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27 June 2007

The year of socks

Filed under: on deck, socks, WIPs — risknit @ 12:32 pm

I kind of had a loose goal for myself for this year to knit a pair of socks per month in addition to any other knitting. For me this is a lot since I do not have as much time to knit as a lot of other people who seem to knit a pair of socks in just a few days. I love knitting socks – in fact it is probably my favorite knitting until I see a sweater I must have (Dollar and a Half, I’m looking at you) or get a request for another something.

As of now I have completed 5.5 pairs of socks. Not too bad, not too off-schedule. The reason though, that I am off schedule, is that I started the Hello Yarn/Ann Budd socks about a million years ago, and while I love the pattern, and the end result, I despise knitting them. Which is my own damn fault, really. They are kind of fiddly, the yarn is a little too splitty for teensy cables, and they take a lot of attention. Originally I was not allowing myself to cast-on any more socks until these were complete (because I knew I would NEVER finish them if I did so), but they are making me absolutely insane. So I made a deal with myself. I would knit one pattern repeat per day until they are complete, which means they ought to be done… tonight. Only the toe remains! I was not allowed to knit anything else until that one pattern repeat per day is complete. I made this bargain with myself on a fiddly lace scarf which was just to the point of being insanely repetitive and it worked, in fact most days I ended up doing more than the one repeat because as I got close to the finish line I was anxious to FINISH IT UP. In the meantime I started a new pair, in STR which I am one complete sock + one cuff into the pair.

So, the status update on the year goal is:
1. Completed – Yarn Pirate socks for M
2. Completed – Mom Socks
3. Completed – Carol Green Stripe Socks for me (yet un-photographed. Maybe tonight)
4. Completed – Carol Green Stripe Socks for E (okay, so they are toddler socks – they are knit over 60 sts, they count!! also unphotographed.)
5. Incomplete until tonight (0.95 complete) – HY/AB socks
6. Incomplete (0.55 complete) – STR socks in turquoise

If I finish the HY/AB socks and the STRs by the end of this month I will be back on track. Three days… not going to happen… but I think I can get myself caught up at the beginning of July.

Also, ideas in the pipeline… not like I have yarn purchased or anything… *snort*

I scored some Vesper sock yarn in Crew. FOR ME.
M requested more socks. He picked out yarn.
I have some stripey yarn in my alma mater’s colors, which need to be ready for FOOTBALL SEASON!
Want to make my mum more socks since she adores the first pair so much.
E requested more socks. RED ONES this time, please.

I guess the rest of my year of socks is all planned out, haha.

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15 September 2006

planning

Filed under: on deck, Uncategorized, WIPs — risknit @ 2:21 pm

Lots of planning and a little knitting around here is all it’s been. Although I am about to get cracking on a blue sky alpacas cotton sweater in graphite and I think lemongrass. It should be sufficiently hideous!

Other than that, working on a pair of STR socks (jewel of the nile, plain stockinette) and lots of little projects for Dulaan 2007… it has been warm here and I have been travelling so no big projects lately. Plus I’m trying to use up some stash… especially leftovers and stuff I bought from KnitPicks just to try out.

And I just bought two sweaters worth of yarn (one for the boy, yes I know about the curse. So does he, he believes, I don’t.) and one for me… destined to become Central Park from the new KnitScene… Yarn A Go Go inspired me! (See her’s Her version turned out so lovely I just can’t wait for my own.

And a couple sweaters and hats for the wee ones in my life. They need to stay warm too.

19 August 2006

cleaning up

Filed under: FOs, on deck — risknit @ 3:59 pm

I have several projects here that were just sitting, nearly finished, on the needles.

I fall out of love quicky. What can I say?

I decided that I need to finish some of them up… I have two baskets under my coffee table where I stash WIPs, needles, new yarn aquisitions, swatches, notions, etc. They were getting, um, a little full. So I finished this scarf (a gift for C) which I abandoned… in March. Garter stitch and too many friggin stitches per row!

It’s some kind of Louisa Harding mohair blendy stuff (I’ve put the remnants away already) and Cascade 220 (black).

Been working on some pieces for Dulaan 2007 too.

And I’m very excited about Glee and Rusted Root. I’m thinking both in long sleeves and Rusted Root without those poufy sleeves. Glee might be done in Knitpicks Shine Sport, maybe with a slight bell sleeve and I’ll probably keep Rusted Root in the Cotton Fleece.

Also I need to get crackin’ on the BSA Cotton Fleece pullover I have planned but I read over at Bestitched that it pilled and so now I’m nervous about it. Hmph.

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