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September was hot and sunny here in Toronto…not exactly knitting weather. But I managed to get some done anyway:
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MintyFresh’s Anastasia Socks made with Socks That Rock mediumweight in Socktopus. The yarn turned out to be a lot pinker than I expected when I ordered it; the picture of the skein on the site has the pink hiding in the back, I guess, or that dyelot wasn’t as pink as the one I got etc etc…oh well! Such is the danger of ordering from the internet! But they look so perfect with my shoes, which were my inspiration for hand-knit socks in the first place!

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Fantastic. Except for the pooling on one (just one!) of the socks’ legs (you can sort of see it in the pics above, but here is a more blatant example):

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I used 2mm needles to the ankle, then switched to 2.75mm needles for the legs for some “calf shaping”. One leg pooled, the other didn’t. Life is a mystery. But now I have my first pair of wearable socks! The Pomatomii are going to be ripped back to the ankle and re-knit on my pair of brand-new 2.25mm circular needles. And when I say pair, I mean pair! I would like to think that, for the rest of my days, I will knit all my socks two at a time on two circulars. Because I am totally the kind of girl who finds it hard to go back to a project once it’s been conquered, and once a new one has been dreamed up. Lookit this:

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Now, here, my friends, is a yarn the internet didn’t lie about. That’s my swatch, made from Dream In Colour’s Classy yarn in Dusky Aurora. I loved it on the net, I squealed when I saw the skeins at Lettuce Knit, and I paid for two skeins of it in a haze (said haze was contributed to by a skein of Colinette Jitterbug in the long-coveted shade of Castagna…I have since decided I need to go back and purchase another skein in order to make matching kneesocks!! Sorry, no photos of this one yet…it was horrible and dark today)

I was at LK with a friend of mine who has recently become a “student” of mine…I’m creating knitting friends! She also bought some DiC, although I’m not certain of the colourway…it was bright pink with streaks of purple…I’m going to guess Ruby River. Anyway, for once I remembered to ask the lovely shopgirl to wind our skeins into cakes:

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Good thing, too, because I lack both swift and ball-winder, which can sometimes lead to quite a mess:dscf2932.JPG

me and my Fleece Artist in the kitchen…this became the Sofi Sweater

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me and the un-blogged-about Sundara yarn that arrived in disappointing shades of purple, which later became two pairs of un-blogged-about Flying Gloves, one of which was given to one of my young girlcousins (they all got a different pair, and seemed really excited about them!); the other is waiting patiently in my knitting bag for Christmas and a suitable giftee…I was trying to wind this up at the Ministry of Transportation while I waited for the husband to futz around with driver’s license-related things, which was maybe not the wisest idea

Ach well. My birthday is coming up, so you never know, maybe I’ll get one then (and by “get one”, I mean “get my husband to make me one, it’s not very difficult and there are lots of examples of homemade swifts on the net, plus he like doing that kind of thing! Don’t you, honey!”) In the meantime, the DiC yarn is slowly but surely turning into a Circular Shrug that I am very excited about!! Of course, this doesn’t mean I’m following the pattern to the letter or anything, but I’ve done about two inches of the rib so far (with a slight modification, to keep it from being too boring) and I can’t wait.

Well, part of the reason I can’t wait is the yarn that came in the mail today from eBay. Because of the aforebemoaned yucky day outside (plus, it’s night now), I have no pics, but it’s Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk in Teal, aka colour# 25005. Oh, I have big plans for this lovely soft smooshy stuff!! But I’d better save some surprises for later…

Also to come: pics of the shrug-in-progress! I think I need more DiC yarn…for sleeves. Yes. Sleeves. That’s it.

Oh! And on Thursday I’m teaching two more non-knitting friends to knit!! Do you think the circular shrug is too ambitious a first project? That’s what I’m thinking of starting with…the skill set is challenging without being too intimidating, but I’m afraid the project is too big and will take too long to complete. We’ll see what they think on Thursday. I have lots more ideas if they don’t like this one. I’m so excited, even if it means missing The Office! If they could have made it down any other day…oh well. DVR, sometimes you are my best friend. How would I do anything without you? I hate normal tv now; I so resent having to SIT through the commercials! The gall!! But that’s a rant for another blog.

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So, as soon as I got all my STR wound up into balls, I cast on for a Chevron Scarf, couldn’t remember how to kfb (and couldn’t be arsed looking it up), briefly wondered why I was trying to make a scarf in June during a heat wave, and started thinking of other things I could do with my pretty pretty yarn.

 

I have recently discovered the amazing Elizabeth Zimmermann. So I started making a Tomten.

 

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My 10-month-old pseudoniece is coming all the way from South America in August for her first visit to Canada (with her parents, of course…and not a minute past time, it’s been ages since I’ve seen her dad/my very good friend!) She’ll need something to keep her warm when the late summer nights turn chilly. Right?

 

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Right.

 

I also changed my mind about colourway combinations. This sweater is a marriage between Puck’s Mischief and Scottish Highlands. After I’d looked at my four skeins of STR very carefully, I realised that SH was basically just a watered-down version of PM, except with yellow instead of brown. So it really just looks like one gigantic skein of yarn that gets sliiiiiiightly lighter somewhere in the middle. I like it. I especially like that it’s all garter stitch. Actually, I lie; I don’t especially like mindless knitting. It goes very slowly. But I do appreciate the versatility of garter stitch, so on we go.

 

Except this sweater doesn’t need to be done for a couple of months. I have much more pressing sweater needs. So back I go to this one:
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Yarn: Knitpicks Andean Treasure in Woods Heather
Needles: 4.25mm (US 6) bamboo circulars
Pattern: My own, as usual
(Eyelets from the Barbara Walker Treasury vol I)

 

It’s going to be a wrap sweater, kind of like the Airy Wrap-Around Sweater from Fitted Knits, except that I didn’t know there *was* such a thing when I started designing it, aaaaaaaaand I think mine’s going to be better (sorry, Stefanie. Take comfort in your book deal, and the fact that my sweater isn’t even slightly done, so I’m all talk and not much action). But there’s already a problem with this sweater: I…I don’t know where it is. This is just a (shitty, sorry) picture of my swatch. I swear I’ve got about three inches of a hem lying around…somewhere. I won’t include a picture of the hideous mess that is our room at the moment, although it would help you to understand how I’ve lost an entire knitting project. It’s just too graphic for the internet.

 

But when I do find it…there’s going to be some mad throwdown knitting done on it! Just wait and see.

 

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Please don’t mention my paper.

My Socks That Rock order arrived today!!

I ordered them in pairs with the intention of making a couple of chevron scarves from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, but now I’m not so sure…anyway, here are the pics!

First, Socktopus and Puck’s Mischief:

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then, Rolling Stone and Scottish Highlands:

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I really really love the Sockto/Puck mix, but I’m feeling kind of meh about the Scottish Highlands colourway (and yes, I bought it primarily because of its name). It’s just so…yellow! I am not a yellow girl, me. Maybe this duo is destined to become a present for someone who will really appreciate it…after all, do I really need *two* almost-identical scarves? I do not.

mmmmmmm…I really, really, REALLY love the Socktopus. In fact, I don’t think I will be able to resist ordering some more…when I get a job to pay for it. Some sweet, distant day…

Just so you don’t get the (not *entirely* unjustified) impression that I am all stash-build and no stash-bust, I have to say in my defense that I have a lot of WIPs, but not a lot of time to work on them. Right now on the needles, I have:

  • The blue and white cardigan I photographed earlier (in the koigu post…I still need to source some buttons for this one)
  • a pair of green merino socks for my dad for Father’s Day (I couldn’t finish them until he tried them on, and he couldn’t try them on as WIPs until I “gave” them to him, so that’s that excuse)
  • a new brown wrap sweater of my own design, in Knitpicks Woods Heather (so soft!)
  • a surprise that I cannot divulge here, just in case the recipient reads this before it’s done!

Stupid school getting in the way of my knitting…