it's a pair!

i’ve had the flame wave socks finished for over a week…i’ve had the pictures for over a week. but every evening since, it’s seemed like i’ve either been too tired or too busy (what me, reading harry potter? 😉 ) to blog. however, i can at last present, a complete pair!

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pattern: flame wave socks – from favorite socks (interweave)
yarn: panda cotton in color #0409, picnic
needles: US 1 & 0, bamboo
mods: i altered the toe decreases to fit ‘my’ foot–making these ‘right’ and ‘left’ socks.

and because it’s such a happy picture (please disregard the insect damage…)

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it’s a pair!

i’ve had the flame wave socks finished for over a week…i’ve had the pictures for over a week. but every evening since, it’s seemed like i’ve either been too tired or too busy (what me, reading harry potter? 😉 ) to blog. however, i can at last present, a complete pair!

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pattern: flame wave socks – from favorite socks (interweave)
yarn: panda cotton in color #0409, picnic
needles: US 1 & 0, bamboo
mods: i altered the toe decreases to fit ‘my’ foot–making these ‘right’ and ‘left’ socks.

and because it’s such a happy picture (please disregard the insect damage…)

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mystery mess…

my first real lace project, wing-of-the-moth, knit up like a charm. sure, i dropped a yo here or there and i even slid my needle out of the stitches once or twice. but the mohair content in the yarn meant i never lost anything, never had to tink (or frog) back because i couldn’t figure out where i lost/gained that darned stitch.

mystery stole 3 on the other hand….

for some reason, i make more progress when i’m watching tv than when nothing else is going on. last night i had a dvd on and zoomed through 5 or 6 rows. today and yesterday at work i made about as much progress backwards as forwards…and worse yet, today as i leaned over to pick up a dropped stitch marker, i discovered that the left needle was no longer in my hand! which meant i had to pick up half a row of stitches. as this is alpaca, not mohair, i of course lost some stitches. fortunately, there weren’t too far back and i didn’t have to tink (this time). that was however, the last straw, and i’ve ordered a circular needle (vs. the straights i’ve been using). i think my problems are two-fold: 1) i think the straights fall out of the yarn easier. 2) i think the relative slipperiness of the alpaca (as compares to mohair) makes it easier to lose stitches. i can’t however, explain why i should have more difficulties without distractions than with – i don’t think i’m that good of a multi-tasker!

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regarding the overall progress of the stole: i’m still on clue 1 (row 87 to be precise.) clue 4 is out tomorrow. i somehow don’t think i’ll be finishing on pace with the clue release… it’s also looking like a bit of a mess. a little finger-blocking has me convinced that this is ok; the stole will look great post-blocking but will look ugly ’til then. i can live with that–it’s what makes lace knitting fun!

a little activity

i work downtown. or to be more accurate, on the edge of a small downtown. it’s one of those rust-belt downtowns, long past it’s hey-day and showing signs of age, but with a dedicated core of citizens determined to polish the city core until its past brilliance again shows through. recent renovations co-mingle with abandoned properties seemingly condemned by neglect while once shining gems struggle to re-emerge. it is also a place of one-way streets and parallel parking and–of course–the ubiquitous orange barrel as street crews attempt to assign a certain charm to the area through streetscape projects and old-fashioned traffic lights.

driving can be…tricky. with these thoughts in mind, i chose to walk a few blocks today. i had several sets of drawings to deliver to a local (downtown) church which has no parking of its own (an ill-conceived decision from the era when people still knew how to walk places) and, given the weather and traffic conditions, it was a perfect time to walk the drawings down. which gave me opportunity to ponder the sadness of the world we live in—when i arrived at the church i had to be buzzed in. no open doors, but a lock and an intercom. this is our world, where churches, who make it their mission to serve all, are forced to lock their doors against dangerous or destroying intruders. i understand the reasoning; some years ago a gentleman from the downtown church i attend was mugged in the sanctuary after a christmas eve service. and after all, we lock our office doors against those who would wander in, seeking services an architecture firm does not provide. but it is just so sad, that the churches cannot be open, that people cannot be trusted. i hate it.

much happier:

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I also have a pair of socks finished(!), but the sun is not cooperating, so pictures shall have to wait…