stress relievers

it should be a stressful time at work. really it should. two deadlines–this week–with not enough hours in the day and everything always takes twice as long as expected. but i have this:

070628 - Flame Wave (1)

a partial flame wave sock. is it possible to be stressed when something so cheerful is on the needles–and i have a whole hour at lunch to work on? (ok, so i spend half of that actually, well, eating my lunch.) even today when i ripped back 6 rows because i’d skipped two rows of the pattern–and then proceeded to skip the same two rows the second go-around…nope, still not stressed. i decided rather than to rip out again (which would have meant picking up stitches for a 3rd time–a process i don’t particularly enjoy, even with slipped stitches on the edge) i would work with the ‘mistake’, make a note of it, and replicate it when i get to sock two. i don’t think anyone will notice…

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so we…finally…begin

i had every intention of starting my first summer of socks pair on the 21st. i had yarn, i had needles, i had patterns. and i did start a gauge swatch. at which point, i realized the planned pattern was not going to work. so i took a break. i have a history of gauge issues, and experience tells me the only way to deal with them is come back the next day. or later. so, the next day, i packed my yarn in my bag, went to the local blues fest (free…except it’s about impossible not to find oneself buying overpriced food…) and swatched some more. having determined there was no way around 6 sts per inch with the panda cotton (which i would have realized much sooner if i had looked at the label d’oh!), i realized that i needed quite a different pattern. moving on, i also completed a gauge swatch of the tofutsies, which will most likely become monkeys – i have to double check, but i’m pretty sure the gauge worked out (on the first try, an impossible chance!). after some more experimenting, some math (which for some reason i always make more complex than necessary), i finally, late last night settled on this:

Flame Wave 1 - cuff

flame wave socks from interweave knits favorite socks. my gauge is exact – when i use a size 0 (US) needle. vs. the size 4 (US) called for. and the yarn used in book is only a little lighter than the panda cotton (186 yd/50g vs. 170yd/50g.) yet another confirmation that i knit loosely. however, it seems to be working out and to be fun. so far.

happy summer!

the first ‘official’ day of summer and the day-lilies are in full glory! not only that, i finished my first ever pair of socks! this turned out to be quite fun – i think socks are the perfect project for those of us with short attention spans


now, it’s on to the next sock! i think (but this could change at any moment… ;)) they’re going to be falling leaves from knitty. hmm…summer of socks, falling leaves…not quite the right combo! maybe i should rethink this! well i haven’t cast on yet, so i guess i still have time to decide. as long as i have fun….

yarn, yarn, yarn

with only a day left until Summer of Socks begins, i’m almost ready! i’m about halfway through the foot of sock #2 of my first ever pair! given that the first half of the foot was mostly knit during the evening news, i feel confident i can finish tonight…provided i don’t get distracted. at which point i will be ready to start fresh for SOS.

a sock in the shadows

then there’s the sock yarn…i found my missing panda cotton. i’m intrigued by the idea of knitting with bamboo, so i’m going to use this first (pattern undetermined?)

i hit the lys on saturday, intending just to buy some size 0 (us) needles and favorite socks. however, this…
found its way into my shopping bag. i couldn’t help it; it said ‘summer.’ i also have a previously purchased merino superwash sock yarn which is destined to become rococo socks. so…given my rate of knitting (slowish) and my relative newness to the world of socks, i think i have enough to keep me occupied. needless to say, i will not be competing for ‘most socks’!

now….despite all this sock happiness…i have to confess by being most excited by something that arrived today….
briar rose wistful, in a green a blue blend. this is destined to be a morning glory wrap. i looooove the yarn – alpaca, merino and silk blend – wonderful to just touch. and the pattern is soooo pretty. however…i keep telling myself i’m not allowed to start morning glory until i have a back for my sweater. it’s the only way the poor neglected sweater will ever see the light of day…

mimimalism?

i’ve made minimal progress on anything in the past week. i frequently knit at work (1 hour lunch), but between running errands and a staff lunch and wandering down to the ice cream stand (what an excellent idea!), little knitting was accomplished. i did manage to finish another oh-so-exciting dishrag. however, in the almost-week since i finished the first tidal wave sock, i have finished only 2-1/2 inches or so of the second. at least i’m that far; i could have succumbed to the dreaded ‘second-sock-syndrome’. my goal is to finish by next thursday so i can start clean for the summer of socks.

i did receive some additional sock yarn this week, but at the moment i’m not sure what i did with it. which is a problem, because i was planning on using it for the first SOS pair. some cleaning may be in order this weekend!

first sock!

my first sock – ever – is finished! on the downside, i think i should really have gone down a needle size, but i didn’t have any us size 0 handy. on the upside: it was fun and i didn’t have any difficulty…beyond my usual habit of dropping stitches.

now i just have to convince myself to start the second of the pair…which could be a problem as this:


arrived today. one skein of fearless fibers superwash merino sockyarn in the ‘smoke’ colorway. i already have a pattern picked out, so….finishing that second sock may prove difficult. i’ll have to cast on quickly here, or i may have no hope!

hmmm…this is fun…

the appeal of sock knitting is becoming apparent to me. with all the different parts of socks, there’s always something new to work on and the rewards are quick. this is my first sock, as of monday night. (slightly blurry….need to work on that….)
and this is it tonight. i’m past the heel turn and stitch pick up and on the gusset decreases. this is way too much fun. now, i’m not going to give up other knitting types, however, for a nice quick project – this is better than dishrags!

(pattern “tidal wave socks” from southwest trading company)

ok, enough of this…back to the socks!