Monday, December 05, 2005

Wanted: Little People for Little Sweaters

I do feel bad that I haven't been updating very much lately. I've just been trying to catch up on everything in my life and the holiday stuff. We won't discuss "the everything in my life," let's just say that I am a real pro at procrastination and it's catching up with me and things need to get done. And my back is jacked up, out, down in the back, whatever it's called. All I know is it hurts and pain meds don't help.

I have been knitting, though not as much. I've hardly touched mittens this past week. Actually for a couple of days I hardly knit at all. Well that's a lie! I just remembered my trip on Thursday to the LYS for a knit in (before I went crazy from all work, no play) and though my knitting bag contained four holiday items to knit I didn't feel like working on any of them so I cast on a new pair of socks (non holiday of course) which I forgot to take a picture of. They were short lived however, I started feeling guilty so I cast them aside and got back to holiday knitting. Kind of. Well it's a tree ornament, that counts doesn't it?

From the book Weekend Knitting and I used Brown Sheep's Nature Spun worsted weight. These little sweaters are fun to knit and I restrained myself from starting another and knitted on my SIL socks instead.

It's the retro rib pattern from IK. No, we also won't discuss how I totally screwed up the heel flap and it's inside out. As I was knitting it I knew it was inside out but I couldn't tell from the IK picture of them. I re-read the instructions and still kept misinterpreting it until I started on the heel flap of the second sock. At which point there was no way in hell I was going to make another sock or rip the first one. Knew I should have gone with my gut feeling. I thought perhaps the designer intended it to be this way and who am I to change the pattern? Right, like I've never done that before!

Please don't tell my SIL! She is not a knitter and will not know the difference unless we tell her. She hinted all year for hand knit socks so she will be happy that she is receiving these. I just don't think I can burst her bubble and tell her there is a mistake, ah... a really big mistake, in them. Actually it doesn't look bad, I just feel like an idiot for ignoring the obvious.

For these socks I am using Mountain Colors yarn but I have misplaced the tag so I can't tell you the colorway. It's the first time I've used this yarn and I really like it. Unfortunately, my LYS is no longer carrying it since it didn't sell well in the store.

Hopefully some mitten madness to show soon.


Blogger Kenny said...

Hi Jackie, thanks for the nice comment on my sweater. That little sweater is just too cute. Unfortunately I can't bring myself to knit something like that. It's probably instant gratification, but I don't have a christmas tree or an egg. (It's also an egg warmer, isn't it?)

Anyways, I wish I had multiple of projects to choose from.... I guess I need to start casting on... just don't know what to knit next!

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Lynne said...

Not bad knitting for someone who is down and out with a bad back...I feel your pain...I've been doing some bed-knitting myself these past few weeks. I love, love, love those tiny sweaters...very nice socks, too. Have a great weekend!

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Rose said...

What a cute sweater. I love the socks too. I checked with Knitpicks and they are out too... such a bummer. I tried to email you back, but it's bouncing my address.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

Hi Jackie, I send you an email back and it bounced so I don't know if you got it. I can make Thursday - I'm thinking around 10:30 am.

11:15 AM  

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