Posts Tagged ‘Panda Silk’

Green Socks for Summer

May 14, 2015

I was thinking about knitting some socks with my pretty Knitcircus yarns, but then I remembered that Summer is coming.  I really shouldn’t use wool, so I went with the Panda Silk I bought off the yarn truck last month.  I found a pattern I liked in a recent copy of Vogue Knitting.

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It has a Channel Island cast-on that is made with some metallic variegated leftover yarn.

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The four wavy lines were fiddly, but worth the work.

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A Little Quilt

July 19, 2013


This is not the quilt.  These are my wavy socks.  You can see the purple peeking out on this picture.  If you want the pattern, it’s on the right under Wavy Panda Silk Socks.  I haven’t put it on Ravelry yet, so you’ll have a first.


Now, this is a quilt.  It still needs a border.  It needs to be big enough to cover  an over-stuffed chair.  Flo likes to lay on the top of the back and everyone likes the cushion.  Since it’s off white, it needs to be covered.  The chair came with the house.  It will probably be replaced when we expand the living room.  Or not.  We do have a dog chair.  Why not have a cat chair?

No one wants to sit here anyway.  It's got about seven years of Gus hair on it.

No one wants to sit here anyway. It’s got about seven years of Gus hair on it.

New Socks

June 8, 2013

I picked up the Sock Report last month. There are so very many great patterns that I had a hard time deciding on what to make. I am currently in Summer socks mode. I bought two different sock yarns at Sheep & Wool and I was eager to start.  I got Taiyo sock yarn and Panda silk.  Panda silk makes great socks and they’re completely machine washable and dryable.  I can throw them in the hamper and let Sweetums do what he will with them.  I know.  It’s a scary thought, but this is Sweetums after all.  Where was I?  So I made socks with the Taiyo and I love the lumpy texture and the slow slow color changes.  These socks were great fun to make and now, to wear.  Last Saturday was a knitters day out and I bought another skein at A Little Sheepish in Berlin, but that’s another story.  I have to take pictures first.

P1050459  What do you mean my socks don’t match?  They’re knit from the same skein.  But then, does it really matter? 

Current progress on the Welcomes.

P1050450  What do you like?  The one on the right or the one on the left.

Rose Garden Shawl

August 3, 2012

I was surprised at how quickly I finished this shawl.  My loops don’t look as good as the picture.  It could be my crocheting or it could be my blocking.  If I cared more about the loops I probably would have done a better job of it.  I am so glad I found the leftover yellow and finished the shawl with it.  I’m not really a blue person and adding the yellow really made me feel better.  This shawl is going to someone who I do not know.  I hope she likes it.

A Day with Friends

June 23, 2012

Serendipity was having a birthday sale so, naturally, we had to go.   I left the house at 9:30 thinking I’d easily be there by 10:00.  No such luck.  I’m a few miles out when I thought to look at my gas.  I had less than 1/4 tank nd I knew there was only one gas station and they always charge more than anybody.  I turned down a side road and got out my GPS.  I only had to drive three miles to save $0.16 a gallon and it was still along the way.  But I was about 15 minutes late.  I tried calling Maria, but she didn’t answer and her phone was full.  How does voice mail fill up like that?  I was going to beat her when I saw her, but I forgot.  I knew it was useless to try Betty.  She seldom even turns hers on.  All that nonsense wasn’t even worth it.  They were late too.   

We had a great time.  Everything was 15% off.  They had various demonstrations going on and Maria’s favorite, free snacks.  It is really hard not to get overwhelmed by so many beautiful fabrics, patterns, books, and kits.  Somehow. I managed to get out of there with one pattern, on kit and three pieces of fabric.


And then, it was on to Sea Needles.  They are only a few miles away.  It would be stupid not to go.  I was happy to see the new Noro magazine.  Two of the on-line stores I use were sold out.  Betty will become a first-time grandmother in December and I found some yarn that we both can agree on.  I have a lovely pair of socks in Panda Silk so I know I’ll enjoy knitting with it.

Afterward, we had a very nice late lunch at the restaurant across the street.  I finally made it home by 5:00, tired but happy.  There is nothing like spending the day with friends, doing what we like to do.

Second Day of Rain

May 18, 2010

I really don’t mind.  We needed a good soaking rain.  It has been looking like summer in California where it didn’t rain at all.  There was a heavy rain one day the first summer I lived there.  People talked about it for a good year afterward.  They may have talked longer.  I had left my husband by then and returned to sanity.  It’s not that I didn’t like California.  It was my husband that I didn’t like.

  These are the Hopscotch socks from Think Outside the Sox.  This pattern was easy to remember so it knitted quickly.  I used my favorite heel flap which I used in my Red White and Blue socks.  I did not like the K2tog, yo at the toes so I redid it plain.  Also, mine are a bit shorter.  These are for summer and I would have made them even shorter if I had thought about it earlier.  I used Panda Silk from Crystal Palace.  The yarn is light and wonderfully soft.  I would definitely buy it again. 

I’m hoping to start my sweater by the weekend.

Socks and Sweaters

May 13, 2010

My red white and blue socks should be finished in another day or two.  I really like them.  I should write down the changes(improvements?) before too long.  It depends on the weather.

 I want to make another pair of cotton socks next.  I’ve got five skeins of Sockotta and some Pannda Silk in yellow.  I have to make up my mind!

The panda Silk is yellow and very soft, but I’ve never made socks with it.  I’m very familiar with Sockotta.  After I took this picture, I realized I had another skein in red, yellow and blue.  Even after I make my decision, I have to decide on the pattern.  And I just bought Think Outside the Socks.  Do you have any idea how many I want to make in that book?

After the socks, it’s time for another sweater.  I have a three drawer plastic storage cabinet in my bedroom.  We keep the telephone on it.  Each drawer contains a sweater’s worth of yarn.  I’m going to make these next.  I’m not going to go into the yarn room for any yarn.  I hope.