Thanks to everyone for the vote to keep going with the STR Variegated socks. I finished the first sock and then did the second sock. I used the sole gusset decrease on the second sock. Princess has already claimed them.
I finished the first Shur'tugal sock. (For the longest time I couldn't remember where the apostrophe was supposed to be located -- Shurt'ugal? Shurtu'gal? Sh'urtugal? Then I realized it's like Portugal, so now I know).
The colour is more green and less blue. Same excuse as usual. I did frog back and shorten the heel flap and then do the gusset decrease.
Hmmm.... clearly the dog hair needs to be vacuumed from the floor more often....
This may just end up being a lone sock, however. The needles which Sebastian ate were the ones in Shur'tugal #2. The yarn is all tangled. It will require valium to untangle. I am not a patient woman when it comes to yarn barf. But then again, it gives me an excuse to cast on another pair.
This week I also received the final installment in the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour club. The yarn is Blue Label (80/20 swMN), and the pattern is a hat by Kirsten Kapur.
I was futzing around on Ravelry the other day, and I can't remember what I was looking at, but I found a link to the Skoosh socks. I liked the look of them and liked the pattern, but I wasn't crazy about the stockinette foot with the 3 columns of the pattern on either side.
But I thought it might be a good pattern for some of the more outrageous BMFA Socks that Rock colours. So I plucked out Rock Star from my bin of wound yarns, and I grabbed a set of needles.
I did 2x2 ribbing with 64 stitches on 2.75 mm needles. I think for the next pair I'll go down to 2.50 mm needles.
I didn't like the fact that the slipped stitch things were so close to one another, so instead of doing one row of knit between each patterned row, I did two. I had initially decided to do a vanilla sock, so the first two or three rows are plain knit. Then I did two rows of the skoosh pattern and decided that it needed an extra row of knits (maybe even 3 rows).
Princess came in and saw them and immediately declared them to be for her.
And yes, they really ARE that bright.
I did a double gusset decrease on the sole. Well, it's more like a 1.5 gusset decrease on the sole.
I looked at the pattern, and it's very similar, but there's a purl row between each of the knit things in the Intrepid Traveller pattern. And Gail has three rows of knit stitch for every row of the pattern.
So my modification is like an in between version of the two of them.
I liked the pattern so much that I decided to cast on another pair using the beautiful yarn from the November Sweet Georgia sock club. I forgot to take pictures this morning with the others, so you're getting kind of dark shots. I'll take more when there's more to show. I decided to do a picot hem rather than a ribbed hem. I actually quite like doing the picot hem; but I have to concentrate on the row where you pick up the stitches from the cast-on edge and work them with the regular ones. And no, I don't do the method that requires a tubular cast-on. I'm far too lazy for that. What I did this time is a long-tail cast on over a single needle rather than my usual double needles. It worked fine.
But I think in future I won't bother with the picot; I'll just keep it as a hemmed edge by using all purl stitches for the middle row.
I can't even describe how beautiful this yarn is. There are purples and blues and greens in among the gold and the rust. I'm using 72 stitches on 2.25 mm needles. Thus far the dog hasn't found this one. It's in the project bag which Christine sent me (she had matching ones made for us), so it's zipped away from Mr. Iron Jaws.
I'll do better pictures in real light, but for now you get a sense of the colours. That little hint of green just makes my heart flutter. These are lovely jewel toned socks and will be for me. Princess is not getting near them.
For my second Rock Star sock, I am going to do a 2x2 rib, with the knit stitches using the skoosh pattern. It's a yo, k2, pyoo (yarn over, knit 2, pass the yarnover over). I think that with the 2 purls will be a genius rib. Can't wait. Neither can Princess.
My parting shot tonight is the less badly behaved of the dogs. You can see Sebastian's lower half behind them. He's barricaded upstairs by a very tipsy Walmart baby gate. He sees the doctor tomorrow for his post-surgery check-up. Hopefully he'll be allowed to remove the cone, but I'm not putting him with the other dogs for at least three weeks. He needs time to heal before their vicious jaws rip him to shreds and pop the good vet's handiwork again.
As Christine has pointed out, this guy has cost me next year's yarn budget with these surgeries. I still have to get the other two fixed. But thus far, they don't need anything surgical (apart from Desmond's brush with phimosis and the ensuing sedated lube job).
Delilah is the one on the left. She has the most pug-like face. I personally think she looks like Yoda with those goofy ears. But she's less green.
Desmond is on the right. His face has more Boston Terrier in it. He's a quarter Boston Terror, as I like to say ....
Okay, over and out. Time to do some knitting and maybe finish the Rock Star sock.