Sunday, February 26, 2006

Just got copies of the official engagement photos. Just to remind everyone, I'll soon be getting serious about this mother of the bride business. The wedding's in April!

Cascade Shawl

On a more positive note, my shawl from Cascade Tweed is blocked and finished. Comfy and snuggly. I squared off the tail in the back and some on the front. Will be useful during the next few days as San Diego prepares for its 1st significant rain in almost a year.

Frogging, part 2

Taking my own advice, I put on this totally completed first sock and noted the things I did not like about it. First, the design was not exactly centered on the instep. But this was a minor point. What really bothered me was that keeping the lace on half the stitches was really too much. So back to heel flap. Centered correctly for starters, then when I start the gusset, I'll keep the 1st and last 4 stitches of the instep in st st.

Frogging epic

I decided to totally rip out the Sockotta mishap. Keeping just 10 rows didn't seem worth the effort. I played with my ball winder to neaten it up then SET IT ASIDE. They will reemerge as socks at some future date. Now I only have 3 pairs in progress.

Once again, it is driven home that you should not get overconfident and assume things are going well, even if it's your 50-something pair.

This also confirms my practice of doing one sock at a time. When doing a new pattern or technique, I finish the entire 1st sock and wear it a bit to make sure it's comfortable and fits correctly. This fiasco could have been twice as bad.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

New LYS in Bonita

I had fun today at the grand re-opening of The Bonita Knitting Store. Lots of folks in and out and the cash register seemed to be going all the time. A couple of people even signed up for the sock class I'll be teaching.

The entire time I was working on one of my Sockotta socks - the one where I messed up on a rib from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks. I really liked the way my mess up looked so I was quite smug I'd 'unvented' my very own rib. I get to the point where it's time to decrease for the toe and I try the thing on. My cute rib doesn't stretch. I barely manage to get it over my heel. I'd been on automatic and had not tried it on the way I usually do once I'm done with the gusset.

I mixed myself a strong Mojito, took a photo of the sock, and will rip it all the way back to the initial 12 rows before the pattern. I COULD fight it and make it go around my heel, but as a wise 6 year old noted at today's LYS event when he realized I was making a sock. "you're going to have to make two of those, you know." I just don't want to make another bad sock on purpose - especially out of my Sockotta meant to be my comfy everyday socks.

Friday, February 17, 2006

I'm back

Hubby and I went to Las Vegas and Laughlin. A good time was had by all!

Got some knitting done in the car, but not much else to report. Will get needles clacking again soon.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Can you see the pattern?

My 5th pair with a 2x2 rib drove me over the edge.

I thought I was doing a rib from the book when I realized I combined two that were on the same page. I still like it.

Close up of Knitpicks dye your own Merino in fingering weight. Chartreuse is just not my color. But the yarn is yummy and I have more Kool Aid

I can't help myself! I keep starting new socks when I've barely made progress on what I already have on the needles. All of these are 1st socks. I've been getting bored with the plain ribbing, so I've been experimenting with the options from Sensational Knitted Socks by Schurch. The yellow green is a Kool Aid effort I plan to overdye once the socks are done.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Sockotta color #8

I was almost done with these when I got distracted by the concept of the class sock. This is the 3rd new pair in my Sockotta wardrobe. It is the colorway #08, Denim. I have 2 other pairs cast on with only a bit done on each, so I won't be posting any finished projects for a while.

Sock Parts Model

In a previous life I used to be a teacher. I'm a big believer in visual aids so I made up this model of Sock Parts to use when I teach my 1st class. The pattern is a Top down with heel flap variation.

I think this will help the students 'see' the sections of a typical sock and better understand what each part of the written pattern is trying to achieve.