Scrap Socks are Great for Dealing with Odds and Ends

The thing about doing a challenge (like the Year of Stash Socks 2011) is that all the projects leave one with a huge array of small balls of yarn, none of which are quite enough to become a project in and of themselves. So, my solution was to make a pair of socks out of the scraps.

These did not have a real pattern, although I used the heel from Chuffed. I used two sets of size 1 dpns, and cast on 60 sts. I did ten rows of 1×1 rib, then changed yarn, and switched to a 3.3 rib for the leg and the instep, and stockinette for the gusset. I changed colors after ten rows.

I’m quite pleased with the way these came out, and I am looking forward to more projects like this one.


November YOSS Project

This month, the project was mittens. I enjoy mittens, but they are not, by any means, my favorite things to knit. These were really gorgeous, though, so I figured I’d give them a whirl while trying not to get too frustrated with the computer issues.

The project was Kristel Nyberg’s Magic Mirror Mittens. While the picture does not do the color justice at all, the color of the yarn is a gorgeous heathered rose/grey.

I’m not sure what my next project will be yet, but I’m sure I will pick something up over the next day or so.

I Knew There Was a Reason I Knit

It’s been one of those months already.

My computer crashed out on Friday, and refused to reboot. Fortunately, this was a slow week, writing wise, so I didn’t have to worry too much about getting assignments done.

Like many HP computers, mine came pre-loaded. This meant that I never received an installation disk for Vista. Fortunately, however, I am blessed with a number of friends who are much more computer-savvy than I am. My friend D, a sysadmin, immediately helped me use my roommate’s computer to make an ubuntu boot thumb drive (which is what I am running on at the moment), and two friends that I met through last year’s NaNoWriMo ran various diagnostics with me, and helped me acquire a Vista 32-bit recovery disk. However, because the machine came pre-loaded, Microsoft claims HP has to deal with it. HP says it’s out of warranty and won’t even talk to me about it unless I hand them $60 for a one-shot, or send them the machine and $400, which just isn’t happening. Meanwhile, the main issue was getting to my files, so that I could copy them to a disk and not lose my records from freelancing since January.

As anyone who has dealt with this kind of thing knows, all the copying, testing, waiting on perma-hold, etc. takes lots of time, and almost infinite patience. While the time was not a major issue, infinite patience is not something I have been blessed with. So I dealt with the frustration the only way I knew how. I knit.

For years I have been telling people who ask why I knit that, “It’s cheaper than therapy, and I have {socks/sweaters/shawls/afghans/etc.} when I’m done.” Well, this time, what it got me was most of the first mitten of the pair I’m doing for my YOSS November project. I also got the patience to deal with all the nonsense that the computer issue had brought up.

I have spoken to the store I bought the computer at, and I’m still under the extended warranty I purchased when I bought it. My ex has an old laptop he can loan me for while it’s in the shop. Now, the only thing is to arrange picking up his laptop and bringing mine to the store.

While it’s out, I expect to finish the pair of Magic Mirror Mittens I am working on, and then to crochet a pair of rippled tube socks.

Final October Sock

This is one of my own designs. I’m calling it Confetti, after the yarn.

This should have been finished yesterday, but life happened. Still, I made the bulk of the pair in October, so I’m counting it as an October sock.

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