Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I'm a good girl. Here's why:
1. I totally made that deadline on submitting patterns to SnB.
2. I sent my swap package early! I really hope my partner likes everything.
3. This:

Yeah, I cast on for the second sock right away! Go me!! Hmm... I guess I never blogged about the first sock. I think overall I'm getting better at making socks, even though this one has a hell of a lot of imperfections. It was my first time doing short rows instead of a heel flap, and I like the shape a lot better than the squareness of those silly little flaps. Still not perfectly devoid of holes, though. How do you get those dumb holes on the corners between the heel and the rest of the sock to go away?
Anyway, I'm proud of this one despite its flaws, especially the toe--I successfully did short rows in a movie theatre, and grafted the toe in the car ride home to boot. (Granted I had to frog a few times along the way, but hey, it was dark and I was making it up as I went along.)
I like this sock. It reminds me of mint, and the worsted weight wool makes it very warm. (Can't wait until the temperature dips below 80 so I can finally wear them!)

My other WIP right now (God, it's weird to say "other" like that... I have been so dedicated to only two projects at a time this summer!) is that rainbow tote I've been talking about making.

So far I'm really digging this project. I was anxious to see what the yarn would do when knit up; I think I like what's going on now. I wish there was more pooling on the bottom though. That's right--I love pooling! To be totally honest, I hate those variegated yarns that do nothing when they knit up besides make a mixed, random mess of too many colors at once. I hate them. I like to see each and every color matched up with itself and organized, but stripes can get boring. I love how this is looking more and more like tie-dye, and I hope it stays this cool throughout the bag!! ::nervous squeal::

I love the suspense knitting gives me, which is probably the major reason why I don't use patterns, measure yardage, check gauge, or get too visionary early in a project.

Story time...
Today I went to my LYS in search of Cascade Fixation (cotton/elastic blend I plan to use for socks or a summer top, or both). Unfortunately they don't carry it at the Knit Nook, so I'm going to call Close Knit Cafe tomorrow and ask them if they do. Anyway, while we were there, ogling the miniscule $11 balls of Rowan fancypants soft stuff, my mom (who is thankfully more extroverted than I) told the woman there about how I make up patterns and asked her if they'd ever need any help in the shop. The woman there said that, come fall, they would be delighted to have me knit stuff for them to put on display, sell patterns, or just come in and help them run the store. Imagine getting paid to knit and stare at shelves full of yarn! I practically had a joygasm as I left my name and phone number. I hope it works out.


At June 22, 2006 9:07 AM, Blogger Anushka said...

Can't wait to see the bass clef bag! I've been meaning to do something really similar for AGES now. Woo!

And congratulations on the job offer (or prospect of), how lucky are you?

At June 22, 2006 11:57 AM, Blogger Emily said...

i dig that sock. i have yet to make a pair of socks, but before i start another project i need to finish the ten others still going -_- i have a short attention span...
anyway, congrats on the job offer! i would LOVE to do something like that and get paid!

At June 22, 2006 4:37 PM, Blogger Alexa said...

If you're interested in come Cascade Fixation, I've got some Elann knock-off stuff that I'm dying to get rid of. It's pretty much the same yarn, just cheaper with a different label. Your's for free, just email me at morosemolly@

At June 23, 2006 10:39 AM, Blogger lomester said...

I need to learn how to make sicks - those are really cute.

That is great that you made the SnB deadline! Good Luck!! (the suspense of knowing what you submitted is killing me)

At June 23, 2006 1:26 PM, Blogger SmurfPop said...

Well done on making the deadline, and that sock looks great! I hope you get the job, I'd love to work in a yarn shop... x

At August 25, 2006 4:35 AM, Blogger la glitz said...

Aww, thank you so much for your props to my socks! I had to comment on this entry, because I TOO am a love-pooling heretic. What is the point of crazy coloured yarn if it doesn't make up exciting patterns as it goes along? I ask you.

Anyway, I note that you, like me, are stuck in the full-time study zone, which I think makes reading while knitting almost compulsory. Because clearly, neither is enough to capture one's full attention, right?


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