Posts Tagged ‘sock’

Note to self

If you’re going to knit one sock over the course of 10 months, then dither about casting on for the second sock, it would help matters immensely if you were to not misplace the original pattern, causing you to use the wrong pattern for the second sock because the wrong pattern kind of resembles the original pattern a little.

I mean really.

The green sock? The one I’m holding up for my cat to regard in my last picture of my last post? Yeah. I am using an entirely different pattern for this one than I did for the original sock. Which I cast on in April of 2008. This new sock may or may not be two stitches short of the original (yes, please insert joke here in which I myself am a few stitches short of a sock. THE IRONY IS NOT LOST ON ME.), and I can’t find the original pattern in my pattern binder, or in my project bags. I’m going to reprint it today and hopefully be able to salvage my sock.

If I can’t, you will find me under the bed muttering curses to the world and chewing on sock yarn.

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Previously I showed you an old picture of the Chosen-by-Blog sock. It was pretty terrible, and also old and outdated. I have moved on from the foot since then, and I am now ready to show you just how it really looks:

Chosen-by-Blog Socks
Pointy bits to be removed at a later date

I added three columns of twisted rib up both sides of the sock, for anti-boredom purposes. So far it’s working and it looks fabulious.

Chosen-by-Blog socks

Right now I’m only working on the first sock — haven’t started the second sock — and it’s a little weird. Usually I like to knit both socks at the same time so I can make them the same. My standard method is as follows:
(1) cast on the toe for the first, swear, rip it out, try again, swear more, rip it out, try again, succeed and get past the increases for the wedge toe;
(2) repeat for second sock;
(3) work the foot of both socks, alternating between first and second socks to pretend like I’m not knitting the same thing over and over and over forever, because my feet are 9.25″ long (most of which I blame on my toes);
(4) increase for the gussets on whichever sock is in my hands at the moment it reaches 6.25″ long;
(5) repeat for the other sock, wherever it is… it should be in its project bag but IT IS HIDING;
(6) turn heel and work heel flap on whichever sock is handy;
(7) repeat if I can find the other sock;
(eight) work the leg on both socks (assuming they are in the same place again), alternating between first and second socks, again pretending this isn’t boring (so far I’ve only made very basic socks)
(9) cuff both of them about the ears and finish.

Why am I not following the oh-so-soothing protocol for the Chosen-by-Blog socks? Because the other set of 2.25mm needles is still in the second sock of this pair:

Rainbow waves sock 1, side 1

which does not fit (*sob*). I’m hanging on to the second sock in case the finished first sock fits my sister; if it does, I will finish the second sock.

In other news, it is raining and gloomy today, and our search for a house continues apace. We saw EIGHT houses last night and none of them really turned our crank. Or, none of the prices really turned our crank. I know that where I live prices are not anywhere near the high prices of other areas, but these houses seem really overpriced. We looked at a HUGE 4-bedroom in kind of a crap neighborhood, which would take years and years and probably 150,000$ to fix up and make nice. That’s on top of the asking price of 132,000$.

I am a little discouraged, and the rain is not helping. If anyone knows of a fantastic home in my town for very little money (hello! we are poor!), please let me know.

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Not Abandoned

Back by popular demand! Or, the demand of one person. Whatever — I’ll take what I can get.

There’s no way for me to adequately catch up on everything that’s happened in the past three weeks, so I’ll take a stab at inadequately catching up.

First, I have been knitting!
Three of Four
This is a blanket for an upcoming baby (due at the end of August) who will live in California. It’s a cotton-wool blend, and the pattern exists only in my head, as far as I know. I’ll put one together after this blanket is finished. Click the picture for more details on the Flickr page, or here’s the Ravelry project page if you swing that way.

And the first Chosen-by-Blog sock is zooming right along.
Chosen-by-Blog sock
This is really bad lighting and the sock is well past the heel by now, but it’s the only picture I have of it at the moment. Today is kind of overcast and not so great for picture-taking.

Second, I went to Ann Arbor for one day of a conference, and it was a pretty good time. Hanging out with Mark and Amy was totally awesome, and the conference session I attended was good, so it averaged out. It was a birthy-type conference and the topic was kind of exhausting. I probably won’t go for just one day any more… too much traveling, not enough good stuff. I took Amtrak out, which was awesomely cheap but kind of inconvenient this time… NinjaHusband was supposed to meet me at 10:40pm, but the train got held up (twice!) and we didn’t get in till closer to midnight. Annoying. But we survived. And saved a bundle on gas.

Third, I visited Femiknitter for four days! I had such a great time just sitting on the couch, knitting and talking and teaching her how to crochet:
although I’m not sure it will stick…
Learning to hook
… as you can see, she’s snarling at it just a bit.

We went to Philadelphia where I bought this:
at Loop (and damn is that a well-put-together store, you should totally go if you have a chance).
and where we took these pictures:
Blergin non-picture
Oh noes!
and the nicest-looking one…
Finally, a good one

Fourth, There is no “fourth,” just catching up at work and at home, and trying to get some loose ends tied up. I have a doula client due in two weeks, and I’m getting ready for that. BusyBusy at Casa del HookOn. I hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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Well, the votes are in, the winner has been chosen by a random number generator, and I’m about to cast on with the winning yarn.

First, thank you to the SIXTY-FIVE people who voted! This is a new comment record for little GetYourHookOn. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the yarn choices, and for taking the time to comment! And bonus: I now have new knitting blogs to read and new knitters to meet!

Second, the winning yarn.
The winner and clear favorite (getting more votes than the other two choices combined) is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in MONET!
Cherry Tree Hill
Monet got 33 votes and lots of love from just over half of you!

We had a tie for second place between Lorna’s Laces Flames Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (16 votes), and Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Jewels Cherry Tree Hill (16 votes)

(Rest assured that I will be using the second-place yarn in the future.)

Third, the winning knitter…
…is Sprite! Hooray! You have been chosen by a computer program as the winner of the sock bag from StuckInIllinois’s Etsy shop! Congratulations! Also included in your sock bag (which is green and earthy in honor of Earth Day totally by accident — I forgot about Earth Day until after I had purchased it) is a set of 5 stitch markers made by me (probably not very well, this was only my second attempt):
Set of Five
You will also find some hand lotion and a magnetic notepad, both of which are somewhere in my home and cannot be located for photographing.
Congratulations, Sprite! I’ve emailed you for your mailing address.

Fourth, I’m off now to start on my Chosen-by-Blog Monet Socks! Thanks again to everyone who left a comment!

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