The last week or two I've lost the knitting mojo. Work has been a bit overwhelming, and apparently my coping strategy is killing Raiders and Super Mutants - I've been playing a lot of Fallout3 lately. I keep a plain sock at my desk at work and plink away at it when I take a break to listen to the news, but that's about it.
I'm hoping the mojo comes back now, as I've got two sweaters I know I could finish soon. One of them is entered as a WIP in the round of the Colourmart contest (rav) which starts today.
all manner of trouble adjusting the bust to fit my measurements but I think the rest of it should be smooth sailing. (Famous last words?) Anyway, I'm planning to pick it up again tonight, maybe it will work some magic on me and I'll knock it out in a couple weeks.
The other sweater I'm working on is the Lily sweater for my friend.
I am so almost to the armholes. This is like the home stretch!
By the way I switched out one of the stitch markers for this adorable thing I got from home:
He (and his several brothers and maybe a few avian friends) were just too cute to resist. I'm lucky I didn't have a whole damn menagerie waiting in my mom's mailbox! There are a bunch more in the etsy shop I got them from.
Anyway, my main problem is that both of these projects are going to need sleeves soon, and both are on the same size needles. Since I only have so many 3.75 mm needles, I'm going to have to finish one before starting the sleeves on the other. I've chosen to work on the silk top, so that I have a better chance of meeting the contest deadline.
Monday, September 13, 2010
|Pattern: Bavarian Cable Socks, Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy|
About the pattern: This pattern comes from Wendy's book and it's perfectly well-written. For someone with average-shaped feet the fit is great. But. My bf, I have learned, does not have average-shaped feet. His heels are pointy. As in, my leg makes a 90-degree angle with the ground and his make like a 75-degree angle. The heel on this sock (and probably like half of the sock patterns out there) can barely accomodate the extra volume in the heel area. See:
I took so long for these puppies because all those twisted stitches making up the "cables" are painful to knit. My right pinkie always cramped up after about 20 minutes of knitting. This problem was probably exacerbated by the needles I was using - 2.0 mm circs with a short "needle portion" (the hard part at either end). Definitely a fault of the knitter and not the design.
About the yarn: I have already mentioned that this yarn is a little disappointing for me. I mean, the color is beautiful, really I could ogle this yarn all day. However, the yarn itself gets quite thin in places, and pills like anything. Trying to compensate for the delicate yarn, I used much tinier needles than recommended, and this just gave me a pilly fabric that was also stiff. I guess the "Smooshy" comes from its being loosely spun, so perhaps I shouldn't complain about all this and use it only for low-wear items in the future. But still it's a bit of a downer to finish my bf's socks after an eternity and have his first comment be, "they're kindof fuzzy, is it supposed to be like that?"
Considering that it's a pattern that I'd rather not knit again with a yarn better suited for something else, I would say the project turned out OK. On to the next, I guess.
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