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March 9th, 2004
11:50 am

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The Stash Prevails
I'm beginning to understand the real joy of having a stash. Last night, still sick, I had to cancel a date with a very charming man. Pathetic and sorry for myself, I just wanted to go home and knit on my sock. I'm almost to the heel.

Imagine how it increased my overwhelming pathos when I broke my first needle, one of the bamboo size twos the sock is knit on. I'm using 5 needles, but with the heel approaching, it didn't seem to be the time to start knitting on four.

Instead of succumbing to self-pity and burying my head under my comforter, I looked up the French Market Bag I'd picked up a couple of skeins of Lamb's Pride with an eye towards. But it requires size 7 double-pointed needles. Who uses size 7 dpns?

Apparently, I do. In my needle stash is a single set of brittany birch dpns. Don't ask me why. I remember buying them, but I have no idea what for -- a long-forgotten plan to knit a hat, perhaps?

BTW, the French Market bag is a pain in the posterior to start. The large dpns with two stitches each really do look like an unruly hedgehog. But I've now got perhaps a 4" square. Maybe 40 stitches around.

And, as a coda, it turns out that my needle stash also includes replacements for the sock needle I broke. I was going to try knitting the next sock on metal, so I bought some needles recently. I wish I'd remembered that last night. But then I wouldn't have progress on the French Market bag. :-)

Does anyone ever honestly and completely admit to the number of projects they have going at one time, and the amount of yarn they have purchased with particular projects in mind? Because when I actually stop to total it up, it scares me. :-) I probably have enough projects right now to knit for the rest of the year on.

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February 23rd, 2004
05:17 pm

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Ripping
Sigh. I should know not to knit on complex projects when I'm ill. I had to rip out most of the second sock yesterday, because at some point I'd turned the thing around and started knitting backwards, from the inside of the sock. I'd done 7 or 8 rows that way, before I noticed by attempting to count how many rows total I'd done and seeing that the counts were very weird at different places.

I'm trying to be all zen about it. I read an online quote about ripping knitting somewhere that basically said, hey, what were you going to do after you finished this piece? Find more stuff to knit, right? Well, you've got more stuff to knit! But it's hard to be zen when you're ripping out 1x1 ribbing, surely the most annoying stitch to knit.

However, at Stitches, I got this great fuzzy fuschia eyelash-type yarn. Imagine eyelash done with the texture of a stuffed animal fur, rather than silky or stringy stuff. I'm knitting a thin scarf out of it, and it looks more like a muppet than anything I've knitted on so far.

So long as I stick to simple projects, this illness is good for knitting. Scarf knitting comes in easily between "too out of it for anything but television" and "together enough to work from home". And I've been spending a lot of time in the territory between them lately.

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February 20th, 2004
09:16 pm

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Yay!
Yay! I finished the sock!

I expect that the next one will take less than the 36 or so days this one took. I certainly hope, anyway.

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February 11th, 2004
08:29 am

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Still on Socks
I finished the sock's heel yesterday. I'm pretty thrilled about that.

It's interesting to me how much knitting is somthing that tickles my intellectual skills, with the neat topology and the opportunity (but not necessity) for lots of math.... yet, it doesn't seem entirely plannable, either, at least not when I allow for taking other peoples' advice.

Like, now that I'm done with the heel, it looks like the socks are much taller than I really meant them to be and thought they would be from following the pattern. They'll span three or four inches above my ankle bone when I was really trying for very short crew socks. Some of that is the fault of the pattern I'm following; it assured me that I had to have at least 4 inches of stockinette stitch below the ribbing before I started the heel of the sock, and that's clearly not true. But still, I had no idea how it would turn out until I actually did it. That's fun.

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February 8th, 2004
08:49 am

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Sock Happiness
I got some time to work on the sock yesterday, so I'm into working on the heel. So far, an hourglass heel (aka short row heel, and there's probably a more formal name for it, too) is not as difficult as it looks. Knitting is surprisingly like unix systems administration: read the manual pages, meditate on them for a few minutes, and go for it.

I hope I finish this one soon; It's been almost a month and I'm a definite candidate for Second Sock Syndrome, where you've finished the first sock and knitting the second one seems unimaginably hard.

I expect, though, that making some time to knit at upcoming Stitches West will cure second sock syndrome.

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February 6th, 2004
08:22 am

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Project Roundup
Turns out I knit much like I do everything else: scattered, running in a lot of directions at once, the plan only in my head but everything turning out fairly nicely in the end. So I end up with a lot of projects.

The finished:


The pieces in progress:
  • the infamous sock. It's my first one, so it's going very slowly. It's time to make the heel, but I need a couple of hours to sit down and really get how to turn the heel.
  • a baby blanket for druantya. This is my lazy project, when I want to knit but don't want to put a lot of thought into it.
  • a felted Booga Bag. Just the i-cord handle to go before felting, but boy is i-cord boring.
  • A scarf for princeofwands out of the most amazing sparkly nylon
  • A scarf for me from Lamb's pride fuscia, orange, and yellow


Dreams:
  • I'd like to make myself a poncho. Circular, with a ribbed neck like a t-shirt, I think. No fringe. I don't know whether to find a pattern, or just go for it.
  • perhaps a French Market bag?
  • </ol>

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February 5th, 2004
12:36 pm

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I did it!
I did it; I spent the $5 on 2 months of a journal to document my knitting. We'll see how much I actually use it.

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