I'm just not feeling sock love right now. I tried two different patterns in my birthday yarn from Christine (Plucky Fingering in Webster Grove) and had to frog both attempts. It was because of user error both times. I'm on the heel flap of the first sweet pea Jazz Strings, but I'm not feeling the love.
I started the Voleur the other night (last weekend?). I used the Italian tubular cast on from Cast On / Cast Off. It works really well, and is a bit like alternating long-tailed cast on. I ended up doing 6 of the tubular rows after the cast-on, but I think I could safely bring it down to 2 or 4 before starting the ribbing. And that's as far as I got. I'm on about row 5 of the ribbing, but it seems a daunting task.
I'm pretty pleased with the tubular cast-on, though. I think I might use that again for hats. I might even try it for a sock as well. Hmm.....
Anyway, last night after work (which is ramping up and is going to leave me with very little knitting time) I decided that the socks weren't working, so I'd cast on a hat.
I was going to cast on Tanis Lavallee's Bract. I was a little intimidated by Cabled Canuck. So I settled on Brixter. The Brixter calls for a DK, so I grabbed a skein of Cephalopod Yarns Traveller in Casco Bay. It's similar to Milkweed Beetle but with more black. I thought it would be okay to show the cables and the knit/purl kind of waffley motif. The pattern calls for 4 ribbing repeats (x 4 rows) and 11 repeats of the body (also 4 rows). I'm doing 13 repeats of the body (head?) before starting the decreases.
I had to put it on the hat model whose name I have forgotten. She's the one with the apricot lipstick. The lips are a little bright, but at least she still has her nose.
I'm on the 12th pattern repeat. I should have this finished some time this afternoon. The yarn is definitely more teal and less blue, but my iPhone doesn't like certain colours. The middle photo is closer to the real colours, but it's still too blue.
And yes, I am still on a weird blue kick.
I might cast on for the Cabled Canuck next. I have a skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label (70/20/10) MCN in various shades of lavender / pink / blue and grey which I think would look nice for the Cabled Canuck. There's a lot of cabling and twisted stitch stuff going on with it, though. I might do something like Slofock instead because I'm lazy.
There were several days this past week where I got zero knitting done. That will unfortunately become a more common problem for the next several months.
I had two yarn deliveries this week.
One was from Cephalopod Yarns. It's the Club Kraken offering in the Suprise me option . The colour is Slake Moth and it's kind of orange and apricot and light bright green. I can't believe how soft the yarn is, though. It feels like the softest skein of Skinny Bugga ever.
I'm not sure whether it is destined to become socks or something else.
The colours are hard to capture because yet again there is zero sun. In fact, it was snowing a little earlier today.
In real life it's a little more subdued in terms of hte oranges, but the green is a little more acid / neon.
The Cephalopod Yarns thing is one of those fold-up grocery / project bags.
The other yarn delivery was the Plucky Classics. The colourway is a dark red (leaning more toward the orange than the blue side of the spectrum) in the colourway Completely Bonkers.
One is Plucky Feet and the other is Plucky Fingering.
For those who are interested, the Doctor Who scarf is/was a big hit. One of Lego Guy's friends asked him last Friday whether I could knit him one in time for HalCon. Um, no. But thanks for asking. Lego Guy kindly declined on my behalf because I'm "his knitter". He sent me a photo from HalCon yesterday where he was posing (with the DoctorWho scarf, of course) in front of the Tardis. The scarf has garnered lots of compliments. One person apparently even asked whether it was done on a loom because it's so even. Snort. That cracks me up.
Anyway, I managed to give myself food poisonong last night, so I was up a lot in the night and didn't get a great night's sleep. I showered this morning and managed to get to the gym for classes, but I feel a nap in my immediate future.
The dogs agree.