I’m currently working on a couple projects so I thought I’d share them here.
First – socks. I’ve always been intimidated by their complex shape, so I never thought about trying to learn how to knit them. I probably would have put it off even longer but my local yarn store had a sale (because, unfortunately, they are closing down) and I bought some nice wool sock yarn on discount. But I didn’t want to have my first sock attempt on nice wool, so I bought some cheap acrylic yarn at Michael’s and followed an online tutorial.
Things started out well. I made the cuff/ankle part without any problems and even turned my first heel!
But then, disaster struck as I started the gusset and I noticed some wonky stitches. When I tried to drop and repair them, things only got worse.
I realized I would have to rip out a bunch of my progress and redo part of the sock. I was really nervous about this because I’ve never unraveled a three dimensional knit piece before and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to catch all the stitches… Here’s a pic of my sock operation.
Luckily the fix went well and I’m almost done with my first sock. I’ll post pics when I’m done!
Second is a project is a winter hat for my husband. I already tried making him another hat that ended disastrously. It basically ended up being way too big and floppy and wound up looking like a toilet seat cover. This time, I’m using my favorite yarn: Plymouth Yarn’s 100% Baby Alpaca Grande. It’s so wonderfully soft!
I’ll post pics when that’s done as well.
Third – my Knit-Wits manga. Right now I’m in the middle of polishing the script. Here’s the synopsis:
Bernadette is about to start college but she has no idea where she wants to go with her life. Having a powerful lawyer for a mom pressuring her to get into an Ivy league school isn’t helping matters, either. When Bernadette discovers and befriends a bizarre group of people in her neighborhood, she soon gets swept up in the joys and pains of the needle. The knitting needle, that is! It turns out there’s a local yarn shop with a wacky, weekly knitting club. And it’s more zany drama than she ever could have imagined. But what will Bernie’s ultra-feminist mom say when she’s discovered participating in the dreaded domestic arts?
The synopsis is likely going to be tweaked to reflect the weirder, wackier nature of the story. Originally, I planned the story as a slightly more serious drama about a girl trying to figure out her place in the world and how she deals with pressure from her mother. But I’m always writing stories like that and I wanted to just throw all seriousness out the window and just make a really funny, irreverent comic with the same broad theme, but taking itself less seriously. I may even end up changing the title.
Below is a sample page I did a while back when the comic was more serious. This scene won’t even be taking place in the current story – but I thought I’d share it anyway.
And here is one my favorite characters from the story – Sangria. She knits voodoo dolls and uses her knitting needles to inflict punishment!
That’s all the updates for now!