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!
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…
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 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.
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!
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!
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!
We both knitted furiously, but alas, when I came home I had only this much done:
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:
But I also have a great number of ends to weave in!
Between yesterday evening and tonight, I was able to recoup what I had to frog yesterday on my Pole Dance socks.
Compared to this:
This looks much better :
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!
I had an insane amount of time to knit today, and I was able to complete color #2 on my Pole Dance socks.
Unfortunately, I did it wrong! The entire section twists the wrong way and is unwearable !
I had to frog back to the cuff, but managed to regain about three inches this evening. So much for my competitiveness! 😦
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:
As of 10:10 this evening I’m here:
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
My wild and crazy Pole Dance socks are coming along! This evening I finished the first section and picked up stitches to start color #2.
Does this look like a sock?
How about now?
After a few rows of color #2, it’s starting to resemble a sock.
Now that I’m filling in the sock, it’s pretty fun! I think it also helps that I had to switch to knitting one sock at a time. Progress appears faster this way.
Other FOs from this pattern are more high-contrast, but I think these are crazy enough for me!
You end up with thirteen or so pairs, and it takes a long time!
I’ve been working in putting my hand knit socks away more neatly, and it’s paying off!
There’s a lot more space for more socks when they’re folded nicely!
Speaking of hand knit socks, my Pole Dance socks are going fine. I have a few inches done on the legs, two-at-a-time as usual. Creative construction, not so usual for me, but it’s turning out to be interesting! Luckily I have a friend who’s a few steps ahead of me on her pair, so I’m totally getting tips as she whizzes along! :0
Now isn’t that some interesting sock construction??