Monday, September 1, 2008

Raise the flag, the Queen has returned!

Yes indeed, The Knitting Queen has struck again. I have been knitting like crazy, finishing up (yes, I said finishing) projects. In fact, I am so proud of myself that I began a new project that I have absolutely no time for at all. But my luscious Pagewood Farms Dark Denim merino/bamboo sock yarn, that I purchased months ago, has been practically hopping out of the basket, just itching to be knit.

So last night I began the Monkey socks that are featured on Ravelry and Knitty. I've done two whole inches and I'm in love. I'm in love with the pattern (I guess there is a reason it is THE most popular pattern in all of Ravelry) and I'm in love with the yarn. I've begun a torrid affair with this yarn and there is no turning back.

And now it is time for show and tell. A few months ago I made Leah some convertible mittens out of Regia 6 ply sock yarn. She loved the mittens so much that I did a hat. In fact, the Emma Hat from Knitting Little Luxuries. Next come matching socks.

I'm a double points sock knitter. That is how I learned 10 years ago and it suits me just fine. However, the shop teaches socks on two circular needles. I have no need for this. No Need. People have been knitting socks on dps for hundreds of years. I have knit many a fine sock on dpns. However, that wacky Cat Borhdi introduced the two circular needle thing and there are a lot of people hitching themselves to that wagon. So I'm sucking it up and taking our sock class, if for no other reason, than to be able to answer customer questions. And so I will be using Leah's sock yarn to learn this technique, since I already have two sets of size 3 needles. I just can't bring myself to purchase two sets of size 1 circular needles. Can't do it.

I also finished Leah's yoga socks...

...and I have two of the flowers made up for her felted bag. I seem to do a lot of knitting for Leah. Perhaps my business cards should list my title as "Personal Knitter to Leah Smith". And then when she becomes rich and famous some day she can carry me along with her and I can start to knit her cashmere sweaters... Ok, that was really random.

I have the back of Ryan's Harry Potter sweater finished and I've just started on the big R on the front...

...and I'm just about finished with my niece's socks. She chose Cascade Fixation, which I had been wanting to try. And now I can say I have. The socks are actually quite comfortable, but I'm not loving the yarn. It's too stretchy for me and it's really obvious where I switch needles. But she's 10. What does she know.
Yep, feeling good about the knitting. Almost as good as I feel about the fact that school starts in 2 days. 2 DAYS PEOPLE! I honestly don't know what I'm so excited about--Eric's day ends at 11:00. 11:00! What am I going to do with this kid after 11:00? I can't even make him go play with his brother. Maybe he'll get so tired he'll go back to napping. Maybe I'll follow that pipe dream for a while.

1 comment:

Wilde Thyme Knits said...

Good grief you've been busy! All those finished projects - well done. I'm still doing the baby blanket (in the car, watching tv, in the coffee shop...)