Tuesday, April 04, 2006

I'm in an FO Wonderland!!

Yes, that's right. With travelling comes the perks of travelling time. Being delayed in Chicago on the return trip definately didn't hurt.

What's the tally?

I finished the Embossed Leaves socks from W05/06 IK ten minutes before my plane landed in Seattle. I thought that was pretty good impeccable timing. I'm not saying I just finished the knitting...I mean all ends were woven in and they were wearable ten minutes before we touched down. I'm awesome. I used ArtYarns Ultramerino 4 in some sort of color I've been calling Kermit Green for the past three months. I love these socks. I made a few alterations once I got to picking up the stitches and knitting the foot part. I also shortened the toe. I'd totally make these guys again. It was a fun pattern and it didn't feel like it took me forever to do. I did notice, however, walking around various airport terminals in these that the yarn is actually starting to felt around the heel. I'm not sure what this means for the rest of the sock. I might have to find somewhere that will sell me some Koigu instead and re-make the socks. I don't think I'd actually mind that. I knit them mostly by magic loop and really liked doing that alot. I felt like it made the sock go by much quicker and was much less of a pain in the ass. I had to change to bamboo DPNs before I got to the airport because I didn't want to get my addis taken away...that would have been a travesty!

However, I finished more than just those socks! I know, I know, hard to believe eh? I'm practically finished with both of these as well!

I say almost because that green one is deliberately behind the orange one. The ends on these suckers is pure madness. Two for each petal, two for the icord, and another for the body. Besides the ends though, this is a pretty fun project. You start it at the petals, you join the petals together, you work it in short rows for a spell and then add on the icord. It's pretty fun, keeps it different and they knit up rediculously quickly. I started the green one as I boarded the plane for Chicago (that's where my first layover was) and while I still have the ends to weave in, I pretty much finished it on the return plane from Seattle to Chicgao. I didn't knit much while I was in Seattle, so all in all it was less than six hours I'd say. Pretty good.

So back to my world of monagomous knitting. I got some Lorna's Laces while at Hilltop Yarn. I was inspired by Yarn Miracle to buy it. It's a lovely shepard sock yarn in the colorway mountain creek. I turned the skeins into yarn with the aid of my friend's chairs in Seattle and immediately cast on for a pair of Jaywalkers. I was going to use my Mountain Colors sock yarn, but I thought those socks would be too thick to wear right now and decided to use the Lorna's Laces right away. When I have progress to show, I'll show it.


Katy said...

Your FOs are great!

Jessica said...

I'm lovin' those socks! I totally admire your sock-finishing capabilities.

celia said...

Small world! I think my husband and I met you at The Point when you were making these socks. You did a great job on them!

john said...

Great socks!

Beta said...

awesome. They look fantastic. Coincidently, I finished my first sock last night! I wore it home from SnB while the other foot was sporting the sock I had on already. Very attractive.
The bibs are cool too - are they for 1 person?

PassionKNITly said...

Thanks for the happy sock comments! They're currently on my feet and enjoy the praise!
Celia: I do hang at the point quite often!
Beta: I'm inspired by your non-matching sockness! The bibs are for 2 people. The orange one is headed to Queens, while the green one is headed to Houston, Texas.

Bee said...

Beautiful projects! I just discovered your blog through the LJ knitting community, and I'll definitely be checking in on you again!

carrie said...

the socks look wonderful, and i'm really smitten with those petal bibs! but now i'm a little worried that they are too much of a pain.