Friday, April 23, 2010


You know how sometimes people get really sad/worried/stressed and they turn to food for comfort?  (You know, other people, not me of course...)  Or how some people turn to crack to escape reality?  (Okay, really  not me this time...)  

Well, when it comes to knitting, socks are my crack.  (Um, that didn't sound the best, but you get the point.)

I'm still working up the patience to rip that dang sweater back a few rows.  I really do love how it's coming out, it's just that somehow even though I trusted the pattern, that one darn sleeve is on all wrong (and since there's a nice bold cable running down the outside, it's quite obviously on wrong).  So, it'll be fine, and I'll get it done, but not yet.  

So, what do I turn to to relive the knitting stress?  More knitting!  (hahahaha, it's an addiction...)  But not just any knitting - SOCKS!  Nice, safe, reliable, cozy, socks.  And not just any socks - fabulous Cookie A patterned, extremely garishly colored self-striping yarn socks.  And, just for kicks, I'm doing them two at a time on two circulars (new technique - holla!).  
It feels great.  It's just what I needed to forget about that stupid sleeve fiasco.  And it means I'm finally getting around to knitting a pair of Monkey socks.  I bought the yarn impulsively on clearance over a year ago, and decided it would turn into Monkeys shortly thereafter, but it hadn't come up in the que yet.

I've almost finished the cuffs tonight, and I'm so excited!  SOCKS!  (Did I mention, socks?)

They're bright and happy and the leg pattern starts tomorrow and I love them already.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Knitting's not all hugs and puppies, kids.

Sometimes it's being really excited and proud about attaching the arms of a sweater and then knitting three rows including a crap ton of cabling before realizing one sleeve is attached all cattywhompus.

Not sure when I'll recover/work up the nerve to rip back and fix it.

That is all.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The massive sweater update

Don't worry, I'm still knitting.

I've finished the first sleeve of Vivian, and have attached that, and now must make the second.  I kind of started with the right sleeve instead of the left, so I went ahead and attached it.  I kind of knit 3 extra rows and had to frog them back which drove me nuts last night, then I spent way too long trying to figure out what to do with the underarm stitches on the waste yarn (I figured that they'd be grafted in the end, and I was right - had I read all the way to the end of the pattern I would have realized that, but I kept stopping at the charts.  Little did I know the finishing part came after the charts...).
So, anywho, I'll start the left sleeve tonight.  I can't wait to be done with this sweater because, a - I think it will be fanfreakintastic, and b - I have more projects planned in my head!  (The first of which will be Hey, Teach! so I have something I can wear in the summer - Vivian is a little heavy.)

I'm also in the process of buying a house and moving, so the knitting time will be seriously cut down in the next few weeks.