Saturday, February 18, 2006

Sorry for the delay...

Things have been chaotic. And all my technology is malfunctioning, which has prevented me from posting from home, but more importantly from taking any photos of my Olympics knitting (or the great haul from the fiber fest Friday! Hopefully I can get a good photo of the yarn haul later, but I'll just detail it. Perhaps it won't seem so bad in writing?
I bought: 4 skeins of Manos.
4 skeins of Socks that Rock (more on that later)
1 skein of kid mohair
Hedgehog kit (yes, you're reading that correctly)
Now, let me mention that I have enough Manos that it's really its own stash. In fact, I can't even remember all the Manos I have. This time around I bought two skeins of a varigated red, which matches the kid mohair and will be used for a Purl scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. The hedgehog kit, well, it was cute, that's all I can say. It's brown, and speckly, and furry, and will be be about 10 inches tall after being felted. I'm really excited about it, although I have no idea what I'll do with it, and when I'll do it. Rachel was there enabling me to buy more yarn than I would have by myself, although I think she bought more overall, since she bought 5 skeins (6?) of Manos to make a tank top for herself.
Onto the STR. Now, I've been lurking on many knitting blogs for months, and it seemed that STR was the sh*t. So, I bought some. I bought a lot. 4 skeins worth, 3 medium weight and 1 lightweight. I decided to make my Olympic socks with one of the medium weight skeins, colorway Fire on the Mountain. I have to say I really enjoy knitting with this yarn. The color varigations come so frequently that they don't stripe, and it's really addicting to keep seeing the color changes. So addicting that I've finished my first sock!
Although my camera is on the fritz and has decided not to recognize ANY of the cards I have, I took a decent photo with my cell phone, which blogger doesn't want to let me upload. Honestly, technology and I are not getting along. However, I've finally got my internet working at home, after 10 days of complaining while not dealing with the situation.
Anyway, about the sock. Since I was using the STR, and because everyone else in blogland is doing so, I wanted to make some Jaywalkers as my Olympic project. But, after about 2 inches, I decided I really couldn't force the gauge required with the mediumweight yarn I was using, and that the knitting was really not enjoyable, so I ripped that out and hunted down a pattern with a more friendly gauge. I'm making the Friday Harbor socks from
Knitting on the Road, and I'm really liking them. The pattern is easy, and although I think my gauge was slightly smaller than the pattern calls for, it's worked out perfectly because I have small feet...only complaint is that they're a bit long in the leg for me, but that's my own preference and overall I'm very happy with the first sock and the second is already cast on...From looking at other photos of these socks online, it seems like they should be a bit lacier than mine, but as I said, my gauge was a bit smaller than the pattern called for, so maybe that's why my socks aren't holey...

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