Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sock Update and The Sock Project

Change of plans on the socks.  I have been knitting on these beautiful black stockinette socks for my SO, and I had him try them on tonight only to find that his feet are too big for the socks!  Particularly, the distance from his heel to the top of his foot is too big for the socks I am making.  When he tried them on, they gaped where the heel work met the front of the sock.  He would wear them out in no time.  *Sigh* *Sad-face*

So I guess that I am going to have to finish these lovely socks in the right length for myself.  Life really is soo hard.  I was hoping to make a nice present for someone else, but I am actually making a nice present for myself.  I guess it's not so bad after all.

Luckily, this fits nicely into my new great idea:  The Sock Project.  I am going to try to make a pair of socks every month for a year.  So these are just the first of 12 pair.  I am counting them for the month of March.  Now I just have to figure out how and where I need to make increases to make socks that fit him.  If I figure it out, I will self-publish the pattern.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Works in Progress Report

I've been working on a pair of socks for my live-in SO.  I found a really simple sock pattern and some Heritage Silk yarn from Cascade Yarns and started knitting. 

I think sometimes I find things easy when other people don't because nobody ever told me that it was supposed to be hard.  I've been working these socks on number 2 DPNs and I decided to make them all in black fingering weight, because it is simple and will look good with anything.  Luckily, I picked a yarn that has great stitch definition.  And luckily, I didn't know that black was hard to work with until I was halfway done and used to working with the yarn already.

Next project that I will be casting-on is the Lampwork Hat and Mitts kit that I got from KnitPicks.  I actually was ordering the yarn that I needed for a sweater that I am designing for myself, but the order fell short of their $50 free shipping offer, so I picked this one up.  Because of indecision on design, I will be casting these on before I get started on the sweater.  (I will post about the sweater in a blog post of its very own soon.)  I am looking forward to practicing more color-work.  I've done a few things in 2 colors before, but I think this will be fun.

And as soon as I get the needles that I need, I will be casting on to make the Drop Stitch Cowl out of the gorgeous Berroco SoufflĂ© that I just had to buy and then I didn't know what to do with but I couldn't afford to buy very much.  It will be beautiful and soft, but I do feel a little silly for paying nearly $18 for 100 yards of yarn.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Knitters' Guild Tea

Today I went to my first Minnesota Knitters' Guild meeting.  It was kinda neat.  I have never seen so many knitters all in one place before.  The tea and cake was amazing (it was the once a year Knitters' Guild tea) and it was really nice to talk to other people who knit. 

I have always been a bit of an isolated crafter.  I teach myself techniques and I try to get my pre-existing friends into my hobbies rather than making new friends who already have those hobbies.  I sit alone at home and work on projects.  But I have been feeling over the past couple of years that I could do with a sense of community.  And as I have recently been working on so many knitting projects, I think that this is really a great place to start.  Everyone was really kind and welcoming at the meeting and I was actually really hoping to win one of the gorgeous skeins they had as door prizes.  And how can a knitter resist a gathering where it is not considered rude to knit the entire time?