I didn't work on Nameless One's sweater last night. Does that make me a bad person?
Today I'm wearing my fingerless gloves. They are great, but if I made them today they would be different. These gloves are made from angora with silk. They have ZERO memory. So once worn, they stay stretched out. I added a strand of elastic to make them stay up on my arms; these babies are a good eight inches long. They're very warm and soft. So, if I was to make them today. I would knit with elastic in the ribbing. I think I might do a bit of wrist shaping. Maybe do ribbing all the way down, until the thumb.
* For some reason, my squares are more kite shaped. I would say rectangle even, but that's not quite right either
I will say, I did try the 32 inch AddiTurbos. They are too short. The 40 inch ones are a bit to long. Too bad, they don't come in 36 inches sets. I would like those.
I was going to watch Heroes last night we taped it, but didn't. Now I can't even remember what I was watching, I think it was Dirty Jobs. It was the only show I've ever seen him ask to stop doing what he was doing. Funny as hell. I don't think he cares for snakes. I know I wouldn't.
Out on my usual blog reading, I found on The Life and Times of Florence Knitingale's blog The Twelve Days of Knitting. I think she is on to something there.
I finished the ribbing on the socks. Started the trek towards the heels. I'm trying to decide which kind of heel I want to use. Since he wants to wear them with sandles, can just do a short row heel.
I've decided I can knit two socks at once using the magic loop method, while casting on this morning. It became a comedy of knitting. I casted on the first sock completely using the standard ML**. I casted on the second sock and proceeded to somehow get the needle twisted. I bring out the second needle and slid the stitches off the first needle so they can put onto the main needle. I don't know how I got it twisted, so I tried to get the stitches slid back onto the main needle.
Didn't work. I ripped back, casted onto the second needle, knit onto the main needle and called it good. Now I've got the socks started. Finish one side, then turn and do the other. Don't quite knit as fast with two socks. Well, okay I knit the same speed, just not seeing as much progress. And it does take a while to get the yarn straightened out when picking up the needles during break.
I was reading on Carol's blog, about two new books coming out. Punk knitting. Those should make the youngest happy. But then she never wears what I make her or rarely does. Will need to thumb through the books because there might be something I want to make in them.
* See what happens when I work with military time all day? I start using it in other places.
** Magic Loop Method. I'm just lazy.
We did go see Joe on Friday, so my sock was worked on. Finished the gusset. Now its straight on to the toe. The great thing about the second sock, it knits up so much faster.
I went to The Yarn Shoppe on Saturday. I only spent $12.00. It was really $42.00, but I had some free money, so it doesn't count. Picked up the yarn for Dad's socks. When we talked on Thanksgiving he told me wanted some socks to wear with his shoes. (I was going to say thongs, but it just conjures up some distasteful thoughts.) And he wants them in "manly" colors. I guess the Charlie Brown socks I did aren't manly enough.
Anyway, I picked up some dark blue yarn for his socks. I also grabbed a pair of Additurbo's size 1, 40 inches so I can do both pair at once. I've never did two pair at once, so this might be a learning curve for me. I also picked up one more skein of Regina Silk, black for a pair of socks for me.
We had the E’s over for dinner. Grilltech smoked the turkeys. Yes, turkeys. One for us and one for the E’s to take home. We didn’t eat until about six and it was awesome. Grilltech can work magic with a grill. They brought a bunch of stuff and we had a bunch of stuff. We grazed all day and watched movies. It was a nice family event.
The kitchen is mostly a mess. While cooking yesterday, I would do the dishes as I went. The thought of facing large mounds of nasty dishes today would be too much. But some how the kitchen is still a mess. I loaded the dishwasher and will force the youngest to do the rest, after she gets up. Yeah, I’m the mean mommy.
I’ve started the nameless one’s sweater. As always when it comes to sweaters, sleeves first. Hope to get it completed in time for mailing out for Christmas. Not sure when the mailing date will be this year, but I hope it’s really far away. Knitters are such optimists.
I’m about eight rounds from finishing the gusset on my sock. Then it’s straight on to the toes, but I won’t start on those again until Monday. Unless we decide to go visit Joe - who is in the hospital – because sock are the ultimate in travel knitting. He was in a nasty car wreck. He died twice on the way to the hospital. He may never quite be the same again.
Days later, I'm winding using the office chair. I have just about 20 loops left, Grilltech offers to hold them. I agree. After we're done, he tells me the roof of his mouth is itching, just like when I eat avocado's. Guess no alpaca for him.
I finished my first dragon scale sock. It looks beautiful. I've turned the heel on the second sock. Without the cabling down the sides, it knits up much faster.
I didn't do any knitting after Friday night. Nope, not a stitch. No socks and no hat. I've also decided: no more knitting for others for free. My time is important and I have other things I'd rather be doing. I know I've thought that statement, but haven't put it into stone, but now it is. Now I have to follow the directive.
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Last night I weaved in the ends to the new sweater. I like being able to hold it up and say, "I'm done." and really mean it.
I've measured the Dragon Scale socks this morning. I'm about an inch away from starting the heel. I've got some choices to make. Do I want to continue the pattern down the foot or do I want to make it plain. I'm also going to need to rearrange the stitches, so the braid is on the sides. Then the pattern down the front will be smaller because of the braid. I'll figure something out as I go.
Problem one: One of the scales has an extra round of the because it was the starter.
Fix: just do the slip 1, knit 1 and call it good.
I made bread, well rolls, on Sunday. I haven't made some in quite a while. These rolls was heavy. I think they would have made excellent paper weights. We all ate them with no problem. Grilltech is convinced I'm going to make bread, not rolls, next weekend. Guess I can give him that.
I've been stalling on his sweater. So last night, I stayed away from Neverwinter and finished off the last little bit of the skein. Only about two or more inches before I ran out and was ready to join the sleeves onto the body. Now it's all decreases from here. Lets see only 287 stitches to decrease. 287, I think I need to lay down.
My purple dragon socks are coming along. I'm about three or four inches away from starting the heel. I'm not overly thrilled about the texture of this yarn. Not after working with wool/silk blend. I'm hoping it will lose the stiffness I'm feeling while knitting.
Spoke with M again today. I'll walk out with her to the car and pick up the yarn she has for me. I'll need to get these demo's knit up so they can be displayed at the shop. Want people to sign up for the sock class.
I did get quite a bit done on Grilltech's sweater. I haven't held it up to him for several days. So last night, when I did he was a bit amazed at the length. Still need to go several more inches, anyway from six to eight, before I can add the sleeves.
I was digging for my cable needles on Saturday. Turns out the one I lost was the smallest gauge one. Yes, I can cable without a needle, but it's harder to do with three stitches and size 1 needles. I'd much rather have needle to help out. So I drug out a regular double point and will use it instead.
Sunday night went for a walk with Grilltech, around the block. On the way I did see a meteor. Very odd due to all the light pollution here in the thriving metropolis.