Sunday, January 13, 2008

My Trip to Windsor (Adriana)

I decided to ring in the new year with a trip to visit the lovely Spillyjane. Naturally this involved a yarn crawl through Michigan. We hit up three stores in rapid succession, my favourite one being Have You Any Wool? where I got this gorgeous Jitterbug:
This is Slate which is so not me and I absolutely love it. Sometimes it's fun to step out of one's comfort zone. I'm thinking cables perhaps, or Azure (since Jane's is so beautiful).

Once we were back in Canada Jane and I exchanged gifts. In addition to some delicious tea and a lovely Christmas Tree ornament, Jane gave me these:
Mittens from Jane1
Aren't they stunning? These are Chevalier Mittens, something that I would totally never make for myself.
Thanks so much Jane, I love them and wear them every day.

While I was there Jane was attempting a pair of socks with STR medium-weight which had been purchased in a hurry before she'd realized that they were heavier than the yarn she usually works with. As a result she was having a bit of trouble finding a pattern that they worked with. After watching her get frustrated I offered to take the yarn home with me and knit them for her (thus allowing me to play with STR again!).
After trying a few things out I settled on Wendyknit's Southwestern socks which were intended to be knit in sport-weight yarn.
I substituted a short-row heel since it is my preferred method of heel.

Here's a close up of the pattern. As you can see, the STR striped pleasantly. I seem to have the magic touch with this notoriously pooly yarn.

I hope these socks fit you, Jane. I'll put them in the mail sometime this week.


spillyjane said...

Lady! It was a good time, wasn't it? I'm so glad you like the mittens so much. Did I mention that they were a surprisingly quick knit?

And those socks -- they're stripy and lovely! I swear you do have some kind of magic touch with the notoriously-pooling STR.

Would you believe that no one's ever knit anything for me before? This is such a nice first. :)

Adriana said...

Awww, I'm so happy that I was the first to knit for you. I do believe that you might be the first to knit for me too!

Bertha said...

Wow! Both the mitts & the socks are beautiful! I can't believe Jane knit the mittens for you, so lucky!!

Heather G. said...

Maybe I had better get you to knit up my STR while you're at it, O Queen of the Pooling!

Adriana said...

Now I feel like I might be jinxing myself. Watch as my next STR socks pool horribly :)

Rosemary aka fabricfan said...

Lucky you with the mittens, socks look great too.