Thursday, May 24, 2007

A study in suspense

I'm beginning to get a little worried about the Pomatomus socks. I have a mere 2 hanks of koigu and this is what the first one looks like right now.

I've got size 9.5 US feet. That foot is about 5 inches long right now and that's the remainder of the first ball hanging off there.

I've weighed and estimated using kinda sketchy math and determined I'll make it. I've talked to two people over on ravelry (I was lucky enough to vaguely know someone who knows someone, so I'm in the beta test) who made these socks out of koigu and both of their responses assured me I'll have enough.

Still, it's kind of scary. I want to enter these into the state fair, and the lace pattern goes all the way to the toe, so no funky contrasting yarn at the end is gonna fly. I'm crossing my fingers and letting myself get carried away by the super-cool pattern and ignoring the nagging voice in the back of my head saying "turn back now."

There's an off chance the LYS I originally got this yarn at might have another hank lying around, but I'm kind of doubting it.


Note: That photo up there was taken with my new phone. I'm amazed. And, I've got a new camera too, so better photos shall return to this space. Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

There is actual knitting taking place

Gasp! A finished object!

My cousin and his wife are expecting a baby soon. She had found a photo in a magazine of this hat, so I looked it up and knitted it up on the way to Cleveland to watch te first Burning River Roller Girls' bout.

Pattern: Baby Bunny Beanie by Noe Knits
Yarn: Lion Kitchen Cotton

(And yes, that's a miniature Bobbi Bear wearing said hat. He is an unfortunate experiment. I tried to size the pattern down, and was mostly successful, except the poor guy has stunted little arms. And then, the next month, the smaller version of the pattern was released. Go figure.)

And here's what I'm working on now. Pomatomus socks by Cookie A. from knitty. I love these. I am normally so klutzy and bad at lace, but this pattern makes sense to me. I think lace in the round will always be easy for me since it's easier to see where the stitches logically connect to each other when you're always on the same side of the work.

This is the first time I've ever knitted with koigu and apart from the odd short bit of loosely spun stuff, I'm really loving it. I'm not loving that I broke not 1 but 2 of my short Brittany size 2 dpns on this, but replacements are supposedly on their way, so I'll deal. I do so love the shorter ones. The longer ones give me weird scratches on my wrists.

I'm really hoping to get these done in time to enter them in the state fair. I think I can make it. I'm finding a better knitting/roller derby balance now, and knitting more at lunchtime at work. Hurray!!!