Monday, December 8, 2008

Crazy busy and all I wanna do is knit.

Surely it's common that when the going gets tough, it gets tough to stave off the knitting urge.

But, since it's nearing the holidays, large amounts of knitting is actually a good thing.

So, what have I got on my needles? About a billion things. Some are progressing more quickly than others, especially those projects that are intended as gifts. Like this (excuse the bad photos, it's been gloomy here for a week):

Pattern: Hourglass socks from Knitty (Rav).
Yarn: Mystery yarn which I have noted before.

I started this sock a while ago and for some reason, the pattern and I had no chemistry. I couldn't fall into a rhythm where I didn't have to check the chart constantly. I set it aside for a couple months, and went back at it with a vengeance yesterday. I got 2" or 3" on it in one day, which is lightning fast in my book. And looking back, I cannot tell what my problem was over the summer because the pattern is pretty intuitive.

Anyway, the yarn doesn't seem very strong but the yarn is so soft and this colorway is gorgeous. I think I know the perfect recipient who will really appreciate these socks, even though she isn't a knitter herself.

Also growing are these:

Pattern: 9-to-5 socks from Nicole Hindes (Rav), two at a time on 2 circs
Yarn: Cascade Heritage

These will be a gift for a man, but I am not sure who. I would love to knit socks for all of my friends, but time is limited and I have to prioritize. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it; for now I am just enjoying the pattern. I really like this stitch. It looks like cabling but there is no actual reordering of the stitches, which makes my sore hands very happy.

I also like this yarn. I think when I get around to making socks for myself I will use this yarn. It's relatively cheap and my bf's socks in this yarn are holding up pretty well.

Anyway, the main reason I am so overwhelmed right now is that I am traveling for a month starting Monday. Three weeks in Medellin, Colombia to visit bf and one week in DC for a conference. I've never been to either place before so I'm pretty stoked.

Now, off to find my passport...