Finally got my January socks on the needles

It’s been one of those months.

I actually had work. And I was ill.

The result of those two things was that I did not finish my December socks until about 5 am this morning.

For the first sock of the 2012 Year of Stash Socks Challenge, I’ve chosen to do one of the socks from their “plain vanilla” list, the Arch Shaped Socks.

I do have one little treat — a friend and I were talking online, and I noted that I made stitch markers. Herewith, a pic of some of them.


It’s been a busy knitting month

I may be a touch late finishing my YOSS December Project.

I did get finished the following this month:

One pair Extra Toasty Toddler Mittens (see last post)

Two Preemie Hats

Frost Weekend Shawl

And finally, I finished a long-standing project: Dee’s Blanket.

My late fiance, Dee, had requested that I make a cotton blanket for him based on the Log Cabin Dishcloth pattern from Mason-Dixon Knitting. He did live long enough to see the finished knitted project, but when he passed I was in the middle of weaving in all the ends, and I couldn’t bear to work on it. I dug it out today, and finished weaving in the ends, and now I have a new blanket that has a lot of good (and a lot of bittersweet) memories.

I should have the socks finished soon, but getting these projects off my plate felt really good.

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.

Some Days the Knitting Just Doesn’t Go as You Planned

I’ve been trying to design a new sock.

The plan was to knit the sock quickly, make sure the pattern was written correctly, get it to a beta knitter, and get it up on Ravelry. It would mean that this month I have completed four pairs of socks.

I started it as a toe-up. Had to rip back the foot a couple of times until I found a stitch pattern I liked with the yarn I wanted to use.

Then, I got the foot and the heel flap done and started to pick up for a gusset and realized that I had omitted the heel turn. Ripped back to where that should start. Realized I hadn’t documented what I did for the change from the foot to the heel flap, so I ripped back to that. Screwed up reknitting the heel flap three or four times. Got the heel flap knit, and the heel turned, then realized I had put them in backwards (the heel flap was on the sole of the sock). At that point, I ripped out the entire sock and went to bed.

This morning, I started the sock again, this time, as a cuff-down sock. It’s going smoothly so far, and I am taking it slowly. I have the leg and heel planned out, with preliminary notes in a text document.

I’m still hoping to have the pair done by the end of the month, and to find another beta knitter, but we’ll see what happens.

A Bit of Progress

I got the sock I was designing, Chuffed, finished on the 2nd.

The yarn is Morandia’s MIB Fibers MCN yarn in Lavender and Lime.

I then got my first pair of October socks for the YOSS-2011 Challenge done on he 10th. Not being fond of the two patterns chosen, I decided to do Jeannie Cartmel’s Magic MirrorSocks, using the honey brown BFL I bought from Zarzuela’s Fibers.

Those done, I cast on the Sunday Swing socks by Kristel Nyberg. Again I’m using MCN, this time in Pumpkin Spice, by Ethereal Fibers.

This sock is knitting up pretty quickly. With any luck, I will have the pair done to wear to the 3rd Saturday Fannish Party this weekend.

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