I’ve not been posting properly lately. I used to think that posting every three days was reasonable, and I really got it done – but then, the past two weeks happened. I got a job serving, and wouldn’t you know that I worked 97 hours last week (plus other commitments doing other things). Not only did I not knit very much, but I also barely managed to keep eating properly. It wasn’t a winning couple of weeks chez nous. But! I did finish those Belle Epoque socks.
I decided to disregard the pattern instructions and knit the lace pattern down to the toe. I did that by decreasing until the 1×1 rib was used up, and then I started decreasing the faux cable. I think it worked out really nicely, and I’m glad I listened to my gut. They fit perfectly, and the yarn is really nice and light.
I’m pretty pleased with the finished project regardless of my previous grumpiness. I’m pleased I don’t have to knit on it anymore!
In other super exciting news, guess what I’m going to do with this yarn after Friday?
Why, yes! That is Hemp for Knitting from Lana Knits in Sprout and Olive colourways! How did you know?
I’m going to purchase (get this) a Cricket loom this Friday. Come hell or high water – I’m so, so excited! I’m going to use the lighter green for the warp and the darker green for the weft.
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Yesterday (err, Tuesday) I knit a large gauge swatch for my dream 70s cardigan. I knit it in the orange because I was headed to Ariadne regardless and needed to wind that enormous skein into a ball.
I cast on about 40 stitches and then knit about two inches each of stitch patterns that refuse to be forgotten. That slipped stitch pattern? My friend Lisa told me about it in 2007. That star stitch? I saw that last fall on ravelry. That fisherman’s rib? Mollyann from Ariadne told me about months ago. The coolest aspect of all of this is that I haven’t ever really knit any of these stitch patterns.
And interestingly enough, the gauges are really different: from 3 stitches per inch to 6. But my friend Mitali can attest to that! I certainly was having enough trouble getting the star stitch to behave. I’m a notoriously tight knitter so any pattern that requires that I knit through anything three times is a bit above and beyond my capabilities. I think I may have to find a charming (yet identical in every way) sort of alternative. That saying, I’m not sure if using a substitute will get this bug out of my ear.
In other news, my cat Patrick Purrswayze fell yesterday and twisted one of his hind legs a bit. I know it’s not too serious because he’s still jumping from the floor to the windowsill with no problems (and also, because he sometimes forgets that it hurts and runs around like a totally healthy pussy cat) but his expression is the most tragic thing I think I’ve ever seen.
Doesn’t he look disgusted, yet contemplative, yet very sorry for himself? Poor fella.
And without further ado (and from a special request from Princess Sonya via Mitali)…
It’s perfect: a cat sleeping on drying hand knit socks that have been well loved on a beautiful spring day.
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I’m still chugging away at those socks. Those Belle Epoque socks are going to be completed this week I (foolishly) swear, come hell or high water. I just want them out of the way so I can get onto something that I’m excited about.
I’ve finished the gusset and am just knitting onto the foot. I’ve got 4 inches past the heel flap and I’m planning on knitting about 7.25 inches total until I start decreasing for the toe. Pet peeve alert: I kind of loathe that no sock pattern I’ve ever met has the negative ease of the length of the foot listed. Because of that, I’m a bit concerned about when to start decreasing. On the one hand (foot?) I don’t want the foot to be too short, and on the other, I hate that extra quarter of an inch that can end up flopping around if I knit for too long. This is therefore the most trepidacious part of sock knitting.
Knitting on the terrace has been awesome. I love my apartment because it’s such a typical Montreal apartment; the terrace is so perfect, and I love sitting in the sunshine. The weather has been great lately. Sunshine makes any project more enjoyable.
I’ve been experiencing a bit of a knitting slump as of late; but you know what’s making me more excited about fibre arts is this yarn. Cascade Eco in brown and orange seems like it’d make the best 70s style zip-up cardigan. Don’t you think?
I’m super excited about knitting with this yarn! I’ve seen so many cool things come out of Cascade Eco, and I really like the colours I picked out (with Mollyann’s help, of course.)
I had been waiting for a third skein of the Cascade Ecological wool in brown to come from the company, but I’m relatively pleased about the contrast from the orange to the brown, so I don’t mind mixing it all in.
Ahh. Orange you glad I took all these pictures?
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I really like knitting socks. Just in general; I like knitting socks. I am not (by nature) a flashy dresser, and socks allow me to wear beautifully intricate hand knit things without feeling like a dog wearing santa claus hat.
The pattern is Belle Epoque (by Melissa Morgan-Oakes) and I elected to knit 1×1 rib for the cuff (instead of the picot edging) because I don’t trust it; 1×1 ribbing is perfectly stretchy. How can picot edging match it?
I feel like a bit of a muppet admitting this, but I’ve only just realized that there’s a macro setting on my camera. Isn’t that a gorgeous picture? I also chose the pattern because it reminded me of the movie The Fighter.
If you disagree, then at least you can content yourself with Bazzy in my guitar bag. Awwwwwwww…
The glorious Mollyann at Ariadne blocked this neckerchief for me, and I think she’s a super star. Not necessarily because she helped me; I’m fairly certain she can fly.
Isn’t it pretty? Golly. Now I can rob all the banks I want, just like Sharon Stone in The Quick and the Dead.
That Crystal Palace Panda Silk in Forest tones is so crisp and lovely, this shawl reminds me of a really gorgeous and non-perishable leaf.
In other news, the microRevolt blog has posted images of the action they had commemorating people who died in factory fires: one this December past in Bangladesh and the Triangle Waist factory fire in 1911.
If you haven’t heard of the Triangle Waist factory fire, then I recommend watching this video from Democracy Now. It’s an excellent documentary that highlights how these tragedies are still relevant.
And also, I’m sorry that there are no pictures of socks. I’ve been having major issues with gauge. It turns out that I usually knit socks on 2.75 mm needles, but that my extra super long sock sized needles are actually 2.5 mm needles. Can you imagine? When I knit those show off stranded socks, I was wondering why they fit me so nicely. I usually cast on 56 stitches for socks and (from what I can recall; I’m far too lazy to look up the pattern again) I cast on 64 stitches for those socks. Curses! Well, not really. Socks will be a lot easier to size from now on. This is certainly a fascinating conundrum, though. What socks to knit? What will fit? What happens next?!
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Tada! I win! All I have to do now is sew in the ends.
Oh, and cast on for the next project.
I’m very nearly done that neckerchief!
I’m really pleased with how it’s turning out – and what’s more, Mollyann from Ariadne has said that I can block it at the store with a real blocking pad and pins and everything. I have never in my life blocked a lace shawl, so I’m really excited about how this is going to turn out.
I really like how the colour has turned out, and it’s only taken one ball of yarn. I wonder what I’ll do with the other ball of Crystal Palace Panda Silk.
In other news, my friend Lisa give me six balls of vintage sock yarn – two each in grey, brown, and green. I’m seeing that grey in lace and that brown in cables, but I have no idea what to do with the green. Maybe colourwork?
As you can see, it’s 85% wool and 15% nylon. It’s pretty soft and I really want to work with it. I like very plain sock yarns, and I’m glad that I have access to some sock yarn that isn’t variegated. What can I say? I don’t like bright colours.
I have this aspiration to have enough hand knit pairs of socks so as not to need to wear boughten ones in the winter. Wool socks are a blessing when it’s cold and wet outside.
I’m thinking pretty seriously about buying a loom. Any suggestions?
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So, this Sunday before past, I came down with the lung infection that everyone in Montreal is coming down with. I have never hacked so much in my life – and what’s more, my partner got sick at exactly the same time.
I’m one of those people that turns into an enormous baby when sick, but I did manage to take some pictures of my armbands which I sent off to Boston last Wednesday. Unfortunately, my sneezing and coughing buddy managed to delete them by accident, so the post I was banking on sharing with you isn’t entirely feasible. I feel kind of silly; I even got a ravelry message from mmeadow reminding me to post them on my ravelry projects page, and I can’t.
I did get an awesome email from the 146+ crew today telling me that they not only received but really liked my armbands, so hopefully I’ll be able to link to some of the pics on their reBlog once it’s updated.
I’m very nearly done all the knitting on my knitted neckerchief, and my friend Maddy is letting me borrow Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ book, 2-at-a-time Socks which is awesome! I’m pretty excited about the cables in that book. I’m really excited to get the neckerchief off of my superlong 2.5 mm needle so I can try this out.
And, because it’s kind of lame to have a post without pictures…
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Isn’t it beautiful? I’ve been knitting on the lace edge so I don’t have to deal with sewing. It’s been a learning process, but it’s coming along.
You know what else is coming along?
My tea cozy!
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I bound off the main part of my vintage neckerchief a few days ago and started the lace edging.
I’m sorry for the quality of the picture; I’m really very sick and sort of went quickly. Once I have more repeats, I’ll do a better job!
I also decided to frog a crocheted hat I made back in the fall. It was too wide and too short, and I decided to make a better hat out of the same yarn.