Sunday, March 28, 2010

...And nothin to show fer it

Wow.  I'm not even looking to see how long it's been.  A lot's happened lately...namely, I got a car!

While that is great news, it also means I'm spending my time driving when I could be knitting on a bus or shut in at home, again knitting.  Ha.

So I haven't made a lot of progress on the knitting, you could say.  Let's tally up what I've got:
I'm started on Clue #2 of the Evenstar shawl (whereas most people are at clue #4).

I also took a side track and cast on for another LOTR project by Susan Pandorf...the Legolas shawl.  While I started with a lovely green, it was not the right one, so I am repurposing the yarn intended for another herbivore's a nice, swampy olive colorway.

During the sweep of warm weather last week, I felt inspired to knit a cotton-based of course I ended up with blue and green...again!  It's another botanic hat by Stephen West.

It looks a wee bit small, but seems to look okay when I put it on my head.  I'm banking on cotton living up to its reputation of growing a bit with wear.  

Hopefully it turns out better than this Daybreak Shawl, which I finally frogged:

The needles are free!  You can read more of the saga of the naughty Noro stripes, which have been punished by removal to the separate, smallest ball below.
I am contemplating retrying this shawl, but using a different contrast yarn.  Whadda ya think?

I will also not knit it in Continental style.  Not this one, anyways.

I've come across some lovely yarns lately, one of which is a beautiful handdyed colorway by Myra of Woolbearers.  It's delicious, and I'm having a fit trying to figure out best how to use it.  A Milkweed Shawl?  A necktie?  Socks?

I just got a hold of Cookie A.'s book, Sock Innovation, and I gotta say, I must pick this book up every night and dream about knitting her patterns up.  She does wonderful things with textures.  If you want to know what I'm talking about, check out the recent video episode of her on Fiber Beat podcast.  Wowsers!  

I'm working towards giving a solo harp/voice recital in a few weeks (yikes!!) so my knitting may be curtailed even more.  I got to play at an art gallery today, and had a nice time.  Even cooler, all of the art incorporated fiber!

Some of my knitting has been a bit more complicated than the usual movie knitting, so I have finally been able to start listening to the Harry Potter books read by Jim Dale.  Fantastic reading!  While I went to the back of the Juvenile section at the library to pick up the audiobook and actually hard copy of the book, I stopped to play with an old favorite toy, although I never actually owned one, especially this large:

Ah.  The simplest things keep me enthralled for way too long.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Sock Saga, in which a picture is shown that was taken by a complete stranger on the train

I'm a lazy blogger.  It felt right to post on the project page in Ravelry, and I don't feel like rewriting it all, so here's what I posted there, with a few minor edits:

I started these two at a time on a long circular needle, using a larger size than prescribed to make me-sized socks. (If I went back and did it again, which I don’t expect I will, I would go down a needle size from what I used.) This eventually got on my freaking nerves.
Many moons later, I picked these socks up again for the Ravelympics. Somewhere along the way I had already separated the twins. In the interest of yardage and sanity, I made the legs of the socks a little shorter than prescribed.

As I worked on the heel, I felt a moment of bliss in which I thought, “I could totally knit more socks!”
As the Olympics (and my yarn) drew near the close, I switched to 1x1 ribbing on the top of the foot in place of the herringbone rib stitch that was now beginning to make my life so morbid. At this point, I just wanted them done. Oh, for a stockinette stitch pattern!

Coming home from a weekend filled with buses, trains, and automobiles, I knit the ribbed section in the dark of the car as I travelled home Sunday night. In that dark void, I created some lovely yarnover holes on the bottom of the right sock. I got home and raced to the finish...

Except I didn't finish.
After the deadline passed and I still had not finished, I ripped back that erring sock, using it as a teaching moment at Stitchers group. I also regained my composure somewhere in there, once I realized I was indeed going to finish these socks and, darnit, I would even wear them. At this point, I did not bother to measure or check the row count. I just wanted a general semblance of a completed toe.

Yes, they are done. 
Yes, they look weird. 

Yes, when I say they look weird I am referring more specifically to the right sock. 
No, I don’t care that they look a little stupid on the toe. 
Yes, I am wearing them right now. 

Yes, I wish they fit a little better. 
Yes, the colors are nice. 
And yes, I do think it is ironic that I went through all this trouble to knit this pattern in the first place because I didn’t like the spotty appearance of the colors, only to back up and realize that it looks just as spotty in the fancy stitch as it does in stockinette.

No, I do not have a grudge against herringbone stitch. I am so glad that I can now knit such a lovely stitch in the round.
No, I do not think I will knit these socks again for a very long time.
YESSS!  They are done! 
And so is this epic saga.
On another note, more fun projects on the needles, including the Evenstar shawl and a pair of crazy boxer shorts!