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Pattern: Garter Rib by Charlene Schurch

Yarn: Princess Sophia (etsy link) by Woolen Mill St. Yarns in the Mad Hatter colorway

Needles: US 1.5/2.5mm

I can’t get a decent picture of these socks to save my life (I know, story of my life, right?), but trust me when I say they are FABULOUS! The colors are so vibrant, and the yarn itself so soft! I would compare the twist of it to ShibuiKnits Sock,  which although I’ve only used once I would count as probably my favorite sock yarn to date. But it is so incredibly soft, I can hardly stand it. Other than gushing about the FABULOUSNESS, I don’t have a lot to say about this project. No mods whatsoever. Just a good, satisfying knit and a much-loved finished object.

I still need to get a decent picture of the finished February Lady Sweater. It seems like spring might have finally sprung, so I’m hoping I’ll get around to it this week. In the mean time, I have another baby knit to show:


I started it at the end of February, but it languished as my ‘poking around in front of the computer when I should be doing school work’ project.  That changed last week my brother informed me that him and my sister-in-law are providing us with a new niece in August, so I rediscovered my motivation. I mean, I knew they were due in August, which is what prompted the project in the first place, but the excitement of finding out it’s a girl, and hearing the name they picked out (Megan Katherine. I like the ring of it!) got the mojo flowing. I picked it up yesterday and probably doubled the progress I had previously made. I finished the body, started and finished both sleeves and have made a good dent on the front flaps and the hood. The construction is very clever, and I’m enjoying it, even if it is bulky yarn!

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The cuteness, it burns!

Although I did meet my self-imposed deadline of completing the Mad Hatter Garter Rib socks by last week’s end, it was due to a marathon session of knitting last night since I pretty much dropped the project after starting the gusset of the second sock on my Monday lunch break. The reason for the stall? These booties:

They are so stinkin’ cute I can hardly stand it. And can hardly stand not casting on for another pair. I might go ahead and give in, since I am now of the age where having a stash of baby gifts on hand probably isn’t a bad idea…

Pattern: Christine’s Stay-On Booties by Christine Bourquin

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Happy Forest

Needles: US2.5/3.0mm

The only modification I made was to go up a couple needle sizes. I’m a ridiculously tight knitter, and since I have no idea the size of baby feet I decided to try to err on the side of them being a bit too big so they can be grown into instead of too small and of no use at all. I dreaded the i-cord ties, but they worked up really fast for me. I did two 16″ cords to make sure they’d be long enough, and I think they are the perfect length. Of the patterns I’ve tried (admittedly this is only the third), this is my favorite bootie (is “bootie” correct? “booty” just seems wrong when talking about babies…), and I think this will become my go-to baby gift pattern.

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The February Lady Sweater was finally finished last weekend. But the only photos I’ve managed are so horrifically bad that I cannot possibly subject anyone to them. Hopefully the sun will shine soon,  my face hasn’t “frozen that way” (Seriously. That bad.) and I’ll be able to get a halfway decent picture. Or else I will just crop my head out of the picture so it doesn’t detract from the sweater.

And marching on…! I can show you my March project for the 2010 Pair a Month KAL & CAL.

This is the first of the Garter Rib Socks by Charlene Schurch in Woolen Mill St. Yarns’ (etsy link) Princess Sophia in the Mad Hatter colorway. I finished it yesterday, and am so tickled with how it came out! I’m almost to the heel flap on the second one already, and I’m really hoping to get the pair done next weekend.

And, in case there was ever a doubt, here’s a picture demonstrating my extreme nerdiness:

What? Doesn’t everyone get their sock’s picture taken with the movie poster that inspired its’ colorway? Yeah, I thought so.

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Wow, are my legs ever pale!

Pattern: Julia Socks by Emily Johnson

Yarn: Dream in Colory Smooshy in Happy Forest

Needles: US1/2.25mm

After much worrying and wringing-of-hands, I finished these well before the deadline. Well, I’m not sure how “well before”…I finished them last Saturday evening around 6:40pm Central. The deadline was, I believe, Sunday 11:59:59PM. There’s not a lot to say about these socks, except that I LOVE THEM! I love the pattern, I love the yarn, I love the fit. It’s a rather simple pattern on it’s face, but it is so effective, I think. And there is enough going on with it that I didn’t get bored at all. No worry of second-sock syndrome with this pattern! I’m also completely geeking out because the designer asked to use my pictures on the project page in Ravelry. This is a first for me, and I’m not too proud to admit that when I got the message I squealed and jumped up and down a little.

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