooked by hubby – barbequed ribs, potatoes and fresh green beans with almonds – Yum!

9 thoughts on “

  1. Your fraternal twin socks are really pretty and I’ve always wondered about picot edges on socks, so thanks for telling us that they do stay up. I think my daughter would like some picot edged socks. Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day!

  2. The perfect match on those Opals makes up for the fraternal Step socks – which are very nice in their own way.

    Must be something in the air. I’ve been knitting mismatched socks for the first time ever and I’m starting to like the idea.

    Izzy’s shirts are so cute. Glad you’re having fun with your new sewing machine.

  3. I actually like the looks of the fraternal socks! I’ve also been surprised that the picot edged socks stay up as well as they do. I don’t do a provisional cast on with mine, I just do a long-tail cast on, then fold it up and knit it together when it’s time. It really works just as well as long as you’re careful to match up the stitches so you don’t get a twist in your sock top.
    Hope the work nightmares get straightened out soon. What a welcome home. Staff problems are the biggest reason that I don’t miss private practice one bit.

  4. As usual, you’ve made some adorable things for your granddaughter. One question, did you make the T-shirt tops too or applique ready-made tops? Either way they are wonderful and will get lots of use, I would think, with shorts, skirts and long pants. My granddaughters would love them and probably pick a favorite at first glance.

  5. Your socks make me a little worried I am not an expert knitter as you, but like you I want my socks to match (I am on my second pair and guess what they are Austermann’s)
    CAN you tell me if you had a lot of yarn left over after you finished your socks or is that the way Austermann’s work. Thanks

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