Holy crispy crap!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

It's been so long! I'm alive, I've just been super busy. This school stuff, let me tell ya. Lately, I feel like I need to write every tiny thing I need to do each day down in my planner so I don't forget. Things like homework, work tasks, making supper, brushing my teeth, telling Kurt goodnight... I feel like I'm constantly on fast-forward. During the week, I rarely have time to knit so I make time on the weekends to relax and knit and read some blogs. I've decided to cut my work hours down a bit to make sure I don't get behind in schoolwork again - it was minor and I worked it out but it was enough to realize that I've been trying, once again, to be Superwoman and I'm not Superwoman.

I have some finished objects though and that's part of what I'm here to talk about (and maybe mention the friend Kurt has over today who is repeating "work it, work it, work it" to Kurt as he plays this Pokemon Snap game on Nintendo. I'm reminded of that line in The Princess Bride, "I do not think that means what you think it means...")

Hmm, that's not knitting, is it?

Pretty... bear with me, there's knitting here somewhere.

Uh, this one looks nothing like I wanted it to. It was supposed to be tall and graceful and get thinner at the top. Seems like a nice segway into...

My sister's Hedera socks. They're almost done but I think there'll be some reconstruction on the toe. You see, I seem to have this misconception of how good I am at getting gauge. When I think to myself about gauge and why I don't do gauge swatches, I tell myself (and sometimes others) that I usually get gauge. This is far from the truth. Not only were these socks supposed to be mine until they ended up waaaay too wide but I seemed to think that the toe would be fine knit with my off-gauge.

Instead, the toe looks like this. A very short toe that doesn't really cover any of the toes. I know that it would work and it doesn't look that bad and she wouldn't care one way or the other but I'll probably rip back and add a few extra rows of stockinette between where the pattern ends and the toe decreases begin.

Cathi wanted to know about the Gloss yarn I'm using for the Hedera socks. I really like it! It's nice to knit, very soft once it's knit up and has a nice subtle sheen to it. I'm not sure if it's worth the handwashing as I prefer machine wash socks myself and I'm not sure my sister will be the best judge of that. I don't think I've broken the news to her yet actually.

And, lastly, a picture of another gauge miscalculation.

I'll spare you the holding-up-to-body shot and just say that these are a bit too big. Not terribly so but enough to warrant a frogging and new needle-buying. It's okay, I like excuses to buy new needles. Especially when I have a 50% off coupon.

Sorry for the extra long post but I did my best to catch up with where I left off. There are definitely things missing. Like the pictures from the chicken butchering day at my dad's and there's a baby sweater around here somewhere that I promised to take pictures of but this will have to suffice for now. Pre-calculus is calling me.


kweaver said...

the socks just give the hint of toe-cleavage :)

Jenna said...

i love your hederas - did you like the pattern enough to reknit yourself a pair?
i cast on w/ my gloss - doing a pattern from Vintage Socks.
Let's get together and knit soon! let me know when works for you - good luck with the pre-calc!

JulieFrick said...

So glad to get a review of Gloss! Our finances have become a bit...how shall we say...red. And so I see a lot of Knitpicks in my future!