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Yarn Porn

Yesterday was a happy day for me as I received 2 packages in the mail full of yarny goodness. The first was from Indie Dyer’s World of Warcraft Sock colors with my chosen November and December colors (along with an additional accent skein from November). Prepare for a bunch of yummy pics!

I got Something Finney, a murloc inspired colorway:

I love the autumn-like colors. But I had a hard time turning down the other choice: Rezzing Again, so I got an accent skein of that as well:

And my selection from November: Long Ears, inspired by Night Elves.

I was tempted to pick the other color which was inspired by Taurens, but I couldn’t pass up these luscious hues.

Then, I got a package from Blue Moon Fiber Arts containing a skein of Beryl so I can finish up my husband’s socks. Of course, I wasn’t able to just order the one skein I needed. It just so happened that a couple others jumped into the shopping basket as well!

Fire on the Mountain:

And a skein of Gypsum, which I think I’ll make into Leyburns eventually.

After receiving all this yarn I was excited to cast on for something, so I chose Long Ears and decided to start some Jaywalkers.

Unfortunately, last night I was made of fail. It took me forever to cast on… I had so many problems. I decided to do two-socks-on-one-circular, but it was so frustrating at first… I was using the long tail method and didn’t use enough yarn a couple times. Then I completely lost my ability to simply count the number of stitches I put on the needle. Then I kept joining and twisting, despite my best efforts not to do so. After this happened about 4 times I cast on each sock onto DPNs, joined, knit 3 rows, then transferred them to the circular needle (which, in itself was a feat).

After that, things went smoothly until I realized the socks would be waaay too big for me. The cuff itself was about twice the width of my ankle, and the rest didn’t look too promising. I had decided to knit the medium size based on the measurements given in the pattern. The problem is, my feet are big (size 9), but I have twigs for legs and bony ankles. So I chose the medium size to accomodate my feet, not realizing the cuff would be so loose.

So it looks like I’m gonna start over with the small size and maybe find a way to increase when I get to the foot.

Sigh… it sucks not making progress after wasting a whole night.

January 26, 2009 at 4:16 am 5 comments

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!

Ishtaur

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

More Works in Progress

So here’s another update with some more projects I’m working on (is it any wonder why I never get anything done??).

But first! My knitty Secret Pal sent me another surprise:

(sorry about the crummy photo)

SP gifts

A “fairy” cool card (sorry, that was a corny pun!) with a nice note, an adorable teeny-tiny crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches, and a neato tape measure!! I am so spoiled – thank you SP!! ^_^ It was especially nice to get something in my mailbox after a long and hectic weekend!

Now, here are some things I’m working on…

First, I finished my most complex thing yet – an arm sock with light cables! (Only one so far, haha). I followed the pattern “Hurry Up Spring Arm Warmers” from Stitch and Bitch Nation. I used this lovely yarn: Noro Kureyon color #88

Noro Kureyon

It’s actually kind of rough scratchy wool, but it’s not as uncomfortable as it looks. I think it softened a bit while I knit it.

It actually wasn’t that hard to do but the whole time I was knitting it, I was convinced I was doing something horribly wrong. I did sort of mess up the thumb gusset… it’s not really positioned right, but it’s only off by an inch or so.

Here’s a pic of me wearing it:

arm-warmer

and a close up of my shaky attempt at simple cables:

arm-warmer

Now that I’ve done one I’ve kind of lost steam and I’m procrastinating on finishing the second one… but it only took me about 3 days to do the first one, so I have no excuse! And I want to be able to wear them before it gets warmer outside!

Next up is my Cobweb scarf! It’s based off a character my husband created named Cobweb (duh), which is part of a larger idea called Puri Kura.

Puri Kura

There’s some exciting news about Puri Kura which I won’t reveal yet (I don’t want to jinx it!!), but the scarf is sort of a tribute to this good news. It’s coming along nicely, but it is kind of boring to knit. I want to make it pretty long and I’m just chugging along, dreading weaving in all those loose ends when I’m done.

Cobweb scarf

Next up is my Jolly Roger Sweater from a patten in Knit 1 magazine (from a few months ago). It was my first attempt at intarsia and I am happy with how it turned out. I only have one sleeve left to knit which shouldn’t take long because it’s really chunky yarn and big needles. But I’m sort of dreading sewing all the pieces together so… yup, I’m procrastinating again!

Jolly Roger

Next is a crochet project that was inspired by this site: Counterfeit Crochet

Basically, people take a fancy expensive handbag and crochet a “counterfeit” version of it. I decided to try one based on this bag from Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B line:

LAMB bag

I’ve just started but I can already tell it’s going to be a challenge. I’ve just completed one piece so far:

Counterfeit crochet

I’ll let you know how it goes…

What else is going on? Oh yes! My husband thinks I’m an absolute geek, but I’ve joined a guild on World of Warcraft comprised of several of us on the knitty boards. We’re called “Purls of the Alliance”. I almost couldn’t believe there were other knitters out there who love to play WoW – but I think it’s great! One of our members even has a popular WoW podcast, World of Warcast!  Check out our forums:  Purls of the Alliance
And here’s my new character, Arachne, a Warlock!

Arachne

Last but not least, I’m excited to say that I splurged and bought a Blythe doll! Here she is: Blythe – Feel the Sky, a cute flight attendant. (Ironic because I hate flying).

Blythe, Feel the Sky

I’ve named her Birdie. I can’t wait to knit little hats and things for her. ^_^

Birdie

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