miscellany

thank you for the kind comments on my socks! i’ve worn them, and determined that they’re nicely warm. of course, it’s now gone and warmed up…the roller-coaster that is north-east ohio weather.

i have decided that i’m just too lazy to stretch out irtfa’a before it’s off the needles. probably not before blocking for that matter. consequently, i’m just starting on the edging, so it’s come a long way since the last time i showed it off, but still would look like a big charcoal-colored blob. i’ve really been enjoying working on it, though – at least, i have up until last night when i started on the edging and ran up against a nasty p2togTbl in the fourth row. there’s other p2togTbl’s, but this particular one contains a yarn over that just doesn’t want to slide over the right-hand needle. it may be a bit of a fight from here-on-out.

i do have a distraction. well, a couple actually. after ignoring the leavened raglan sweater i wasn’t quite happy with, i’ve frogged and started over. again, no pictures – it’s black and we’re a bit short on sun at the moment, so it won’t show up as more than a black mass. a small one at the moment, but i think i’m finally getting there.

the second distraction is a bit more fun at the moment – just some swatches so far, but they were entertaining.

swatches

now, if i could just make my mind up about what i’m doing!

warmth for a winter weekend

it is supposed to be cold here this weekend. really cold. like highs in the teens (-7 to – 11 C.) and nighttime temperatures even colder. fortunately, i don’t have to go anywhere tomorrow, and i’m a knitter. which means i have nice warm wool socks. namely, nice warm just off the needles – finally – rococo.

Rococo Complete
pattern: rococo socks by anne hanson
yarn: fearless fibers superwash merino wool, smoke colorway
needles: us 00 (1.75 mm), us 0 (2.0 mm), us 1 (2.25 mm)

this would be the pair where sock 1 was finished in august, sock 2 was ignored until finally i cast on in the late fall and my gauge was completely different, so it got set aside again. but i ordered smaller needles, cast on over the holidays and, after a glove-induced delay finally have a finished pair!

of course, i like the august photo better than the finished pic:

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it seems to show the pattern better. however, as the days get longer – and eventually they might even get warmer(!) we’ll have better photo weather again.

i did enjoy knitting these – despite the big gap. they were my first toe-up socks and i think i’m a convert – they fit the best of any socks i’ve made for myself. it seems like it’s easier for me to decide to start the heel at the right spot (toe-up) than the toe at the right spot (cuff down).

now…which of my remaining unfinished projects to work on next…?

first of the year

i can’t believe it’s been over two weeks since i’ve posted! by implication, that means i haven’t gotten very much done on the knitting front. this is not exactly true. i did have to go back to work on the 2nd, and combined with a bit of laziness and my determination to finish something before posting, well…i guess it’s been a while. however, i can now present the first finished object of 2008:

twisted stitch gauntlets
pattern: twisted stitch gauntlets from interweave knits 2007 holiday issue
yarn: classic elite classic one fifty, #7255
needles: us 2 (2.75 mm)
mods: to compensate for not quite getting row gauge/shorter hands i moved the thumbs up 4 rows on the hand, adding the required increases on the hand/decreases on the thumb to stay in patter.

i’m rather pleased with these – i love the color, and they even fit! i’m even more pleased that i was pretty faithful to the project, only tiring of it after getting halfway through the fingers of the second glove. a substantial improvement on my part, although i’m sure it’s only temporary. i did find it much easier to to work through the hand and keep track of everything by creating a larger chart with the hand pattern/finger pattern/increases rather than relying on sticky notes or row counters.

i havn’t let irtfa’a go completely – it was my fill-in when i couldn’t take fingers – or weaving in ends – anymore. however, photos at this point wouldn’t really look any different than the last time i posted them, and i’m too lazy to take it off the needles to get a proper photo…just yet. i’m almost done with the small feather chart, though. i’ve also been working a bit on an almost-abandoned project from august. so i guess my laziness hasn’t been in the knitting – it’s been in the blogging! if the weather – and my intentions – cooperates, hopefully there will be some photos soon!

ring in the new!

it’s strange to think that in most of the world it’s already the new year…here, we’ve still got about 4 hours to go. i don’t make new year’s resolutions, as a rule – i’ve never kept one, so there’s no point. i would however, like to finish quite a few wips/ufos in the coming months.

my problem isn’t that i don’t like a project (usually) or get tired of it (usually) – i just become entranced by something new. new yarn, a new pattern.

twisted stitch gauntlet

however, in this instance, i really really really need the gloves. or twisted stitch gauntlets, as the pattern calls them (ravelry link ). i’m using the classic elite one fifty i bought last week, and the first one has gone pretty well. i did frog part of the hand back when i decided it was going to be too long for me so i moved the thumb a bit higher. i just have two fingers left on this one and i can start the left hand. however…this means i’ve been neglecting my other knits. shamefully. maybe in this new year, just maybe, i can get some projects finished.

it’s never too late to be optimistic, right? (besides – i really need those gloves!)