Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Two socks on two circs


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I quite enjoyed finishing both socks at the same time, but I don't think I'll give up my DPNs anytime soon.

And I finished the socks just in time for the month of February for the Sock a Month Knitalong! (All the sock knitters who read this should join this KAL by the way!) :)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

I want new books!

I've replaced startitis and the urge to buy yarn with the desire to acquire new books. Not that I need any of them, mind you.On my list of books I want:

Nancy Bush's Knitting vintage socks

The Knitter's book of finishing techniques

The 3 Vogue Stitchionaries

A Gathering of Lace

Favorite socks: 25 timeless designs from Interweave

I need to win the lottery.

Monday, February 19, 2007

New IK

I'm knittin' and knittin' but not finishin' anythin'...

And I've been fighting startitis again. I haven't started any new project, but boy do I have many on my list. I feel like I'm browsing patterns, blogs and knitting forums more than I've been knitting though.

I got the Spring 07 issue of Interweave Knits. Like many, I'm not in love with the new design, but after reading some posts on Knitter's Review, I gotta say it's not as bad as I expected. I think they did a good job with the pattern pages. I just wish it was still beside the main picture of the project. Oh well.

I'm in LOVE with Eunny Jang's entrelac socks. In love. Don't know when I'll attempt them (but I do know I'll make them without the tassels). I also like Grumperina's socks. I may make Veronik's dollar and a half cardigan, but I probably won't make the sides different (the difficulty would be choosing which side I like the best...)

As for everything else, I don't know. It's way too cold right now to be thinking about spring knits.

Monday, February 12, 2007

New things

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I finally received my Options needles last week. I'm very happy. I haven't had a chance to try them yet (I have too many projects on the needles already) but I just know I'll love them. Thanks to the wonderful Karine, I'm now in the process of knitting two socks on two circulars and I'm using Knitpicks needles to do so. I LOVE them. Seriously, it's almost indecent to love needles so much. They are the best I've ever used.

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I love the little case.

Re: two socks on two circs. It was very confusing at first and I'll admit I didn't have much fun knitting the first 3-4 rows. But now that I have about 3 inches done, I'm starting to like it. I don't think I'll give up the DPNs for good, but I'll definitely keep on using that method, especially for plain vanilla socks. I don't have pics of the socks in progress, unfortunately, since I left them at my boyfriend's.

I also got new yarn.

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Iminloveiminloveiminlove! It's superwash (and supersoft) merino sock yarn from Fearless Fibers (I'm hoping the link will work as apparently the one in my last post doesn't. If you can't access the store, just google Fearless Fibers and it should get you there). I gotta say that the yarn is soft, the colours are fantastic and Deb (who runs the store) is a very nice person. It took a week for my yarn to get here (she's in the US, I'm in Canada). I'm very satisfied with this purchase. Oh and each skein 550 yards! My Fleece Artist skein is around 355 yards and I usually have a lot of leftovers (I have small feet). I think I may be able to get two pairs with each skein (I'll just knit the second pair toe up).

I have no FOs to show you but I do have two WIPs. First, the Ripple Weave socks are coming along nicely.

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I'm loving the colours even more every time I pick the project up.

I also finally restarted working on the blue cardigan. I realized I made a mistake with the shaping of the two fronts so I'm reknitting them (the good news is that they're a quick knit and the cable keeps me from being bored).

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The colours are totally wrong on this picture but I couldn't get a better pic so it'll have to do. I have 100000000 sweater patterns that I want to start so I better finish this soon.

Monday, February 05, 2007

A couple of replies

On my last post, Karine commented:

"I'll bring my socks tomorrow at the knit thing. If you attend too, I'll be more then happy to help you out. Trust me, it's a lot easier then you think. One caveat: three chicks I've taught how to knit have gotten pregnant. I know you can knit already but I don't know the consequences of just teaching a technique..."

Hmm. Maybe I wouldn't mind that... ;) Seriously, my boyfriend and I are just not there yet but I'm really looking forward to having a baby. Sorry I wasn't at the knitting thing last week but I'll try to go this week.

Another comment (this one was anonymous):

"I, too am making these socks and am having the darndest time with them! I keep losing stitches -- is this happening to you?"
So far it hasn't. Maybe because I'm using bamboo needles? It really helps with slippery yarn.

I'm really into a sock mood these days. I just don't feel like knitting anything else. I usually only have one pair at a time (I have other projects too, just one that is socks), but yesterday I decided to cast on for a pair using the Opal yarn I got from the girls at Ariadne because my sock in progress was (and still is) at my boyfriend's. I also ordered some new sock yarn from Fearless Fibers (click at your own risk, everything on that site looks fabulous). I'll tell you more about the yarn when it gets here.

I also finished something that is not a sock:

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Pattern is Calorimetry, from Knitty and I used Noro, as you can probably guess. I figure it would be good to have something to protect my ears from the cold when my hair is up... and of course, after I finished knitting this, I decided to get my hair cut too short to wear it up! ;)

My order from Knitpicks has yet to arrive and I'm beginning to worry. I usually get my orders from them pretty quickly. It supposedly has been shipped on January 29th. Shouldn't it be here by now?