Friday, September 19, 2008

Sock it to me...

I've decided to get back up on the horse, so to speak. As you may (or may not) remember, I had attempted to knit my first sock a while back, only to have it end in disaster. ~sigh~

Well, I'm back at it! I'm just using a basic "top down" sock pattern, and am almost done with the cuff (or leg) of the sock, then comes the dreaded turning of the heel (insert dramatic music). But, I feel more confident this time that I can get it done!

Here's my progress so far:

Also, as an example of how easily distracted I can become by new shiny things, I found the coolest ceramic pots on summer clearance at "The Lobby" a few weeks ago. This is what I've decided to use them for:

I just love how they look with all of my needles sticking out of them, and have spent a good chunk of time just admiring their summery loveliness! Yes, I'm very easily amused, why do you ask?

That is all!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

So Close, and Yet So Far

So, I've gotten a few questions about the status of my Ravelympic effort. I'm sorry to report that I was not able to cross the finish line victoriously. Sigh.....

If you recall, I started my project - a paw cozy - a few days late. I was making pretty good progress on it; I had finished the entire cuff of the cozy in a day and a half (trust me, that's some speedy knitting for moi), and had just switched to the larger DPN's that the pattern called for. After knitting a few rounds, the unthinkable - a broken DPN! Split, right up the middle. I guess that's what I get for buying the absolute cheapest "bamboo" set of Double Point Needle's on eBay. Double sigh....

What I didn't realize at the time, however, was how difficult it was going to be to find a new set of size US9 double points! So, here is how far I got on my project (pic taken before fateful injury):

There is, however, some good knitterly news! I did manage to finish a project during the Olympics (in hindsight, maybe this should have been my Ravelympic effort). Hooray for the Finished Object or "FO". I love, love, love this scarf! It was made for my swap buddy, and she seems to like it as well!

And now for the the stats:

Pattern: Old Shale Scarf by Tienne
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss in fingering weight, 70% Merino/30%Silk, in Black
Needles: Size 6US straight
Mods: None! The only thing I would change is to not use such a dark color. It's hard to pick up on the pattern unless you really look at it.

I will be making this one again - for sure!!

Now, I still want to make a couple of paw cozies, so will be re-casting on in the coming weeks. I will just be using smaller needles (US7's & US8's instead of 8's & 9's). Stay tuned!