Simple Joy

I’m swatching. For a new project. Wendy’s iPod sweater. My socks are done (pictures when I put batteries in my camera).

I’m making headway on my summer projects. I can play a couple chords on the guitar. I’ve driven around the neighborhood at a glorious speed of fifteen miles per hour. I only have three hundred pages left in the huge book i want to finish. It’s been a pretty productive day. Add to that, two more skeins of yarn to use up before I start my Central Park Hoodie all makes me a happy nose-pierced knitter!

Sad Story

I just binned a pair of socks. The socks I knit last summer, the blue ones that I like very much. They are very soft and have lovely colors. And many holes. Those socks travelled with me to Europe. I should keep them for sentimental value. But I can’t. Because they have irreparable holes.

 

I am considering buying more of the yarn and reknitting them to make myself feel better. 

ETA

Yeah binning is a lie. they’re going in the back of my sock drawer.

Dear Me,

You are not a process knitter. Please keep that in mind when you try to cast on socks without checking gauge. All sock yarn is not the same. Hell, your needles weren’t even the same.  Do not think that you will have the patience to unravel or *shudder* cut the toe of your sock to fix ANYTHING.. You won’t. Will Not.  You also will not (got that) put away this yarn and move on to the pretty new blue yarn you bought in Pennsylvania.  You will meekly cast on a gauge swatch (though it is okay if you want to use the untouched ball) and restart these socks. And if you’re still knitting them during finals, you will have learned your lesson.

FO: Pink and Blue Socks

I think I’m finally in love with sock knitting. They fit. They’re pretty. Did I mention that they fit?I knit the top of the cuff, the last three rounds or so, with size eight needles, to keep them from being too tight. And they’re perfect. They’re Fortissma Sock, details hereIMGP1893I started them in January, but only just finished them thanks to the wonder that is higher education. And papers. But I was determined not to be on the same project that I was one at Christmas during Spring Break, so when I took a cab up to the post office yesterday, I spent five hours at the nearby Starbucks listening to podcasts. I came out with socks!  IMGP1885They’re toe-up (of course) with a heel flap, which in my opinion is the best of both worlds.Look, this one fits too:IMGP1894It’s so nice to have an FO. I must admit I love my mostly monogamous knitting ( I have a charity hat that I work on at knitting club), but it is nice to be done with something and move on.And move on I shall since I have next to no homework this weekend. It’s all during spring break :(

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FO Jeans Socks!

These socks are knit from the yarn my LJ Secret Pal sent me (thanks Lauren!). They’re knit in Knitty’s toe-up pattern, exactly, but still a little loose in the foot and the heel’s long. I think I’m going to try a backwards flap heel next time. Still, they fit. Poor darlings were so streatched out after I wore them yesterday though!

jeansocks!

 Next up is finishing the scarf I started before Europe, and then swatching for Wicked!

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How about that time when I FINISHED MY SOCKS!

That’s right, you heard me, the socks of forever are DONE! Ladies and Gentlemen I have knit my first socks for myself! (my first socks were actually for my best friend Carly).

See? Proof:

And more proof!

I’m seriously excited just to have done these and have them fit, but I do have some pattern notes.

Pattern: Knitty’s Universal Toe-Up Sock Pattern

Yarn: Knitpicks Parade, Gumball (discontinued, I think) 334 yrds (2 balls)

Notes: I knit them too big. They fit, but the slide down on my legs and the heel on the left one sticks out of my shoe :-/. When the pattern says multiply by .9, multiply. The socks has been measured to your foot, it is not going to make it not fit. I promise. Also, my Socks on One String technique works well, but remember with a pattern like this knitting from the opposite side of the ball will cause it to reverse as seen in the top cuff of my right sock.

I also wasn’t nuts about the yarn, it split easily, and in the end I somewhat dislike the colors and the gray bits…. but it is cheerful!

Aside from all of that, I am enamoured of sock knitting. I found a couple balls of sock yarn in my mom’s stash and will probably steal one to make more that actully fit soon. And these will be bed socks. Yay bed socks!!!!!

Two Socks on One String

Hi y’all.

Socks aren’t done. Surgery took more out of me than I thought :-/. it was sucessful though, and I’m happy with it. My body’s just like “Ha, you thought you could do things to me and then go on with your life, haha”

So I didn’t get back to working on them until last night, and then I figured something out.

I’m on the cuffs, and I want them to be even, ish. So I rolled my yarn into a center-pull ball and put together Socks on One String!

It seems to be working well. I do a repeat or so on one and then even the other one up, so there shouldn’t be too much of a cuff difference between them. I’m going to work on them and listen to The Sticks and Strings Podcast, Lime and Violet and Cast-On before the Grey’s Anatomy Season Finale!

I leave you with: Sinister Ducks! and my teddy bear who has taken up knitting: