May 30, 2012

Kermit would be proud

Still plugging away.  I keep saying that.  It's starting to feel like I'll be plugging away forever.

Mostly I wanted to post an updated picture.  I played around with it a bit, following a lovely photography tutorial by Eskimimi.

Turned out rather well, I think!  I'll have to keep playing with it.  I feel like the colors are pretty accurate, though, which is always nice!  I might have to retake pictures of my entire stash--sounds like a weekend project ;)

In the meantime, please avert your eyes from my horrible sock heels :D

May 23, 2012

I am nothing if not insane.

I don't know what my problem is.  Didn't I just post that socks always burn me out?  Oh, right, I did.  So why in heavens name am I considering knitting another pair when I haven't even finished the ones on my dang needles?

Because I am insane.  And I hate giving up (I will conquer you, socks!  I will start completing you in less than 3 months!!! I WILL!)

I was browsing the internet the other night, still frustrated by this whole magic loop heel thing, when I came upon a glorious, glorious tutorial by Heidi Bears (who, incidentally, has an awesome looking crochet bear pattern).  This tutorial was not of much help to me previously, as I was doing my 2-at-a-time socks leg-down with a heel flap and the instructions at Heidi Bears blog are for toe-up socks with a short-row heel (which I've never attempted by itself, let alone on magic loop).

But then I got to thinking--why not try it?  There it was, all spelled out for me with fantastic instructions and pictures, and such pretty example socks.

So, socks are likely in my future once again, though probably not right after I finish my mom's green pair.  I'll probably have a buffer project in there of some kind (maybe the aforementioned Malabrigo handwarmers?)

I am a glutton for punishment.

May 14, 2012

I found the cure!

Y'all brace yourselves for crazy news: I KNIT THIS WEEKEND.

It's true!  How did this come about, just after my self-confessed funk?  Because of the yarn store.

I went in to get a present for my aunt for Mother's Day (she's in town), and left feeling like I should be knitting something.  I'm not quite sure HOW it worked, just that it did.  I finished turning both my sock heels and am working on the gussets.  This was not without a lot of frustration (I couldn't get it to work right, but stopped caring because they look fine), and at one point I had to take the socks off the circular and put them onto DPNs and back onto the circular to rearrange them to the right starting position.  I'll probably have to rearrange them again.

I had such high hopes for this 2-at-a-time sock thing, and the heel is totally bumming me out.  I was moving along pretty well up until then.  I had only taken me 20 days to do both my sock legs and to start the heel originally, which is record time for me.  I'd almost want to try again, except I really have to figure this heel business out.  I'd just to it on DPNs and put it back on the circular after the heel was done, except my DPNs are all wood, and my gauge changes completely.  Grr argh!

May 11, 2012


I still haven't knit a stitch since the last time I posted here.  I am in a total knitting funk right now, and I don't know why--I haven't even been checking the knitting blogs I usually read, and pictures of yarn haven't immediately caused drooling and envy like they used to.

Once and awhile I'll see a project and queue it up on Ravelry, but overall I'm just sort of uninspired.  I think its the sock knitting, to be honest.  I always get burned out when I'm knitting socks, which is funny because I love it when I finish them--they seem so complicated and fancy and I feel like a pro.

I'd stop worrying about the pair still languishing on my needles, but I promised them to my mother and I hate leaving things unfinished.  Stupid OCD.