Sunday, May 31, 2009

Socks Landshut

Moni Eckert has outdone herself once again with the design of these socks. They are named after the city of Landshut in Bavaria, Germany.

The city of Landshut is located on Isar River in Bavaria in southeastern Germany. It was founded in 1204 as a fortress for dukes of Bavaria, and was chartered in 1279. It was badly damaged in the Thirty Years' War between 1618 and 1648. Since it was a major rail junction, the city received over 12,000 refugees after World War II. The city has retained much of its medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture, notably the ducal castle of Trausnitz built between the 13th and the 16th century, and the Gothic St. Martin's Church with one of the world's highest brick steeples at 436 feet. Industries include electronics and machinery manufacture as well as chocolate making, brewing, and tobacco processing. The 2004 estimated population was 60,500.

When I was young I was unable to see these treasures of Germany and now that I am old, I don't have the get up and go to travel extensively. And, of course, I never did become independently wealthy either.

The socks are knit with Opal Uni. The color is almost cinnamon. There is one noticeable error in the leg of the sock, but I was too far along to rip back when I noticed it, and the pattern is such that it would be quite difficult to undo only those stitches and correct the error. So, I am going to live with it. Can you see the error? Let me know.

The pattern is a challenge for me since I have done very few pieces with traveling stitches, but I must say it's getting easier the longer I am knitting it. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks, after all.

In addition to the photo of the sock, I have also included some photos of Landshut. I love architecture, and the architecture of Bavaria is quite different than that of the Northern Black Forest.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Spring has finally arrived in Michigan...

...and look what I found in one of the gooseberry bushes: a very neatly built nest with four small eggs. The eggs are spotted and since we seem to have hundreds of Goldfinches on the property, I surmise that these are finch eggs. Angie found the nest while inspecting the gooseberries. She is hoping that she will finally get some gooseberries this year. Two years ago, they were heavy with berries, but the deer got them before we could, and last year they did not produce very well. We hope that this will be the year where we can outsmart the wildlife and get to eat the gooseberries without having to share. I know, hope springs eternal.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Socks, socks, socks, socks...........

Another four pairs of socks are completed and are resting in the sock drawer. The first pair was from the Ravelry Group Sock Knitters Anonymous. The pattern is called Sliding Leaves by Jeannie Cartmel of . The sock has a lovely pattern; unfortunately it is knit from the toe up. I have yet to knit a sock from the toe up that fits me; therefore, I have finally sworn off that method of knitting a pair of socks, and they will go into the "gifting" box. The socks were knit with Crystal Palace Panda Wool, a mixture of 51% Bamboo, wool and nylon.

The second pair of socks is called Mainau, after an Island in Lake Constance in Southern Germany. The design is by Monika Eckert of and will eventually be available for sale on her website. At the moment it is part of a subscription series that runs for three months before one must order the next three-month series. For overseas customers, Monika sells the patterns without the yarn. For European countries each pattern has a recommended yarn which can only be ordered from Monika's shop. As with her lace shawls, Monika's patterns are always error-free, well written (in both German and English), and a delight to knit. These were also knit with Panda Wool.

No this is not my leg. I could only wish.

For anyone interested in seeing what Mainau looks like, here are a few pics from the area. Isn't it absolutely beautiful?

These socks are knit with Sockotta and are really anklets. I found the pattern somewhere on the Internet with the title "Citron-Lemon-Orange Socks - English Pattern" which would suggest that it originally came in another language, most likely German. The pattern has no identifying information as to the source, and, of course, when I saved the pattern I forgot to write down the source from hence it came. If anyone recognizes the pattern and it's source, please let me know. The pattern on each side of the sock is simply, p1, y/o, sskp2 (slip 2, k1, pass over slip 2) y/o, p2, y/o, sskp2, y/o, p1.

Finally, these are really plain stinos (stinking normal socks), but knit with a hand-dyed sock blank. The artist as with all my hand-dyed projects, is my daughter known on the Internet as Valley. I absolutely love the vibrant colors and the color combination. The leg and top of socks is simply k2, p2.

Knit On!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I've been suffering from start...itis since last Fall which in the past has been somewhat true, but I would also finish the things started. I've been flitting about from socks to Summer Tees to more socks to shawls. Nothing seems to consume my full attention lately, except for Moni Eckert of Klabauter Wolle's new KAL. She has designed a triangular shawl, the patterns of which can also be adopted to a stole. She publishes each day a few rows in her blog . This is much more manageable right now and so far is holding my interest. I had a skein of Cherry Tree Hill lace yarn languishing in a corner. The colors are perfect for Spring knitting, and the yarn's multi-colors do not take away from Moni's patterns.

This photo shows the colors fairly well. I think I need to put a white cloth over the foam mat the next time I take a pic.

I still happen to like my handmade stitch markers the best. No fuss, no muss and free and the lace does not get caught on them. What else could one want.

The other shawl is being knit from hand-dyed roving, spun by my in-house spinner, my daughter. The pattern is called "Waves of Leaves Shawl" and the designer is Ijeoma Oluo. The pattern can be found for free on Ravelry.

The pattern is quite easy to knit. I think this shawl would also look stunning in either Kauni or JoJo Land.

And a more detailed shot of the pattern.

Well folks, I have some socks to get back to so I can show them off.
Knit on!