Sunday, May 30, 2010

Call me crazy if you must

I don't like wasting my time knitting a pattern if I don't like it. A while back, I decided that I would knit a pair of socks for my childhood best friend (Sarah) for her birthday. She's a big fan of the Lord of the Rings series, so I thought that the Aragorn socks in Tempted Good Grrl in Passion Fruit would be perfect. I quickly finished the first one:

That's when I realized that the sock fit me. It would all be fine and dandy except for the fact that I wear a 6 and she wears an 8.5-9. So, I abandoned the project and started the Skew Socks using Lorna's Laces in Purple Iris.

Before I was too far into the Skew socks, I asked my friend Muriel (aka bffofwendy) to try the Aragorn sock on her foot (the same size as Sarah's). It fit perfectly. I decided to continue on with the Skew socks because I'd already started anyway.

Fast forward to today. I just finished the heel of the first sock. Sarah's birthday was March 26, and I'm behind. Now I have a problem. I don't like the socks.

The pattern is ok; I mean, it's not my favorite but it is an good innovative and cute pattern. I don't like the way the yarn is striping. It just looks really dumb to me, and I don't want to waste my time knitting something that I don't like.

So, I'm going to let them sit in time out for 24 hours and then I'll frog it. In the mean time, I'm going to start on the second Aragorn sock and try to start on the sekret knitting. I've had an awful time trying to do the Turkish CO that the sekret pattern requires.

Now that I've had the Loopy Ewe Lite package for over a week, I'll go ahead and post a picture of the yarn. It is fantastic! It's blue! You know I love blue. Meet my first skein of String Theory Caper Sock in Bye Bye Blues.

I'm in love.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I'm finished!

I'm finished with my Labyrinth Socks!

The Labyrinth sock pattern (rav link) is available in Wendyknits's book "Socks from the Toe-Up." Here are the details:
Size: Small
Yarn: Tempted Luxe Grrl (cashmere!!)
Needles: US2.5 dpns
Started: May 6, 2010
Finished: May 23, 2010

I love them! I haven't taken them off since I photographed them. Next, the sekret knitting will commence.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Slap to the wrist

I can officially declare myself a terrible blogger. I'm sorry that I've managed to go 2 weeks without any new posts. I know, it's my blog and I don't have to post, but I feel obligated to because people actually read this thing.

I've finished my scarf and I'm almost done with the first sock of the Labyrinth socks. I've started some socks for a coworker hospitalized in ICU (he's why I've been somewhat absent lately), and I've padded my stash a bit.

I hate to leave  you photo-less, but I don't have much on my work computer. Thankfully, I uploaded some stash pics to Ravelry last night before DH hogged the computer until bedtime.

This is the Lacy Grrl I ordered from Tempted. The yarn is so freaking soft, it was really just what I needed to help take my mind off of my coworker's struggles. It's a much deeper purple than what I could photograph, but I could not get the lighting conditions just right. It is destined to become a beautiful Geodesic Cardigan. Gnome and I are going to do it together as a KAL. Let me tell you, finding a copy of Winter/Spring 2010 Knitscene was hard! Interweave is sold out of backissues, and no one seemed to have it in stock. Thankfully, I was able to snag 2 copies at L&B yarn in Norman.

Oh, and I get to do sekret knitting! The recipient reads my blog, so I'll be a mean tease and post a yarn pic. I'm not going to post any project pictures until it has arrived at it's destination. Meet Shibui Sock Finch:

I'm expecting the consolation prize lite sock club shipment to come from The Loopy Ewe today, but I don't know if I should post it this weekend or not. I don't want to ruin anyone's surprise. It's titled "Don't be blue," and I really hope it's blue. Ya'll know that's my favorite color. I love blue.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Knitcroblog day 6:

Sorry that I missed yesterday's blog post. I didn't see the point of blogging about the chair I knit in unless I could post a picture, and my camera is currently winning a game of hide-and-seek. 
Revisit a past F/O
Bring the fortune and life of a past finished project up to the present. Document the current state and use of an object you have knitted or crocheted, whether it is the hat your sister wears to school almost every day, or a pair of socks you wore until they were full of hole. Or maybe that jumper that your did just didn’t like that much…

The FO I'd like to revisit is the first (and so far only) pair of socks I made for my mom. For her entire life, my mom has been badly allergic to wool. I don't really like knitting with cotton, bamboo, or acrylic, so I figured socks for mom were out of the question. I let her fondle some superwash Madelinetosh Sock, and she told me that it might work. So, for the August Socks from the Toe Up KAL on Ravelry, I made the Seaweed socks for mom. Oh, and the KAL started on August 1, and mom's birthday is August 10. I tried very hard to finish them before her birthday, but I ended up doing the ribbing and end-weaving in her living room on the 9th. A full pair of fingering-weight socks in 9 days isn't too bad.

My mom is more of a fan of dark colors, so these really fit the bill. Also, she is not bothered at all by the superwash merino wool, so she'll get another pair of socks for her upcoming birthday. At my last sighting of the socks, they were comfortably keeping her feet warm: