Posts tagged ‘hoodie’

In which I find myself with more time on my hands, hence the lengthy post.

Every other Tuesday morning, my LYS has a thing called “Breakfast Club” where, for $5, you can come in a couple hours before the store opens to knit and enjoy good company, coffee and bagels. It’s sort of become one of the highlights of my, well, fortnight. And it’s pretty much the only time I go to my LYS to sit and knit for a couple (or few) hours and spend time with other knitters (and crocheters).

Seeing as how I’m fortunate enough to work from home, I realize I could, hypothetically, go to the LYS like every day of the week and hang out, especially since it’s only a 15 minute bike ride away. But, of course, that wouldn’t be very productive – especially since the yarn store also doubles as a black hole where all time and space becomes distorted. Therefore,  what feels like an hour and a half is actually more like… uh, 5.

5 hours is what I spent there today I’m somewhat shocked to admit. But I think it’s ok because I’m sort of in job-limbo. (More on that in a second). Anyway, I enjoyed myself as always but I did not get an inch of progress out of my dreadful Avalon Hoodie. It wasn’t for lack of trying. I had to rip back 3 times because, no matter how closely I tried to follow the directions, my collar was not turning out at all like it was supposed to. And looking at the photo of the finished product, I can not conceive of how the corresponding pattern could possibly result in that same look, because, believe me, I’ve tried. I do find it mildly suspcious that in ALL 4 photos of the finished product, the model’s hair or hand just so happens to be covering up the crucial part of the pattern upon which I am stuck. (I could just be paranoid and delirious, however.)

What are you hiding, woman?!

What are you hiding, woman?!

As of right now, I am screwing the pattern and just improvising something that I (hope) will work. But I have to say, I am getting dangerously close to loathing this project and wanting to rip it all out and never speak of it again.

I should have just spent those 5 hours finishing my husband’s remaining sock.

I was so frustrated I had to buy some yarn to soothe myself. I bought some beloved Noro to make a striped scarf. I wanted to use Silk Garden but there were no colors available that I liked. So I went with Kureyon. And instead of colors mixed with dark stripes, I’m going to try a light-striped version.

Noro Kureyon

I also picked up these cute and teeny little circs. I had no idea they came in this size! I’m gonna try to knit a sock on them, because double pointed needles get on my nerves sometimes (although they are quite efficient).

Teeny Circular needle

Anyway, back to the job-limbo. For the past 5 years I have worked for a certain comic book company as the writer and illustrator for one of their monthly books. It has been a most satisfying run, but alas, all good things must come to an end. Last week I completed my final issue. And for the first time in years I find myself without a deadline.  I do have other projects lined up but nothing as reliable as that first one, and those are still in early-stages. So right now I’m sort of in project limbo and have a bit more time on my hands until things pick up on my other projects. Part of me is like “woo hoo!” because I suddenly have some time to get some personal projects complete (I’m trying to write a novel), and of course, knitting! But another part of me feels a little adrift and sad at losing such a big part of my regular work routine.

Right after I finished my final issue, I felt a little melancholy and decided that I needed both a pick-me-up as well as some kind self-congratulatory prize for my 42 issue run. And what better way to acheive  that than with a little retail therapy?

In what was clearly a haze of desperation and sorrow, I found myself signing up for Blue Moon Fiber Art’s Rockin’ Sock Club. I can’t be held responsible for my actions, really. 😉

I must be crazy because I have only completed ONE pair of worsted acrylic socks to date. But, when I’m learning something new I ususally like to just dive right into it and tackle it head on. So what better way to learn to knit nice socks than to subscribe to a sock club that will surely have patterns that will drive me insane? Of course, the yarn is main draw to the club. BMA has some of the most gorgeous colorways out there. I ordered two skeins of their yarn back in my early knitting days (when paying more than 5 dollars for yarn was ghastly and risque!), and I loved and treasured them so much I couldn’t bear to use them. As a result, they have been sitting in a bowl on my coffee table as decoration for the past 3 years! Of course, for my husband’s socks I finally relenquished one of them (Beryl) and used it. And I love the yarn so much I am totally sold.

One last note…. it seems I have been wearing my aforementioned acrylic socks a little too much. (More like slippers than socks, really. I only washed them once, but I swear they don’t smell!). It is a little painful to see a gaping hole in something I spent hours on… but it kinda just makes me love ’em even more.

January 13, 2009 at 2:43 am Leave a comment

Sock Bug

Ok, well, remember how I swore off socks some months ago? Well, I have officially flip-flopped. In fact, I have worse than flip-flopped. I have caught the sock bug… bad. All I want to do is knit socks. I’ve lost interest in all my non-socks projects. Yes, it’s that bad. So what would make me change heart so drastically? Well first it was reading the latest book by the Yarn Harlot. Every time I read her stuff, I come away wanting to make socks, period. (She just has a way of making it sound like they are the most amazing thing in the world).

The Yarn Harlot Writes Again

Then, completing my first pair of socks which I mentioned a couple entries ago was a factor. Even though they’re made of cheap acrylic and they’re kind of saggy on my feet, I’ve been wearing them almost nonstop since I made them (and as I write this, in fact). They keep me warm and cozy when I’m in the house and I get a little ego boost every time I look at my feet and think, “I made these”!

The real cincher, however,  was when I made a sock for my husband. (Yes, just one. I’m still working on its mate!). I wanted to make a “real” sock, using tiny needles and sock yarn (Socks that Rock medium weight in Beryl, for those who want to know). What I didn’t realize was how much time it would take. This wasn’t anything like my first pair which were knit with worsted yarn on size 6 needles – those were cake compared to this. And it doesn’t help that my husband has huge feet and that the pattern was a time consuming and mind-numbing 3×1 rib.
It was a real test of patience to finish that sock. I always kept it nearby and did a few rows here and there, whenever i had a chance. And I had a couple of marathon sessions too. But I was determined to finish it.

And I finally did, on Christmas eve while hubby and I were visiting my folks for the holidays.

A single sock

I got that familiar warm and fuzzy feeling of completion, but the best part was seeing my husband actually put it on. It was a little tight, he admitted, and I realized that I would possibly have to rip it back. But he wouldn’t give it back to me. He insisted it was fine and it would “probably stretch out” on its own, and he continued to wear that one sock for the rest of the night and urged me to hurry up and finish the second one!

So even though the pattern is pretty dull, I’m fully determined to finish the second one! I think I may have officially beaten Second Sock Syndrome! Of course I can’t really say that until I complete the pair, but I feel optimistic!

I’ve also decided to give 2-socks-on-one-circular-needle another try. And naturally, because I like pain, I chose one of the more difficult patterns (well, difficult for me) in the book to attempt to re-learn the technique, Belle Epoque, which has a picot edge AND cables, and Yarn Overs! (Oh, my!).

But so far, so good. The picot edge was a headache and if I was more type A, I might have re-done it so that it looked better, but I’m not. So I will learn to love my flaws. I like the technique of knitting two at once and I’ve finally gotten into the flow of it. The yarn tangling continues to be a problem, but that’s partially my fault because I chose to knit from two ends of the same ball of yarn, rather that separate it into two. As for the yarn – I love it! The color is just amazing and the yarn is so soft. I got it in a swap so I don’t know exactly what it is, only that it’s by Mystical Creations. I have a feeling these socks are going to take a while though.

Belle Epoque in progress

I want to start another pair of socks… something that is less boring than the pair I’m working on for my husband, and something less complex than the Belle Epoque ones… but I’m trying to convince myself to finish those before I start any new ones!

When I went home for the holidays I brought along my Avalon Hoodie to work on, but since I was so enamored with my sock projects, I didn’t even touch it. I have to say, the more I look at it, the less i like it. The way the yarn is pooling isn’t really appealing and I’m still not convinced it will fit right. But I have to remind myself that it’s still in progress and not yet blocked… and it may end up being cute! But taking photos of my progress didn’t really encourage me…

And on one final note, I’ve joined Indie Dyer’s WoW sock club! What better way to feed my new sock addiction than to buy yarn inspired by my WoW addiction? 😀

Speaking of WoW, here’s a peek at my main toon, Tauren Hunter Ishtaur. I just dinged 60!


January 9, 2009 at 2:40 am Leave a comment

Finishing What I’ve Started

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