Ahh yes, the plaintive call of wild and domesticated knitters alike:
“Just one more” (row, round, stitch, skein, ball),
“Then I’ll get to” (sleep, housework, cooking, bathing, blogging).
I am not immune and that is why there was no blog post last week.
I had personal goals that I wanted to hit and, well, I figured you guys knew me well enough to know that if there was a gap in my blogging, there’s probably some good stuff coming in the next post.
And there is!
So here we go…
In the last 2 weeks, I finished a whopping *4 pairs* of socks. Yes, I said FOUR.
The Crocodilian Socks (aka the Entrelac Socks from HELL) were finished first. As expected, the second one went a *little* faster than the first due to extensive notetaking.
BadgerDan declared them quite comfy and wore them most of last weekend. He does, however, mention that one really shouldn’t wear entrelac socks in workboots as they’ll give you some weird-ass welts on your instep.
Sound advice, thank you dear.
Those were followed closely by the Garden Stroll Socks.
(Very cute – I really need to pick up some summer skirts to wear them with.)
Next past the finish line was my “fun stuff” project from the week before last.
Now, I may not have mentioned it before, but I try and do something quick and frivolous every week to break up the steady work on my epic projects.
Sometimes they get ripped out and you don’t hear about them, but for the most part, they do get finished and that’s the origin of all the bags, hats and other ephemera speckled throughout my posts.
I generally call them my “day projects” as they normally only take a day or so to finish.
Well, this time I decided to tackle some crocheted socks.
Why? Because you can never have too many socks.
(Do you *hear* the sarcasm? Yes, I know I have a problem. I’ll figure out what to do about it. Eventually.)
These ones I totally blame on the yarn which didn’t want to work for any other thing I tried to use it for and I just wanted it out of the stash before it influenced any of the other balls. (Hey, if stash can breed, it can also organize an armed coup.)
Behold – 2 upstart balls of Patons Kroy Jacquards in “Summer Moss”.
And here’s what they became:
I used the “Ultimate Crocheted Socks” pattern by Dorothy Hardy which I had attempted about 5 yrs ago and gave up on, but managed to muddle my way through this time.
I call them my “Crocheted Carnival Socks“.
Being toe-up, I simply continued the leg until I ran out of yarn and then proceeded to do the cuff in some solid Patons Kroy 4-ply in Burgundy.
I think they have been tamed quite nicely :D.
And last, but not least, I finished off my Bliosán Socks today!
Janel threw us a bit of a curveball with the last clue – shaped arch construction on the foot.
Sneaky. Clever. Pretty darned funky.
Last week’s little fun project came in the form of a wee stuffed bird.
Meet “Stripey Chirp“. He’s 3″ tall and made out of scrap Noro Kureyon, and some other wools.
(My apologies for the fuzzy photos, it was late at night when they were taken.)
(I may have fallen down and purchased her Big Book of Knitted Monsters. Shhhhhh!)
Epic Garter Stitch
What really has been taking my time up has been a slight obsession with my two blanket projects.
I finished the middle 12″ of the Patchwork Blanket which consists of 36 two inch mitered squares:
Sock yarn. 2.5mm needles. This is gonna take FOREVER!
So I decided to upsize the squares a little:
The 6″ squares still take forever to knit (about a day each), but at least it *seems* like progress.
The Moderne Log Cabin Blanket has also been getting a fair bit of love:
Block #7 is now over the halfway point… only 62 more rows to go.
This is Hockey Playoff knitting at it’s best :D. (GO CANUCKS GO!!!)
A New KAL
I’m using MadelineTosh Tosh Sock in “Copper Penny” on 4mm needles and decided to call it my “Lucky Penny Shawl“.
It’s been easy going so far:
The largest clue (Part 3) is due out in a few hours, so you know what I’ll be up to tonight :P.
Next Week’s Agenda
All this clearing off my proverbial desk is to free me up to work on my nephew’s Christening Set which I hope to get done in the next 2 weeks.
I also have the last 3 clues left to do on my Dreamscape Shawl.
Never a dull moment around here.