Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lady Mary Rivulets Socks

Project Name:
Lady Mary Rivulets Socks

Lady Mary Rivulets Socks - Front View

Lady Mary Rivulets Socks
- Flat

Think the color is between these images. The ones on the feet are a bit dark but the flat ones are a bit light.  I tried to tweak them, but that is the problem with taking pics at night with a flash!

(I have tried multiple times to place more photos, but it isn't working.  *sigh*  I am giving up.  If you want more pics, check out the Flickr set.)

Cast On:
May 30, 2012
June 26, 2012

Rivulets Socks by Wendy D. Johnson

Made for:
Me - Size 9 shoe

2 socks on two circs (Knitpicks one Harmony, one Options - makes it easy to tell which to use)
US 0 - 2.0 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm (went up at the ankle & leg as I have thick ankles & calves)

Storied Yarns Superwash Sock in the Lady Mary's Red Gowns aka Lady Edith's Dinner Used 0.92 skeins = 425.0 yards (have 8 grams left)

The gauge on this pattern is definitely off! I am glad I looked at others who made them.

My gauge is 9 sts per inch where the pattern says 8 sts per inch. I worked the largest size and found that with my gauge they were a good fit.

For the toes, I used Judy’s Magic Cast On. For the toe increases, I used Cat Bordhis’ LLink & LRink. Love them for the toe-up socks. Other than that. I am following the pattern. gasp I would have given the pattern 5 stars if not the gauge issue.

I debated a lot what I wanted to do for this yarn. I think this pattern is a lovely pairing. Almost looks a bit like fire with the red. smile

I love that it is a both solid & lacey. The almost zigzag of it really does speak to the qualities of Lady Mary herself. A bit perplexing yet also very lovely. Almost fiery in the design but with that steady subdued nature somehow.grin

I was concern about the yarn pooling, but it looks lovely. The gold & brown formed interesting patterns. I really like it.

I think the foot is a bit short. I knit to 2 1/2” shy of when it said to start the gusset. But it still seems a bit short on the foot. It fits snuggly which I like. Just a bit worried about the toe wearing out though.

I knit the heel flap higher than the pattern said, but that is something I like to do as I wear shoes with a high back & don’t like it wearing out at that spot.

All in all, I am really happy with them. They look good and are comfy.

Had 8 grams left over.  I knit them as high as I wanted.  There is just a good deal of yardage in the skein!

Monday, June 25, 2012


My wonderful SIL emailed about the whole Ravelmpics debacle.

Here is the post with the original letter:

US Olympic Committee Response:

The Yarn Harlot's Response:

Bloomberg News Article (better balanced than I would have expected):

I finally got around to The Yarn Harlot's post today.  I usually agree with her.  And I think her points are well made.  But they are too nice.  Though I was glad to see her point out that the folks at Ravelry are nice, but they are the altruistic beings that many people want to say they are.  Ravelry has become a business.  And the users really should be more aware of that.

My main issue is the bs response by the USOC after things hit the fan. Come off it.  There is no universe where that is a standard cease & desist letter.  At best, Sandusky is an idiot who didn't read the original C&D letter.  Or at worst a liar who is trying to appease a large group of people who are pissed off about what was said.  Either way, not good.

Also, really?  Send the USOC knit items?!  Why would anyone do that who cares about their knitting?!   *shakes head*

I have to ask, how can the US have a monopoly on the term Olympics?  But we come back to moronic copyright law.  The Olympics as an organization have been around since 1894 when the International Olympic Committee was formed.  So please...  *shakes head*

If the USOC was the picture of altruism they are trying to claim, I would get it.  But they aren't.  Like so much Olympics related, they aren't pure.  So to try to belittle others when your own record isn't so clean...*shrugs*

At their base, they do some very good things.  But not without their own self-interests at heart.  And like so many large organizations, their bureaucracy wants to make more money for itself.  (Same reasons I won't support anything involving the Susan G. Komen nightmare.  *growls*  Good piece about it.  When the buracracy cares more about sustaining itself than doing good, it is time to move along.)

The board for the Ravelympics is having a poll to decide on a new name.  So they are dealing with the issue so the owners of Ravelry don't have to.  Great.  Avoids the legal headaches.  Don't blame them to pull out of a loosing fight.  But it is also a bit frustrating.)

I confess the whole thing has left a bad taste in my mouth.  I know it isn't the athletes fault that this happened.  But it doesn't make me want to watch the games much.  Mind you, given the games are in London, it isn't as if I am going to be watching them live anyhow.  So I was already going to be skipping commercials a good deal. But now I am certain I won't watch them if I don't record them so I make certain to skip the commercials.  (A lot of the On Demand disables fast forward.)

There is also leftover negative feelings about the last summer Olympics.  I am still astounded about the hosting the games in a repressive regime who does not embody the ideals of the Olympics in the slightest.  And then having girls who were clearly of questionable age participating.  It made me sad.  I am hopeful that these games won't have the same feeling.  But it is anyone's guess...  I think I still have a negative feeling over the 2002 ice skating debacle which messed up a lot of the beauty of ice skating with the new judging system.

I don't honestly know how I feel about the Ravelympics as a whole.  I will probably still participate.  I have been looking forward to it.  But honestly, I may just use up my energies on the Tour de Fleece.  That was a strong possibility even before all of this happened.

All I can do is see where I am at when July 27th rolls around. Mind you, the TdF ends July 22nd.  So that is only 5 days apart.  It just may not be enough of a break to focus on something else time consuming.

We will be up in the Adirondacks for the opening ceremony.  There is a chance we will watch them, but even more likely we won't.  (I confess I still find it strange that there is net access up there.  I try to limit my use of it and not plug in.  DH won't miss his morning funnies when we are there.  *laugh*  Mind you, he actually gets to read them while we are there unlike some days at home.)

Of course, the Tour de Fleece relies on my knee deciding to cooperate.  It has been acting up at off times since I fell about a month ago.  It will be fine for days and then suddenly it feels like the knee cap has slid sideways a bit and doesn't want to move right.  Whee... (Of course today is one of those days just to remind me. *grumblegrowl*)

I checked and for 2010, Eldest Munchkin was just four months old.  I worked on Olivia the Swamp Dragon.  I did complete the knitting during the Olympics.  Though the finishing work was done post-Olympics.

I talked myself out of crazy town.  Somewhere in my head I started to consider that I might knit DH sweater *during the yet-to-be-renamed-Ravelympic*.  Luckily, I talked myself out of the crazy in an email to Silvercat.  Of course, that leaves me wondering what I might knit...  Still actually debating trying one of the lovely EZ tribute half-circle shawls.  But we come back to Crazytown!  Maybe socks or a shawlette...  We can see.

If I could resist casting it on, I would go with the Haruni in the Nightfall yarn.  But I really think the minute I finish my socks (which are nearly done - working on the ribbing and they are toe-up), the shawl may be going on my needles.  *smile*  Also thinking the Scylla socks in  Tri'Coterie's self-striping yarn in the Siouxsie need to go on my needles next.  Though I also need to finish my Lady Bianca Socks.  So many choices.  So little time!

Best to get some more work done.  I am behind on things at work due to computer issues.  *sigh*  Ah well.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Yarns & Patterns

Every time I get a new yarn that screams *KNIT ME NOW*, I start the pattern looking.  Today it is the Nightfall in deep purple.  If you know me, you know my thing for dark colors.  Black, purple & reds are my favs.  So finding a yarn that goes from the color of your choice to black...well, you can imagine it screamed my name. *laugh*

There is 490 yards in the skein.  And with it being a single skein, it is definitely shawl material.

Ravelry Link:
Example in Nightfall:

This is the leader at the moment.  It is a pattern I have been wanting to do. Though part of me feels like given so many people have used Nightfall with this that I don't want to do it.  18 not counting hibernating or frogged out. But it might also just be that it is a good pairing.  Or morely likely that given there are over 6000 projects...  Wow.  That is a lot!

The sample link with the Nightfall has beads, but only at the end.  So *if* I feel up for them, I could add them at the end.  Or not depending on my mood.  *grin*

A couple people ran out on the edging.  But the beauty of this going to nearly a black is that I can dig up some yarn that can look like the edging without it having to be the same skein. 

Ravelry Link:
Example in Nightfall:

The original large size was made in Nightfall, but it was a limited edition fiber that was a much larger skein than the one I got.  Though the pattern has three sizes and the small is under the yardage I have.  I like the pattern a good deal.

Ravelry Link:
Example in Nightfall:

Lovely pattern that is very gorgeous.  Though part of me looks at it and wants the beads that are pictured with it.  Though I think a break from beads is in order. 

Swallowtail Shawl
Ravelry Link:
Example in Nightfall:

This one has been on my list to do for a long while.  But I don't know if it is shouting the loudest to be done.  Tough call.  *smile*

The funniest part is that all four of these patterns were already in my favorites and two were in my queue.  Though the two in the queue were there from when I was looking at Luxe patterns.  Yet they all have been knit in Nightfall!  *laugh*

Thing is that the all but the Swallowtail would look better with beads.  But I swear I am not getting involved with beads again right now.  Really.  Honest.  *laugh*

Ah.  Gotta add another contender.

Ravelry Link:
Example in Gradient Yarn:

Aeolian is still talking to me in a big way.  I was leaning heavily towards this for the Luxe gradient from Unique Sheep.  But I decided against it in the end.  I keep wondering about this one...  But it comes back to the beads.  Would it be as lovely without them?  Hmmm.  I think I am trying to convince myself that it wouldn't look half as good without the beads.  And more yardage would be nice, right...  *laugh*

There are others I considered.

Autumn in Vincennes (rav link) is lovely, but it seems to be calling me to use some handspun.  It can take a yarn with some variation so it would be better for that.  So maybe I will knit it with something I spin for the Tour de Fleece.

Citron and Afternoon Tea are also saying handspun to me. Love the semi-circle shapes.  They both look like easy knits too.

Wings of Peace (rav link) has been saying knit me.  But the yardage it requires is too much.  I could cut it shorter but I don't really want to.   

The Stora Dimun Shawl (rav link but pattern in Folk Shawls) is beautiful but needs more yardage I think.  Though I finally added that to my queue for some day as I really like it.   Again, I think this could stand up to a nice handspun, though given the yardage, it is more likely to be a Knit Picks yarn!

Looking at shawl patterns also got me wanting to take on one of the EZ 100th Anniversary Half-Circle shawls by Mwaa Knit (rav).  There are three on Ravelry that are beautiful.  Though we come back to yardage & they *definitely* need a very plain yarn. 

Enough browsing.  Of course, I may decide to try and tackle this for the Ravelmpics.  I am not sure yet.  Decisions decisions!