Mini progress

It’s been four or so days since I casted on for the Mini Mania scarf. This is what I’ve got so far:

 

It’s over an inch, but not yet two inches wide.  The  knitting is slowed down by 1) stopping to admire it and 2) choosing the next color.

 I’m only doing two rows of each color, so the color changes happen often.  I’m basically trying to do light/dark/light, but the results aren’t always what I expect.  I love it, though!

And an unofficial knitting challenge

In addition to the ‘official’ stash exchange challenge, I’ve also challenged myself to knit up some lonely sock yarn that has appeared at our stash exchange for about 3 years in a row!  I decided to knit it up right away so there will be no chance of it returning.

I would it up the day after the exchange, and casted on two days later.  I decided on the sock pattern “Monkey” by Cookie A., as I’d knitted it before and found it a fun and quick knit.  It also looks cute in variegated yarn, which is what I scored at the stash exchange.

I casted on at knit night last night, and at the end of the evening it looked like this:

Shlogging through the ribbing...

Shlogging through the ribbing…

After spending most of today in bed watching Harry Potter and knitting on and off (I think my on/off cold has turned into a sinus infection), I have this:

The fun part!

The fun part!

The pattern is fun to knit– it’s interesting enough not to bore me, but it’s not so difficult that I have to look at the pattern too much to make fast progress.

PS- the yarn is Lorna’s Laces Sock (striped or multi?  I don’t know) in the colorway Daffodil.

Lucky me!

At my sock knitting group this morning, I had a wonderful surprise! You may remember the silly “toe-down” another knitter and I did last week as we raced to finish our current sock KAL- well, we joked at knit night that the loser should gift a skein of sock yarn to the winner. Neither of us finished the toes at knit night, but I did finish later that night, and she remembered what we’d talked about, so today I received this!

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Having myself forgotten about the prize, I was very surprised and pleased! Yet at the same time, I feel undeserving because I hadn’t woven in my ends until today. So I will reciprocate with a runner-up/weaving-in-ends-first-prize, but shhhhhh, don’t tell her!

The much-anticipated Toe-down

Well! Here are the contenders, before the toe-down began! The two pairs of socks prepared two-at-a-time on a circular needle, ready for the ties to be knit!

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We both knitted furiously, but alas, when I came home I had only this much done:

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The other contender’s socks were in a similar state, but I imagine she’s either finished by now, or she will have finished by noon tomorrow!

Fortunately, it didn’t take me long to finish my pair up, and now I have these:

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But I also have a great number of ends to weave in!

Caught up!

Between yesterday evening and tonight, I was able to recoup what I had to frog yesterday on my Pole Dance socks.
Compared to this:

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This looks much better :

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I really kind of freaked out when I tried on the mistake version and found that it was too tight and didn’t swirl nicely… Such a relief to have it corrected ! I ‘ll get both set up to knit the toes, then wait til Tuesday knit night to have a toe- off with the friend with whom I’m in friendly competition!

Too excited.

I had an insane amount of time to knit today, and I was able to complete color #2 on my Pole Dance socks.

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Unfortunately, I did it wrong! The entire section twists the wrong way and is unwearable !

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I had to frog back to the cuff, but managed to regain about three inches this evening. So much for my competitiveness! 😦

Unprecedented progress/it’s all her fault!

Confession: I have something of a competitive nature, and a friend who is also knitting the Pole Dance socks in our current KAL has been making great progress with hers. Each time I see her latest WIP photo, I’ve been motivated to keep at my socks. I don’t want to get too far behind!!!

Therefore, while yesterday I was merely here:

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As of 10:10 this evening I’m here:

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And this includes a setback in which I had to frog the entire blue section and redo it. (I was forgetting my ssks at the beginning of the RS rows!).

Now it’ll be put on a holder until the second sock looks similar (but with different color sequence- I’ve decided to let them be fraternal).

I happen to know that my knitting friend attended a baseball game tonight, and it may even have been too cold to knit, so maybe I’ve caught up? Or will she read this and go to turbo mode, leaving me in the dust? :0