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I admit, it was touch and go the first three rounds or so.  I distinctly remember telling J that I didn’t think sock knitting was for me.  About one hour and a half inch later, I distracted him from siren song that is Call of Duty 5 long enough to tell him that I was wrong; sock knitting was definitely for me!  However, I’m not completely without complaint.  I don’t know what I’m doing different at the end of each increase round that I’m doing differently throughout it, but the last one seems to be kind of wonky.  Practically every time.  This wonkiness leads to holes.  Small holes, but holes nonetheless.

Boo for wonky increases!

Boo for wonky increases!

I admit it, there is a part of me that wants to rip back.  But then I think who really is going to be that close to my leg doing a sock inspection when I’m wearing them?  And if someone does get that close, and makes some snarky comment…well, let’s just say anyone who says something mean being so close to my foot gets what they deserve.

The other, saner, part of me says to relax.  That this is my first sock.  That I’m usually pretty hard on myself when it comes to my knitting, and I always say I’m going to work on that.  And the other increases?  Nary a trace of wonkiness:

Hi!  We are some of the non-wonky increases!

Hi! We are some of the non-wonky increases!

So as much as it may pain that part of me that is taunting me in the back of my mind to rip rip rip, that no “real” knitter would put up with such ugly increases, I’m going to press on.  And make sure that part is the back side of the sock.  Out of sight, out of mind, am I right?!

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The Tipping Point

You know that point that you sometime reach with a project, where it’s no longer a ton of fun to knit but rather something that needs to just be finished already?  I reached that point with the Sideways Spencer Redux by Annie Modesitt a few days ago.  I perservered, and kept knitting and knitting and knitting, until I finished the main part of the sweater*:

Now I’m seaming it, and am already ready to be done with THAT, so that I can add the waist ribbing, collar and button bands.  And then it’ll be DONE!

I’ve never been big on the whole resolution with a new year thing, but one knitting-related thing I resolved to conquer in 2009 is socks.  For some reason, socks have always intimidated me.  I truly believe it’s the DPNs.   But the lovely ladies in my knitting group scoff at my fear, and have encouraged me so much that I placed an order with Knit Picks for some sock-knitting supplies:

The yarn is their Essential Sock Yarn in Jester Multi.  It’s kind of wild, and I love it!  I’m hoping they will become Jaywalkers.  I went with cheaper sock yarn this first go-round because I see a lot of frogging and re-starting in my future until I get the hang of those dang DPNs.  Wish me luck!

*I apologize for the crappy pictures.  Winters in Nebraska are typically gray and gloomy, and yesterday was no exception!

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For some reason, my littlest dog Roscoe likes to sit in the closet.  Facing the corner:roscoe-in-the-cornerSee the brown heel there next to him?  I like to think that’s why he’s sulking this particular time, but no.  He’s done it even before he chewed up yet another pair of my shoes.  In his defense, this was totally my fault.  I left the door to the spare bedroom open, and I tend to leave my stuff strewn about.  (See the purse next to the shoe for evidence.  The tie hanging out of the closet is my husband J’s and I take no responsibility for it.)  Roscoe only goes on a chewing frenzy when I’m not at home.  It’s like his little retribution for my daring to leave the house without him.

Then, because self-punishment is exhausting work, he decided to curl up and take a nap:

Staring at a corner tires a pup out.

Staring at a corner tires a pup out.

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Autumn Arbor Stole

After making the comment that I don’t knit much for other people, I of course have to prove myself wrong in my very next post!  I started the Autumn Arbor Stole a few weeks ago for one of my co-workers.  It’s a design by Anne Hanson, who I think is probably one of my favorite lace designers although this is the first of her designs I’m knitting.  I think I have just about every one of her designs queued, so it’s just a matter of working my way through them!  I’ve completed 2.5 repeats of the first half:

In the beginning I didn’t find the pattern to be very intuitive, but somewhere in the second repeat it clicked and now I’m humming right along.  I’m using Knit Pick’s Shadow in Midnight, which is actually black with a hint of green, although it looks more navy both here and on their website.   I’m loving the way the leaf motifs seem to swirl in and out of each other:

And lastly, here’s a close up of the ladybug stitch markers I’m using.  They’re so cute!  I love using pretty stitch markers.  They’re like jewelry for knitting!

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On the process…

I am a process knitter.  I like learning new techniques, and being challenged by my knitting.  The motion and meditation of it are important to me, perhaps even more so than the finished object.  This explains, at least in part, why I’m so drawn to lace knitting.  I have no real use for lace shawls and stoles.  I’m not sure that I’m a person that can pull that look off.  But oh, do I ever love knitting them!  I worry that there will come a time when I try to foist my lace shawls on unsuspecting random people I meet, if only to make room for the new lace I’m already knitting in my mind.  This is the stole that I knit my maternal grandmother for Christmas this year, but only got around to mailing last week.  It’s Moon Dance by Melanie Gibbons, and I think that it is perhaps the prettiest thing I have ever knit (albeit I’ve only been knitting for about two-and-a-half years).  She received it a couple days ago, and immediately called me to gush over it.  She was so in awe of it and my talent, as she called it.  Honestly, her enthusiasm for it floored me.  That’s when it struck me that although knitting is a big part of my life, so much so that I can scarcely stand to go a day without knitting at least a row or two, maybe I don’t have enough respect for my finished objects.  I certainly appreciate them, but then I know the time and effort and love that goes into them.  I guess I never really expected that a non-knitter would  (I guess it’s rather obvious that I don’t have a lot of opportunity to knit for other people, isn’t it?).  I’m glad to be disabused of this notion.  My grandmother is definitely knit-worthy, and I see a lot more lace in her future!

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I’ve been an avid reader of knitting blogs for a good couple years now, and decided that it is high time I throw my hat into the ring.   I can’t imagine anyone actually reading this, but if somehow someone stumbles across my lil’ blog, I hope that I can manage to entertain even a wee bit as much as I’m entertained (and inspired!) by all the awesome bloggers that have come before me.

So without further ado, let’s get started!  I participated in the 2008 Ravelympics.  I’m proud to say that I successfully finished my first sweater as a result:

This is the #77 Vine Lace Top Down Cardigan by SweaterBabe.  It was a fun, fast knit (obviously, since I was able to finish it in over two weeks! ), but the sleeves have always bugged me.  There are a lot of increases, which would have made them into bell-type sleeves, except for the 5 inches of ribbing the pattern called for at the cuff.  So finally this past weekend I re-knit them, eliminating all of the increases.  I actually probably should have decreased, but I’m happier with wider sleeves than I was with puffy ones.  And I really can’t bear the thought of ripping back AGAIN and re-knitting them AGAIN.  So I’m going to leave well enough alone.  I wore it to work yesterday and got several compliments; not too shabby for a first sweater, I’d say!

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