August 07, 2006

A Sea Breeze

Boy, I could go for a Sea Breeze right now. Couldn't you? A great refreshment on a hot summer day. But, given that it's a little early in the day for libations, how about a Sea Breeze of a different variety?

Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze
Pattern Source: RYC Classic Beach, third size
Yarn: RY Classic Natural Silk Aran, in Palm Leaf, 16 balls (more than called for!)
Needles: US5 and US6 Addi Turbos
Modifications: None to the pattern; I blocked the body an inch longer than called for.
Comments: As I've said before, this yarn takes on a totally different quality when blocked--it improves for the better by about 1000 percent, transforming from twine-like and stiff to soft and drapey. The pattern shows off both the lace and the cable stitches really nicely. The picot edging, while kind of fiddly to knit, also helps lend some polish to this sweater. This version is going to live in the happy place for a little while, but I can see myself wearing it both with a tank top or with a button-down shirt.

basking in the sun

*****

While in Kansas, it was SO HOT [and humid!] outside that sometimes, I just had to stay inside and knit. Look what all that knitting time produced:

sockalicious!

Butter Pecan Socks
Pattern: Child's French Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Claudia's Handpainted Yarn in Butter Pecan from MDSW
Needles: US1 Addi Turbos, done on 2 circs
Modifications: None.
Comments: What a quick little pattern! I loved watching them knit up. Just enough of a stitch pattern in the 6-row repeat to keep me from lapsing into a coma. It's a standard flap heel, with the elongated seed-stitch pattern along the border:

heelio
This picture is probably the closest to the actual color. Yum.

And, a quiz. Can you spot the difference between these two?

one of these is not like the other

I know, it's not that hard--they're pretty different. But why? The center stitches are reversed. I did the first sock by doing a k2tog, skp -- but then when I looked at the chart for a refresher on the second sock, I realized the first sock was backwards! So the one on the left is correct -- it's skp, k2tog. So if you've ever wondered what happens if you reverse your decreases, now you know.

Good thing these socks are for me -- I just care that they're sunshiney yellow and COMFY -- that Claudia sure paints a good yarn.

*****

And, in some non-knitting news, I have the best husband ever. I came home to find this:

Shiny New Happy Laptop

Which means that this

I,Podomus
I, Podomus

(a Christmas gift) finally comes out of the box and is getting put to good use. Hooray! Also, blogging should get a whole lot easier and faster, so hooray for that too.

Posted by Ann at August 7, 2006 09:19 AM
Comments

A new sweater, a new pair of socks, AND a new apple laptop -- woo hoo!!! Awesome :)

Posted by: Erin at August 7, 2006 12:49 PM

Beautiful sweater and love the socks!

Posted by: Phyl at August 7, 2006 09:02 PM

hi! i'm working through sea breeze right now and am utterly confused by the neck shaping on the back...after the "with RS row facing" it seems to make NO SENSE! help!!! :) any insight?
cheers!

Posted by: beth at August 7, 2006 09:30 PM

Two great FO's - I love sea breeze! The socks are such a great color - I looked in MD but was out of money by the time I saw that yarn....how sad!

Posted by: stacey at August 8, 2006 06:17 AM

Sea Breeze is a beauty! So, it is a store sample? I can just picture you wearing it! So pretty ;)

And the socks are just grand too!

Posted by: Lolly at August 8, 2006 06:51 AM

Sea Breeze turned out perfectly!! I love the color you choose, it fits perfectly on a 'Sea' garment :) And awesome on the new laptop! I just ordered a MacBook and I can't wait to get it!

Posted by: Sarah at August 8, 2006 09:19 AM

Oh wow! Sea breeze looks absolutely wonderful as do the socks! And you got a neat new laptop! What a post!

Posted by: 4-ply Katie at August 9, 2006 01:31 AM

that rocks!
pretty top and fun gadgets... crazy crazy fun :)

Posted by: stinkerbell at August 11, 2006 05:54 AM

I've always liked that sweater. Yours looks beautiful especially with the yarn you used. And I love those socks! Great use of a light multi-colored yarn for that pattern. I kept seeing the patern in only a solid but I like yours a lot.

Posted by: monica at August 11, 2006 10:23 AM

wow! he's a keeper! :-)
love your socks- and lovely yarn! I never heard of her yarn before, thanks.

Posted by: hpny knits at August 13, 2006 09:31 PM

That's a beautiful sweater! What is that lilac thing on top of it that is only partially in the picture? The stitch pattern is really interesting. Is it a hat? Can we see the whole thing?

Posted by: Savida at August 14, 2006 05:38 AM

when i saw that pattern in the RYC book, i thought the sleeves were 3/4 ... clearly they are not. i think if the knitting fairies gave me some super duper yarn coupons, i would have to spend it all to make that sweater! i've loved it since the book was published.

Posted by: gray la gran at August 15, 2006 06:25 AM

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