it's not socks!

i’m afraid i succumbed.

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rather easily, actually. i first saw something about mystery stole 3 in the flickr discussions for sos2007. and then didn’t think too much of it – i didn’t know anything about it beyond a name. but then, about a few days before the kal started, i saw something on a blog (whose identity i cannot recall; therefore i can’t assign blame) about ms3 – and the sign-ups were still open. in a moment of weakness i gave in. i’m completely blaming it on the fact that i didn’t have a lace project on the needles and was going through withdrawal. i didn’t have any laceweight, i didn’t have any beads, i had a whole summer of knitting projects planned…and then i found myself surreptitiously sneaking off to the lys. i bought 1 skein of suri elegance in the raku colorway. (although, i have to say the pic on the website looks much more brown than what i have which is decidedly blue/deep purple.)

my initial plan was to forget the beads. i wasn’t sure i liked the idea and that would just mean another purchase. so i cast on, several days after the kal began and made it to row 40, no problems. i was a +1 charts behind when clue 2 came out, no big deal, still plenty of time to catch up. except on saturday, i found myself waaaay too close to the local jo-ann etc. and the beads waaay to tempting. i ended up frogging the whole thing–a slight challenge in laceweight alpaca, but not insurmountable–and starting over with beads. the beads are a blue/purple/blue-green blend that goes well with the subtle variegations of the yarn. they might be a tad too big, but i think they’ll be ok.

as penance for my impulsiveness (and further explanation as to why i’ve only subsequently made it to row 44) i’ve returned to my cardigan.

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the back is still a bit wider than it should be (for reasons completely beyond me – the fronts were both perfectly sized.) but i’ve given up and decided that this is perfectly fine. finishing is now more important than width precision. width can disappear when the sweater is made up. it’s coming along fairly nicely – maybe i’ll get it done this summer after all!

it’s not socks!

i’m afraid i succumbed.

DSCN0983

rather easily, actually. i first saw something about mystery stole 3 in the flickr discussions for sos2007. and then didn’t think too much of it – i didn’t know anything about it beyond a name. but then, about a few days before the kal started, i saw something on a blog (whose identity i cannot recall; therefore i can’t assign blame) about ms3 – and the sign-ups were still open. in a moment of weakness i gave in. i’m completely blaming it on the fact that i didn’t have a lace project on the needles and was going through withdrawal. i didn’t have any laceweight, i didn’t have any beads, i had a whole summer of knitting projects planned…and then i found myself surreptitiously sneaking off to the lys. i bought 1 skein of suri elegance in the raku colorway. (although, i have to say the pic on the website looks much more brown than what i have which is decidedly blue/deep purple.)

my initial plan was to forget the beads. i wasn’t sure i liked the idea and that would just mean another purchase. so i cast on, several days after the kal began and made it to row 40, no problems. i was a +1 charts behind when clue 2 came out, no big deal, still plenty of time to catch up. except on saturday, i found myself waaaay too close to the local jo-ann etc. and the beads waaay to tempting. i ended up frogging the whole thing–a slight challenge in laceweight alpaca, but not insurmountable–and starting over with beads. the beads are a blue/purple/blue-green blend that goes well with the subtle variegations of the yarn. they might be a tad too big, but i think they’ll be ok.

as penance for my impulsiveness (and further explanation as to why i’ve only subsequently made it to row 44) i’ve returned to my cardigan.

DSCN0978

the back is still a bit wider than it should be (for reasons completely beyond me – the fronts were both perfectly sized.) but i’ve given up and decided that this is perfectly fine. finishing is now more important than width precision. width can disappear when the sweater is made up. it’s coming along fairly nicely – maybe i’ll get it done this summer after all!

doesn't follow directions…

i’ve always considered myself to be one of those people who follows the rules. the never goes over the speed-limit, never talks out of turn, always reads the instructions type. more recently, i’ve come to accept that certain rules are meant to be broken–as long as one those the rules well enough to break them. this explains why i felt perfectly comfortable slightly modifying the toe for my flame wave sock–i’m not really breaking the rules, just making the sock fit better. however. as i sat working on the second sock over the weekend, i realized something. at almost no point in the socks have i actually followed the directions. (although i did cast on the right number.) i didn’t make the leg as long as called for (no big crime), but worse – instead of starting the heel after the 11th or 23rd row of the pattern (as called for) i stopped after row 16 (not even a right side row!) i followed row 1 of the heel precisely – and completely ignored (unintentionally) the instructions for row 2. i did shape the gussets correctly, but only after accidentally skipping two pattern rows (twice!). at least the toe change was deliberate.

i can only conclude that either a) i can no longer read or b)my subconscious is urging on a spot of rebellion. of course a certain ditziness i seem so be having trouble with could be to blame. but i’m in denial on that front…

doesn’t follow directions…

i’ve always considered myself to be one of those people who follows the rules. the never goes over the speed-limit, never talks out of turn, always reads the instructions type. more recently, i’ve come to accept that certain rules are meant to be broken–as long as one those the rules well enough to break them. this explains why i felt perfectly comfortable slightly modifying the toe for my flame wave sock–i’m not really breaking the rules, just making the sock fit better. however. as i sat working on the second sock over the weekend, i realized something. at almost no point in the socks have i actually followed the directions. (although i did cast on the right number.) i didn’t make the leg as long as called for (no big crime), but worse – instead of starting the heel after the 11th or 23rd row of the pattern (as called for) i stopped after row 16 (not even a right side row!) i followed row 1 of the heel precisely – and completely ignored (unintentionally) the instructions for row 2. i did shape the gussets correctly, but only after accidentally skipping two pattern rows (twice!). at least the toe change was deliberate.

i can only conclude that either a) i can no longer read or b)my subconscious is urging on a spot of rebellion. of course a certain ditziness i seem so be having trouble with could be to blame. but i’m in denial on that front…