Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Well as much as I wanted to take a picture to show all my imaginary fans what I have been knitting lately, I wasn't much into photography after taking over 100 pictures of petri dishes in my lab yesterday. If I do take some pics, I doubt that I will even get around to uploading them after having to wade through my bacteria pics. I do have a couple very pretty results that I will share once I get through them though.

I have officially lost my mind. The fact that I recognize this would say I have not lost my mind, but I must have. Last night I cast on over 120 stitches for a sock with a pair of 000 needles. That's a gauge of 14 st per inch. Oh yeah, I've gone truly mad. To prove this even more, I decided on an improvised fair isle pattern that will use classic motifs at different rates. I have always wanted to make a pair of very fine socks and I have the perfect lace weight cashmere that I found on sale. Okay well it wasn't really lace weight. It was actually six different colored strands of lace weight lightly twisted together that I separated out. Are you convinced yet? I actually made it through about 10 rounds last night before I went to bed. Granted that only got me to about half an inch.... I can't wait to finish this one so that I can get to the second sock. Haha, that could be the worst case ever of second sock syndrome. Yet I can't help but think that I'm not the only one out there who has ever considered or even cast on a pair of socks this tiny. After all, they make 000 dpns for a reason right??

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Well I have actually found some time to do just a little knitting. I finally found all the yarn to finish the celia tank top that I started at the begining of this blog and get rid of that super itchy alpaca. I don't care what alpaca proponents say, Cashmere will always be finer than alpaca. I know this cause cashmere, even the super cheap stuff that you buy comercially, never makes me itchy.

Lets see, I finished one sock the other day... It was my first real atempt to knit from the toe up. I'm not entirely sure I like the method though. My short row heels didn't turn out so hot. You can see in the picture that it looks a little pointy. Right now I have the dreaded second sock syndrome, I'm not sure I will even make the second one, I may just start over.

After spending about a week on a very boring design I frogged it in favor of a crochet tank design (drops design 95-37) until I realized that I really suck at triple crochet. Good thing I have a mother who is very good and loves me enough to make it for me. I ended up starting a quick project last night, slippers for Hunter. It is a very pretty yarn (Artyarns supermerino) that is increadibly soft too. Fortunately this will be a two-three day project so I can feel better about myself when I finish something that I start. I chose to do a very simple design and let the pretty colors of the yarn do the work. I am getting a little more pooling than I would like though, I think its just because the rows are 40 stitches each.

Christmas is coming and I had planned knit hats for everyone, but I don't think that I will have time with all the school work. We get out early in December though so hopefully I can just whip up a few for some of my luckier friends and family :).