Thursday, November 02, 2006

Better late then never.......

Well, looks like blogger is going to cooperate tonight...So that means I get to post the entry I planned on doing the other day.
I can't believe it is November already! It always surprises me every year. Time seems to go faster as I get older (isn't that the case for everybody?)
My 30th birthday is less then a week away. I cannot believe that either. I know for many people that is not a big deal, but for me it is. I think I am having an early midlife crisis! =) I thought that by this time in my life I would have a family, a career, and feel settled.
SOOOOOOOOO not the case. Everything is on hold right now: school, marriage, children, etc. Yeah you heard me correctly. Mr. PC and I are "taking some space". I guess we are still a couple, but we are now at different addresses, and as far as where we stand and where we are headed...That's kind of cloudy right now.
Sorry to break the news to you. So many people have offered help and well wishes, and I hate to disappoint, but I have to tell the truth.
We have decided not to tell people in real life yet..Just going to say we are still in the "early planning stages". All hope is not lost yet...But I am starting to wonder.
But enough about that, it's time to talk about the knits!
As many of you know, Socktoberfest ended a few days ago, and although I did not accomplish all that I planned, I do feel please with what I did accomplish.

Exhibit #1: My first pair of toe up socks (on dpn's, that was a first as well)

This is the plain toe up sock I got from Wendy's website. It was a heck of a lot of fun, and easy as well. They fit great, and feel so good on the feet. I made it with Trekking XXL and forgive me, I don't remember the colorway. After making these, I am a toe up fan all the way!

Exhibit 2: Elfine socks (also toe up using the magic loop method)

I did not get that far as you can see. But I love this pattern! It is so pretty and so much fun to knit. I am realizing that I love doing lace projects (first one ever will be posted about soon), and this project incorporates my 2 new loves...Lace and socks, duh!
I really like the magic loop method as well..Only took me about 30 seconds to figure it out. It's just like using 2 circs, just with one long needle that loops around instead. Definitely need metal needles for this though. It drives me crazy to do this method with my Denise's or with wood needles.
Exhibit 3: Mr. Sock Blankie

I am still loving this project, it is so much fun. Pretty mindless as well so good to do while watching shows or before bed. It is fun to see how all the colors work together. I have been trying to "clash" the yarns, but it is not happening, everything seems to work well together no matter how hard I try. LOL.
Since this pic I have done a bit more. I am trying to get all my individual squares attached to make sure it is wide enough before I work my way up on it.

And that wraps up the socktoberfest knitting.

Now on to other projects.

I managed to finish a scarf in a few days using the linen stitch. I cannot begin to tell you how much fun this is. I recommend everyone try it. It's just a slip stitch pattern after all, and you use 3 colors to get the effect. GREAT for left over yarns. I would say apx. 75-100 yards per color to make the scarf.

The picture sucks I know, but I wanted to show some detail of the stitch. I will try to post a better pic of it sometime soon.
I will be doing this pattern again and again and again. It's a heck of a lot of fun but does not take a lot of brain power...So good for late nights and TV as well.

Now last, but definitely not least..I finished the SKB for the SKC (that's code for Simple Knitted Bodice and Sexy Knitters Club) I finished this almost a month ago but have been too lazy to get pics of it.
So here is the forever popular late night pic of oneself in the bathroom!

I made it out of Nashua Creative Focus worsted (dreamy, you MUST try it) and I am pleased with the results. It is not as fitted as I would hope, ( I think I need to go down a size on garments..They all seem too big) but I love it all the same. It is comfy, and warm, and I feel good wearing it.
I need to reshape it..I have worn it enough times that it is getting a little, well, worn. I may do this pattern again, I would love a long sleeved one, but I will definitely go down a size and add short rows. (I wanted to do that with this one but could not figure out how to do short rows in the round, anyone know how that can enlighten me?)

The blue sweater is almost finished, should be done by the end of the night..Hope to have pics of that up soon. I have also been working on the most hideous shawl imaginable (sorry, but it is true) as a sample for a LYS. I call it the Pink Monstrosity...You'll see. I just have to fringe it (hah! Can't wait to see what it looks like after THAT!) and it will be done.

Hope all is well in everyone's worlds today! Talk at you soon!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To do short rows in the round, simply turn your knitting where you decide to and knit in the opposite direction, then turn and knit back and continue around. You want to do the wrap and turn thing so that your turns become fairly invisible. There are tutorials around. From experience, I know that it would help to plan enough to make the turns in a neat row like the dart in a dress. I will plan that next time.