Lounging

This is what the weekend was like:

_DSC8987Feet up, pajamas on, kittens installed, woolly socks present and accounted for.  Ah, about those socks.  Let’s see if we can get the darling Levon out of the way (he steals the show after all) and take a closer look at them.

_DSC8985Yes, yes the threats worked, the socks are done.  That’s Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label in the color Olive.  I’m in love with this for a sock yarn.  Firm, round, smooth, big enough you can work at 7.5 spi and still get sturdy socks.  Yes, you’ll likely need two skeins to make a pair of socks, but as far as I can see, that’s the only downside.  Some day I’ll launch my campaign to get yarn companies to make 6oz skeins of their dk for sock makers, but until then, I’ll just buy two.

Oh, and just so no one can say they missed it, tomorrow is the last day of the Thanksgiving sale.  Details over here if you think you might need something!

Nudge

I find myself completely unmotivated.  I have 30 rows and a toe until I’m done with the second sock of the pair.  That’s two good stretches of knitting.  It should be easy as pie.  But I apparently do not want pie.

second sock, mostly doneInstead, all I want to do is swatch.  I’ve got a bundle of yarns for the next book (Yes, the one after KCC3.  Yes, the one that won’t be out till the end of next year at the earliest.  Yes, they really do take that long), and I’ve got a pile of new yarns from the trip, and all I want to do is play.

So I need a nudge.  I just need to make myself knit six rounds a day for the next week (with a bit of fudging for the toe), and the thing will be done.  So for the next week, the rule is that I’m not allowed to play with other knitting until that day’s six rounds are in.  So here’s the plan.  If I don’t come back and report this is done some time Thanksgiving weekend, harass me mercilessly.  Lots of ridicule, ok?  We’re going to add fear in to the motivation tactics and see how that goes.  I’m sure that will work out well.

Now With Knitting

What’s that? You want some knitting in your knitting blog?  How unreasonable of you.  I did just show you yarn yesterday.  But I’m nothing if not accommodating, so let’s see what I can do.  Look, a sock!

sock1Now yes, it is just one sock, but maybe if I show you two pictures of it we can pretend it’s a whole pair.  Hmm?

sock2No.  Darn.  Well, I’ll just have to knit the second then.  Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts (their yellow label, which is a freaking perfect weight for thick socks if you ask me) in the color Olive.  Lovely stuff, highly recommended.  The second sock should be on the needles some time soon (and some rather more unexpected knitting should be showing up on the blog soon too).

Slow Going

This is the current sock.  Well, actually, this is the current sock as photographed yesterday.  I dearly hope that it is now somewhat longer and more sock like in appearance.

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Life has not been providing me the recommended amounts of knitting time over the last few weeks, and progress on the sock has been slower than one might like.  But, the next few days have a bit of road tripping, and with any luck, that means a bit of knitting time (though I seem to have an off switch in my butt, so sometimes road trips mean lots of naps).  I’ve cleverly packed the requisite pillows and blankets (car knitting is all about elbow management for me, and I have to have juuuuuust the right assortment of elbow props to make it comfortable), and hope to have the first sock done later today.

This sock and the yarn to make a pair of slippers are all the knitting I’m bringing on the trip, so I’m hoping to make good progress.  And the trip does start at Rhinebeck, so it’s not like I won’t be able to get more supplies if the urge falls upon me.  Let’s hope the next sock pic is taken somewhere more picturesque and demonstrates way more actual sock.

Shocking

Hey, look, a sock.  We haven’t seen one of those around here in a while.

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I realized the other day I was feeling a little crazy around the edges – a little crazier than usual.  Now I like to think I’m some sort of complicated, mysterious being with a finely tuned set of needs and desires….not the sort of creature who could be entertained by using a series of 6,000 tiny loops to make a tube with a bend in the middle.  As it turns out though, I totally am that easily entertained.  Making that tube is unreasonably satisfying.  I got a sock on the needles, and within minutes I feel my sense of equanimity returning.  I’m not sure whether to be awed by the restorative power of knitting or deeply concerned that I might be a bit simple.

The yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label in olive, and it is amazing.  And yes, it is a dk weight yarn.  And yes, it does take 2 skeins to make a pair of socks.  But I truly, deeply, passionately feel that socks are better knit on thicker yarns.  They’re easier to knit, they’re more comfortable to wear, and they last longer (this is where you can imagine me waving a banner and possibly shouting into a bullhorn).  And since I’m the one knitting them…well I’ll be using yarns I love.  Now, if only we could get yarn makers to start giving us dk yarns in 150 gram hanks so I could get a pair out of one skein…

More pics as the sock comes together, this one isn’t really doing the sock justice, but I was too pleased to have something shareable on the needles to wait any longer.