Hello! I am Deborah, I met Steph while I was studying at Leeds University last spring. I like to think that I got her knitting the online knitting world of blogs and ravelry, and that I got her knitting socks. I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to a blog of my own, so I’m gonna start by using Steph’s blog every few weeks or so. Who know? Maybe this thing will become so addicting, I start my own. So, let’s start with a few key things about me:
Ravelry ID: knittingchemisty (yes, I know I meant to spell chemistry, but I forgot the R, what’s really sad is that it took about two months to realize this)
Favorite color: purple
Favorite drink: Coffee
Favorite Designers: Stephen West, Anne Hanson, Cookie a, and of course that crazy genius Ysolda
Favorite thing to do while knitting: Listen to audiobooks.
If I were an animal I would be elephant, so I could give myself a shower!
One of the things that I think would make me a really bad blogger is that I feel like I never finish anything. Ok maybe that’s an exaggeration, but still. However, since summer started I’ve actually finished 3 things. (don’t think about when I started them)
First Up: Daybreak by Stephen West http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/daybreak
Started: September 24th, 2010
Finished: June 12th, 2011
Color A: Fearless Fibers Cashmere Merino Sock in Legerdemain (a grey with bits of blues and purple) from Fearless Fibers (http://www.etsy.com/shop/fearlessfibers)
Color B: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Fushia, which changes from purple to pink to red to orange
I made the largest size, but did 23 stripes of each color instead of 20, and I only did 5 purl ridges on the edging instead of 7, because I was running out of yarn. I blocked it out carefully so that I didn’t have any points in the shawl. When blocking I did notice that although I tried to keep the edge stitches loose when changing colors, I didn’t succeed all the time. It still turned out pretty well.
I love the Zauberball. I love knitting it in something like this, when its striped with a single color yarn. Watching the colors change throughout the shawl made knitting it fun. I especially adore how it changes as you work out and the rows get bigger. Like how the first section of orange is 6 stripes, and the second is only 3.
Since I made it the largest size, its kinda awkward to wear in the stylish shawlette way of the point in the front. But I can wrap it around to actually keep warm, and its very soft, with the cashmere/merino yarn and the zauberball softens up after washing. So I’ll be wearing it more like this.
Also I have some finished socks. I try to always have a SIP (sock in progress). Sometimes I even have 2, a simple sock that I can quickly pick-up and put-down that I don’t really need a pattern for, and a more complicated sock that I have to pay more attention on. The later one is good for traveling, like flights or long bus trips since the sock doesn’t take up much room, but having something more complex keeps me entertained better. So for finished socks I have some flaming red socks.
Pattern: Inferno Socks by Melissa Dominguez
Started: February 23, 2011
Finished: July 1, 2011
Yarn: Lorna Laces Shepherd Sock Solid in Ysolda Red
These were for my sister’s birthday, her favorite color is red. She was looking at my Knit Picks catalog and told me that she liked these socks. I also thought that they would be fun to knit, and so I went to ravelry to check out the socks some more. However, much to my surprise, very few people have knit these socks. So it became my personal quest in life to convince more knitters how awesome these socks are.
These socks have a chart of 32 rows, which is pretty much impossible to memorize. But it keeps things interesting. I knit these mostly on my flights to visit graduate schools. The heel was kinda different because you increase for the gusset, as you work down the leg, then you turn the heel. So the pattern continues down the back of the heel.
When I gave them to my sister, she said, “But Deborah, these socks have holes in them. How will they keep my feet warm?” Hopefully she come around to appreciate their beauty, otherwise I’ll be taking them back!
Second pair of socks
Hedera by Cookie A http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/PATThedera.html
Started: February 26, 2011
Finished: July 6th, 2011
Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy Superwash sock in Hosta http://www.missbabs.com/store.php?cat=21
These were my “mindless” socks for the last few months. A gift for my mother, technically 1 sock was for Mother’s day and 1 sock was for her birthday. I really like this pattern and can see it being something that I could knit again. I easily memorized the 4 row repeat after I got the sock started. I liked this pattern a lot better than cookie a’s most popular pattern, Monkey. It has the same benefit of being having a stitch pattern that is can be read, so you don’t need to be constantly looking at the chart, but I think Hedera looks classier. Just MHO.
Bye for now! I’ll update you next time on some of the things I am currently knitting. I’ll leave you with this cute picture of me and my niece Clara. 8 months old and still no teeth!