Monday, June 28, 2010

All Quiet on the Knitting Front

We spent last week in a cottage at Le Lac d'Ailette in France. I chose to leave my knitting at home. Instead I brought homework, which I didn't touch all week and a book, The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson. We were so active every day, we went to the pool, to the beach, to the playground and it was so hot outside that we mostly kept to Caspers hours, which meant up at 6.00AM and to bed at 8.00PM, leaving me hardly any "me" time.

Center Parcs Le Lac d'Ailette

Center Parcs Le Lac d'Ailette

One of the reasons why I left my knitting at home was because I was fed up with the socks. Something happened before we went on holiday, you see; my son got his hands on one of them and unravelled two chart repeats. I was so annoyed and decided to take a break. This was a good idea because now I'm happy that Casper did what he did. To be honest, I wasn't too pleased with the work I had done on that sock anyway, there were a handfull of errors in there but I had refused to go back and correct them, feeling like I had too much time invested since.

That was not the only naughty thing he did either. Unfortunatly he broke our camera while we were in France. I am quite bummed about this. I hope to have some money coming my way soon so I can get a new one. There should be coming something in shortly, but I can't be sure when exactly.

The little rascal! Just before he broke the camera.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fo: Ballband Dishcloths

Ballband Dishcloths

Ballband Dishcloth Ballband Dishcloth

I found this pair of almost-finished Ballband dishcloths in a corner of my knitting drawer this morning. I had probably tossed them aside to cast on for a bigger and better project sometime last year, I guess. On a whim I decided to finish them. Aren't they a sunny couple?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Pomatomus Update

I love watching sport events, like the 2010 FIFA World Cup because they get along with knitting so well; There is no need to pay much attention to the game unless you're absolute favorites are playing and it is easy enough to keep up by listening to the commentator. I know I'll be watching a lot of the matches, knitting up my pair of Pomatomus. These socks demand my constant attention, but I'm slowly starting to get the feel of the pattern. I'm trying to knit the pair of them somewhat simultaneously because I want to avoid the second sock syndrome.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Losing my religion

I'm a down to earth kind of girl, even when it comes to knitting. Perhaps this is due to my cultural background, we Dutchies are known to get less hyper and enthousiastic about most things than, lets say, Americans. On other fiber blogs and on Ravelry I often see people getting, in my humble opinion, over-excited about a certain yarn. I doubt I myself ever described a yarn as being "shiny" and meant it. Untill now..
It's shiny, nay, it's glossy even! It's amazing. Yes, I'm talking about my skein of The Natural Dye Studio's Sockyarn. I think I'm in love. Bye bye earth, this stuff has got me floating!

I always pretty much felt the same about people who claimed their yarn screamed to be knit up into a certain something. How on earth can yarn scream?? I doesn't have a mouth, not to mention vocal cords! Untill I remembered the Pomatomus.. Something just clicked. The pictures of Cookie A. by the seaside. My desire to knit these socks since forever. The beautiful colors of the yarn, which reminded me of the North Sea. Was my yarn screaming at me? That it was! Not with it's mouth, but telepathically.


So yesterday I cast on my first pomatomus sock to be. And it is shiny, it is glossy and it is toe up.

Wait, what? Priscilla, don't you hate knitting socks toe up? Don't you love knitting heel flaps, grafting toes? Don't you hate the figure 8 cast on? Oh yes, indeed I do! But I love this yarn so much that I want to use every inch of it for these socks and make them as tall as possible. Because I also hate the fear of not having enough yarn for an extra repeat or ending up with enough scrap yarn for said extra repeat. And so economy makes me knit socks toe up!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

FO: Ruby's Pineapple Medley

I finished the Ruby's Pineapple Medley doily! I told myself not to touch the pretties I posted about in my previous post before I was done with this doily, because there is a big chance I totally forget about a project when I start a new one when the old one isn't finished. Needless to say I'm very happy to have completed this doily!

Crochet Doily

I like the outcome. It turned out a little bigger than I had expected, it's about 46 cm across, which is a little over 18 inches.
I doubt I will ever make this doily again. Like I said before, we simply don't use them. In other words, they end up tossed into the corner of a closet sooner or later. But if I ever will, I would make the following adjustment to the pattern:

Rnd 33: Sl st to second to last dc of 1st shell, 2 dc in last dc of 1st shell, picot (see Special Stitches), 2 dc in 1st dc of next shell, sl st in ch-2 sp, finish off.

I would also try and see if slip stitching to the last shell before the pineapple works, because weaving in all those ends is a pain in the behind!

Crochet Doily

So what's next? I think I will start a pair of toe-up socks with my skein of The Natural Dye Studio Sockyarn! I can't wait!