What Sock?

A few weeks ago Ann and Kay over at Mason-Dixon Knitting started a one-sock knit-along. I had a sock that I was working on, so I was more than happy to join in. I knit dutifully on my Juniper sock (note the singular use of ‘sock’) for days and days. Until one day something inside me snapped. I didn’t want to knit this sock anymore. Who cares that I had finally memorized the stitch pattern. It wasn’t fun to knit. If I had been smart I would have remembered that I didn’t particularly enjoy the hat my sock pattern is based on. Now don’t take me wrong: the designer did a great job with that pattern. I have nothing against them. I just don’t particularly enjoy mock cables.

Still, I could get over this if I was sure the finished object would be perfect. But here’s the rub: I don’t think the socks will fit after washing. It seems my best course of action may be to frog the sock (frogging is so named because you rip-it, rip-it). I may also take a page from one of my favourite knitters ever, Stephanie Pearl-McFee (what a lovely coincidence that we share the same name) and deny any and all knowledge of this project.

What sock? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Happy Dance

I got a piano! Well, a keyboard. But a piano!!!

2 years ago I bought a lovely upright piano. It had a lovely tone and I loved playing it. But when I moved to my apartment we weren’t able to get it up the stairs. So I very sadly gave it to a friend.

I looked and looked for a lightweight keyboard, but I couldn’t find one that I actually liked. Fast forward to this past Monday, when I checked Craigslist on a whim, and there it was: my piano. I contacted the seller and we set an appointment to meet. He was lovely, the piano was even lovelier, and we quickly settled on a price.

Off I scurried to get money and some blankets so I could transport my piano (My Piano!!!) safely. The seller showed me how to take the keyboard off the attached stand and helped to load it in the car (there was a moment in there where I accidentally dropped a piece of the stand because I was trying to be careful. If I had just done the normal thing and set it on the ground we wouldn’t have had a problem. C’est la vie) and then I was off with my piano! Hooray!

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Simple Projects

I have always been the kind of knitter who tries new things. I like to be stimulated. I enjoy a little bit of terror uncertainty about how a project might turn out. This is why I design my own patterns or at the very least muck about with half the patterns I knit.

All of which makes it very odd that I suddenly have the urge to knit simple things like garter stitch washcloths and mitered squares. WP_20160427_003

Maybe it’s because I have 2 rather demanding projects going on right now, and my brain needs a little down time. Or maybe I am changing as a knitter.

 

Juniper

I’m working away on my socks. I’ve decided to change the name to Juniper socks, rather than Spruce socks, because the stitch pattern makes me think more of a Juniper bush than an evergreen tree. I’m just about to start the gusset, so I ran a lifeline just in case the fit is off.

Why?

What is it that makes us crafters abandon one project in favor of another? Boredom? Insurmountable problems? Short attention span?

I started my Smaug Shawl many months ago. But it was hard, so I moved on (Also, Christmas presents).

I started my Spruce Socks a few weeks ago. But then I found the Smaug Shawl, and it was magically easier than it used to be.

But now the rows on the Smaug Shawl are really, really long (320 stitches). Getting across a row is an accomplishment, and I’m starting to get a little bored… even though it is silk.

Also the fabulous gals over at Mason Dixon Knitting are hosting a one-sock Knit-a-long. Do I join? Do I stick firmly to my shawl? Do I work on the Spruce socks, or do I dig out some new sock yarn and start a different pair?

Too many choices….

P.S. A friend gave me some new fabric recently. I might have accidentally started cutting out a tank top.