Jaywalkers are done!

July 29, 2007

Finished them on Friday night. I’m so happy! My first pair of small gague socks. I learned a lot with these. For one thing, I learned the exact measurments of my foot (basically, that they’re fat) and that one does not have to choke the yarn to get little stitches. The one sock is a little tight, but not uncomfortably so. I like the stuff I make on principle and I always wear it no matter how horrible, so these should see heavy rotation when the weather cools down.

Now I’ve got a couple of other projects I’m working on, so I’m purposly not casting on for Bellatrix yet. It’s hard, but I don’t want to totally forget about my two-toned shrug by getting swept up in sock madness again. I’m also feeling a sweater-y vibe, so I think the shrug should have a pretty nice future ahead of it. I’m also making a quick stash buster project out of a project from Mason-Dixon knitting. The felted baskets. Genius! I can knit things to keep my knitting in! And use up stash yarn! I love it! And it’s super easy, too. Just garter stitch with some handle holes.

And then there’s Shedir. So beautiful…so painful. And I mean physically painful. My cable needles are very pokey and I don’t know how to do the little twists without a cable needle. Grumperina’s Cabling Without a Cable Needle is a great technique and her instructions are really clear, but I can’t figure out how to do the twists. Another technique I’ve learned is the Elizabeth Zimmerman sewn bind off. I much prefer this to the usual knitted bind off, but I’m having trouble figuring out exactly how much yarn I should be leaving to sew.


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