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Finally

I have some prancing to do…

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(Finished Baudelaires – large size, made with Fortissima Socka on 2.75mm DPNs)

These babies have been lingering on the needles for three months, taunting me with their unfinishedness from the bottom of the knitting basket. Despite all my knitting, I haven’t had a Finished Object in over a month, and my sanity couldn’t take it any more. I sat down yesterday and finished them. Ta da!

If you were here in person, I would probably be pointing out to you where all the mistakes are. “See, here’s where the heel is crooked, and where the toe is wonky, and where I made stupid mistakes all over the lace pattern…” But I don’t mind one bit. These are my first completed toe-up socks, with a heel flap no less, and I knew when I went into it that I was choosing this pattern as a skill-building project. To heck with perfection. I learned one version of a toe-up heel flap, I learned two toe-up cast-ons (Figure 8, which I don’t like as well, and the square toe, which I do like), a new lace pattern, the sewn bind-off, and more things about short rows. The modest intimidation factor of these things was, ultimately, what kept me from finishing them so quickly, but I’m glad I did it. I would knit these again.

(Baudelaires – slightly blurry still life with Hershey’s Kisses)

Have you seen these new Cherry Cordial Hershey’s Kisses? Damn. I am going to have to get me some more of these, I tell you what. You know the sweet, gooey, pink pasty stuff that sits in the bottom centre of a chocolate-covered cherry? Well, they took that crack yummy stuff and put it in the centre of a chocolate kiss. Mmmmmnnnngggghhhhmmmm. This may be the best thing since I discovered dark chocolate Milky Way bars in the States. Excuse me, I think I need to be alone with the bag for a moment…

But one last glimpse at the socks first. ;)

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Le-voila!

Sarah rightfully prodded me to show photos of my 2nd Ivy sweater, which I have not photographed for some reason, despite the fact that I’ve had it finished for about 3 months now. Poor darling, she’s probably feeling unloved.

I’ve made a quick ‘FO’ post over here at the Ivy Knitalong, with Ivy #2 – I’m not ruling out a 3rd one sometime in the future, I’ve gotta say. But not yet. Lots to keep me busy in the meantime…like Baudelaire #2!


I managed to start the toe last night and got through 2 repeats of the lace pattern on the foot this afternoon while at coffee with friends. I’m looking forward to being able to wear them, there’s a real shortage of bright pink socks in my life.

Robin asked me about the yarn I was using for the Baudelaires. It’s Fortissima Socka, that I found at my LYS a few months back and snagged pretty much for the colour alone. Upon closer inspection of the ball band I discovered it is 60% superwash wool and 40% polyamide, which is a different material proportionality than I’ve used before (although strangely that is not the same proportion that is listed on the yarn link above. Hmm…). That probably explains why the yarn feels all smooth and shiny in my hands, heh. It’s not as soft as other sock yarns (like Knitpicks Essential or Austermann Step), but it does feel quite sturdy.

In other news, I’ve recently been approached by some nice folks at Random House books to do some blog reviews of their upcoming knitting books. Watch this space for more – I tells ya, the excitement never ends around this place.

And now I’ll stop with the insane amount of weekend blogging and head back to the last few gasps of weekend hours. Oh, Monday…

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January things

Blogger has been gabbing for several days (possibly weeks) now about the New! And! Improved! Version of Blogger! And how we’re all supposed to switch over right now! Act now! So finally I did, only to receive a screen that said something along the lines of “Oh, but we didn’t mean YOU were supposed to have the new Blogger.” (Well, it said something more like “We’re sorry but your blog isn’t able to switch over yet. We don’t know why and you’ll just have to try again later.” Still. BAH.)

So, me and my old and antiquated and not-yet-new-and-improved version of Blogger are contemplating one of my yarny Christmas gifts, from my sister:

(4 skeins of Noro Silk Garden, colourway 201)

It’s a little more in the earth-tone area than what I’d normally purchase for myself, but the purple and blue jewel tones are just lovely. Provided that 4 skeins are enough, I think I will earmark these for Poppy. I’ll have to think of what other yarn to combine it with…but since this would technically still fall under the category of “buying yarn to complete a project with stash yarn”, I’m allowed to do that, right? (Look, 3 days into the new year and I’m already stretching the rules of Knit-From-Stash ;) ) I won’t rush into this though, I’ll just let the yarn sit and I’ll contemplate the colours and what shade to make the bodice to go with the Silk Garden sleeves/shoulders.

Speaking of my sister, though, she has succumbed to the peer pressure and gone and gotten herself a blog: Under the Influence. Her most recent post there is a nice summary of our activities from Christmas through New Year’s, which handily saves me the trouble of doing the same thing. Feel free to go over and say hi, she’s nice!

(January socks – Fortissima self-striping yarn, 2.75 mm DPNs)

I finished these on New Year’s day, but the bulk of the knitting was done in 2006, so I’m adding these as the last of the 2006 FOs to the list at the sidebar. Heh. I wasn’t wild abou the colourway when I first started, but now that I’ve finished the socks it’s starting to grow on me. They look good with jeans, and I like the teal stripe quite a bit. Very wearable.

One last picture and then I’ll skeedaddle back to the New Year Decluttering – my (almost) finished first Baudelaire! ;)

(Baudelaire #1 – Fortissima Socka, 2.75 mm DPNs
Still life with Christmas cacti and Noro Silk Garden ;) )

I started these socks back in November, got 2/3 of the way through Sock #1 and then promptly abandoned it for other things. I took it along on our brief New Year’s trip and finished it with the exception of the cast-off – the pattern calls for the sewn bind-off which I’ve never done before, therefore I have to go and look it up. So it’s just patiently waiting for that final step and then I’ll be sure to start up on Sock #2 before I take another 2 month hiatus on it ;)

Happy, Happy New Year, and many Happy Knitting Adventures await I am sure!

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