Sunday, August 09, 2009

Late to the party

I usually pride myself in being on time for everything I do. I had it drummed into me as a kid that it's inconsiderate to be late and it makes others miffed when you aren't there as expected. Barring city traffic, summertime tourist and dogs that have bladder the size of walnuts, I do my very best to get there on time. This next project is the one exception.

I remember hearing about my current pattern way back when I was taking sock classes at one of our LYS about five years ago. When trying to decide what pattern to knit the month of August I was looking through my sock group pictures of finished sock patterns. Boy! There sure are a lot of socks out there. I stumbled on to one and Eureka! I found my August pattern.

Someone knit a pair of these in the exact same yarn that I already have. What are the odds? So I ran upstairs to the sock yarn stash and found two skeins of this yarn. I wound one of the balls into two smaller balls and got started. I was so excited. I would know what my socks were supposed to look like in the color they were going to be knit in! When does that ever happen? Like never.

These socks are knit with Opal Prisim. I knit them on 2.50 mm dpns. I loved this part of the pattern; different sizes and their stitch count. Awesome. I haven't tried them on but I did read the part in the pattern where it says the socks aren't really as flexible so I went up in the stitch count. Measuring my feet for the Charlene Schurch book was brilliant and now I much better judging a pattern and possibly how it will or will not fit so I can change my cast on amount.

I loved these socks because it reminds me of the ripple afghans I used to do when I crocheted a lot years and years ago. I am amazed that knitting has so many patterns and possibilities. Too wonderful!

I have not finished one sock yet otherwise I would drag out my half leg and have it model my sock. I have spent way too much time chatting with my Christmas swap group when I should be knitting. The flower beds in the front of the yard need weeding and all I can bring myself to do is knit, knit, knit. Okay, chat, chat and chat.


Shannon said...

Oooh! I love them! I have been in a knitting slump for 2 weeks now. I need to catch your knitting fever. (honestly, I'm in a "clean up the house" mood. I cannot wait for the kids to go back to school so whichever room I'm cleaning stays that way longer than 5 minutes!)

Cheryl in VA said...

aaaahhhh knitting, it is an illness/weakness that the bane of flower beds, and housekeeping alike. :) They look great.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh my goodness- those are gorgeous!! The colors are wonderful, and they look so soft!! Great job, sweetie!

Sharon said...

I'm thinking your cookin~

vlb5757 said...

Shannon, I am now in weed pulling mode. I have to get them pulled so that the POA doesn't label us yard slobs. So off to pull weeds I go. I am not happy about this at ALL!

Farm Chick Paula-I am about to rip my hair out. At first look these socks looked easy to me. The leg went well but now I am at the gusset portion and the stitch count is not coming out correctly. I am about two seconds from ripping it out! ugh. I will trudge on. I have to finsh these! I need to knit another pair for the month of Sept. I hope I make it.

Sharon-I have been cooking a lot lately. I am doing my best to not eat out as much since I am not working. I will be working part-time for about 5 weeks to help out but I will still try and stay in the habit of cooking instead of eating out. It's exhausting! lol!

erinkristi said...

...and play bejeweled! tehe. Hey, sunshine, It was good to sit and just be with you all last night. So relaxing. I didn't get the spinning done that I thought I might, but I did get to watch you figure out the gusset. THAT was fun!

vlb5757 said...

Hey, girl! I can't believe you left a comment! I am dying to play bejeweled right now because the solution last night still isn't working so here I sit picking out again. I know I will get past this. It's just a matter of my hair vs. this sock! UGH! It was nice to see you last night and Atom. Maybe the next time I see you I will have either killed the sock or finished it!

Leigh said...

They look great! I really like the pattern and your knitting is superb.