Friday, March 30, 2007

Socks socks socks!

That's all I want to knit anymore, which is funny for two reasons: 1) I usually hate wearing socks. I'm the girl barefoot in ballerina flats in January. And 2) My socks come out far from perfect, every time. But, still. They're challenging and satisfying to knit, and I do like to insulate myself from the tile floor from time to time. And so. Another skein of Socks that Rock made its way home with me last night:

This is the lightweight in Carbon Dating, which isn't on the website anymore. My LYS had a lot of older colors, and some really pretty ones. It's hard to resist going back for a couple more! I cast on a Monkey (Winter 07 Knitty - do I really need to link it?) last night, and after getting through the ribbing and one repeat found that it was too big and pooling terribly. This photo is attempt number two on US 0 Inox dpns, rather than the US 1 KA bamboos that I favor. In the photo I'm trying unsuccessfully to show that I think it's going to pool again. One side is all blue; the other side is all the other colors. Pooling and flashing in handpainted yarns is one of my biggest knitting pet peeves. I don't know if I just lucked out with my first STR, but I didn't have any problems that time and didn't expect any this time.

This is Tropicana from Magknits, STR medium weight in Highway 30. I'm standing on an annoying flyer left on my front porch in this picture. It's the only photo I have of them. Just after taking this one I moved out to the exposed part of the porch for better light, but my neighbor drove up just then, and I got a little embarrassed - crazy girl, taking pictures of her feet and wearing kiddie barrettes while her barefoot and jacketless toddler does her best to escape into the yard - I thought better of it and we went inside. They probably already think I'm a bit odd, and this would send the opinion from "odd" to "weirdo." The socks are pretty though, yes?

And here, finally, is my too-small Wyvern:

The foot was absolutely perfect. I was overjoyed with how perfectly this sock fit me - the toe, the heel, the clinginess without being tight. Loved it. So off I went up the ankle as quickly as I could, and lo, the ankle is so tight I can't get the thing on any farther than this. And I've got some skinny feet. Apologies for the blur and the... oddness, I guess, of this shot. It was hard to figure out how to photograph the entire sock while also showing that it doesn't fit, and I was doing some silly contortionist move and trying to keep my balance. It entertained Mina, at least.

I still have one side and sleeve to seam on her sweater. She wore it around all day today anyway though, one side how it should be and the other unseamed and flapping open. No matter where I put this thing she finds it and asks to wear it, silly girl. It will be ready for her when she gets up in the morning.

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