Archive for December, 2008

December 30, 2008

Is there a 12 step program?

You know you have a knitting problem when you curse every light you make on the way to work because it means you don’t get to knit in the car. Today, the only red light I hit changed before I could even get the stitches pushed off the cable and onto the needle.

Last night, I seriously thought about taking my knitting into the bathroom with me. Only for a moment, but it was a very serious moment.

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December 28, 2008

Luckily, she’s a little odd herself.

I am pretty sure I do not have enough yarn to do both socks for Thing One the same. Of course, she’s the one who used to always wear odd socks, on purpose. I told her the second sock wouldn’t be the same, and she was completely okay with it.

Thankfully, I realized the problem with doing the sole in blue before I actually finished the heel flap. I would have felt really stupid if I’d gotten a row of the foot proper done and then realized it. I could have done the foot flat (ha!), but I really don’t want to do any seams, especially on socks.

I’m getting very impatient to finish these socks, and then a pair for Little Cat Z so that I can finally start on my legwarmers! I looked through the comments and forum posts and blog posts about them on Ravelry, and it sounds like people with larger legs aren’t happy with the way they fit, but my legs have always been slender, no matter what the rest of me may be like, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

December 26, 2008

And another pair of socks

I finished Thing Two’s socks and started on Thing One’s. I’m afraid I don’t have enough of the yarn she wanted for the main color. It’s an old one I took out of my mom’s stash. So old my mom can’t remember what she might have made with it, which probably means she doesn’t have more. So, I’m doing a stripe at the top, the toes, and probably the heel in a different color. I’m thinking about doing all of the sole in the other color. That’s how little of this yarn I have.

I will wait to decide for certain until I’m done with the heel. I should have a better idea of just how much yarn I have left then.

It’s two inches of pink, one and a half of blue, then back to the pink on the smaller needles.

December 21, 2008

Stuff and bother.

I’m almost finished with Thing Two’s socks. I didn’t have any problems with picking up the stitches along the heelflap this time. I’m glad I figured that out.

I can’t really start on my legwarmers yet. I have to make socks for Thing One, and then probably for Little Cat Z, too.

The yarn for Thing One’s socks is, I think, Plymouth Encore, but I’m not certain. I took a bunch of yarn from my mom’s stash, intending to teach Thing One how to crochet granny squares. She’s never seemed interested in doing more than chain stitch, so we haven’t done that yet. One or more of the cats found the yarn, however, and turned several of the skeins into kitty toys, AKA complete messes. It took me over half an hour to wind the yarn for Thing One’s socks into a workable ball. It was so bad, I couldn’t even tell what the original shape of the skein had been, and I have no idea what happened to the ball band. I’m pretty sure I know which cat was the main culprit, at least. Miss Orchid is the one I’ve found carrying the GCUC around — all two pounds of it. I’m not saying the other two didn’t join in the fun, but she’s the one who seems to like playing with full skeins the most.

December 18, 2008

I got it!

w00t!

Now I have to hurry up and finish Thing Two’s socks so I can start working on something else!

I wanted to bring the box up to my office so I could open it up and look at everything, but it was too big to fit in my knitting bag (dimension-wise, that is), so I opened it up in the parking garage and stuffed everything into my bag. I could have carried the box — it isn’t that big — but then I wouldn’t have been able to knit while walking up the stairs. Yes, new yarn is fun and exciting, but let’s keep our priorities straight here. I didn’t really look at it until I got it upstairs in decent lighting. It’s all lovely, and I really can’t wait.

I am going to do the Travelling Stitch Legwarmers from Knit So Fine with KnitPicks Gloss. I was going to make the legwarmers anyway, but then KnitPicks put them in one of their catalogs, suggesting Gloss as a substitute yarn, and I decided I’d try them out that way. I got nickel plated DPNs to knit them. I don’t have any problem using DPNs. That’s how I learned to do circular knitting in the first place. I do find that I really, really like using two circs, though. I think I get less of that stretched stitch problem between needles. I’ll see what I think about the DPNs. I can always switch if I decide two circs would be better.

I think the legwarmers will be the first of my three projects that I’ll make. They’re the most practical given the weather we’ve been having.

Now I have to go update Ravelry. New yarn, new needles, make my three projects use the yarn from my stash . . . and then I have to log out and do some work. No surfing around in there today! Really!

Yeah, I think I’ve gotten over my knitting ennui.

December 17, 2008

My fingers are itching!

I don’t know if my KnitPicks order came yet because I had to leave for work before the window at the Post Office opened this morning! It’s not fair!

I’m trying to decide if I should rip out the blue stripe on the second sock for Thing Two. I’m not sure if the stitches are tight enough, and I don’t know if I can get them pulled tighter. Now that I’ve done five rows, it looks like it might be okay, but I’d hate to change my mind after I’ve turned the heel.

I went a little crazy with my Ravelry queue yesterday. I really, really like Giselle, but it looks like it’s huge swathes of stockinette stitch (a suspicion confirmed by some of the comments I saw about it on Ravelry), and I’m afraid that I’d get bored with it. It’s gorgeous to look at, though. Maybe, if I ever actually make it, I’ll make something more involved alongside it.

December 16, 2008

I am not going to panic.

My KnitPicks order was not at the Post Office this morning.

Breathe. Breathe.

This is not an insurmountable problem. I can, in fact, live until I get my yarn.

I got the e-mail saying it was shipped on Thursday. It’s only Tuesday, and I live in a little rural town.

I’ll just have to stop tomorrow, too. Then, if it isn’t there, I might panic.

In other news, I started the second sock. My mom has more of the Buttercup, so I don’t have to worry about running out. I should be finished by the weekend, I think. I’m pretty sure I figured out the problem I was having with the selvedge stitches on my first pair of socks. I think I wasn’t slipping stitches when I was supposed to. I wound up ripping out and re-knitting the heel on the first one in this pair and paying very close attention to make sure I didn’t screw it all up again, and it came out just right. I had Thing Two try on the finished sock last night, and it fits just fine. He seems quite pleased with it. If he wasn’t, that would just be too bad.

I’m sure I could fit another “just” in there somewhere.

In other other news, I need to put more neat scthuff* in my queue on Ravelry.

*If you aren’t from the Rockford, IL area, you won’t get the reference.

December 15, 2008

More socks

I am making another pair of socks from Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns. This time they’re for Thing Two. I am using Lion Brand Wool-Ease, worsted. They’re gonna be warm. The colors are discontinued, of course. Buttercup and Colonial Blue.

I did some updating on my Ravelry stuff, mostly my library. If you’re putting in magazines, I strongly recommend that you don’t search for a specific year, at least not with Vogue Knitting. There were several that I couldn’t find that way, but when I searched for “vogue knitting [season],” a lot more showed up, and I wound up getting almost all the magazines I have entered.

Tomorrow I might have my order from KnitPicks! Whoo-hoo!