Sunday, January 23, 2011

off the wagon

I seem to have fallen off the blogging wagon. I don't know how that happened. I'll have to chalk it up to sheer laziness because I do have lots to blog. And even a contest to tell you about.

I have been knitting. All sorts of stuff and I'm battling a bit of startitis. But I resolve to only cast on a new project if I finish an existing one. So far, so good.

Last week, I finished a pair of socks for a Rav KAL and surprised Gladys when I gave them to her for her birthday (a little early).

Pattern: standard top down sock; 64 sts; slipped stitch heel flap
Yarn: Crystal Palace Mini Mochi, col 102; 2 skeins used
Needles: 2.25mm dpns
Notes: One skein had two breaks which completely interrupted the colour progression and the other didn't have any knots. The yarn has a slight thick'n thin texture but it's very subtle. It's a very squishy yarn for a single. It's not overspun and I didn't have any biasing issues. It's very soft. My 57th pair of socks.

Thank you to Gladys' hubby for helping me out with the measurements. While Gladys was at knit nite, he photographed a pair of her socks with multiple rulers so that I could read off the numbers that I needed. What a great guy!

I teach classes at my LYS and this year, hats/tams/berets are very popular so I thought that I'd teach a class. I've been auditioning patterns since Dec. One pattern required 4 different sets of needles, there were buying issues with two other patterns, and the latest one was just too tricky for an advanced beginner class. But I loved it so much that I made one for myself anyways.

Pattern: Liffey by Knotting Noodles
Yarn: Blue Moon Socks That Rock Mediumweight in col Mustang Sally

Needles: 3.25mm circs & dpns
Notes: I had some issues with the pattern. See my Rav project notes for details. This hat is a bit on the tall side for me. When I pull it down, it pushes on the temples of my glasses. I'm going to block it wider to see if that pulls the crown down. For the icord edging, I picked up sts along the cast on and did an applied icord. The only advantage is that it's easier to keep the icord from twisting. The yarn bled onto my hands during knitting. My nails are pink and so is the finger holding the yarn. I expect that it'll bleed quite a bit in the wash (these pictures show the hat unblocked).

So I'm looking for my next project to cast on. I've swatched for hubby's Dale of Norway Whistler sweater. I got gauge on 3.5mm needles but I need to block it before making a final decision. The only thing I'm missing is a 3mm circ for casting on.

I'm itching to do something with my Socks That Rock. I really, really, REALLY love this yarn and up til now, I've only used it to make socks. But the hat is making my fingers want to knit more of it but I'm a little tired of socks right now. Maybe I'll dig up that pooling scarf that I started last year. It's been put on the back burner because hubby thinks that it's too scratchy to wear against his neck. Why did I have to marry such a sensitive guy?

Our blogiversary was last week so it makes this blog officially 4 years old! Woo hoo! Now if only I can get Gladys to blog more often. I know she has at least one new pooling pattern to share with you.

To celebrate, I'd like to give some yarn away. Correctly guess how many pairs of socks that I finished in 2010 (remember that two of us blog here) and you'll win a yarny prize (TBD depending on the winner's preferences but it will probably be sock yarn). If more than one person guesses correctly, Ricky will help me pick a winner. Leave a comment on this post with your guess. Only one guess per person, please. Contest ends midnight Sat Jan 29th. I'll announce the winner on Sunday. Good luck!


C. said...

I guess 12

stringsattached said...

I guess 9.

florapie said...

I'll go with 11 (which is 11 pairs more than I completed in 2010!)

Gail from Surrey said...

I agree with florapie.........11 pair.

Sharon in Surrey said...

I guess I'll have to take 8 since I have no idea & probably no one else does either!!

Jade said...

Umm... 12?

Anonymous said...

It's gotta be 12.

Simply Sitting said...

A perfect 10 :-)

PurlingPirate said...

Another gorgeous pair of socks!!!

I love that hat!!! I've been roving Rav for hats lately.

I just cast on something new myself. I want to cast on about 50 things!!! I let myself cast this one on though because 1) I finished a knit project and 2) it's not for me!!!

Any guesses who it's for????

Grace said...

I am going to say 7

Anonymous said...

I'll go with lucky 13, just to be different.


Bea said...

I just want to say that I'm sort of happy I'm not the only one that fell off the blogging wagon. Its nice to know I'm not alone sometimes.