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Wow, are my legs ever pale!

Pattern: Julia Socks by Emily Johnson

Yarn: Dream in Colory Smooshy in Happy Forest

Needles: US1/2.25mm

After much worrying and wringing-of-hands, I finished these well before the deadline. Well, I’m not sure how “well before”…I finished them last Saturday evening around 6:40pm Central. The deadline was, I believe, Sunday 11:59:59PM. There’s not a lot to say about these socks, except that I LOVE THEM! I love the pattern, I love the yarn, I love the fit. It’s a rather simple pattern on it’s face, but it is so effective, I think. And there is enough going on with it that I didn’t get bored at all. No worry of second-sock syndrome with this pattern! I’m also completely geeking out because the designer asked to use my pictures on the project page in Ravelry. This is a first for me, and I’m not too proud to admit that when I got the message I squealed and jumped up and down a little.

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Olympic Knitting

First sock down, one to go! I think I will be cutting it pretty close to the finish line, but I’m hopeful I can make it. At this point, I’m pretty thrilled to have gotten one finished. Last week was a massively busy one for me. I’ve gotten into the swing of being back in school (as of last week, I am acing my first class. 100%, I’m thrilled!), and I had a milestone birthday. That’s right, the big 3-0. Tuesday night was rough,but I’d like to think I handled Wednesday pretty gracefully. We went out Friday night with some friends for dinner and drinks and it was a perfect ending celebration (I tend to celebrate my birth week rather than just the day).

Next week is the final week for my first class, so I am a little worried about this second sock. I’ve decided that if I need to I can just stay up all night on Saturday to get it finished. I know, it’s “just” the Ravelympics, but I don’t like failing at things. And since I set my goal to finish this pair of socks during the Olympics, I will feel like a big ol’ failure if I don’t. I think I might need to work on putting things into perspective….

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I actually finished two projects in the last couple weeks! First up, my first pair of socks for 2010, and thereby for the 2010 Pair a Month KAL & CAL:

Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Yarn: Zitron Trekking (XXL) in colorway 340 Tropic Fever

Needles: US1.5/2.5mm

This is such a great pattern for variegated yarn! I have a really hard time matching this kind of yarn to patterns, so I tend to shy away from it. But when your best friends finds a ball of yarn she loves and asks you to make a pair of socks for her, what’s a knitter to do? I’m so fortunate to have an extremely knit-worthy best friend, for reasons more than just her appreciation of handknits that are way too many to enumerate here. So suffice it to say, I took the yarn, scoured Ravelry for a pattern, and immediately cast on when I found this one. My decidely less-than-stellar photography skills don’t show these socks to their best advantage, so I would highly suggest clicking over and checking the pattern pictures out. My only modifications were to work the leg only to 6.75″ (I think I did one fewer pattern repeat than what was called for) and a regular eye-of-partridge heel. Kim says they fit perfectly, so I’m glad of that.

Then this past Friday I finished yet another cowl:

Completely off topic, but I love how red my hair looks in this picture. In reality it's much more brown than red, but I'm considering having my stylist try to duplicate this color.

Pattern: Inside Out Cowl

Yarn: Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) in colorway P813 Midnight at the Oasis

Needles: US4/3.5mm

What can I say? I love cowls, and I enjoy twisted stitches so this pattern was bound to be liked. The only modification I did was to use lighter weight yarn and smaller needles. To compensate, I cast on 170 stitches instead of the called for 110. I think it turned out well. It’s soft, and it’s drapey, and I love it. Alas, this cowl too is not for me but for Kim’s mom. I hope she enjoys it! And just because I love them so, here’s a close up of the twisted stitches.

Finishing projects inevitably begets starting new ones, and this weekend was no exception! I started a pair of vanilla socks for myself in this lovely bit of yarn-y goodness:

Hi! I am awesomely gorgeous yarn!

I also wound up my yarn for my Ravelympics project, Dream in Color Smooshy in Happy Forest.

I’ve changed my project from Cookie A.’s Twisted Flower Sock to the Julia Socks by Emily Johnson. I kept wondering to myself it the Cookie A. pattern was too much of a challenge for me to complete on a deadline, what with the twisted stitches and cables and lace. When I realized I was looking at this as something I needed to get through, I decided I needed to rethink my plans. That very evening I stumbled upon the Julia Socks pattern and it was like a light bulb going off. I still get my twisted stitches, but I feel this is a much more manageable project (and still challenging!) for me. Let the games begin!

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…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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