Monthly Archives: September 2008

O hay, I got yarnz

I learned two things today:

1. I am powerless over yarn (well OK, I knew that one already), and
2. Purple and teal green have a very strong hold on my yarn-buying.

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From the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair, yea verily, I returned with:

Wellington Fibres mohair/wool for some beautiful lace (they were new to me, and I think I will make them a permanent stop at my next such Ontario knitting event);
Indigo Moon and more Malabrigo Sock from The Purple Purl (It was on sale, ON SALE I tells ya);
A 750-yd and 380-yd skein of hand-dyed fingering weight from The Sweet Sheep. Michelle has quite brilliantly started doing up her fingering-weight yarn in long 750-800 yd skeins so that you can get a big shawl out of only one skein, and never need to change a ball or weave in ends. I am looking forward to casting on with that one soon.

I’ll be sure to hop on and post more fun pictures from the day later on in the weekend – tonight I’m going to hunker down under our rainy hurricane remnants (stay dry, those of you in its path!), and have some knitting play time with the sis. Happy Saturday!

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Accomplishments

Things I have done this week:

  1. Taught the first week of classes and (very very possibly) confused the ever living heck out of my students.
  2. Fallen upon my Silk Garden Sock with love and devotion. (Sock pattern post to follow).
  3. Contemplated the fact that there are now merely 5 weeks left until Rhinebeck, and yet my supposed ‘Rhinebeck sweater’ is still only complete as far as the right front piece, and that only up to the armhole.
  4. Contemplated how much I wish it was Rhinebeck right now.
  5. Contemplated the fact that I will be attending a perfectly good local knitter’s festival this weekend, and maybe should try not to kill entire fall yarn budget in one fell swoop.
  6. Recognized that #5 may in fact be futile.

Things I have not done this week:

  1. Photographed my finished ‘Hourglass’ sweater. I need to wrangle my photographer. (Apparently her excuse is something called a “job”, psh).
  2. Finished reading Jane Eyre. It is currently the only thing keeping me from reading The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde, despite the fact that I have in fact read all three sequels to The Eyre Affair.
  3. Swatched or cast-on for the eleventy-million other things I’d like to knit. I feel this shows remarkable self-restraint.

How’s your week been? No matter what, I hope your weekend is even better.

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Sock it to me

Thank you so much for your comments on my previous post – it has been fantastic to note the range of leg sizes y’all have, and also I think fairly comforting to note that I think everyone has a size buddy out there somewhere. Chances are, whether you’re thinking “oh no my legs are too skinny/fat/shapely/weird shaped”, at least one somebody has the same kind of legs.

In other news, I am starting to think a photo course entitled something like “How to Take Sock Pictures With Your Own Feet” would sell big. An online tutorial. Something. I can never seem to make my entire foot look accurate whenever I do pictures like this. The bottom heel/sole of my right foot seems oddly misshapen somehow, and other shots made my toes look totally different on each foot, which surely cannot be right as they look pretty well the same to me when I am barefoot. Nonetheless, the socks themselves are lovely:

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The Jaywalker Socks have been a surprise for me. The first pair I made about 2 years ago came out too small, and became a gift. I sized up on the second pair and gnashed my teeth the whole time, swearing that I would never touch this pattern ever again. Then I started wearing the finished ones and loved them so much I had to admit the pattern had won. I made a third pair back in April, completed largely during my spring trip to New York thanks to lots of time in airports/planes/subways, and all the miscellaneous waiting around that travel does. This yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, in ‘Irving Park’. It’s the 2nd time I’ve knit Jaywalkers with Lorna’s Laces, and I suspect the two have now become permanently linked up in my knitting brain.

On my August Halifax trip, though, I needed a sock in a hurry and realized I had my final ball of Socks That Rock from the Rhinebeck 2007 purchases (though, um, not my last ball of STR in general, heh) all wound up in a bag with a pattern, so I just grabbed those on my way out the door. It is the ‘Coleen’ pattern from the Sweet Sheep Sock Club I joined last year.

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It is essentially a souped-up 3×1 rib pattern with accented stitches at the top of the leg and just before the toe. Since the pattern only uses 60 sts I felt good using the STR Mediumweight, as I would normally go with 64 sts on regular fingering-weight. The pattern is fine, although I am still wondering how well these decorative rows will hold up with wear, particularly the ones by the toe. But it was a quick knit and easy to do while on the go and driving all over Nova Scotia, so that was good.

I currently have no socks on the go but I do have approximately 6,781 things I want to cast on, so we’ll see how that holds up. I have 2 other sweaters currently in WIP form and a bit of a startitis itch. The Hourglass Sweater is thankfully done (as per usual the finishing languished for several days…even though it was hardly any finishing at all), but still needs to finish drying. It’s been a humid and rainy weekend around these parts, as I’m sure is the same for much of North America. Stay dry!

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Good measure

I know that for much of North America, Tuesday is the first day back to the work week after Labour Day, the first day of school, the first day back to reality after summer (wah)…But if you’re able to be distracted for a few tiny moments, I have a question for you.

I’m thinking knee sock thoughts again, and am thinking design thoughts for patterns still to come, and wondered if y’all would mind…measuring your legs for me. I’m trying to get an idea of the range of sizes legs come in. So if you’re up for it, and don’t mind stating measurements on a public blog, would you mind grabbing your tape measure and letting me know the following?:

A (ankle): circumference of the ankle/lower leg at its slimmest point, just above the ankle.
C (calf): circumference of the calf/upper leg at its widest point, usually a couple of inches below the knee.

(If you’re curious, my numbers are 15.5 inches at the calf and 9 inches at the ankle).

I hope your week goes well, whether or not you’re back to reality!

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