Wow, it’s already July! Sorry for the lack of posts. Even though it’s summer, things have been crazy busy since I’ve been working full time in a biology research lab. I love it but I’m just exhausted when I get home. Not much has happened knitting-wise this past month but here’s an update on what I’ve been working on:
1. I finished the song of the sea scarf and blocked it with the much-needed help of my cat, Diane. I still haven’t worn it since the heat index yesterday was over 100 degrees F but I will if we get a cooler day.
2. I also started a pair of Jaywalker socks using some Cascade Heritage silks yarn that I’ve had laying around for about a year. Honestly, I kind of hate knitting socks. They take forever because of how small the yarn is and then once you finish one, you have to turn around and do the same thing all over again. Needless to say, it’s taking me a while to knit them up. I’m trying to motivate myself with thoughts of wearing them but so far that hasn’t helped much.
I really want to start working on another sweater, but right now I’m trying to finish some old projects and use up some of the yarn that I already have. I see many hats and pairs of socks in my future…
What’s your favorite stash-busting project? And do you have any tricks for staying motivated when knitting socks?
Here’s how far I’ve gotten with the Diagonal Lace Sock. I had to frog the beginning 3 or 4 times because I was having trouble with the cast on but I got the hang of it eventually. I’m really enjoying knitting lace! I just need a row counter to keep track of what row of the chart I’m on… I love this yarn too! It’s Cascade Heritage Silks- made of 85% superwash merino and 15% mulberry silk. I can’t wait to wear them!
Well, Im not going to be making the neuron socks for now. I was having a hard time reading the chart and the yarn was too dark to really see the pattern so I figured I might as well rip it out and redo it with lighter yarn later. In the mean time, I’m trying to knit these diagonal lace socks- Ive never tried lace before and this looks like a pretty basic pattern. This is what they should eventually look like:
I’ve never done a toe-up pair of socks and Ive had trouble keeping it from gaping on the sides. I used a Turkish cast on. Do you guys have any suggestions for making the sock look a bit neater?
I’ll post pictures of my progress soon
While I’m waiting to get yarn for my next sweater, I started working on a new pair of socks for my boyfriend who’s a neuroscience major. They’re called “Think on your feet” socks and you can find the pattern here on ravelry. This is by far the most complicated project I’ve ever worked on. Just look at how many charts I have to keep track of:
I’m using Heritage Silk yarn that I bought over the summer. It’s 85% superwash merino and 15% mulberry silk. It’s so soft! I might have to get some for a pair for myself!
So remember back a few months ago when I had the chance to go to Knitorious? I bought several kinds of sock weight yarn- one that the boyfriend picked out and another for a pair of socks for my dad for Father’s Day. Well, socks take a long time since the yarn is so small and I completely underestimated that fact. I did manage to finish the first sock in time after a few marathon nights of knitting and watching Lost on Netflix but then organic chemistry happened.
I am proud to say that I finally finished my first pair of socks! I used the Globe Trotter pattern which is free on Ravelry since they are nice and classic but the pattern changes up just enough that I have to actually pay attention. Here they are! I added the two-tone toe and cuff for some more visual interest
I finally made it to my first knitting store! I went to Knitorious in St Louis which is a few miles from my house to look for sock yarn. I have never seen so much yarn in my entire life. I definitely could spend an entire day looking at all of the different wools, hand painted yarns, and fancy knitting needles.
Fortunately for my bank account, my wonderful boyfriend was with me (I let him pick out yarn for a pair of socks) and he bribed me to leave after we found what we were looking for by offering to take me to Ted Drewes which has pretty much the best custard ever. All in all, it was a pretty successful afternoon!