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Sock Knitting Ennui…Opinion Wanted!

9 Aug

I love knitting socks. Under most circumstances, they are quick, portable and fun to make. There are so many patterns, foot sizes and types of sock yarn out there, that I can’t get bored with them. Usually. Right now, I’m bored with the sock I was knitting. There’s nothing wrong with the pattern at all. I’ve made a pair using it before & I loved the results. I also love the designer.

I think the ennui stems from the fact that these were also the last pair of socks I made. They weren’t for me, so I thought, oh I’ll just make a pair for myself. Alas, they’ve been sitting & sitting. I got to a certain part & I realized, I don’t want to knit these anymore. I need something different.

With a slight wince, I cut the yarn & started over. I think I want to make another pair of Monkey socks…but I’m not sure. I’ve made these twice before, so I’m a bit worried that I’ll be bored again.

Or, do I start something completely new – with a different yarn altogether.
Papaver is another pattern I haven’t made yet & adore.  And I have the perfect pink/reddish yarn for it. When i got the yarn, this was the pattern I had in mind.

So, what do you think? Which sock should I make next?


Christmas knitting

20 Dec

I don’t know if I’ve channeled Santa’s workshop/elf labor mentality or what, but it’s been dishcloth city here at Condo Manor.
Behold the 5 dishcloths, adorably arranged, if I do say so myself. I’m making them for my mom and sisters, as I mentioned before and I love how they’re coming out. I’m going to make a couple for my kitchen as soon as my thumbs heal from all the slipped stitches & worsted weight yarn on size 7 needles. So far I’ve got 5 made & 1 or 2 more to make.img_0502.jpg


Finished Odessa hat!

6 Dec

I finished a hat, took pictures of it & am now posting about it. Amazing. I started the Odessa hat the night before Thanksgiving(you know, b/c I didn’t have enough to do), intending for it to be mine, but JV liked it so much & because I don’t have more Cashsoft DK in my stash that she liked, I decided I’d give it to her.

Details: You can see the hat here
Odessa, by Grumperina
Yarn: RYC Cashsoft DK, colorway SH505, purchased at WEBS
Started Nov 21 & finished Nov 30th
Modifications: none

I followed the pattern faithfully but I had no worries – it was written very well, as usual by Grumperina. I thought I would have to add another half inch before the pattern decreases but because JV could try it on as I knit, we decided it would be fine.
It has been possibly the quickest thing I’ve knit so far and I didn’t work on it too steadily all week. I probably could have finished it in 3 or 4 nights of tv knitting.

And now I’ve got a lovely mint color that will be another Odessa. And I think this one might be a gift too.

off to Rhinebeck, er, Northampton

19 Oct

First we go to WEBS in the wee hours(for me anyway, I never get up before 8am and we have to be there by 7am) then we’re off to Rhinebeck.  I was wondering if it would have been easier for us just to go on our own but then we’d have to deal with the driving, finding directions, and all that stuff that makes my head hurt.

Oh and I’ve stepped over to the dark side, sort of.  I bought this roving from Funky Carolina – can’t wait until it arrives!  Of course, I still don’t have that spindle…when I get back from Rhinebeck I’m going to order it.  Just in case I find one there that I cannot live without, but I kinda doubt that will happen.

I definitely have to go now – not much to say but I have another chapter to finish – Intellectual Property -exciting!  And a quiz to take but last time I checked my email the prof hadn’t emailed me the link.  Grrr.

Fall is here(almost)!

7 Sep

I’m back to work, back to my regular semester schedule (Sun-Thurs, 2-10pm) – and I don’t know if I like it. On one hand, yes, on the other, definitely no. I miss the summer already.
But fall is almost here and that means: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin beers(I got some Shipyard today – one I haven’t tried), pretty foliage, my 31st birthday on October 11, and…
The girl & I going to Rhinebeck!! The New York Sheep & Wool Festival! October 20. We’re going up to WEBS to catch a bus with them…then onto the festival. I’m really excited about it. I’ve never been but have wanted to go for a few years now. So now I’m saving some money so I can do a little spontaneous spending. I really want some lace yarns, I just don’t know which ones. I’m working on compiling a list of ‘must-see’ vendors. The only projects I’ve got in mind are Leaf Lace Shawl, Kiri, the Swallowtail Shawl…good beginning lace projects. I haven’t even managed to finish a Branching Out scarf and I really want to.

Meanwhile, I’ve started taking a paralegal course. It’s weird – I haven’t read a textbook in ages but it’s not too bad. A couple chapters a week, a quiz/test…so far, so good. Which means that on that note, I should be reading. I’ve got a chapter to finish.

vacation: day 3

21 Aug

Not much happening – watching Martha Stewart re-runs. Going grocery shopping soon, then laundry…fun times. That’s why I wanted to be on vacation, though, so I didn’t have to do anything.

Tomorrow, I think I’m driving up to some outlets – in Lee, MA. Hopefully, there will be a stopover in Northampton, to Webs. I really want some Brown Sheep or Berkshire Bulky to make some winter hats. Of course, I’ve also been considering making a Log Cabin blanket, which calls for Elsbeth Lavold’s Silky Wool. That happens to be on clearance right now – and I’m torn. I know I probably shouldn’t buy it but closeout? Who can resist the Webs closeout?? I am not immune. Plus, Webs is always fun during the middle of the day.

My first skeins of Koigu.

18 Jun

It had to be done. I’d been thinking about it forever and since reading about Gelato. Today, I was killing time before an appointment and needed some size 4 circs. Once I had those, I wandered over to the sock yarns in my LYS.

I have never knit with Koigu KPPPM. It seems like everyone has, right? Sometimes I can’t believe I haven’t. But I know why. Even though I’m sure it’s worth the price, I can’t often justify spending $24 for 2 skeins of it for a pair of socks – 350 yards of it – when Socks that Rock is $19 for 360 yds. And I can’t seem to find it any cheaper on the Internets. Who knows, though, this may be the beginning of Koigu-a-holic tendencies. The colors are all beautiful – I had a hard time deciding but I finally found 2 skeins of P505.

I think these may be destined to be Cookie A’s BFF socks. She used Koigu and I might as well try to make something with the yarn it calls for, just this once. It won’t become a habit.

Now to get them skeined up without the “help” of my kittens…