My latest TV show binge is The Blacklist with James Spader. I must say however that this is one of those shows wherein knitting should be very simple and chartless. There are a lot of action scenes and conversations that are crucial to the plot, so following a chart would be madness, I say, MADNESS! So it’s good for my sock UFO termination plans. . . bwahahaha. Around and around in stockinette! I can take it!
Okay. I said I’d never let my knitting become like my crocheting. I’d never have more than one or two projects going at a time. I’m sorry. If you’re all finished laughing and collapsing on the floor with cramps in your abs, you can sit up and take an ibuprofen for the laughter headache you just got.
So now I’m getting out all the socks I’ve let jam up the knitting queue and finishing them. I don’t suppose it’s Second Sock Syndrome because in most cases I’ve either not finished the first sock or I’ve already started the second sock.
I figure I’ll be better able to concentrate on the Master Hand-Knitting Program from TKGA if I have a few UFOs cleared out of the pipeline and I can burn through socks pretty quickly most of the time. Wish me luck!
(And while we’re at it, I really need to watch my mouth and STOP PROMISING SWEATERS TO PEOPLE!)
This year’s Knit and Crochet show was better than ever. A lot of people put a lot of work into it and it definitely paid off. There were really good classes for all skill levels. My friend, Linda, was able to find classes that suit her and she’s just beginning. All in all, it was another great success that really infused the attendees with energy and lots of yarny love. Thanks to all the people who put the show together and to the sponsors who helped make it happen! A special THANK YOU to Arenda Holladay, who tirelessly wound hundreds upon hundreds of mini-skeins for the TKGA yarn-tasting party.
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There are many posts on knitting blogs about how to avoid pooling and weird designs using self-striping and hand-dyed yarns. Many blogs will talk about how to make sure your socks match when you’re finished.
This post is for those of us who shudder at such concerns. I don’t want my socks to match completely! I can buy matching socks in the store. I have nothing against making matching socks on purpose or on accident, but one of the things I like best when hand-knitting socks is just letting the yarn decide for itself what the socks will look like.
Yes, I also love to make Fair Isle designs on some socks and have the socks match. I also don’t mind knitting socks in solids that I find appealing. I’m not here to say people who want their socks to match or who hate pooling are crazy, obsessive-compulsive freaks. Heck, I’d be happy to join them during those times I’m knitting a pair of socks for someone who wants the socks to match. . .
I’m saying that it’s also okay to just let the socks happen. I feel the same way about some of the sweaters I’ve knitted with variegated yarn. Some of the pooling that has occurred in those sweaters looks great to me. Non-knitters sometimes think I did the pooling on purpose and think I’m a genius.
So if you feel the way I do, it’s okay to relax now and stop feeling guilty. Stop feeling like you’re somehow being lazy or cutting corners. Knitting is art! It can be carefully planned and designed or it can be more organic and chaotic. And in knitting, if you’re not having fun, that’s the only time you’re truly doing something wrong.
Well, I managed to get a pair of worsted weight socks done in time for Wizard World Con in Louisville. I was trying to knit some nice socks out of sock weight for Matt Smith, who is known for having a love of unusual socks. I had to give up on the sock yarn and switch to worsted. The plan is to finish the better socks and mail them to him. I think he’ll like the socks made from Katia Darling much more than the ones I had to speed knit in worsted. But the real story here is not about socks, it’s about OMG MATT SMITH AND KAREN GILLAN!!!! Ahem. And yes, I said, “Hello, sweetie!” even though I’m sure they heard that line 540 times that day at least. Big “thank you!” to both of them for coming to town and working their tails off meeting so many fans. They must both have been exhausted by the time it was all over.
FInally I can show Dani what real cold is like. We’re supposed to have a high tomorrow of -2 F and a low of -6 F. It’s not often below zero in the Ohio River Valley, especially not this far south. Next time he claims it’s “sooo coooold” when it’s 60 degrees, I’ll be able to remind him what cold really feels like. Hehe.
FInally working on the Straboy sweater I started last year for Cody. I have one sleeve done and have made progress on the second. Then they get attached to the portion of the body I’ve finished and I’ll work up the yoke. I love the Donegal tweed I got at This is Knit in Dublin. The shipping wasn’t nearly as expensive as I thought it would be. It’s 4 kilos of yarn. 😀 Dani calls it “the passenger” because when I put it in the passenger seat of my car, the car starts complaining that the passenger is not wearing a seatbelt. Maybe my car is very fond of yarn too?