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Sock toe suggestions?

I rarely do cuff down socks and now I’m at the toe of the Chevron Socks, which I started way back in July and I’m not sure which toe to do. Here are a few pics. I’ve ruled out the French toe and am leaning toward just a standard grafted toe-any suggestions?

(apologies for the camera phone pics, my camera is kaput at the moment)

chevronsocktoe1.jpg

chevronsock.jpg

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WIP: Syncopated Caps

My first fair isle endeavor has been tons of fun, unfortunately, I forgot to check with my friend gauge before casting on.

too big!

It’s just really too big.

So it’s back to the beginning!

yarn for syncopated caps

A little vacation time

I was able to take a four day weekend and go camping on the Outer Banks of NC. There was lots of sleeping, swimming and lighthouse touring. I also got to see Martin Sexton play a crowded noisy bar in Kill Devil Hills. All in all it was tons of fun, but I didn’t do a lick of knitting!

This is the Bodie Island Lighthouse in Nags Head, NC. I feel very lucky to have snapped this picture with absolutely no tourists in it!
Bodie Island lighthouse

The marker for the first successful flight in Kill Devil Hills, NC
first in flight

The campground (Oregon Inlet)
view of the campground from the dunes

The campground was actually really nice, although the beach part was not the best for swimming or relaxing. This is one of the areas that allow driving on the beach, so there were tons of trucks lined up along the water. Apparently it’s an excellent fishing area.

And finally, the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse, this is the oldest working lighthouse in the US. It is also in someone’s backyard, so the whole touristy part felt a little awkward.
me in front of ocracoke

Sunset from the Ocracoke-Cedar Island Ferry, those are shrimp boats in the water.

sunset from the ferry

WIP Wednesday-a day late!

I had this whole big plan to do a WIP Wednesday post, but that was shot to hell by my lovely migraine and then I got really into knitting my Rooibos Tea Raglan and did not want to put it down!

Here it is before I picked it up yesterday:
Rooibos Tea Raglan-in progress

As you can see, I’ve added some significant waist shaping. I’ve decided that all my sweaters should have waist shaping from now on, it’s just so much more flattering! Since this picture was taken I have joined the sleeves to the body and started the raglan decreases. I don’t have a picture of it now, but hopefully I’ll be finished sometime this weekend and will share it in a FO post!

And here we have the Chevron Socks, which were previously being knit with 55sts. I frogged that one because it was just too snug and I didn’t like the way the patterning looked. I like the 66 stitch socks much better.

Chevron socks-in progress

You can see a few more photos here.

In case you’re wondering about the Print o’ the Wave stole, I’ve knit one pattern repeat on it and I’m loving the pattern. However, the yarn I’m using is coned and it still has a lot of grease on it and I’m not loving that. I’m considering skeining 600 yards or so and washing it. I could hang it outside to dry and in this heat it would probably be dry in an hour.

I’ve also heard that there is some sort of mistake in the edging chart, but no official errata. Google has helped a bit, but if anyone has any advice, please let me know!

FO: Swallowtail Shawl

Oh, my first big lace endeavor and I am ever so happy with how it turned out.

Detail shot 1

detail photo 1

Detail shot 2 (those darn nupps!)

detail photo 2

The whole shawl

Shallowtail Shawl-FO

Swallowtail Shawl-FO2
I couldn’t get the center to line up, I was using the self-timer.

It’s so cozy
tigger snuggles

Details

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark, Interweave Knits Fall 2006

Needles: Size 4, Addi Turbos

Yarn: Misti Alpaca Lace in Lilac. I used almost the entire ball.

Start: June 11, 2007

Finish: August 3, 2007

Modifications: none

Notes: The nupps were a challenge, but I found the best way to do them was just to knit the k1,yo,k1,yo,k1 very loosely into the stitch on the previous row. It also helps if you can catch the first stitch to kind of rock back and forth to get the other stitches onto the needle. It’s a little on the small side for a shawl, I think that if I were to knit it again I would do a couple extra repeats, which would require buying another ball of yarn since I used almost the entire ball on this one.

I have to say that I am now completely addicted to lace knitting! I love it! Right after I cast off for this project, I cast on for this one.

Print o' the wave-swatch

Progress!

I’ve been diligently working on my Shallowtail Shawl and I am so happy with how it’s turning out. I finally mastered the nupps and cruised through the last few sections of the pattern.

Here’s what it looked like on 7/25

Shallowtail WIP-7/25/07

Detail of the nupps
Nupps Detail

And tonight!

pre-blocking

I am going to block it tomorrow since I have to sleep on my bed tonight. I’m so excited. I’ve already got my next lace project planned out.

some sock work

Is it time to turn the heel?
sockotta sock in chevron pattern

I think I’m about ready to turn the heel on this baby, but a second repeat of the orange just appeared and I feel the need to have more orange on the cuff, so I’m going to sleep on it. Not to mention that my brain currently can’t handle trying to figure out where to put the pattern on the foot of socks with 5 repeats of 11.

Oh, and here’s a little teaser of my most recent FO in SWTC’s Tofutsies. I blogged about it back in May after frogging a first attempt. I am currently in love with these socks, it’s too hot to wear them right now, but they are so soft and the yarn has a lovely drape. I almost bought more on my visit to Asheville, but I ended up with some Koigu instead.
Anyone care to guess what pattern this is? I would have a contest, but I don’t really have a prize for the winner, so we’ll just have to go with my undying awe of your knowledge of sock patterns. (No fair guessing if you’ve seen them IRL!)
FO teaser