Monday, January 14, 2013

on the needles now ...

i posted my finished socks, but now i want to share what i'm working on now. i currently have 3 (active) projects on the needles.

i always need something mindless to knit. something i can literally knit in the dark. seriously. a plain stockinette stitch sock ... if i do the ribbing ahead of time, i can can knit the leg in the dark at a movie theatre.

and sometimes, my mind is to scattered to be able to focus on a pattern, so a plain sock is good medicine.

that sock right now is this one knitted in kroy sock yarn.

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i have already finished the first sock, and am almost to the heel of the second sock (i had a lot of 'waiting time' this past weekend).

what i ♥ love ♥ about kroy ... it is self patterning. it's inexpensive. it wears very well. it's easy care. and, it's a little heavier than the standard fingering yarn, so i can knit it at 56 stitches on a size 2.75mm needle.

it soothes the soul .....


i know a lot of knitters love their luxury yarns. i love luxury yarns too, but truth be told, i love easy care and convenience too. besides, i can't always afford the luxury yarns.

craft store yarns are often on sale, and if they're not, they can be gotten for cheap with a couple of coupons. okay, 'nuff said about the awesomeness of kroy =)

next up on the needles is a mystery sock!

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for my regular sock knitting group (SKA) on Ravelry, one of this month's options is to knit the mystery sock.

i don't usually knit the mystery sock (one of which is offered every other month), because as much as i love surprises, my knitting time is small.

but, this month, the designer is Rachel Coopey, and i just adore her designs. so, this was a "no brainer".

how a mystery sock works ... the featured designer releases a total of 4 "clues". the part you see right now is part of clue 2. we get clue 3 tomorrow. i haven't finished clue 2 yet !!!

i've just not had a lot of knitting or personal time, so i'm a bit behind on everything. i will finish clue 2 sometime this week (which is really only 4 or 5 rounds).

but so far, clue 1 included the solid colored cuff, and clue 2 has been the stranded leg portion. who knows what will be clue 3 ?!

the last project i'm sharing is my personal favorite right now. i'm knitting the "my favourite things" infinity scarf. i'm knitting in acrylic. yes. acrylic. it's vanna's choice.

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this is just a close up of a small section of my scarf. this is after i blasted it with steam. in the machine knitting world, we say things like, ... "steam kills !" in backpacking we say, "cotton kills!"

so, steam on acrylic is a good thing, if you like the results and don't want to reverse them (the steaming is permanent). steam relaxes the fabric, and adds some drape.

i have tons of pictures right now in my ravelry account, and on flickr.

it's just fun. fun. FUN. and it's a blast of color. last month, joann fabrics had a 'coupon commotion'. they let me use all my 50% off coupons to buy yarn (because the yarn was not already discounted). i bought 10 colors then, and then 2 other colors later.

i know i should be stash busting, but hey, i'm a knitter ...........











1 comment:

Agnes Berthelot said...

Mmm ... the mystery sock pattern is so lovely ... I might just have to make it too!
I totally agree with you on craft store yarns! All the socks I made with craft store sock yarns are still going strong but those luxury yarns? Many of the socks made from them were worn out already!