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Archive for January, 2010

…because I have nothin’.

Progress continues on Kim’s socks.  I’m feeling confident that I will get them finished by the end of the month (these are my first pair of socks for the 2010 Pair a Month KAL & CAL). I actually stopped in the middle of picking up the gusset stitches on the second sock when inspiration to blog hit.  I’m still rather surprised how quick they are knitting up.  It gives me hope that my goal of knitting a pair of socks for the 2010 Ravelympics might not be so far out after all.  However, I did pick a Cookie A. pattern. Twisted Flowers, to be specific.  These socks have a lot going on.  Couple that with the fact that I’m going back to school, starting Tuesday, and I’m already wondering if I’ve lost my mind.  I must admit, though, that when I first decided on a pair of socks, I wondered if it fell in line with the spirit of the games – to personally challenge oneself with their knitting.  Clearly I view this project as a challenge, especially on the deadline (a little over two weeks, I think?), so I’m calling it good.  I’m on Team Manicpurl, for listeners of The Manic Purl podcast.  If you’re into knitting podcasts, and aren’t already a listener, I’d encourage you to check it out.

The non-stop work with Trekking XXL was ripping up my hand, so on Friday night I cast on an Inside Out Cowl with the Koigu KPPPM Kim picked up. It’s colorway P813, which my LYS calls Midnight at the Oasis, and I love it.  The blues positively glow against the black!

She asked me to knit a cowl for her mom since she ooh’d and aah’d over the first Dead Simple Cowl.  After making the second one I needed a break from endless stockinette, and a quick pattern search on Ravelry lead to this pattern.  I think twisted stitches are fun (hopefully I will still think so after finishing the cowl and the Twisted Flowers!), and are infinitely better than straight knit stitches at this point.  Progress pics to come!

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Never Say Never

Ok, so I didn’t exactly say I’d never use Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe again, but I didn’t think it would be quite this soon.  Kim liked her cowl so much that she asked if I would make one for her husband.  I was more than happy to oblige, especially since she took me yarn shopping for it, and for a couple other projects she requested.  She bought such wonderful stuff, and so much of it, that I feel like I’m easily getting the better end of this deal.  But she could not be dissuaded…

So here’s a spectacularly bad picture of the Dead Simple Cowl II:

My picture-taking skills are average at best, so when I’m in a hurry you can imagine what happens.  Actually, you don’t need to.  Just scroll back up.  I made this one like the first, except that I omitted the purl rows.  I was right; they aren’t necessary.

Friday night I cast on for the second project from Kim’s bounty: Hermione’s Everyday Socks.  These are for her, in some Trekking XXL she picked out.  I’ve gone on before about my trouble pairing variegated yarn with patterns, but this one is perfect!  And it’s so freakin’ quick, too.  My progress as of this morning:

This was right after turning the heel.  Since then, I’ve completed the gusset.  I have never knit a sock so fast before! Last week I joined the 2010 Pair a Month KAL & CAL on Ravelry, so I really wanted to try to squeeze these in before the end of the month.  At this rate I don’t think that’s going to be a problem!

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Dead Simple Cowl

I tend to have a hard time finding projects for variegated yarn. It doesn’t seem to even need to be very variegated (har.), as evidenced with my recent difficulty using up my stash of Araucania Nature Wool.  But when it is very variegated? Forget it.  So what’s a girl to do when she finds such a yarn and absolutely must have it?  Come up with something dead simple to let the beautiful colors do all the work.

Pattern: my own

Yarn: Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe in K234

Needles: US5/3.75mm

Please note that I use the term “pattern” here loosely.  Quite frankly, I’m not sure this even comes close to qualifying as such.  I cast on 130 stitches, knit 10 rounds even and then did a purl row to make sure the stockinette wouldn’t keep curling.  By that point it probably wasn’t even necessary.  Then I knit and knit and knit until eyeballing the remaining yarn I thought I had enough for approximately 12 more rounds (I had two skeins I wanted to be sure to use up).  Then I did a purl round (again, probably not necessary but I’m nothing if not consistent), knit 10 rounds and then bound off loosely.  Dead simple.

The yarn is, of course, beautiful.  And oh-so soft.  But it had a tendency to come untwisted a bit while I was knitting with it, which was very annoying.  I’m not sure I would use this yarn again, and if I did it would definitely be a small project like this one.

I surprised my best friend with this when we got together after the holidays, and she loved it!  For a split second after finishing it I considered keeping it for myself, but she’s nothing if not knitworthy and I’m glad I ended up giving it to her.  It was such a hit that her husband even asked for one, in a manlier color of course.  I don’t tend to get knitting requests very often, so I’m happy to oblige.  What’s strange is, even though my self-imposed yarn diet is over, I can’t seem to bring myself to go shopping!  I’m beginning to wonder what’s wrong with me…

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Bandwagon Hopper

Last week I cast on for a February Lady Sweater, fully aware that I might be the last in the knitosphere to do so.  The yarn is from my now defunct owls sweater, and the shading issue that drove me to distraction (and to ripping) in the plain stockinette is delighting me in the garter stitch/gull lace combo!

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