Extra Extra! Slow Knitter Completes projects!

March 15, 2009 at 9:41 am 6 comments

I have finally completed my jaywalkers!

I consider these my first real socks – made for me! (The practice acrylic socks don’t count) I’m not sure why these took me so long… maybe it was the method of knitting two on one circular (which was definitely awkward for the first 3rd or so, but became quite efficient once I figured out the process and became more comfortable with it). Maybe it was the pattern itself that slowed me down… I dunno, but I worked on the damn things every day and it still took me 2 months to finish them.

Well, no matter, they are done! And they fit! And they’re knit with “Long Ears”, a  colorway from Indie Dyer’s World of Warcraft sock club! I may play a horde character, but even I can appreciate the lovely night-elf inspired colors!

Well, as I said, at first I was a little bummed at how long it took me to finish these and my general slow-knitting style, but I have been cheered by the fact that I have started a new pair of socks on Tuesday and I’m already almost done with the first sock today. The socks in question are my Leyburns, knit with Socks that Rock in Gypsum. I can’t believe how fast they are flying off my needles… maybe because the sock is basically stockinette stitch with a few slipped stitches. Here’s an earlier shot of  when I first started them:

These are my first toe-up socks and I’m also trying a new technique, using two circular needles to knit one at a time (though I realized later I could have done two-at-a-time this way). Anyway, I’m not sure how I feel about toe-up socks just yet… we shall see when I’m done!

I haven’t made much progress on my Queen of Beads socks, I’m afraid. I think the problem is knitting them on one tiny circular… it hurts my hands to knit that way.  I think I just need to move it onto DPNs or an extra long circular and I’ll feel much better about it.

My insecurities about knitting slow were also put to rest somewhat by a hat I knit for my husband’s grandfather. He’s not doing so well at the moment… he’s in the hospital so I wanted to knit him something that would show him that I’m thinking of him. My husband said his grandpa likes hats and the color brown so it made sense to knit a brown hat (plus, he’s in Wisconsin where it’s still nice and chilly). My husband also stressed that grandpa has a BIG head and most normal hats don’t fit him, so I made an effort to make the hat extra large. I used big needles and double stranded the yarn (Berroco Chunky, which is so cozy and soft). I followed the Basic Cable pattern in Stitch n’ Bitch Nation and finished it in just a couple TV-watching knitting sessions! I know it was chunky yarn and fat needles…. but maybe I’m not as slow a knitter as I feared!

The problem is… it may be a bit TOO big. It was even kind of loose on my hubby’s head when he modeled for me. But either way, it should keep grandpa cozy… I hope he likes it.

In my next post I’ll be mentioning some lovely awards I was given by some of my bloggy friends and I’ll be passing them on! So stay tuned!

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Is it March already? Socks, and Yarn, and Spoilers, oh my!

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  • 1. niney  |  March 15, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I really love your jaywalkers!
    they were the first socks I ever tried to knit, and suffice to say after making only scarves and hats, I wasn’t prepared.

    Your Jaywalkers haver re-inspired me, I might give them another go now. or try some mini jaywalkers for my Daughter.

  • 2. Tracy J.  |  March 16, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Lovely work – the socks and hat looks fantastic. Hope that Granddad enjoys it and does better. And don’t feel bad about the pace you knit! I always blame it on the pattern.

  • 3. sayllama  |  March 16, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Niney, I think mini jaywalkers sound adorable! You should give the pattern another chance!

    And thanks, Tracy J! I do usually blame it on the pattern (hehe), but sometimes (especially during knit-alongs) I can’t deny that I might be falling a little behind.. But it’s not a race… it’s all about enjoying the process! 😀

  • 4. Trish  |  March 16, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Love the Jaywalkers! I’ve always wanted to knit those, but have chickened out… yours are so beautiful that I’m inspired…!!! thanks for the great pictures!!!

  • 5. marri  |  March 16, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    oooh, those socks are GORGEOUS!

  • 6. Becky  |  April 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    They look soo pretty, both of them. I really like the pattern of the Leyburns.

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