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Some Recent Knitting Progress

One blue sock is almost (re)done! I just need to finish the toe tonight, then decide if I cast on the second one of these or the second Kristi.

After finishing Apocalypta I went into Want All the Sweaters mode. I’ve made some good progress on the body of Plain n Simple. I think I’m maybe 2/3 through but it’s tough to measure all squished up on the needles. I’m really hoping to wear this before next spring.

I started a hat in some mystery yarn. I’m aiming for slouchy but I was too lazy to look up a pattern when I started this, so we’ll see how it goes.

Finally, a scarf. My first completed project with my own handspun. I think it needs an applied cord edge but I’m not sure I have a suitable yarn, so we’ll see about that.

Pattern: 1*1 rib over 20 sts
Berroco Peruvia Quick in color 9100/Blanco, all but about a yard of one skein, and handspun Mad Color Fiber Arts Superwash BFL Top, about 60 out of 75 grams. Not sure about the yardage or weight on the handspun. At first it was just about even with the Peruvia but after the first few stripe repeats it thinned out quite a bit. I might block this out a little to play up the difference between the dense white stripes and the lacier-looking teal stripes. But, then, I also might block it out longer and skinnier as right now it only goes around my neck once. Life is a serious of heart-rending decisions.
Needles: 6.5 mm/US 10.5
Started: October 20, 2012
Finished: October 21, 2012

Progress Report

Progress on Kristi

I’m happy if I get about 3 rows done a night on this sock. I don’t think there have been any major mistakes and I’m starting to be able to read the chart without checking the key constantly. I don’t know if I’ll have a pair of these by the 21st, when the first of my 2012 socks are due, so I may crank out a single plain sock to complete a half-finished pair if the deadline starts looming.

Progress on Plain & Simple – moving along. Still in blob stage. No photos. ‘Cause it’s still a blob.

Progress with the Spinning

This is Mad Color Fiber Arts Superwash BFL, color Sweet Baby James. I bought a 4-oz braid of this at NH Sheep & Wool 2 years ago, spun about half when I was first learning, and picked up the rest last weekend to try to get back in the swing of things. I tore through it and just have a bit left to finish up this weekend.

Things are swinging more than I thought they would, so I think I may take a big leap this weekend and start in on this:

More from Mad Color (and from the same NHS&W trip), this is Merino/Bamboo/Nylon, color Winter of my Discontent. This needs to be socks and I have known that since we met. I bought this specifically to save until I felt my spinning skills were ready for it. I’m not entirely sure my spinning skills are ready for it, but since picking up the spindle again last week, I’m finding that I get into a rhythm very easily and my spinning is staying fairly consistent, enough that I think I can make this into a decent yarn. Maybe not quite a fingering weight, but certainly something I can get socks out of. Just to be safe, I think I’ll do a little sample first and set this aside again if things get lumpy and weird right off.

Progress Not Related to the AKB

After all the spinning I did last weekend (I picked up the spindle just about every spare moment), my hands needed some large-gauge knitting to help them relax. Not really having anything suitable in the AKB, I reached for the Xmas cashmere and started in on a Luxe Neck Warmer from Knit 2 Together. I finished it up tonight, using every last inch I could squeeze out of it. I had to cheat on the cast-off. It was totally worth it.

Sororal Socks

Pattern: My usual toe-up pattern combined with the directions for knee socks from Knitting Without Tears reversed for toe-up construction. I took inspiration for the calf increases from this pattern. 56 sts for the foot, increased to 76 for the calf.
Socks That Rock Lightweight mill ends. Unknown colorway. Two decidedly different dye lots.
Magic loop on 2 mm circ – first a KP Harmony that snapped, then a Hiya Hiya bamboo that went distressingly limp and curved within the first few stitches. What am I going to do for small needles? I should invest in more Harmony circs just for magic loop, since even if they last 3 years, that’s better luck than the 4 sets of bamboo dpn’s I’ve bent in the last 2 years.
Mods: My standard mods for this pattern: Judy’s Magic Cast-on, 14 sts each needle. Increase to 56 sts total. 12 increases for the gusset.
September 2010

In keeping with my belief that finishing one type of project frees you up to start another of the same type (even if your husband really does deserve for you to finally finish the first hat in all your 3.5 years of knitting that will actually fit him), I’ve cast on for some new knee socks in KP Risata. I’m calling these my goldfish bowl socks:

And, for all I was aching to cast on the Plain & Simple Pullover last month, I got some steel-blue mystery wool/acrylic in a Ravelry trade, fell instantly in love, and am attempting Francis Revisited instead. Oh, that cowl! For serious. I will be quoting Pee-wee’s Big Adventure to myself for much of the time I spend knitting this, I fear. There is just nothing to be done about it.

I still might cast on for the Plain & Simple just to have a range of gauges on the needles in case my hands get tired of one. We shall see.


So, last October I decided to start working my way through all my unread books shelf by shelf. At the time shelf one was in the following condition:

  1. Flatland by Edwin A Abbott
  2. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams
  3. Watership Down by Richard Adams (read)
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (read)
  5. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  6. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  7. The Complete Novels of Jane Austen (partially read)

Here’s what’s happened since then:

Books Read So Far: 10 – all 5 in Hitchhiker’s Guide…, Wilderness, Early Autumn, Pastime, The Judas Goat (all 4 by Robert B Parker), In The Presence Of The Enemy by Elizabeth George

Books Acquired: 6 or so (Spensers, Lynleys, and some from my wishlist, all obtained through bookmooch)

Progress On Shelf 1: Yes. Well. About that. Flatland was a big no-thank-you. Hitchhiker’s Guide… was pretty great, though (and I might have just been getting bored with the series) it seemed to kind of fall apart at the end of book 5. Like he knew how it would end but got sick of writing it so he just sketched out the important points quickly and called it done. I started Cat’s Eye and it was very good but I hated my childhood and my entire time in school enough that I feel I earned the right to choose not to read about such things if I don’t want to now that I’m an adultandmakemyowndecisionsdamnit. The same way I refuse to watch Freaks and Geeks or Glee, no matter how good I hear they are, simply because they are about high school, but I do eat ice cream for breakfast any time the mood strikes because being 30 is awesome. So, I think that one’s going back in the bookmooch pool. I thought about Alias Grace or some of the unread Austens, but the only fiction I’m feeling lately is detective/murder mystery stuff. I’m into the intellectual challenge right now. I think if I really want to make progress on the book project I’m going to have to skip ahead to non-fiction. More to come.

The knitting is stagnating a bit at present as well.

Yes, that is a pair of mittens that only needs a single thumb in order to be wearable and a definite improvement on my current 2-year-old pair of disintegrating flip-tops. Why do you ask?

I want all of these done but I don’t want to finish them. I want to knit a sweater but, with almost 300 stitches to cast on, I really don’t want to just jump in without a reliable gauge swatch (that little red sliver of fabric in the back). With fingering weight yarn on 2.5 mm needles, though, the gauge swatch is going to take enough time to be considered a project on its own.

And, also, I’ve just been exhausted this week. I declared this weekend to be one for hardcore relaxation, but so far I have not had a spa treatment, aromatherapy, or deep tissue massage. I have had a shoulder rub, a bit of a lie-in, and a couple of beers, though, so that’s a start. Must find some way to relax hardcore tomorrow. Hrm…