Monday, June 29, 2009

A sock.

And not really a very exciting one at that.

I'm falling behind on my plan to knit a sock per month. Which actually started out as a pair of socks per month of course. Socks are interesting to me. I love knitting them. I like the small needles and the thin yarn. I like that I don't have a huge pile of stuff sitting on my lap. I like that I can stuff them in a small bag and put them away so little hands can't get hold of them. I like that I have a very usable item when I'm done with them. But I have so. much. trouble. deciding what pattern to knit and with which sock yarn. I think the major problem is that I mostly have very pretty variegated colourways in my sock yarn collection (yes, it feels more like a collection that I should put on display than a stash). And I like pretty patterned socks. Often the two don't seem to go together. I need more plain sock yarn, or at least less variegated, maybe more semi-solid colours. Or something.

Anyway, here is this month's sock. Actually it's May's sock. I started it in June. But lets not get into technicalities.

It's the Sell Your Sole sock. Just plain stockinette. I added the picot cuff for a bit of interest as per some other projects on Ravelry. I've been afraid of plain socks, because I thought that (a) they'd take forever, and (b) they'd be boring. But this has been suprisingly quick and interesting, funnily enough. It's been a nice relaxing knit without any charts to follow or purls to make at the beginning of a needle (which annoy me no end, btw). I wouldn't call this a pattern so much. I didn't really follow the instructions for the gusset decreases, because I always add a few more rows to my heel flap anyway to accommodate my high instep. The second sock is already over half done too, btw. Just in case you were wondering. I have until tomorrow to finish it if I want to meet my goal.

I love how the colourway has knitted up. I really don't think I could have found a patterned sock that would have been so nice in this yarn. It is a 5ply, which would account a bit for the speed at which it has gone, but still, it's pretty relaxing just knitting something small round and round. I can see more plain socks in my future!

I don't have much else to show on the knitting or sewing front, although I am trying to get stuff done. A currently-absent husband and the onset of illness in the remaining four of us literally the minute he left has meant that I've spent far more time wiping up snot than knitting. Hope to have some more projects finished in the near future though.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Quick post

I feel like I've crossed the line with things I'm doing at the moment. Or I should say things I want to be doing. I've got far too much going on at once I think. I've got some fabric cut to make pants for F (hopefully!), but I can't seem to find the time to get the machine out. I've cast on two new projects in the last few days that I'm not getting anywhere with, when I've got unfinished stuff waiting to be finished. I spend far too much time sitting at the PC looking at stuff, as opposed to actually doing anything. And I've let my internet addiction take over again, so this one will be quick before I turn the PC off and try to get my act together again!

So first an FO. The vest for M. I had to modify the neck for this one to make it slightly rounded to get it over his head. Turned out ok I think and he's worn it a few times so that's a plus. I don't like the neck and arm shaping in the pattern of this, so I've got one for L unfinished that I'm going to do my own thing on and hopefully I can get a v-neck that fits over his head.

My birthday presents purchased with birthday money.

This book has been the cause of my knitting frustration I think. So many socks in here that I want to knit! And already half-way through the other book.

Next is my new toy (and my first attempt - it looks like a nasty tangled mess, but it wasn't all that bad, that's just what it looked like once I took it off the spindle). Haven't had a lot of time to play with it unfortunately and not likely to in the next few weeks either. Lots of time to watch more youtube videos on how to do it properly!

And some delicious fabric that arrived this morning from the Crafty Mama Shop. Have plans to make some things for F with all of these, but what I don't know yet. It's so lovely though, that I'm really feeling afraid of using it!

And that's it. PC is off for the rest of the day. Dishes will be done and groceries will be purchased!

On reflection this wasn't such a quick post!