Friday, April 28, 2006

Mojo galore

The mojo is back. I cast on for my Mom's Open Lace Poncho from Filatura Di Crosa Fall/Winter 2005.

In this lovely shade of purple Multicolor 60% mohair/40% acrylic that my Mom picked out back in November. Speaking of mohair, I believe that I'm mildly allergic to it, as I discovered on the train this morning.

I got gauge on the recommended #10 needles, which doesn't make any sense. But thankfully the #10s work because that's the only bamboo needle I own in that range of sizes. I swatched on #8 and #9, which I only own in old school brightly colored metal needles. Oh the joy of dealing with metal, mohair and commuting. eek! So me and my woodies are happy together.

After mentioning to Wifey that we needed to start thinking about Little Man's upcoming 3rd birthday, she immediately went to the paper stash and within an hour, designed the cutest cards ever!

The outside.

Swing it to the side:

The data (with help from office supplies to maintain anonymity):

This one is headed off to Philly to live on BFF&exGF#2's fridge, but every invite is unique with different papers and colors and brads. Wifey ... she's a smarty.

In the spirit of full disclosure, we're doing a Bouncy party, inspired by Martha. In the spirit of maintaining my reputation for creative thoughts, we have some original plans too.

And I'm DONE with my SockaPaloooza socks! Hooray!

The finished product, modelled by Danielle, who has much smaller feet than I do.

The heel, which was a different construction than I've used before, but turned out pretty well.

The toe (stretched over the Method bottle) was so strange to work, but I love the way it turned out.

Specs: Rib and Cable socks by Nancy Bush
Source: Interweave Knits, Fall 2005
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM, color 141
Needles: Size 0 Addis
Method: Magic Loop, two at the same time.

My fingers are crossed that they fit my Pal's teeny little feet.


Beth S. said...

What awesome socks! And to think you were ready to pitch them in front of the train just a short while ago. :-)

The Koigu stripiness makes it hard to see, but is that a toe with three points of decrease? I've been meaning to try that.

Very cute cards! Was your wife an art major? They are very well designed.

Sneaksleep said...

If I could wear ponchos, that would be the one! I might just have to find something to make with that mohair, regardless. Truly impressed with Wifey's design abilities, too. What an artistic family. I wonder what Little Man's talents will be?

Danielle said...

Clearly, I will take the socks if your pal doesn't want them :)

Anonymous said...

...huh. Your heel and toe look different from mine on those socks, I think. Weird. (And I like yours better.)

carrym said...

Happy Birthday Little Man! (well, almost) It's a great month to have been born in. :)

Those socks look great, LOVE the toe (I was too lazy myself, to do anything but my standard short row)

Kathy said...

Well, you've been a busy gal. Love that poncho and yarn. And the sox are wonderful. Wifey's little invitations are the cutest! Teachers know how to do such cool crafts.

Emily said...

Well, I have teenytiny feet and I'm a part of the sockapaloooza...*crosses fingers*