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My Socks Are Truly Outrageous.

Truly, truly, truly . . .

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80s. I’m kind of a sucker for neon; it takes me back to my middle school years.

This self-striping yarn is by String Theory Colorworks. I like it quite well, though some of the black is a bit streaky in areas. I don’t think anybody’s going to notice, though. And I’ve got my eye on a similar colorway that also includes green for a particular sock pattern . . . but I don’t know yet. Want to use up some other yarns first, not to mention get away from socks for a little break.

So that’s it, except for an outtake. Because of course this happened.

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June Socks, Right on Time

Although my knitting has slowed considerably what with the new job and all, I got these done in time to keep up with my one-pair-a-month year of socks.

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Looks like I made the foot a touch too long. It can be a bit hard to judge with the afterthought heel, and I always want to err on the side of too long rather than too short.

So what’s next? Well, I brought almost all of my sock skeins to my friend Kristi’s house this week, and between my swift and her ball winder, we got them wound up.

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Interesting how different a colorway can look from skein to yarn cake. I actually like some of the ones I didn’t like so much better than the ones I thought I loved. (Of course, I learned a lesson about expectations in the socks above, in which the colors seem a bit muddy and muted now.)

But I did neglect to bring one special skein which I bought online after falling in love (I’m generally not the type to do this.)

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This will probably be my next project. It will be both simple and Totally Awesome, in a 1980s kind of way.

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Second Sock Syndrome

You know . . . when you’ve finished one sock but can’t get excited about making the second one.

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This is Hermione’s Everyday Sock, a pattern I’ve been eyeing for a long time. It’s written for those who use two circular needles (rather than the set of dpns you see here) so I was a bit leery before I actually learned how to do a sock. It was actually quite easy, and I really like the eye-of-partridge heel which seems thick and sturdy. Since I’ve started wearing my handmade socks, though, I don’t know that flap heels in general are the best option for my feet. They don’t feel bad, but I think I could do better. Perhaps I’ll start exploring other types.

Although I did just cast on the second Hermione sock (and boy, is the tubular cast on still annoying, even though I’m getting better and better at understanding it enough to fix problems without having to start all over constantly) I’m a bit distracted by another sock project.

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Here’s a super soft and squishy ankle sock I’m making with some bulky yarn, to replace some cheapie, aging store-bought socks I like to wear around the house in winter. The pattern is simply Rye with a much shorter leg. No need to get fancy with this yarn.

Speaking of half-done projects, I’ve got a few things going on the jewelry realm, but nothing finished. Maybe soon, because class is coming to an end in March.

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Day 4: Green Feet, Lovely Green Feet

Done and done!

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Once again, this is Rye by Tin Can Knits (with a little alteration to the panel). The yarn is Classy and I really like it!

And that’s all I’ve got to say because it’s a holiday and I’m going to spend it eating junk food, winding yarn for the sweater pattern I bought two months ago and FINALLY get to start on, and listing to a CraftLit podcast of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I guess I’m late to the CraftLit party–I was told about it three years ago but never got around to it until now.  So far the voice performance and commentary both make it a worthwhile listen, so check it out.

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Half-Finished Projects a-Go-Go

All right. I’m ready to talk about this now.

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I finally got that square wire oval to fit neatly around the bezel; now all I had to do was solder it down. No problem, right? Well, I don’t know what’s happened to me, but I seem to have lost the ability to solder because it just wasn’t working. I went in many times–too many, judging by how pitted all the excess solder got–but I could only get a little bit fastened down each time, and the gappy parts were just . . . dirty, actually. In fact, the whole time I was torching, I kept thinking gee, this flux is getting all gray and disgusting–what’s up with that? Did somebody contaminate the flux jar again? I’m embarrassed to say it took probably two hours before I realized the solder pick I’d been using was filthy with oxidized gunk and it kept running onto my piece every time. I’m not positive it was the reason I couldn’t get that join soldered, but I don’t think it helped at all.

So now, because I got angry and stubborn and annoyed, my supposed-to-be-careful project is a mess of solder blorps, a bezel partially soldered to the ring (good luck getting that down on the stone) and a little gap on one side I STILL can’t get down. I let this bother me too much, but it was a lesson learned, and it’s pointing me to a greater truth:  I want my own soldering station at home.  Just for my use, with my own equipment.  I’m going to have to make this happen somehow.

I’ve taken this too hard and gotten too stalled–so I’ve been sitting around knitting and crocheting.  Here’s what I’ve got going on:

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Actually, I’ve been sitting on this one because I’m not sure I want to continue.  It’s Sera Lace Top by Doris Chan, a pattern I bought an entire magazine for online (complete with exorbitant S&H charge). This is actually the neck hole you’re looking at (the neckline will be a bit different in the end); the sweater is constructed in the round, top-down.  It’s actually quite clever. My only concern is that I’m using an acrylic yarn that might not have the necessary weight and drape for this to look good, but it’s hard to tell in the beginning.

The other thing I just started–after years of making of fun of the very idea–is a pair of socks.  Socks.  Like I can’t just go to WalMart and buy a pair, as the only remaining non-sock-maker in my knitting group once said. I chose Rye by tincanknits for my starter pattern; it’s a very easy worsted-weight project, which you can find complete with noob-proof tutorials.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

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I’m using some Vickie Howell Sheepish yarn for this. It’s not great, really, but between the two colors I got from my yarn-hoarding* friend last week, I think I have just enough to use it up, and I’m just in it for the learning, anyway.

Not pictured:  I’m also working on a laceweight scarf that’s easy and repetitive enough to do on knit group nights (I tried to photograph it, but it’s just a messy mess unblocked, so I’ll wait.) And, coming soon, I’ll be starting a sweater from the new issue of Interweave Knits that I ordered for download (no exorbitant S&H this time!  HA!) It’s rare for me to find a sweater I like SO much that I’ll buy it, and order yarn, and start it right away, but this is a good one and I look forward to getting going on it.

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*Though I must clarify, if you can give it away, you’re not really a hoarder.

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Wool Orgy, with Shawl Pins

One of my knitting group friends had us over for dinner, knitting, and stashbusting yesterday.  She has a . . . . sizeable collection of wool, some of which goes back a few years, and a lot of which she doesn’t really plan on using anymore.  So it was a free-for-all, with about five storage boxes of stuff to paw through.  And paw we did.  Speaking of paws, here’s what happened when I got it home!

 

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He gave up after he realized there was no squishy and delicious small animal inside.

I also chose this night to give away some shawl pins I made this week.  I’d planned to do this quite a while ago, but wasn’t too great at executing wire work at that time.  Well, maybe I’m still not, but I have improved.  So here are a bunch of pins I improvised (except that top one, which was a design from Contemporary Copper Jewelry):

shawlpins1So here I sit now with a few shopping bags full of (mostly) sock yarn . . . after all that stashbusting I did last year . . . and all the Stitches Midwest yarn I haven’t even touched yet . . .

I know, poor me.

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COOKIE!

So, riveting practice.  I cannibalized what was left of my copper disc earrings from last year (I re-used the silver parts for other earrings last month) and made what looked like little piles of cookies. Stamped some “chips” in there, highlighted them with Sharpie, polished and waxed and added hooks.  They’re not great, but they were fun and maybe show a bit more personality than what I had originally.

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In other news, I finished an entrelac cowl I made with my Red Heart Unforgettable yarn.

entrelaccowlI think the pink in there is a little too intense for me, but I did like the way the color changed across the greens and blues. Now that I am practiced up again, I’m ready to tackle the shawl I keep saying I’m going to tackle but never do.  I should get it cast on some time this week, though.

And one more:  a mystery project!  What in the heck is this thing, I wonder?

zoidmysteryFind out soon!

 

 

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