December 2006

For Your Consideration
Eye Candy Friday.

First, it must be stated that dual action Kitchenaids are a thing of beauty:
Add two knitters hyped up on coffee and yarn fumes and you get what Hubs coins the “Bake ‘n Bitch”.

The money shots:
The fiberous eye candy must wait for now. The day is gray and cloudy (don’t you just love winter? I missed this weather) and will not do it justice. So I’m off for the weekend. Have a very safe and happy whatever-holiday-you-celebrate! (Merry Christmas!)

First, huzzah for the ol’ blogger. I think a new facelift has been a seriously long time in coming.

Second, the socks be done, yo!

Wait, lemme see that toe action again.
Ahhhhh yeaaaaah, that’s the stuff.

Pattern: Gentleman’s Shooting Stockings from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: 2 hanks Lorna’s Laces in “Pinstripe” (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 215yds/57g)
Needles: Size 0 Addis, 2 circ style

Fear that stitch definition. Per Nancy’s suggestion in the book, I twisted the stitches picked up on the heel flap:
Muy bueno!
I’m a fan of Lorna’s now. The plain stockinette was plenty squooshy and soft
And the ribbing is stretchy and springy without loosing shape.
I find I’m a big fan of the long ribbing thing.
In summary: I heart these socks! Funny thing about me and socks is I have always knit them inside out and didn’t know there was a difference. Meaning, I have knit them in a counterclockwise fashion so the “right” side is inside the sock as it is knitted. I didn’t even realize the could be knit in the clockwise direction until I tried it on the second sock. Thus, the pooling is a bit different on the two.
Pooling does not bother me in the least; I am indeed a fan of handpainted yarns and believe things just are the way they are. I read somewhere that weavers of yore felt the same way. If they ran short of a color and had to dye more they didn’t let the fact that the new fiber was a shade different bother them but embraced the handmade item for the way it was.

I think more people should feel the same! Handcrafted items are to be treasured. They are your personal expression of art and interests.

Now, to wrap these up for the father-in-law.

We’re just a few days from Christmas and, as usual, I’m late to the figurative party and short on time.

I hope to be able to discuss recent accomplishments soonish.

I wish I had a better excuse, but it should come as no surprise that a certain something has been keeping me from yarns and needles the last two days.
It’s a ploy, you see. They dragged and dragged out the release of my beloved Hylian, first days, then months, then an entire year. Then they release him mere days before final Christmas gifts need to be completed before I can (finally?) get to some self indulgent knitting. I have discovered that this is the plot to drive me insane.
And don’t you believe for one damn second that it’s not the case.
Of course, had they delivered such an item as was planned last year per /whispers of old friends, there is a serious possibility that this whole knitting thing wouldn’t have seemed like such a good idea at the time.
Then I might not be in this predicament, but I would not have the things I do today.
So I trudge back to the sock (which is so not blue) and continue the labors of love.
I am extraordinarily elated over something that I am not at liberty to speak of just quite yet. I can only infer that it has most decidedly lifted my holiday spirits to unfathomable heights.

This is all my self control will allow me to transmit at this moment. I can not even be coerced into photographing all the crazy wacky things that have been created in the last two weeks, and I heart me some one on one time with the camera and this amazingly beautiful weather.
Yeah, that bad.

The Top Five Things That I Feel You Must Know This Instant:

1. I am ready to knit these socks. I want to knit these socks so badly I am a breath away from throwing everything currently in progress to the wayside to wind sock yarn into balls and cast on this very second. I made a sock yarn aquisition on Saturday

and I have been staring at it since, desperate to finish the socks, scarf, and two hats I have ongoing at the moment to cast these on (oh did I mention the hats? Yes, there’s two).

2. If you didn’t get it from above, the new Knitty is up. Some very kewl patterns this time around. I think I’m going to have to knit one of these (yes, after the hats. And socks.) And definitely a dragon (I mean, “If I Had A Dragon” was one of my favorite books), and a turtle or two in many colors. (Isn’t he shiny? He’s even got his own blog). There’s also a mini starsky.

3. If you have the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook (and I hope you do if you are into socks and the knitting of them) You might be interested to know there’s a Twisted Sisters Sweater Workbook in the making. I am as excited about this as I am about some cherry flavored Italian ice. Which is you know, a lot.

4. Prohaps even mas exciting is another book that I will verily obtain, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off. It’s coming out in March. Is that even possible? She just finished writing it. No matter! This strengthens my chances of meeting up with Madame Harlot during bookbookbook 4 tours.

5. My new bag. It’s roomy, carries everything I need and still has space for a sock in progress. And new cd’s.

The house is semi clean, the laundry is mostly done, the cats are sleeping contentedly, and I am surrounded by yarns of all manners. I’ve done the best I could to resist, but the rest will have to wait.

Random Fact For Today: Kiefer Sutherland’s full name is “Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland”. Oh, the magic of wiki.

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