Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sock Done!

Look! Two socks! One for each foot! Matching!

It's taking all my resolve not to immediately cast on another pair but I want to finish the practice 2 Circs Sox first so then I can do two at a time without using the wrong needle and ending up with three sock sides on the same needle like I did last night. Oops. I can tell you right now these are not going to be blue-ribbon socks because I'm not frogging back to the boo-boo in the
ribbing, when I get an extra stitch because the working yarn looped over a needle I just knit two together, and I tinked back the row off the wrong needles and knit it on the correct one. These will be "under jeans" socks but that's okay, I'm learning. Now that I've pretty much got how the needles go down pat, I can concentrate on keeping the yarn and balls from dangling in the wrong place and goofing me up or tangling quite so much.

I'm going to Patti's sometime today to get yarn for some gifts I'm going to need in a couple months and, oh this is exciting, I need to get a skein of Galway in black tweed because I've got a commission to knit another pair of Dashing for a friend's husband. I take that as a compliment.

So now I've got my red Licorice, "Keep From Smoking" Swing Jacket on the needles, the 2 Circs Sox legs growing, I'll cast on Dashing tomorrow at work, I want to start the 2 gifts (1 knit, 1 crochet) today, and I'll probably weaken and cast on another pair of socks before bedtime. I'm with you, Ann, I want to knit it all--and right now.

Monday, February 25, 2008


I did knit to the toe decreases on the Wool Ease sock yesterday, just like I promised.

But I also knit on the Matinee Swing Jacket (it's twice as long as it was. I couldn't resist it; it's variegated)--and I did a row or two on the 2
Circs Sox when I changed the "Slinky" needle for a better behaved one.

Don't hate me because I'm weak. *sniff* I promise I'll only take the sock to work today (cross my heart) and I'll forgo excess web surfing to finish the toe so I can concentrate on the other projects--with warm feet. And not
have too many things going at once. I promise.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

No Resistance

I decided (only in my head, I didn't say it out loud) yesterday morning that I wasn't going to cast on another project until I had the second Wool Ease sock finished. I'm only 30 rows from starting the toe decrease so I'm in good shape to finish it soon, see?

Even though I went to Jo-Ann's and bought some Lion Wool in the Autumn Sunset colorway for the next pair and got 7 skeins of Sensations Licorice in the red variegated colorway to do something I don't know what but something with because I fell instantly in love with it's wooly beauty. I managed to resist the lure (even after I had decided I'd make a Matinee Swing Jacket with the red Licorice, even after I dug out another pattern using similarly bulky yarn so I could figure out needle size and gauge AND had to order 10 more skeins online because I bought out the store)--until about 10:30 when I was all alone with Harry Potter on cd playing in my ear.

I'm weak, I can't resist variegated yarn, I caved. I'm on row 9 of the first sleeve, er, swatch. (I'm following the Yarn Harlot's example.)

But I have finished the cuffs of the 2-socks-at-once, and I promise *holds up hand without fingers crossed* to finish the Wool Ease sock before I knit another 7 rows on the Jacket or start on the leg of the 2 circs socks. If I focus I should have the Wool Ease sock done tomorrow so I can wear it on Wed. to keep my feet warm at work and continue working on the 2 circs socks and Matinee Swing Jacket with a clear conscience.

Oh, I finished DH's Batty Dishcloth the other day too. So I am a Woman of Accomplishment--in addition to wallowing in a bad case of Startitis.
The queue grows longer...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Two at Once!

I knew I'd never have the patience to finish all my projects before I plunged into learning how to knit two socks at once on two circular needles. I mean, I did buy that on-sale JoAnn's yarn the other day and I got an extra size 6 circ. I even boiled some water and straightened out a bit of the curl in the new needle so it's not so much like knitting with a Slinky! It's not so difficult once you think about it; it's very logical. Look--two rounds! I only frogged it once. Now I just have to learn to make the stitches a little tighter so there's not such a big gap, then I'll be all set.

I also cast on, knit the cuff, and started on the leg of the second Wool Ease sock. It's brown, cocoa brown, and dark green--dull, boring colors to knit in winter. But it's cold and snowy and I ne
ed warm feet, especially at work. And the sun came out yesterday, for the first time in over a week. I can knit any color; it's sunny!

And for my dearest Valentine of a husband, I'm knitting a dark brown dishcloth with a bat on it. He feeds the cactus-fruit-eating fruit bats in Bonaire and wanted some sort of bat souvenir but there weren't any. So I'm making him one. Shhh. It's a secret.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside--and Snowy Too

Now that it has stopped snowing (for a day or two) I can take a break from shoveling and post my knitting from last week. I have to say I'm crazy about knitting in the round, on circulars or on DPNs; I love it. So I found a hat pattern in last fall's Knit Simple magazine for an earflap hat with a sassy tassle on top. Loved it. I looked and looked at Patti's Yarn Shop for big fat yarn to make it out of. I liked the look and feel of Lamb's Pride Bulky which was still too thin but Patti suggested I use two strands together. Duh. Bought a skein of red (of course) and one of charcoal. Sat down after supper that night, fired up the size 15 circs and knocked it out. It was so toasty warm it called out for matching mittens. Naturally I had bought the last skein of charcoal so I thought I'd make charcoal cuffs and a red hand. Great idea, right? Except I tried a new pattern from the same magazine and it was too small, which I only realized after I had closed the top and cut the yarn. Drat. Frogged that. Then I thought I'd just use the Quick & Easy Holiday Mitten pattern I got at Links & Loops holding two strands, charcoal and red for the cuff and all red for the hand. It kind of worked out but I had more charcoal than cuff on mitten one, so I had to make mitten two match. Close up it looks a little odd; far away it looks pretty good. I'm happy and my fingers are warm; that's the point, right?

Just so you'll have an idea of how much snow we got Sunday and Monday, here's a picture looking down the street. Notice the row of icicles on the gutter? The second picture is to show you how deep the drift just at the steps is. Thank heavens for snowblowers; without my big red Yard Machine we'd be hip-deep in the white stuff.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Finished With Forbidden Love--For Now

It was fairly quiet at work yesterday and after supper, and I finished the last (for the moment) pair of Forbidden Love Wrist Warmers. Yay! They will go into a take-out box and into a ricocheting Mickey Mouse box to be sent to a writing friend who just fixed up her first dedicated writing room. A girl needs her own space. I do love that pattern and the yarn is a dream to work with, not splitty or sticky, just right.

I also took some close-ups of the cotton vacation socks so you can see how interesting the striping is. I love that the old c
olor comes back in little spurts for a while and the new color foreshadows itself. It needs a little more nylon or elastic or something because it's pretty saggy, but I wore the socks on the way home from Bonaire last Friday and they were comfy for all that walking, which is a very good thing and must be the acid test for handmade socks. Good job, me.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sunday at the Frog Pond

I was feeling very accomplished and smug and speedy yesterday. (That's always a bad thing.) I had pulled out the second mitt of the Forbidden Love Fingerless Mitt, v. 5, and started knitting (on row 6) while watching CBS Sunday Morning. There were two pages with the pattern on them in the bag (it's a one-pager); they looked the same; I chose one and started knitting. I continued knitting while talking with DD on the phone (for as long as we wanted) and throughout the day. 'Long about 5 PM I looked at the row counter (48) and looked at Mitt #1. Hmm, they looked about the same length and I was just getting to the "bind off 4 sts for the thumbhole" part on Mitt #2. That's when I tried on Mitt #1 and held up Mitt #2 next to it. Same length. Drat. Rechecked the pattern. Turns out the one I didn't choose has many fewer rows between decreases and before the thumbhole part. Dang it. I stuck a needle in the fabric where I needed to frog back to and started ripping out, cursing my carelessness. I got down to the place to pick up stitches and realized that I couldn't do it because of the extreme fuzziness of the yarn. That meant I had to frog the whole of Mitt #2 and begin again. Of course, I had woven in the beginning tail because it kept getting tangled in the working yarn. I couldn't find it to unpick it; I had to cut it off. That meant that Mitt #2 isn't starting at the same color point as Mitt #1. Not that it matters, but I was feeling pretty smug that they were going to pretty much match (see above).

This is what happens when you get cocky--you end up sinking one day's knitting (42 rounds!) in the frog pond. Beware!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Finished Sock!

I discovered the other day that sock gussets are boring, even more boring than long cuffs or the foot. And I definitely need Kitchener stitch practice. But I managed to finish the first of the Wool-Ease socks, modeled by DH's shapely foot. Thanks, Dear.

I'm not sure what the Feb. Dishcloth KAL is making but I'm loving the colors.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Bloggers Poetry Reading

I saw this on the Yarn Harlot's blog and I thought I'd play along.

WHAT: A Bloggers (Silent) Poetry Reading
WHEN: Anytime February 2, 2008
WHERE: Your blog
WHY: To celebrate the Feast of Brigid, aka Groundhog Day
HOW: Select a poem you like - by a favorite poet or one of your own - to post February 2nd.
RSVP: If you plan to publish, feel free to leave a comment and link on this post. So, link to whoever you hear about this from and a mighty web of poetry will be spun.

Feel free to pass this invitation on to any and all bloggers.


on the night of the
new moon in april,
i ready myself for
spring cleaning.

while the earth
renews herself,
i search the winter-clogged
corners and open myself
to the zephyrs
of the season.

Pettiness is swept away first,
followed by
jagged-toothed Gossip.
flinging them to the wind
lightens my heart.

old Grudges and
Disappointments are escorted
to the edge of the property
kicked out.

kindling a fire with
Arrogance and Pride,
i dance around it with
Envy and Jealousy until
they reel dizzily
into the flames.

Selfishness nips at my heels
until i bundle it into an
old sheet and
put it out
with the trash.

Sympathy and Charity
are gently bathed and
nestled in soft flannel.

and Healing are rubbed
with scented oils to keep them
supple and lithe.

my soul dances lightly through its
clean house ready to
face a new year,
smiling and singing softly.

Barbara Malcolm

Friday, February 1, 2008

Scuba Knitting

With some careful pre-planning I managed to combine two things I love to do: scuba diving and knitting. It's a little hard to see but I have my five-inch Bryspun DPNs and the remains of a ball of dishcloth cotton. I'm not saying I'll make a habit of it but it was fun to do for a minute.