Zombie Sock Revealed

These are absolute cake to knit.  Easy as can be.  Writing down just how to do them though… that’s proving unexpectedly challenging.  Somehow I don’t think ‘get really sick and then just do what seems easiest’ will work as the first instruction.  Neither will a picture of me pointing at a particular spot and a caption reading ‘make that bit line up right.’  Some day I’ll learn to take better notes.

Bits and Pieces

Having the furnace on is lovely.  It is definitely warmer with the furnace on, but it’s not exactly warm.  We have an old house (built in 1920), and it has the original windows and absolutely no insulation in the walls.  We love it, it’s beautiful, but it is more than a bit drafty.  We also have an old furnace.  It’s not quite as old as the house, but is still rather elderly as these things go.  The combination of old furnace and drafty house means the gas bill gets rather staggering if we set the heat above about 58.  So we spend the winter well wrapped up.  Now please don’t worry that this is any sort of a hardship.  We’re both wired for the cold and are likely to start cracking the windows if it gets much warmer than that.  We’re totally fine.

The only time it’s a problem is if I have to sit still for a long time.  Say, to work on the computer.  Or knit.  Or read.  The obvious solution is to have lots of little bits of wooliness about to wrap up in if I happen to be sitting still for a while or sitting somewhere exceptionally drafty.  I’m almost always wearing woolly socks, and I’ve got fingerless mitts scattered all over the house.  I also have a little mini scarf/neck warmer thing I made with some of my earliest handspun, and I love it dearly.  Last night, instead of, say, working on any of the zillion other things I really should be knitting, I cast on for another one.  Now the yarn I’m using is like my second handspun ever.  I know it’s more or less crap.  I did it on a lousy toy spindle, and I had no idea what I was doing (not that I know much now, but I know enough to know this was not done well).  I’m pretending the whole project is an experiment in making the best of a yarn with some…erm…challenging characteristics.  It’s bulky, there’s not much of it, and it changes in thickness rather dramatically from one spot to the next.  But it is soft, and it’s one of the very few blue things I like (the roving was the colorway Superstition and came from etsy seller Fiber Optic).

And thanks to everyone who likes my I’m-sick-and-can’t-be-bothered-to-do-anything-hard socks.  While they’re super simple to make, they’re oddly challenging to write up.  I’ll probably do it eventually if enough people are interested, but it will have to be some time early next year at the soonest.  There are just too many other things going on to get it done any sooner.  The next thing I finish will be Heather’s sock (likely done tonight).  Then my friend’s hat.  And I may need to make an extra tentacle for another project.  Then I’ve got some birthday socks I really should make some progress on if they’re to be for this birthday.  I think I really need to institute a moratorium on casting on until some of the current projects are done.  I’m not usually prone to such scattered knitting, but lately I’ve been helpless to resist.

Signs of Life

I have done a thorough investigation and can now confidently say that being sick sucks.  Refusing to lay down and rest so as to get better seems to prolong being sick.  Doing even more stuff than usual because you’re busy and things need to get done seems to actually make it worse.  Despite my very best efforts, I appear not to be able to will this germ away and have had to actually lay down and rest as opposed to saying I will lay down and rest and completely neglecting to do so.  I really don’t think this is fair and would like to lodge a complaint with the appropriate authority.  Please do let me know if you find contact information for said authority.

I have actually managed to get a fair bit of knitting done (while resting…in bed…under blankets…with hot tea and other strengthening medicines ready to hand).  Heather’s sock is clicking away (I’m past the tricky point and it now also qualifies as easy knitting) and needs only an inch or two of foot plus a toe to be finished.  The zombie sock is also going well and I continue to be unreasonable smitten with it given that it is such a simple little thing.  It’s made with Creatively Dyed Yarn’s Luxury in Weston.  I picked it up in Pittsburgh back in February.  Amazingly enough, when these are finished I will have used all the yarn in that photo.  The top one turned into Diluvian, the purplish-gray one turned into Peregrinate, the pink one turned into Anemochory, and the last one is on the needles.  This is almost unheard of.  It seems I generally like to let yarn marinate in my stash for a year or two before deciding to bring it out and use it.

And thanks to everyone for your thoughts on the camera/ipad/wheel decision.  I have a feeling I’ll get the camera first, as it is more or less a reasonable business expense and will be useful for future big projects.  The wheel and ipad are more toys and alas, will have to wait.

Zombie Knitting

I’m still not dead.  I may even be showing signs of returning life.  I say this because I’ve recently found myself possessed by the overwhelming need to knit something.  Alas, I do not currently have the attention span or the stamina necessary to tackle the (somewhat complicated) project for Heather’s book.  So I cast on something idiot simple.

So far the steps are, find some pretty yarn.  This is rather easy to do in this house and so takes no particular effort.  Cast on a sockish number of stitches.  This is more or less second nature by this point.  Knit ribbing for a while.  Whack something simple yet decorative over on the side — the sort of thing that doesn’t even require counting, just looking.  Knit.  This approach has the advantage of feeling like knitting yet not requiring more brain power than I can muster at the moment.  I’m kinda liking it.

It also has the advantage of being knittable in low-light conditions.  This is an important consideration if you’re going to drag your disease-ridden carcass out to a show and want to knit while you’re there.  Now normally I wouldn’t advocate doing any such thing.  Sick people should stay home in bed and rest and keep their germs to themselves.  But in this case, we’d bought tickets ages ago, and they were really good seats.  I couldn’t quite justify staying home.  So we took the sock to see Great Big Sea, and they were nifty.

Also nifty, Laura over at Handwerks has just announced her latest club.  This one is travel-themed and looks to be marvelous.  I love Laura’s yarn (I used it in Gramercy and in one of the book socks) and I’m sure I’ll be using it again in the future.  Do yourself a favor and check it out, it’s good stuff!

Astonishing Restraint

There was yarn in Pittsburgh. Rather a lot of yarn. If you consider my purchases in light of the total amount of yarn available, I showed admirable restraint. Quite impressive really. I bought only two little skeins. One a lovely turquoise number from Decadent Fibers and another a dark purplish fancy from Creatively Dyed Yarn.  Both of them even have a bit of nylon and so stand a good chance of lasting for more than a season.  I also picked up a second set of the Kollage square needles (one of the first set has suffered an unauthorized relocation via kitten and is currently unaccounted for.  I needed another set to finish the green socks.)  The other two yarns in the picture are for collaborations I will be undertaking with dyers in the near future.  More about them and about my Olympic knitting progress soon.