Work has been crazy busy of late, so I haven't had much knitting time. And my knitting time seems to be full of fail. My fail mojo is definitely going strong these days.
I decided to start another Brixter hat out of the TFA Purple Label in Summer's End held double. But after about 2" the yarn was hopelessly entangled and now it is complete yarn barf.
So that was an abortive effort. I don't even have photos to show.
I decided I needed some fingerless mitts so that I can still have mobility for bags while walking the dogs. I started the Slofock mitts by Anne Hanson on November 23 and had to wait until the following weekend to finish the first one (November 29). I then cast on and completed mitt #2 also on November 29.
Princess is too busy to model them, and I've been wearing them, so they're not blocked and pretty. But they do the trick mostly (except for the fact that the tip of my thumb gets cold).
The hand part can be rolled back or kept long for almost full coverage. So that was last weekend's project.
I would have more photos, but they're all blurry. I blame it on the new OS7 operating system for the iPhone. It takes so darned long to take a picture that virtually everything is blurry. It's what happens when you put fast software into a slow phone.
I haven't been working on some of my other projects. The original Jazz Strings sock was progressing until I noticed the huge disparity in stitch numbers between one side and the other.
On the left needle there are 15 stitches remaining after the stitch marker; on the right there are 11. I think there's an odd number of stitches on the insole, but even so, this makes for a bit of uneven wonkiness. I don't know whether to plow on or to frog. I'll leave it for now and return to it later.
I realized that I must have missed a knit row on the San Mateo Cowl and the current row of slipped stitches is too far to the right. It's driving me crazy.
The yarn is much more burgundy than this - it's not actually this lovely cerise colour.
The phone is too busy blurring things to worry about correct colours.
Anyway, that's another fail in progress.
I started a pair of Hedera-esque socks in the Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering from Christine. Someone else on Rav had done their Hederas this way, and I thought it looked kind of cool. The full Hedera is a lot of lace, and that's not always practical. But one row on the outside of either foot is cool. I'm using the new Kollage square DPNs in size 0 / 2.0 mm. The needles are still a bit flimsy, but better than the bronze versions, and pointier too. (But nowhere near as pointy / nice as the Signatures).
I also started a pair of vanilla socks in my String Theory Continuum in the Oenology colourway. Most of the pictures are so blurry I can't show you. Grrr...Wretched phone.
I've noticed that there's a bit of green in the yellow portions of the yarn. Perhaps that's the stuff which is redolent of pear with crisp notes of honeydew and grass (or whatever inflated rot is used to describe wine tasting).
You can see more of the green in the bottom photo in the ribbing on the left.
I haven't used String Theory yarn before. I'm assuming this is an anomaly.
I had to start a pair of self-striping socks because Princess raided my sock drawer and took all my self-striping socks. (Grrrr.....) She prefers them for inside her steel toed boots. I guess I can't really begrudge her.
My final installation of the BMFA Rockin' Sock Club arrived on Friday. The colour is Winter Jewel. It's nice, but most of the yarns this year have been in this colour family.
I may join up for the RSC again in 2014, but I have only knit one pattern from this year's club, and most of the yarn has been meh.
The Lad has kind of resigned himself to the fact that I am not making any progress on the sweater, and so he has asked for a hat and a cowl or Christmas. How can I refuse?
He wants a striped toque which is about 3" longer than the Montauk Monster one I did for him. He likes the ribbing, so I'll do it in ribbing, but will do a full knit row every time I change colours. He wants fairly wide stripes. I'm going to do it in Alpaca and Llama.
No, it appears that the hat will be entirely in Alpaca.
The cowl will be in baby llama. He wants a cabled cowl of some sort, so I think I'll do some 3x3 cables and some moss stitch. We'll see. Anyway, it's in more of an oatmeal.
These alpaca llama yarns are very fuzzy and haloey. I'm not sure how they'll take the cables, but what do I know?
On my trip to school last week, I saw this poster on one of the telephone poles along my way. I don't know what it's for, but I like the poster.
Desmond and Bastian are as adorable as always.
Yes, that's Des on my bed, trying to look all innocent and nonchalant. He's not fooling anyone. That's cat litter on his nose.