So Very Close

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I am one more cable repeat and a toe away from finishing these socks. I realize that it looks like a lumpy mess in this photo, but if you take a look at my last post, you’ll see that it looks really good on the foot. The chaos from my day job has settled down, so I will hopefully finish later today. I considered delaying this post, but I suspect that this sock will be off the needles when sun sets & any chance of good lighting has gone away. Besides, I’ve already tempted fate enough today. I stubbed my toe this weekend & cracked the nail. I’ll spare you the details. Suffice it to say, eww. Despite my best attempts to cripple myself, I trekked over to fibre space to visit the Miss Babs trunk show earlier today. There’s a good chance I’ll be knitting with cosmic in my future.

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Laboring

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It’s Labor Day is America, which means that many of us are enjoying a three-day weekend. Unfortunately, I’ve been tasked with working on a proposal this weekend for my day job, so there isn’t much relaxation time in the cards for me this weekend. Despite the proposal, I did manage to finish the first sock. OK, I suppose it’s not finished until the ends are woven in, but that can wait until a calmer time.

I carried the pattern down the heel flap, and I’m really happy with the way that looks. The additional knit stitches that I added make a huge difference. They frame the cables nicely.

Now I need to decide if I want to mirror the cable on the other sock. That decision can wait until I have time to pick up the needles again. I really should be working right now.

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Not Much Knitting

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There wasn’t much knitting happening this week, I’m afraid. Don’t get me wrong, some knitting happened. I’d probably become ragey if I didn’t pick up the needles at all. I did finish the leg on Ellington socks.

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With the limited time that I had to knit this week, Ellington was, shockingly, the easiest thing to work on. I had already finished the cabling on the leg, so I really only had a few rounds of increasing and decreasing to get to the heel.

I did start the heel for the socks that I’m working with the KAL, but I haven’t finished it, and I’m a little on the fence about it, so I haven’t photographed it just yet.

One of the reasons, I haven’t had much knitting time is that I was helping my friend Tanis fix something on her site. I have some experience beating wordpress into submission, so I lent her a hand. As a thank you, she awarded me with this.

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I clearly need to help Tanis out more often. I can’t decide if I want to knit with it, or just admire it. I’ve never managed to get my hands on a skein of Wollmeise before, and all I can say is that I love everything about it.

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Almost A Complete Leg (Again)

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Remember last week when I thought that I had almost finished the leg of my sock.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

That’s pretty much what the universe thought about that leg.

In all honesty, I’m the one who made the conscious decision to frog the entire leg. After working the heel flap and starting the gusset, I really wanted to tweak some things. Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while should know that this isn’t an uncommon occurrence. I’m happy to say that the yarn survived this abuse unscathed.

I added some columns of knit stitches between the cables, which will yield a little bit more ease and solve an issue I had with the heel. I also tweaked the cable ever so slightly. I’m really happy with these changes. I’m also considering working the cable on the heel flap just to keep things interesting. I’ve got 8 more rounds to knit before starting the heel, so I have time to decide.

On a completely different topic, I’m currently trying to recruit some test knitters for a new pattern. If you’re interested, check out this thread in ravelry & let me know.

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Almost a Complete Leg

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I’ve finished most of the leg on my non-stealthy socks. I admit that it looks like a lumpy unappealing mess on the needle. That’s OK because negative ease can work magic with socks. When I completed 2 repeats of the cable, I slipped half the stitches onto another needle and threw the sock in progress on a disembodied foot.

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What a difference a little stretch makes. I’m really enjoying these socks. I’ve been working on deadline related knitting for the last few months, and it’s nice not having a deadline right now.

I’ve named the ravelry project for these “Choosing a Granite Countertop is Overwhelming”. The name may be influenced by a kitchen project that is making slow progress.

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