November 3, 2015

Socks, A Block and Fiber Divas...

Brynwood Needleworks - Lorna's Laces Sock Project
Last night was my night to get together with the Fiber Divas at Paneras.
As I'd finished the Hedwig socks (see photo below), I needed to set up another pair to work on. I sorted through my sock yarn stash and chose a beautiful wool/silk blend from Lorna's Laces.
Brynwood Needleworks - Fiber Divas (l-r: Adele, Kathy, Krisann and Norma)
It's always nice to gather with the ladies. Adele is still recuperating from her fall and subsequent hip surgery, so Helen (in the next picture) has been kind enough to pick her up and bring her Paneras. We're thrilled to have her back in our midst.

Kathy is working an intricate pattern and says that it's "knit 10 rows, unknit 5". She's having a little trouble making headway, but I know she'll have a breakthrough and be much further along by next week.
Brynwood Needleworks - Fiber Divas (l-r: Doris, Anne, Ellen and Helen)
Ellen just celebrated a Birthday, so there was cake and song in her honor. She always has a kind word and a smile, and I'm so glad she's not only a part of the group, but also my friend.

Ann is working on a small quilt project. I enjoy seeing her latest project, and she's currently hand quilting this piece. Everything she makes is lovely. She's also a Wisconsin native, so we share shopping stories (usually of visits to Primitive Gatherings in Menasha, WI) whenever one of us manages to get back "home".
Brynwood Needleworks - Finished Hedwig Socks
In case you're curious about how the pattern finished up on the second Hedwick sock, I'm sharing a photo of the finished pair.

The pattern matched right up to the rows marked with the red arrows. The only thing I can think of for an explanation was that there was a cursed knot in the yarn right around this area. The knot was a little surprise from Opal Yarns, inserted in the production of this ball of yarn. Factory installed knots are the bane of all knitters, and this one knocked my second sock off-pattern.

Lucky that this part of the sock will usually be inside a shoe, but I don't think the recipient will mind that the socks don't match exactly while they keep feet toasty warm this winter.
Brynwood Needleworks - Signature Block
I've already managed to finish a stack of projects this week...a signature block going into a quilt for a friend; the machine embroidered commission is on its way to my client; and half of an order is done for another.

It's only Wednesday and I'm a little ahead of schedule. I'd say that's not half bad!

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Createology said...

Such a special and lovely group of ladies you are part of getting together at Panera's to work on projects. Your Hedwick socks look amazing to me. Only Wednesday and ahead of schedule is great! I can't believe how quickly my days are evaporating. I feel like the proverbial hamster in his wheel. Running faster and faster and not getting anywhere. Maybe I better start making lists and paring them down. Wild Wednesday Dear...

Jacque. said...

WOW, you are doing great on your projects for the week. I always seem to think I work faster than I do, as I never get everything done. But, that's all eventually gets done. Love the socks, and I tell you, Donna...I wouldn't mind one bit if the pattern was off. The fun of handmade socks, I'd say. Have a great rest of the week. xo

Jennifer M. said...

The socks turned out great. I don't bother worrying about getting my patterns the same. I'm just glad if I get through the sock without having to frog any part of it. LOL!

Mandy said...

The socks look really good. What a shame there was a knot. Irritating especially since there is no way of predicting that it was there at all. It hasn't detracted from your wonderful socks at all, and I feel sure that whoever receives these cosy socks will love them.


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