Saturday, November 19, 2005

One down...

One to go!

This sock was a real learning experience. Lots of false starts, lots of tearing out, but I think that the next one will go a lot more smoothly because of it! My final snafu (hopefully the last one, at least!) was that my bind off was way too tight. But problem solved, and I have a nice, wearable sock that fits! Yay! Now I just have to make another...

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Manos.....hands of fate

No wait, that's something else. But isn't this yummy:

Everyone gets all worked up over Manos. I've never knit with it before, but now I guess I'll see what all the fuss is about! It certainly comes in a ton of gorgeous colors. It's actually going into a present, so I'm afraid I can't reveal what it's destined to be. You'll just have to wait and see!

Meanwhile, in worse news:

Looks good, right? Wrong! That, my friends, is one really tight sock. So soon thereafter, it became about 1/3 of a sock again. I ripped out all but about 3 inches and started over. This time, I'm adding some increases around the arch of the foot and ankle. So far so good! I'm back up to the heel again, further updates to follow. Wish me luck! I have to figure out how to make sweet socks before my yarn from the sweet shop gets here!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

What is it?

Much as Bubba is trying to cover it up in this picture:

It's a sock! (Well, the start of one at least):

Yeah, it's been a while since I've posted here. I wonder if anyone actually still reads this at all ^_^ I've still been knitting sporatically. Work takes up too damn much of my time =/

I saw this great sock yarn over on Marirob (scroll down to the stripey sock in the yarn called "beach"), and decided I must have some! Unfortunately, I've never knitted a sock before, and as it's kind of expensive, hand dyed yarn from the sweet shop, I decided that I should have a trial run with making socks first. So I went down to my friendly LYS and picked up some Artyarns supermerino and some size 1 dpns, and went to it!

The pattern is from here. There was some drama and swearing when trying to un-do the provisional cast-on, as the waste yarn had gotten worked into the sock yarn a bit, but with some clever crochet hooking and a large amount of patience (did I mention the swearing?), I got it straightened out, and it's been pretty much smooth sailing from there!

What's that, that one blurry picture of Bubba wasn't enough? Ok, here's Bubba sitting in a shoebox in the sun: