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Procrasti-knitting

30 Apr

I haven’t posted for awhile. This is because of two things:

  1. I have been doing lots of things besides knitting socks.
  2. The socks I have been knitting I can’t put up on here until Mother’s Day.

I feel bad that I haven’t posted on here, but I’ve been busy with life and knitting and even some sewing, and none of it really had me running to my computer to update the world.

The Mother’s Day socks I’m working on for my mom are a mixed bag. I have completed one sock, and it looks really great. On the other had, I hate the pattern. I think the directions are poorly written, I totally rewrote the charts for myself after struggling unneccesarily down the leg, and although they look very nice, I don’t think the point of the pattern comes across very well. They’re a bit gimmicky (in a good way), and although I see some nice lace on my finished sock, I have to really look to catch the gimmick. I’m sure my mom will love them, because that’s how moms are, but after waiting for the proper needles to come in so I could even work on these, I’m unimpressed.

I did cast on another sock to fill some spare time. I finished it in a day. It was a very small sock for my stepdaughter, with a very simple pattern, and as soon as I finish the other sock for my mom, I’ll make its pair – and post pictures.

I also cast on a baby sweater. Don’t get excited, I’m not pregnant. I don’t even know anyone I’m close to that is pregnant, but it seemed like a good planning measure. It’s knitting up kind of fast, and is great travel knitting I can crack some rows out on while waiting places. I carry it around in my new bag.

The front of my big new bag.

This is my nice new (big) bag. I sewed it all by myself out of Moda print cottons, laminated Amy Butler cotton and an old handle I had around the house. The button is a giant vintage mother-of-pearl number, courtesy of my mom.

The inside of my big new bag. Laminated Amy Butler cotton.

The inside of this bag makes it the perfect transport for knitting. Needles can be sharp, especially the tiny ones you use for socks, and I’ve had a few purses impaled by my hobby. I’ve been using this bag now for over a week and have yet to experience any impalement issues. And it’s pretty. Win/win.

One top of being a bit burned out over my mom’s socks, I’ve been wanting to use some of the knitting books I recently bought. A small, inexpensive project from Véronik Avery’s “Knitting 24/7” kept jumping out at me, so last night I started the Ropes and Ladders Headband, and today I finished it:

My nifty headband from Knitting 24/7

This was perfect weekend knitting and I think it will be a great accessory for work and play. The yarn was KnitPicks Simply Cotton Sport in Bittersweet Heather. I used about 30 grams from a 50-gram ball. With a couple of silver buttons in the back, this as a fun, fast knit.

I promise I’ll have some more socks on here soon. Damn secrets.

18 hours

10 Mar

My Cosmopolitan socks.

It might not sound as impressive as 127 hours, but I still have both my arms AND a new pair of socks.

Turns out each sock – for my tiny woman feet – took 9 hours. The grand total is 18 hours for a pair of socks. Since I value my skilled labor at about $10 per hour and the skein of yarn cost me $11.50 (including shipping), I am now strutting around in $191.50 socks.

Feels damn good.

In other news…

Look at all my stuff!

A visit from my parents resulted in the addition of two new books and a set of needles to our family. The books, knit. sock. love. by the awesome and talented Cookie A. and Knitting 24/7 by Véronik Avery, both have gorgeous patterns. I’ve been pining after knit. sock. love. for months. I seriously want to knit every single pattern from this book, and since there are 19 of them, I expect to have lots to do in the next year. Knitting 24/7 was a bit of an impulse buy. I hadn’t heard of it before picking it up at the store, but the balance between modern and vintage in the all the patterns holds real appeal. There are more than just socks in the book, and I very much look forward to exploring it more.

The needles are my very first set of Addi Turbos. They are 32″ size US 1.5 (2.5 mm) circulars. I love them. I love them and I am in awe of them. Le sigh.

The yarn showcased with my new books and needles are some balls I’ve stashed with special projects in mind, though the colors are a bit hard to discern.

Next up on the queue are socks for my hubby, followed by a pair of my own design!