December 20, 2006

Hello Blog

Posted in knitting at 12:52 pm by nephele

How are you? I’m fine, just busy. This is just a quick note to let you know I’m still around. 🙂

I’ve got a couple of comments to catch up on…

Sarah said:

The afghan looks fabulous! Every time I’ve seen it I’ve thought the colors reminded me of someplace but I wasn’t able to think of it — and now I have — the colors remind me of the Grand Canyon, all those lovely striations of browns and ochres and salmony pinks. I can’t wait to see what’s on your needles next!

Grand Canyon was good since I was going for earthtones. As for what’s on my needles, remember this from the UFO parade?

UFOshrug 001

I love the yarn but wasn’t loving the results. Mostly I was just concerned that I was going through it too quickly. So after a quick dip in the frog pond it’s back on the needles. It’s still intended to be a shrug but this time I’m making it a top down raglan. I got to the point where you’d normally put the sleeves on hold and finish the body but since this is a shrug I put the body on hold and I’m working on the sleeves. I also changes from 2×2 rib to k3, p1 rib. It’s been cold enough lately that I really want this done so I’ve been working on it to the exclusion of everything else. Of course as soon as I finish it it’ll get warm again.

Rebecca said:

I love the new socks! Can you share the pattern for Rib of Doom?

Sure. You can actually still get the entire Sock of Doom pattern off of Yarn Monkey’s blog. But the rib pattern itself is pretty simple. Work over a multiple of 6 stitches (I used 66). Row 1: K3, p3 repeat to end. Row 2: K1, p1 repeat to end. That’s it, just repeat those two rows. Part of the reason I picked those socks for my commute knitting was because I wanted something mindless and easy enough to work with only a street-lamp for light. My other two socks in progress are lace. Neither is very difficult but if I did make a mistake I wouldn’t have enough light to fix it. Better safe than annoyed I figure.

That’s it for now. Maybe over Christmas I can dig out and photogragh the rest of my UFOs.

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December 14, 2006

Is It Still Socktober?

Posted in knitting at 1:29 pm by nephele

In my little world it is. I think every month should be a sock month. Maybe then I could make a dent in the sock yarn stash. Anyway…

Remember these socks. I started them around the first of October and got the first one finished pretty quickly. Sock Wars kept me from finishing the second of the pair. Then I got side tracked with the start of the Christmas knitting season and, well, there they sat. When I finished the hats for my mother the only holiday knitting left was the afghan and by then it had reach an unportable size. I needed bus knitting. Now, if I’d been following my usual habit I probably have just started something new. Since cataloguing my UFOs* for the blog though… I thought maybe I should try finishing something instead. Here they are lounging on my ugly apartment carpet:

Koigu sock

And here they are in action on my even uglier office carpet:

Koigu sock2

These were made with my personal generic sock pattern (top down, half-round heel, strap toe). I used the Rib of Doom pattern from the Sock Wars sock. I’m pretty happy with these.

Speaking of things that make me happy, I have some more knitting in print – sort of. My designer friend has a piece in the new issue of Knit.1 and I helped make the model. So what’s the “sort of” all about? I knit the back of the sweater and here is the picture they published:

My knitting almost in print

Oh well.

*No I haven’t finished cataloguing the entire UFO pile. I’ve still got the “Sweaters for Me” catagory to go.

December 13, 2006

Sometimes I Surprise Myself

Posted in knitting at 4:30 pm by nephele

Apparently I’m an optimist. I thought once we actually got into December my workload would drop a bit and I’d be able to post more often. See? Optimism. I did get all the sales info entered, updated the company website and recorded the store hours on the answering machine. That should have been it. It wasn’t. -sigh-  So maybe after Christmas? Fingers crossed.

As long as I’m here, I’ll catch up on the comments

Céline said:

If I had to choose a favorite among your hats (fortunately, it is not required), I think it would be the coronet, with the cartoon colors a close second. I’m glad you did not undo it
Yes, I do check for your posts, but don’t feel pressured: we do have to knit at some point 

The afghan idea is still hovering in my house, over all my UFOs…

Cheers!

Thanks for the non-pressure. Part of the problem right now – besides being busy – is that I’m not in the habit yet. Assuming I don’t get side tracked somewhere along the way, I’ll probably do a lot better next year.

If I were to pick a favorite hat it’d be the Shedir. It’s a good thing I did that one in green. It’s a great color for my auburn haired mother but a bad color for me. This fact kept me from deciding to that seven was enough to send her. I have a couple of balls of the rust colored yarn and that is a good color for me so maybe I’ll make another. Then again, maybe I’ll make something completely different.

Sarah said:

I can vouch for the fact that the Odessy color shift does indeed look less jarring in person. It’s a somewhat self-striping yarn anyway — who will notice? Also, the Colinette afghan is looking great! It can be hard to be as quick with those big, less-portable projects since they so quickly get to the point at which they are too unwieldy to knit anywhere but at home. The big benefit of knitting an afghan, of course, is that it gets to sit on your lap and keep you warm while you are knitting on it at home.

Thanks for vouching for me! Sarah is one of my LYS buddies so she’s seen a lot of these things in person. And yes, the afghan is indeed warm. It’s a good thing we finally had a cold snap. It wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun to work on in warmer weather. As it was I was nice and toasty as I finished it.

Oh yeah, I didn’t mention that yet did I? The afghan is done. I’ll be mailing it and all my other holiday knitting this week. I finished the last of the knitting last Saturday. There was a bit of crochet that needed to happen around some of the edges. That part actually took a few days. Not because there was a lot to do or because it was difficult, it wasn’t. I have a problem doing much crochet anymore. A few years back my computer work caused carpel tunnel problems in my right wrist. I splinted it for about a month and it got better but not completely well. Now if I type too long or repeatedly twist my wrist – like when I crochet – it’ll start hurting. I did too much the first day so I had to wait a couple before to let the wrist calm down before I could finish it up. Luckily, my American style of knitting doesn’t bother my wrist one bit. So, picture?

Finished afghan

I couldn’t actually fit the whole thing in the frame, not without a ladder anyway. The crochet is on the sides and the top edges. The top needed it the most. The mitred squares are loose and floppy on the top edges. Normally the next row of squares take care of this but of course, there wasn’t a next row the last time. So, crochet and an achy wrist. There was an option to put some tassles on the ends but I decided not to. I was running low enough on the yarns – I ran out of one – that I’m just not sure I’d get enough plump tassles and scrawny ones wouldn’t look right. Besides now I can use the leftovers for a scarf. I’m thinking they’d make a great mobius and I can just stop when I run out.

Now maybe I can finish a couple of the older UFOs.  Yeah, I don’t believe it either. I’ve already started something new. More about next time.