Friday, July 5, 2013

On the Needles - 7/5/13

I hope everyone had a safe and joyous 4th of July!!!  We are enjoying spending lots of quality time with our children and grandchildren this week.  And in the spirit of the season, I finished up my bright RED socks!!!  With a white t-shirt and blue jeans, I was well prepared for celebrating the 4th!  Well, at least I would have been if it had been cold enough to wear socks LOL!!!

These are  my second finished pair of socks.  They were done with Hibiscus Serenity Sock yarn, and I used the Toe-up, Two at a Time, Magic Loop method.  My only complaint is that they are a tad large on me.  I'm hoping they draw up a little when I wash them.  But they are really soft and comfortable - I'm going to enjoy wearing them this winter :*D
More pictures of my new socks ... (you can see how they are a little baggy around the heel on this picture)

Isn't it funny how they look like three different colors in each of these pictures?   The true colors are closer to the bottom picture.  I learned quite a few new techniques doing this project - stitch wrapping and the special magic cast on, for instance.
Now that this pair of socks is done, I'm thinking I'll take a little break from socks and work on a couple of other yarn projects.  I'm really excited about doing Dreambird, and today I went with a friend to visit the Knaughty Knitter in Murfreesboro - my very first visit to a knit shop ever!  It was amazing!  So many wonderful yarns and in every possible color!  Reminded me very much of my first trip to a quilt shop LOL!!!
Here is a picture of a Dreambird shawl - not mine of course!!! But you can get the idea of what it looks like...

And here are the yarns I chose for my Dreambird....

The yarn on the left is solid black Heritage fingering yarn and there is a lot of it there, perhaps about twice as much as the fancy Noro skein on the right.  The Noro is a rougher texture yarn, also a fingering weight.  It has the nice long color changes that are needed for this pattern.  As you can see from the picture below, there are lots of these color variations - I'm hoping to get some lovely feather colors for my Dreambird with this!

The Knaughty Knitter is hosting a Knit Along (KAL) on the 16th for anyone working on Dreambird, so I plan to go with some friends and take part in that.  I had planned to make this shawl during the KAL with Justquiltin and Patchwork Times, but I've decided it will be a good idea for me to go ahead and start it with this local knit shop and have the opportunity to get assistance face-to-face if needed.  Perhaps I'll get good enough that I could start a second one with Judy & Denise!
In the meantime, while I'm waiting for the KAL, I'm going to start my Cream and Sugar Cowl.  Mine will be all black, which will mean I can wear it with anything...

Picture taken from Ravelry website - Cowl made by nevernotknitting

If you have something taking shape on your needles, be sure to share it with us at Judy's Patchwork Times!

Hugs & Blessings!




  1. I'm curious - what is Dreambird?

    Those sure are pretty socks!! While it wasn't cool enough for socks on the 4th, it certainly was earlier this week (at least here in Illinois). ;-)

    I can't wait to see your cowl.

  2. Me, too. Inquiring minds want to know.
    I thought there was a link showing us what it is, but it was just a colored word. : )

  3. Your socks came out just great Teresa! When I first was learning how to knit socks, I found that I had to go down a needle size to make the socks fit more snugly. They actually loosen up the more you wear them, kind of like blue jeans getting looser. Some of my first socks were baggy too. Depending on the fit you like and your foot and leg size, you might just switch to one size smaller needle on the foot and knit the leg in one size larger than the foot needle. You might need to make a few socks to experiment. But if it feels baggy now it will bag more as you wear them.

    Noro colors are beautiful, but like you said it is a bit rougher feeling. Looking forward to seeing your scarf.

  4. Thanks for adding the Dreambird photo--Wow, gorgeous! I have no doubt that you can do it, Teresa. I marveled at how you tackled and mastered socks!

  5. Nice socks! I especially like the heel. Your Dreambird should be beautiful!

  6. LOVE THE SOCKS!!! And Dreambird - well better you than me!! LOL It will be gorgeous!!

    Safe travels!!


  7. Your red socks might be a bit big for you but they sure are pretty. If they get too big, my foot is a 9 1/2, so send them on over! lol. WOW that Dreambird shawl is beautiful. You really got into the knitting mode quickly and are doing great!! Applause, applause here!

  8. Great socks! I haven't tried making socks yet, only long scarves. Love Noro yarn.

  9. Those are absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Fabulous socks. Perfect fit! Enjoy your shawl. It looks extremely difficult : )

  11. Teresa,

    So good to hear from you! Love those knitted beauties!!!

    Stay safe, and if you are still traveling!

  12. Your socks look great! I am working on my first pair (though I have one other pair with one sock in a dif pattern done) and love it though it is challenging!


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