Archive for September, 2007

The benis.

The benis is coming along nicely. I realized that I hadn’t shown any pictures of it yet, so here’s one of my first in-progress benis.

It doesn’t look too much like a penis yet, in this state, but I’m very pleased with how it’s coming out. I’ve been converting it from a crochet pattern to a knitting pattern on the fly, so it probably won’t look exactly like the one in the pattern.  So far it’s been pretty easy, but I’m a little worried about the testicles…  We’ll see.  Once this one is done, I’ll be making another one for another friend.  Yay penises for Christmas!

And now for something different…

Knitting is progressing, but it would be boring to show you my 3 inches of progress. So, here’s this, which has nothing to do with knitting. It does have to do with Cthulhu, though…

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(courtesy of http://lolthulhu.com/)

Wordless (almost)

Here’s my second, in progress sock.

And here is the squishy pile of my first, completed sock.

I can’t wait for them to be finished.

Reaching.

I finished the first young lady’s stocking on Friday, tried it on, and promptly discovered that my mods made the sock too short for my needs.  I had originally planned to shorten the ribbing and do more repeats of the lace pattern in an attempt to conserve yarn (silly, I know).  By the time I got through my extra repeats, it was clear that I would have to buy another skein, but I didn’t feel like ripping back.  So, when I realized that it was too short, I got to pick out the cast on edge and knit another 2 1/2 inches up from that point.  Now it’s long enough.  So,  I’ll say that I finished the sock in 4 days, even though that’s sort of cheating.

I cast on for the mate yesterday, resisting the urge to start 2 or 3 other projects.  I’ve been feeling very discombobulated lately, which may be the reason for my startitis.  Regardless, when I got into the second sock, I felt better, sort of.  September is one of those months that really depress me, because the smells and sounds of fall remind me of the past.  I do my little dance (manic/depressed) at other times of the year too, of course, but this month in particular is bad.  Fortunately, I know to look for it, and prescribe myself lots of knitting. It makes me more productive, mostly, which is definitely good for Christmas knitting.   Socks never fail to cheer me up (unless I screwed up or they are too small….).  🙂

Arr!

Ahoy, mateys!

The C word.

Quite a few knitting podcasts that I listen to have referenced this word, as have a few blogs. It’s the middle of September, so, naturally, talk of the C word have increased dramatically. A good, forward-thinking knitter plans ahead. What’s the C word? Well, Christmas, of course. I have been thinking about Christmas, myself, and have started on one of my presents (the benis). I’m not sure what I’m going to do for my mom this year, because I knit her socks the last two years in a row. I will be knitting socks for my sister, and potentially for my mother-in-law. I’m not sure if she likes/wears socks, so I’m sort of nervous about it. Emailing may be in order (my husband has no idea if she likes them or not). I got some Cascade 220 via a swap, so I could potentially make her fuzzy feet or some other such felted cool thing.

In other news, the stockings are coming along swimmingly. I’m constantly thinking about them (when I’m not working on them), and have been going to bed later than normal because I’m obsessively working on them. I’m fairly sure that I’ll need another skein, but we will see.

The problem with buying yarn without having a pattern is…

…sometimes you don’t have enough. *sigh* I just started making the Evening Stocking for a Young Lady with my new awesome Shibui sock yarn. There is just something about this sock yarn that I can’t get enough of. It’s not quite as squishy as Koigu or Socks that Rock, nor as soft. There’s just…something about the stitch definition and the feel of the fabric on size 1 needles that I really like. And then there’s the color. Man. It can be really hard for me to find mostly solid super saturated sock yarns, and this yarn is perfect in that respect. Even Koigu, though awesome, doesn’t quite have the colors I’m looking for.  And it’s perfect for this pattern! (I heart Nancy Bush)

Ok, now that I’ve gone on and on about how awesome this sock yarn is, I’ll get to the point. I surfed Ravelry for tips on these socks, and was taken aback.  I knew they are long socks, and I want them to be long socks.  I don’t think I have enough yarn, even with the mods I’ve already made (made the cuff 1.5 inches instead of 3).  So, I will have to order one more skein.  Now, I’m not sure if I should wait until I finish one sock to do so, or just order one now.  I don’t know.

FO – Retro Rib Socks

Pattern: Retro Rib Socks, Interweave Knits (some year and season I don’t remember)
Yarn: Koigu, 2 skeins
Mods: I made the leg of the sock about 5 inches, because I only had two skeins of this (from a swap) and they needed to be huge man socks.  I also used a square toe instead of the one shown in the pattern, because I like it better.

I gave these to their recipient last night, and of course forgot to take a picture of the completed socks before I gave them away.  So, you get a picture of a half finished sock.  As always, I enjoyed working with Koigu, and I really am sold on their bright colorways.  Now that I have all/most of my projects done, I decided to start on a pair of socks for me with some Shibui yarn in Empire Blue, and finish the benis I’m working on.  It’s going very quickly, and I suspect I’ll be starting on benis 2 (in bright red!) soon.  Pictures forthcoming.

FO – Tangled Yoke Cardigan

Pattern: Tangled Yoke Cardigan
Yarn: Elsabeth Lavold Silky Wool, blue (#10), 6 skeins
Needles: #5 and 4 US Addi Lace, 32″
Mods: None!

I’m really pleased with this sweater, and I heartily enjoy seamless knitting in the round. It really made finishing the sweater so much easier, which I like. This was a very easy, fast knit, and I suspect I will be making more yoked sweaters in the future. They look cool. I did have a few problems with the cable pattern, but I think it looks pretty good overall. You can see one big hole in the pattern in the above picture, but I can fix those tomorrow. I haven’t blocked it yet, but I’ll be doing that tomorrow.

I always feel so light after I finish a big project, and now I’m searching for my next big project. I suspect I”ll be making snow white, and starting on another pair of socks for myself.

Iron Will.

Those who know me well know how stubborn I am.  Now the tangled yoke sweater knows, too.

I started working on it again on Sunday, and immediately discovered the problem: I didn’t follow directions.  (big shock)  After fixing my mistake, I breezed through the rest of the cable pattern, and started on the neck edge last night.  So far it looks good, though I’m not completely pleased with how the cable pattern looks.  It looks….sloppy.  That may be due to my poor cabling skills, or because I’m irritated with the pattern, I don’t know which.  Still, I’m in the home stretch.  I expect it to be done by the end of the week.  Then, onto the retro rib socks.

I ordered some Shibui sock yarn for my sister’s Christmas present, in the hopes that this yarn won’t hate me like the last yarn I bought for her Christmas socks last year (you know, the ones that never got made because they were too small, then I frogged them and started a new pattern for her birthday…).  I have wanted to try Shubui yarn for awhile, and I’m excited to see how it goes.


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