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Archive for April, 2009

What am I thinking?

Don’t ask me, I haven’t a clue.  Except that I’m rather at loose ends right now, so I’m casting on for man socks the day before I’m casting on for May’s edition of the Cookie KAL.  The choice from Sock Innovation was Kai-Mei, a lovely sock but not one I feel I have the right yarn for in my stash.  I have it on pretty good authority that this…

…wants to be a pair of Pomatomus (May’s non-Sock Innovation pick) for me.  We shall see.

In finishing news, and strangely enough (or not, since I want to make just about every sock she’s designed!)  yet another Cookie A. pattern, I finally finished my BFF’s BFF socks last night.  Here’s hoping they fit!  I’ll get the verdict on Sunday; I wonder if I can keep my fingers crossed from now until then…?  Details and hopefully a pic of them (on her feet!) to come.

Also, I finished and gifted the Autumn Arbor stole.  Horrible, bad picture to follow:

Yep, I know.  You can’t tell exactly what it is.  But trust me, it’s the Autumn Arbor Stole in all it’s just-finished-blocking glory.

Pattern: Autumn Arbor Stole by Anne Hanson

Yarn: Knit Pick’s Shadow in Midnight

Needles: US4/3.5mm

I can’t quite say why this took me so long.  The pattern was clear and concise, and, once I got into the groove, rather intuitive.   I think it’s just my contrary nature; I don’t like knitting things I “have” to knit, and even though I volunteered to knit this for my co-worker after she jokingly said she’d like a lace shawl (I brought my grandmother’s Moon Dance into the office to show it off a bit before mailing it to her and that’s what prompted the shawl discussion).  I know there are a lot of knitter’s beating off the requests with sticks, but I’m not one.  And it makes me feel good when someone appreciates my work enough to make a request of me.  But again: contrary nature;  it invariably seems to become a chore around the mid-way point.  So, when that feeling cropped up, I would put it down for a few days, sometimes a week or more, until the lace siren song lured me back.  She was so appreciative of the finished effort she didn’t bat an eye at the length of time it took.  In fact, I believe she said she was surprised I finished it so quickly.  She doesn’t need to know about the sweater and pairs of socks that got started and finished while her shawl languished as a WIP, now does she?

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Underwhelmed

I received the Summer ’09 issue of Interweave Knits when I got home from work this evening, and was decidedly underwhelmed.  I haven’t read any of the articles yet, just thumbed through the patterns so maybe I’m just in a funk; it’s been a really bad week.  But I can usually find many somethings to add to my ever-lengthening queue on Ravelry, but this issue is decidedly “meh” for me.  I guess summer knits don’t really do it for me.

The other disappointment comes in the shape of the Autumn Arbor Stole.  I finally finished knitting the two halves, but my first attempt at kitchenering them together has been a dismal failure, and a real pain in the ass to undo.  Ho hum.  I will persevere and I will finish it this weekend.

On a cheery note, this beauty is one of several becoming the Garter Yoke Cardigan:

I’ve just divided the sleeves from the body and so will hopefully soon have proof in the form of pics to show for it, as well as the finished Autumn Arbor Stole.

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Traveling Monkeys

I joined a knit-along celebrating Cookie A.’s wonderful new book, Sock Innovation and it’s been so much fun watching all the patterns knit up with different yarns.  It’s really inspiring to see all the variations, and then to think about the (meager) sock yarn stash I have and how I match it to the various patterns.  This fantastic group is also offering prizes each month (winners selected by Random Number Generator luckily, or else I would never stand a chance against all the incredible talent in this group!)!  For April’s “free-for-all” project” I choose to do the Monkey pattern.  Last weekend we took a small road trip down to Kansas City to visit my brother and his family, and so they became the Traveling Monkeys:

Then, less than an hour ago, they became the Finished Monkeys:

Pattern: Cookie A.’s Monkey

Yarn: Zitron Trekking XXL in colorway 341

Needles: US2.5/3.00mm

No mods on this one; I knit it completely as written.  Clearly I pick up stitches backwards, because when I then knit through the back loop on the following row as instructed, I got twisted stitches.  On the first sock I was too lazy to tink back and knit as usual, so I just mirrored it on the second sock.  Of course, I first forgot to do this on the second sock, and therefore had to tink back in order to ‘fix’ it.  I was going to let it go, but then I thought that this minor ‘flaw’ would nag at me.  Even I think I’m a pain in the ass, sometimes.  I did go up a needle size from the pattern, but I’m such a tight knitter that I figured I was being smart about it.  However, this one time it came back to bite me in the form of slightly loose socks.  Not unwearable loose, but compared to my first socks they are definitely a bit baggier.  Then again, I haven’t taken them off my feet since weaving the final end in, so they can’t be that bad, right?

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