I’m at home these days, since well before Christmas. There’s not much I can do at school, I’m waiting for comments on thesis drafts and papers. I’m doing nothing, then when the comments come it, I go from 0 to 100 in no time flat. I’m hesitant to start new things because who knows when the comments will come back, but it’s horribly defeating.
So I’m sitting at home at 2:55 on a Monday afternoon trying not to nap. There’s been a bit too much nappage lately. The cats aren’t helping with that as they seem to nap all day and send inter-species contagious yawns in my direction. Who knew that even typing the word yawn could make me yawn? That’s twice now.
What else have I been doing? Last week I was knitting like crazy. I entered Sock Wars V at the urging of a friend and finished my socks in 5 days. Not the fastest, but I did finish a thesis draft, go biking and live for those 5 days. I did the Jekyll and Hyde pattern, which was the slowest (I believe).
To start off sock wars, I had a cast on party for 3 of the 4 of us in my knitting group who were doing sock wars. Cast on was at 8 pm, so at 7:30 the knitting group met in our living room and started in on the cake and other yumminess in preparation. We knit until about 11:30 and then dispersed. Some pictures from the night include:
Don’t we look diligent? The three with me in the centre (green vest on couch) are the sock wars knitters, the rest were cheering us on and snuggling with the cats.
I knit the Jekyll and Hyde socks using Araucania Ranco in a lovely deep red. The variegation in the colour was gorgeous and showed up really well in the twisted stitches of the Jekyll and Hyde socks. I suppose you really want to see them right? Look for the red socks in the Gallery above. I finished them after dark and had to run them to a friend to mail, so the colour is a little washed out. Envision a deeeeeeper colour!
After my socks, I finished a project I’ve been working on since December. It would have been done in December if I hadn’t knit a scarf for my brother for Christmas and promised my dad a pair of socks for Christmas. It’s the 22.5 degree scarf done in Cascade Heritage Handpainted sock yarn. Instead of the YOs in the pattern, I did M1 because I misread the pattern. I also finished after 369 stitches instead of 389 because the Cascade Heritage doesn’t have as many yards as the Wollmeise the pattern calls for.
If you’ve seen this on Ravelry, you haven’t seen the photoshoot outakes! One of my Rav friends tells me I’m very photogenic… she didn’t see how many pictures we took to get the two I put up there!
The big pick sweater is just that – a big pink sweater! Finished in December, there are still 4 ends to sew in before it’s 100% done, but I think it might remain unfinished for a long time. It’s Mayer from Berocco in RYC soft tweed. Big and comfy, it’s knit much tighter than the suggested gauge to prevent it from pilling and stretching too much.