Sometimes I actually knit. And sometimes I actually blog about knitting. I know. Shocking. Lately I just feel run down and knitting has fallen by the wayside because there’s too many other things taking up my time. But I have been working (very slowly) on a couple projects and I thought I’d share my current WIP’s with you. Just to let you know that my knitting obsession has not completely exited stage left…..
This is sock #2 of the On-Your-Toes toe-up socks from the current IK. I’ve got 5 more straight rounds then I go to all ribbing and I’ve got another approximately 50 rounds after that until it’s done. This one has gone more smoothly than the first one and though I did have a little trouble with the eastern cast-on again, I have finally figured out exactly what to do and I think it will be phenomenally easier next time. The heel went smoothly too – just frogged about 6 short rows after a small counting mistake. Hey, if I only frogged it once, that ain’t too bad! This has been a great knit and I really like the toe-up pattern. I’ve never knit any other socks so I’m hoping learning the more traditional cuff down method won’t be too difficult now that I’m set in my toe-up ways.
Here is Lelah. I haven’t made much progress on her in the last couple weeks. I am about 9 lace repeats in and I’ve got quite a ways to go until I can do the stockinette portion and finish up. I tried it on after about 8 lace repeats just to make sure it would fit around my currently “curvaceous” waistline and decided I wanted a little shaping. So I switched from size 7 needles to 6’s after lace repeat number 8. Then I stalled. I recently purchased quite a few bamboo needles from a shop that is going out of business and I’ve been using them on some of my newer projects. I can’t believe how much of a difference it’s made in my whole knitting experience. I think part of the reason I’m not enjoying Lelah is because I’ve been knitting her on my plastic Denise needles. And you know what? I don’t like them. So as soon as I can I’m ditching them. Bamboo is where it’s at baby! Maybe I’ll be motivated to pick up Lelah again if I put her on bamboo instead.
And this here is Fifi. I officially started her yesterday after about 3 different tries and some frustrating froggin’ (say that 5 times fast!). This one is for the current SKC knitalong and the pattern is actually pretty simple so far. I’m using Rowan Calmer in the color Chiffon that I bought on eBay for about half price. This yarn is yummy-licious, but pricey unless you can get a deal like I did. Might be worth it though to splurge – it’s just that nice. I’m on round 25 right now and it’s going well finally. My problems before were with gauge issues and which size to knit etc. I finally decided to knit on 7’s instead of 8’s (didn’t like how the fabric looked on 8’s – too holey, and the gauge was off anyway) and make the size small. I like it so far and it’s helping me get back to enjoying my knitting.
In other knitting news, check my sidebar under the “news” heading for some info about a Christmas swap that Kasia and I set up. It’s now open for sign-ups, so be sure to get your name in on the Christmas fun! I know, we’re starting early, but when you love Christmas, you love Christmas!