Sudden Sense of Accoplishment

All the knitting angst is gone. My sore arm (from too much fine cutting with an Xacto, not knitting) and my general malaise about knitting without getting any closer to finishing something led me to revisit the Secret Knitting Socks that I started a while ago. Saturday afternoon I spent finishing up the first sock, knitting along to Daniela’s fine commentary and great music selections.

The sock ended up so fine that I immediately cast on for the second sock. This isn’t too unusual, the euphoria of completing a sock or mitten usually gives me enough stamina to immediately start the next one.

I was quite surprised at how well I remembered the pattern from only hearing it through once. I remembered all the parts and didn’t consult the instructions at all for the second sock. I’m sure that it helped that I had just completed the first when I started the second, but still I’m impressed! So were some people at the Sunday knitting meetup downtown. Celia was downright astonished that I could work without any sort of a pattern. Uh. I dunno. I’m a good listener I guess?

Here’s the flat sock.

I’m quite surprised how much I actually enjoyed (yup, ENJOYED) sewing up the sock. Maybe I just appreciated the brilliance of the seam placement. Or I could just be crazy. I mean what knitter actually LIKES seaming things?!?!? That’s just crazy talk!

Look at the lovely socks. I won’t bore you with how many pictures and angles I took to get the money shot.

Right, the dets:
Pattern: Secret Knitting Socks as provided by my Secret Pal K2P2
Yarn: Fleece Artist Sea Wool (about a half a skein)
Start: September 4, 2007
End: September 24, 2007 (some people say I’m a fast knitter, I say I just need more of a social life).

Knitting Nowhere

Why does it feel like I’m knitting and knitting with no results? Oh yes. Maybe it’s because I have 5 very active projects at the moment. That’s right. 5 projects. I’ve been working on the Ravenclaw toe-up knee highs and Adult Surprise Jacket at knit nites. But then I couldn’t help but start up on the Cable Eyelet Cardigan and one day a sudden urge for Fair Isle resurrected the hibernating mitten.

Now the Cardigan is using up all my knitting attention span and happens to also be the smallest gauge item that I’m knitting at the moment. So I really feel like all the knitting is getting me nowhere.

And now I have a sore forearm. It’s not from knitting, it’s from work. But still the knitting isn’t helping. Not knitting is making me quite restless. Yargh.

Surprisingly Addictive

I have started to work on my first sweater built without a pattern. I am kind of hesitant to call it an original design at the moment as I lifted the stitch pattern idea from a Gap sweater I own. I know, I know, how does a knitter still buy sweaters from the Gap? Well in my defence it was two years ago and later that day I was flying to London for a year with unknown ideas of having time to knit myself a sweater for the winter. As it turns out I did very little knitting that year and that Gap sweater is now a favourite.

Particularly because of the alternating mini cables and raised eyelet sections. On the Gap sweater, it gives an overall effect of being a fancy version of waffle type long underwear top. But I thought it would be a good way to showcase the 10 balls worth of hand painted VIP I have hanging around. I dyed it myself so am somewhat determined to actually make something with it.

I’m working on 2.5 mm needles and after working 3 inches of ribbing on straights, I finally decided to save my forearms and buy a circular. Despite the mind boggling gauge of 38 sts/ 4 in and that I’m working the fronts and back in one piece (376 sts in a row), I find this project to be quite addictive to work on. I’m alternating between two balls every right side row to fight pooling and skein colour variations which only seems to make it more entertaining to keep knitting more and more and more.

Check out the lovely effect of the finished piece. I thought that maybe there’s too much of the little bitty cable, but it’s growing on me quite a lot as it’s growing.

My curiosity got the better of me with the Secret Knitting CD and I started them with some very nice Fleece Artist Sea Wool. They are quite curiously worked flat for some reason, but I’ll stick with it and maybe there’s a compelling reason for it. Too bad these aren’t quite as addictive as my cardigan. Maybe part of the addictive qualities of the cardigan is that I really don’t know what it’s going to be like when finished. I’m pretty stoked to see the finished product. Should be pretty sweet.

I’m sure I’ll finish the sweater before these socks.