Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Spring

Not too much has been happening on the knitting front- I've been *almost* disinterested lately, but that's probably just the rain talking. Actually, now that I think about it, I think it's the fact that I looked all my WIP's in the face...and almost passed out.


This was all of my WIP's as of a couple weeks ago, all 25+ of them. I have, of course, started several more since then and finished a couple as well. I didn't include the ones that just needed ends weaving in...that adds more than a few. That's enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed, and I'm not helping myself any by completely ignoring them. Someday I'll come up with a plan to deal with them all. Someday.

In the mean time, I'm taking another stab at sock knitting:


I've touched upon my love/hate relationship with socks in the past- I love having knit them, but I hate knitting them. Major sock problems include: casting on, Second Sock Syndrome, grafting, tight cast-ons, a zillion measurements to make them fit right, picking up stitches...the list goes on and on. So this time, I'm changing a few things.

Problem
Casting on. I don't feel like casting on very often because it's fiddly and annoying and casting on a *second* of a thing after I just finished the first is like trying to swim through mud.
Solution
Start both of them when I am in a casting-on-mood. Ta-da!

Problem
SSS. I don't like doing things twice, especially in a row. If I've done 1, then I've done it and it's stored in my experience box and is no longer novel, entertaining or challenging. It's sort of like doing dishes, or laundry- I did that yesterday, or the day before, or earlier today and nobody wants to be doing chores continuously for the rest of forever.
Solution
Two-At-A-Time. If I work on them at the same rate during the same knitting spell, it's more like knitting one very very long sock. 2 rows on sock 1, 2 rows on sock 2, etc. My brain likes this better, and I'm just going to go with it. You might notice that I've got them on dpns. I tried magic loop and 2 circs and I really can not stand it. Dpns are my poison of choice unless I can get a truly circular thing on circs.

I'll let you know how these go. I'm making good progress on them so far, and I don't hate them yet. Wish me luck.

Given the relative lack of knitting, I've gotten lots of stuff done around the house. I feel spiffy and organized. We might have invited people over, which might, *might*, be the only reason the house is clean. Whatever the reason, it still feels good.

-Found, tagged and wove in ends of some samples for work. I've been slacking a bit, so it will be nice to turn these in.

-Between the two of us, Jude and I managed to get the end window wall fully primer'd. Poor wall has been off-white since we moved in. Slowly but surely we will get this whole place painted. Very slowly, it seems.


-I took a full inventory of all spinning materials in my possession and rearranged a few shelves in the process. The interested and brave-hearted can see the full list here.

-2 of 3 awesome glass shelves have been installed in the bathroom. It's a pain to put them up, so we only do 1 every few weeks.

-Lastly, a gratuitous shot of my lovely organized shelves and completely clean floor.

Happy spring!

1 comment:

  1. I like your solutions to the sock knitting conundrum. And your place looks great, especially those pretty glass shelves. You have been busy this Spring.

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