I’ve been out of town for the last two weeks for work. I have learned in that time that I am truly of the internet generation. It was pretty boring without my daily blog reads. I did manage to get some knitting done in the hotel, though. I started and finished a sock with my very first purchase of Socks that Rock. It was definitely worth the time. I’ve been hearing such great things about this yarn on various sites, Lime and Violet’s podcast, etc that I figured I should give it a try. The sock on the left is in their Nodding Violet colorway. I cannot count the number of times that my co-workers commented on how pretty it was or how they wanted to learn to knit socks when they saw this one. I’m glad I was able to join their sock club for the year. This means no more sock yarn purcases for me. On the right is a sock knit in Regia 4-ply Nordic Color #5521. I don’t know if it has a real name or not. The thing I like about the STR is that I can use 2.5mm needles with it. I can’t do that with thinner yarn, b/c I find the socks too loose for my very sensitive feet. They don’t like any hint of bumpiness, and anything above 2mm with thinner yarn is a no-go. Both sock patterns are from Sensational Knitted Socks. I swear, that book is invaluable to me just for the techniques. I did vary the second one a bit, as I didn’t feel like counting so much. It’s basically a 2×2 rib with a purl row thrown in every so often. The other is her chevron pattern.
Now I just have to make the second sock for each. I should, hopefully, have at least one complete pair by the end of the week.
I’ve just been all over the place lately. I started Leda’s Dream Stole and frogged it. I was getting frustrated with the missed yo’s I kept having. Or the count was off for some other reason, or who knows what else. Anyway, that project got ditched after about 4 days.
Then it was one of the shawls from Victorian Lace today. That one was just too boring. There were no errors, I just frogged it too.
Then there was the Seraphim Shawl by Miriam Felton. Very pretty, but I can’t decide on yarn. I’ve tried it with two different ones and gave up on that too.
So now, here I am, starting another project from Folk Shawls. I cast on the necessary stitches for the Kimono Shawl from that book (after starting and frogging the second Seraphim beginning). I’m not sure how long this one will last, but I am going out of town for two weeks. That means I will be forced to work on it (along with searching for new yarn shops) while I’m away.
I’m relaxing and watching a 24 marathon today. I need to work on my Mom’s quilt. The thing is finished all but for the binding. If I can get that sewn down then I can get it in the mail. I have given myself a deadline of Friday (my day off to celebrate my B-day!). Hopefully, I will get at least 1/3 of the remainder finished tonight. This is not an insubstatial amount, as the thing is freakin’ gigantic. I made it for my parents’ queen-sized bed, and it’s big even for that.
Off to sew until my fingers are sore. Or more sore than they already are from the sweater I’m working on. I can see why people find stockinette so easy. I don’t even have to look at it to knit anymore.