All in all, a successful set of modifications. The Noro did its job with the stipey goodnes, the picot edge is whimsical without being saccharine, and it fits the recipient’s tea pot like a glove. Did I mention I cut my first steeks?
I definitely recommend the tea cosy as the ultimate in low-pressure first-time steeks. If it all went horribly awry, I was only out a couple evenings of knitting and one skein of Noro. I followed Eunny’s directions for crocheted steeks: here. Then when they were in place, I just snipped away.
I added some single crochet around the openings to finish them off. Voilà! Tea cosy. I used one skein of Noro Kureyon  and unknown needles (US8? US9?).
I also finished up another ballband dishcloth, in two more colors of department store bio-Baumwolle.
Nice and easy and so handy. This one is for me.
I’m still hankering after a new sock pattern, as I miss having a pair of socks on the needles. I started the yarrow ribbed sock in some Tausendschön hand-painted; although the yarn is lovely and the pattern relaxing, it just wasn’t coming together. So I frogged away and am now bereft of socks. Good thing the voting for the first pattern of the Interweave Sockalong is almost over.
A great simple project, perfect for a gift. Yay! I used some random “Bio-Baumwolle” (= eco-cotton or tree wool) from the department store in two pretty colors. The pattern — Ballband Dishcloth — is originally from Mason-Dixon Knitting but I found it for free on CandianLiving.com. Pretty sweet, as my copy of the book is in storage in NJ. For two dishcloths I used about 30g (= 77 yards) of each color; the knitting took about two days.
But wait! I have another FO:
pattern: lichen ribbed sock
yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Stile (color 8004)
needles: US2/2.75mm circs
started: April 28, 2008
finished: June 11, 2008
The Welsh Heel was still a bit tricky, even on the second sock. I’m not sure what I was doing wrong, but I ended up with one small hole, left by the first YO in the pattern, which kind of bugs me. Perhaps another try will clear things up?
I’ve diligently worked through all of my WIPs, leaving only the long-neglected Central Park Hoodie. Sleeve nr. 1 was started last night; so far, so good.
I’m a little worried that they might come out too tight — I do not like tight — so I’m knitting them in the round and trying sleeve #1 on a lot as I go.
With so few WIPs on the needles, I’ve been contemplating lots of new projects and some lovely new yarn.
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.