On the Value of Following Instructions
You know how that last instruction in most every pattern is something to do with blocking? And you know how you may occasionally want to blatantly ignore that instruction? Mmmm, yes. Next time you're tempted to do that? Remember this picture. Same yarn, same needles, same knitter, worked the same week. One blocked and one not (yet) blocked. Which do you think will look better on? The goal is to have these blocked and dry for Sunday morning so The Boy and I can go traipsing around this neat half-collapsed greenhouse and take some pictures. Should be cool, if we [...]
And in Other News
The lovely blue socks I took off to the retreat are done (and have been for a while now, I just didn't quite manage to get them outside and snap a picture). We'll start with proof of concept. See that, two legs, two heels, two toes, all tidy and done. And then lets take a closer look at the top of the feet. Left and right mirrored (though it would be just as cute to put a left-leaning leaf and a right-leaning leaf together on the same sock). It's Vice (and yes, I am trying to irritate Lizzy into finishing [...]
Quick and not-so-great snap (it is unpleasant outside, I don't want to be outside, so I didn't stay long) just to show you the much more relaxed shape these take on post blocking. Compare that to the tight bunchy shape before blocking. Some time I'll get close up pics of the scallops so you can see how they're made, they really are shamelessly cute.
Of course, I did manage to squeeze in a bit of knitting while I was away. I made good progress on the blue, leafy socks. I'm about 3/4 done with the second one and should have a finished pair to show you soon. But I wanted to see if I could squeeze a whole project into the trip, cast on to bind off. That meant it would need to be a small project, but I managed it. I wanted to take pictures there (seemed only appropriate, since I knit it all there), but that meant it was unblocked. So I'll [...]
The Limits of my Love
I love you all dearly, but my porch is currently a giant sheet of ice. That means I'm going to show you the crappy pick I took yesterday (before it thawed and then froze into a death slick) instead of dutifully going out there and taking a better one. Because really, slipper ice skating is not a sport I wish to take up. We'll say it counts as proof that the hat is done, and we'll call a better picture of it something in the 'to do some time soon' category.
The holiday weekend was productive. The Boy's socks are finished and blocked. I'm unreasonably pleased with how they came out. He's quite ready to start wearing them, but alas we must wait until the snow melts and we can get in a quick photoshoot. For you see, I have a plan. Those of you who have been reading here for some time will know I usually have a plan. Actually I usually have four of five of the things kicking around in my head. This one is a doozy though and will require a brief field trip and a little [...]
The Boy's sock is done. Note that's sock, not socks. He'll likely want both. I'll need to be a clever kid and take some notes while I make the second, as I think these are nifty enough to share (and they require a bit of fancy maneuvering to get things lined up just so for the toe and the heel). Next time he's around in daylight hours, I'll get a pic with a foot. But as that won't be until the weekend, I'm taking the lazy way out and using the blocker for now.
Wee Hat the Third
I think the phase has passed. I've got three hats. The family in question has three sprockets. I think the numbers line up pretty well. But before they go off to live with their new owners (after all, it is still awfully warm here), I wanted to show them to you. If I can find some heads to wear them for pattern photos between now and when it gets cold enough that the kids need hats, I may do a pattern. I have a suspicion that might not happen though. I sort of like the idea of having these just [...]
Wee Hat the Second
Again, not actually all that wee. Same idea as before, glorified stripes, never more than one color on a row (because I'm lazy and not a very good knitter, that's why). This one was super speedy. Cast on when I finished the first one, cast of yesterday. Still smitten. One more to go at least. Once again, the texture is best seen by swinging around to the side a bit. The little nubbly poofs amuse me to no end. They also tempt Barry into unspeakable misbehavior, so these have to go on a nice high shelf.
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