Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I knit a sock today!

A whole, entire sock. Beginning to end.

I cast on right after breakfast, and finished weaving in the last ends about 10 minutes before bedtime. (I'm staying up a bit late to write this, because I'm so chuffed.)

That's not all I did, either. I prepared and ate two meals, talked with my family, and did the chores I can do while still gimpy in one leg.

Nor was it a baby sock, or one that used really chunky yarn. It was a normal, full sized, adult hedgerow sock, with fingering yarn, and a tabi toe.

Now, understand, I knit almost entirely in isolation. So for all I know, this is the expected speed for continental knitting, and I'm doing the equivalent of standing up proudly and annoucing, "Look, everybody! I tied my shoes!"

If so, please indulge me. I've only been knitting for about 14 months, and this is significantly faster than I've ever finished a sock before.

It might have something to do with the needles.

When I learned to knit, the friend who taught me (and who occasionally knits with me, but who uses the English style, which I found slow enough that I taught myself Continental instead,) recommend that I buy Addi needles. So I've been knitting with Addi Turbo ever since I started.

A bit ago, I bought myself some Harmony interchangeable needles, but was so excited to get them that I didn't look at them carefully, and put two different sized needles on the cable, like a chump.

Which, umm... didn't work as well as you might think.

I was eager to try them again, but I was making socks, and the interchangeable needles aren't small enough.

So I used a gift certificate to KnitPicks that I got for Valentines, and ordered a set of Harmony Fixed Circulars in size 2, so I could make socks with them.

They cane today, about the time I was going to stop knitting and do some studying for a while instead; and I slipped the sock off the Addi and onto the Harmony. And then I knit, because they were so light, and beautiful, and aesthetically pleasing, and it was such fun to knit with them.

And kept on knitting. And, well, you know the rest.

I really, really like these needles.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mitt Pictures, and More...

Wow.. another month has just flown by.

First, here are the pictures I promised of the things I knit in February.

These are the silk mittens for my Friend with Cold Hands. This is the Cool Little Mitts pattern, knit according to the corrections. The right mitt is on the top, in both shots.


Cool Little Mitts; corrected incorrectly

(My Friend with Cold Hands hasn't yet sent the promised pictures of her hands in the mitts I made her, although she's told me that she loves them. That's a hint, Friend with Cold Hands, since I know you read this blog. :D )

This is the mitt, the way it looks in the book, and the way I knit it when I corrected the correction to match the uncorrected mitt. :D The right mitt is on the left. (Sorry if that's confusing.)

Cool Little Mitts; as they should be.

This may make it a bit clearer.

Cool Little Mitts; worn.

And, finally, the Rocky Road Raspberry socks I made for Skyia for Valentine's Day.

Rock Road Raspberry tabi socks.. with sandles.. in the snow

Yes, she's standing outside in the snow, in the new socks. (And holding up her jeans, so you can see them better.) This isn't so surprising when you consider that it was snowing just day before yesterday, too!

So, that's that. On to other things!

Some of you may know that I learned to knit in the first place because I wanted a pair of Endpaper Mitts, and I couldn't figure out any other way to get them. I cast on for them on Feb. 23, exactly one year and one day after I started to knit.

But I didn't get very far before I realized that this wasn't such a good project to take to the Dentist appointment I had later that week. So I put them aside, and started to knit the Hedgerow Socks, which had long been in my queue at Ravelry instead.

I really didn't expect to only wait for moments in the Dentist's office, before being taken to the back. But, as it turns out, it's really quick over there; and even if you count all three visits, (I needed a crown,) I only got a few rows done.

Add to that the fact that we've decided to buy a house, since this seems like a really good time to do that, between one thing and another, and the fact that I injured my knee a couple of weeks ago, and I haven't gotten much knitting in.

(Yeah, a nice knee injury seems like the perfect time to knit, but really, I didn't feel much like doing anything at all, so I just sat and read books when it was too bad to even get downstairs to the computers to work.)

So, counting the knitting I did on it yesterday, I'm still not finished with the first sock! Which is pitiful, I know, but there you go.

I'm going to try to got some knitting in every day for a while, in penance. Well, okay, it's not really in penance, but I am really going to try. I just timed it, and it only takes about 10 minutes to do four rows on the sock, which is one full pattern repeat now that I'm on the foot and half of it is just stockinette. Is that really slow, with 64 stitches in a row? It feels like it, but I'm not experienced enough to even know.

If I try to go any faster, I make mistakes, and it turns out to take more time, not less.

But I should be able to manage 10 minutes of knitting a night, and if I can, it'll really increase my production! That would come out to 24 rows between Mondays, which is lots more than.. ummm... none.

We'll see how it goes!