For this week’s Yarn Along: I’m still reading and enjoying Coop, and I’m nearly finished with that secret knitting project I mentioned last week. Boring stuff, really. So let me tell you about what I’ve been watching and knitting: Downton Abbey and my Socktoberfest mystery socks.
I’ve pulled these socks out a couple of times this year, determined to finish them before I cast on a new pair. Trouble is, I’m not in love with the pattern anymore; it was very exciting back in October when the pattern was a mystery and I was knitting along with other people. But then they got set aside for months, and I grew less interested. I powered through the foot of the first sock while away in February, only to discover that I didn’t really care for the finished sock. So rather than finish off the pair then and there, I put them away where they’ve consistently been passed over for new and exciting projects.
Then the other afternoon during PB’s nap time, I was sitting in the office and decided it was finally time to see what all the fuss was about over Downton Abbey. I loved Gosford Park, and always enjoy a good Jane Austen film adaptation (especially by the BBC), so it was a good guess I’d like this too. After sitting through the opening credits, hands idle in my lap, it was obvious some knitting was needed. I could swivel around in my office chair and grab something from my wip bin or get up and walk into the living room for a different project.
Sheer laziness drove me to pick up these socks again, and I will finish this them. The motivation this time is that a) they’ve been on the needles long enough and b) I have 2 installments of the Cookie A. sock club sitting around staring at me, and I’d like to cast one on already. Keeping these socks on my desk seems to be working, as I’m already to the toe decreases!
And yes, I am really enjoying the series. It’s full of drama, fast-paced dialogue, unexpected tenderness, some romance and intrigue, and all the tension you’d expect from an upstairs-downstairs saga. I’ve already managed to watch the first 3 episodes since Sunday!
What are you watching this week as you knit?
Hey, I thought this was a knitting blog!
Oh yeah, I have a knitting blog because I love to knit… And, my fellow knitters, I promise that there has indeed been some knittin’ going on. It’s just been a bit slow and intermittent, with no FO’s to share. Over the past 2 weeks it’s been a little knitting while visiting with family, some more while driving to our new place, and lots of little stints of it while watching PB entertain herself. (sidenote: 8 months is an awesome age!)
I am progressing down the foot of a second sock, knitting at a near frantic pace since I decided I wanted to knit myself a new hat to wear to the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival on Saturday. And for some reason, I feel I need to finish the socks before I can start. Could be I’m having a brief turn as a monogamous knitter, or that I am using the painful yet pleasant promise of a new project as motivation to get through the last of these socks. Either way, a little something I picked up at my new LYS, Fiber Nooks & Crannys, waiting for me.
Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
Wish me speedy fingers and plentiful knitting time!
It’s been a busy and challenging few days around here. It looks and feels like a tornado blew through our house: boxes, boxes, everywhere! And the change that has blown through is tremendous. My mind feels nearly as cluttered with debris as the house as I sort through feelings of excitement, anxiety, enthusiasm and uncertainty. So to combat the stress and ennui of moving, I decided to cast on something unabashedly cheerful. Socks for Sweetie:
Crazy Zauberball, A Nice Ribbed Sock
In looking at my Ravelry projects page recently, I noticed that I have knit 4 pairs of socks this year. The balance is clearly off as I knit 3 of those pairs for myself and just one for Sweetie. She picked this yarn out on a recent trip to Seed Stitch in Salem, MA. Incidentally, I have been dying to knit up my own CZ socks since the fall when I bought this:
Similar color scheme, but mine should have more of a rainbow hue to it, whereas Sweetie’s socks seem to have an orange hue throughout the skein. So far, anyway. Who knows what surprises lurk inside that charming ball of yarn!
So far this week I’ve been able to stay on task and have been making a little progress on one of my wips. I started Petrie at the beginning of June, thinking it would be a speedy and straightforward summer knit. There was this whole daydream where I wore my stylish knit top to places like the farmer’s market, beach, and backyard bbq’s. So far the only place this top has been is my house, the pool, and this week the movie theater. All while still on the needles.
This top is entirely stockinette stitch, so I decided to knit it in the round to make it as quick to knit as possible. The trouble with stockinette in the round, as you may well know is this: it is Boring. Some days it’s soothing, or perfect for keeping hands busy while attentions are focused elsewhere. But it is overwhelmingly boring, which explains why I have strayed from this project so often.
I spotted the first blushes of fall on a neighbor’s maple tree yesterday.
It’s time to finish my summer knitting so I can squarely face some luscious fall knits.
And then there’s this tempting me as well, a little going away gift from my good friend Striped Socks:
I’m in serious trouble!
I tried to be faithful, I really did.
After finishing my Lenore socks, I decided I needed to face my wips. I only had 3, and I thought surely they would keep me entertained until after The Move. I thought forcing myself to knit on these already started projects would do me some good and clear the decks for some inspired fall knitting.
It lasted 2 days.
I tried to focus on my Hamamelis shawl, I really did! But the charts and lace don’t make for good relaxing in front of a movie knitting for me, and that’s really all I have room for right now. The good news is, I did make some progress on it before going on a cast-on spree. Another of my wips wasn’t so lucky…
I have been vacillating over what to do with my long-languishing Hemlock Ring blanket for months. I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to get finished, yet something wouldn’t allow me to rip out all that lovely knitting. Then one day I was casually browsing projects on Ravelry when Sweetie noticed what I was looking at. Those are cool, she said, looking at some colorwork mittens. Knowing she likes owls, I said: I bet there’s something similar with owls on them. A few clicks later we had decided on a pair of cabled owl mittens, and a matching owlet sweater for Peaceful Baby. Suddenly I knew what all that Malabrigo would be good for, and it was very easy to rip out!
I also cast on a little something for PB to protect her tender knees during all the crawling she’s been doing. This project is knitting up super fast, and I should be finished after the weekend. Have a good one!