Archive for Socktoberfest 2006

While I Was (Not) Blogging….

So I know you’re all just dying to know: what has been keeping me from blogging for the past month or so? Have I caught the bird flu? Been taking tap dancing lessons? Hunting the mighty hodag? Learning to play the pan flute?

Sadly, I have none of these fine excuses. I am just a bad knit-blogger who never gets around to updating and will probably be punished with lots of dropped stitches and broken DPN’s.

Here’s what I actually have been doing:

I cast on for the Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, using Rowan Tapestry in the Potpourri color way. I made it through about a foot of the scarf before I threw in the proverbial towel. Why? The yarn is fabulous, the pattern is easy to memorize and fun to knit, and it was a lot of fun watching the colors fall into nice little zig-zag stripes. The problem is it rolls. Failedchevronscarf

Now, maybe this wouldn’t bother you, but I know that that roll would haunt me until the day I died. I knit on for a while in the false hope that maybe it would block out, but I was warned by Liz, who made the same scarf a while back, that no amount of blocking would help the roll. The final nail in the coffin was seeing the scarf on Knit and Tonic in the Loser’s section. If Wendy thinks it’s a loser, I feel like finishing it means that I’ve lowered my standards. (Oh, and the fact that it’s a six foot long scarf knit on size 3 needles didn’t do much to help its case either.)

I wasted a good week on that scarf, but by the time I was done I was much too emotionally exhausted to blog about the whole debacle.

I think I may have cast on for a few small projects in the weeks before I started what I’m working on now, but I’m not totally sure. I just realized that I now cast on enough projects without finishing them that I don’t even remember them all. Now that is scary!

Last week I was browsing the fiction at Target when I happened across Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LeZebnik and bought it on a whim. I try to read all of the "knitting fiction" I come across because I feel obligated to do so as part of the knitting community. Even if it’s not something I would normally go out of my way to read, I think it’s important to support endeavors that you would like to see more of, and I would love to see more books where characters knit as if it’s an indispensable part of their lives. Some of those books I haven’t been all that impressed with, but this has been a really fun read and I wholeheartedly grant it the Golightly Seal of Approval.

Knittingundertheinfluence That pink blob sitting next to my book is the beginnings of Fetching from the Summer ’06 issue of Knitty. I taught myself how to cable with a cable needle for this project, using Grumperina’s fantastic tutorial. (Thank you Grumperina!!) I’m using Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk, but I’m not convinced that it’s really the best yarn for the job. I had intended them to go with a cabled hat that I made as a gift for non-blog reading friend last year. The hat never made it to the friend, but I figured if I made some cute little cabled gloves to match and gave her the set this Xmas, it would make up for her abandonement last year. Cabledhat_1

Last but certainly not least, I signed up for Socktoberfest (go sign up here if you haven’t already- better late than never!) I’ve been working on a pair of socks that i just adore, but here’s the deal- I can’t show you the socks yet! A certain someone has a birthday coming up and I just can’t ruin the suprise! I have to say that it is pure pleasure knitting socks for a recipient who doesn’t have calves the size of tree trunks (i.e. myself).

Well, there you have it folks. I’ve posted at long last. Hopefully you’ll forgive me for the long, silent space in between postings, and hopefully there won’t be too many of those in the future!


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