Thorny Knits

I've got a husband, twin toddlers, a cat who I probably forgot to feed this morning, and never, ever enough time to knit.


Pics and rumination

First, the pics:

If you'll recall, this is the yarn I'm using - dyed myself using Kool-Aid.

And here is the swatch I did, making sure I liked the fabric I got and see how pretty it is? I dunno - maybe it marks me a Child Of The '80s, but I really like it.

And here is a progress shot in the early days of Sock #1, when I first started to think, "Hmm. Maybe... maybe I should do this on US1s after all. This fabric really stretches out funny when I try to put it on."

And here.... here my friends is my testament to "You know, I bet if I just keep knitting it'll all turn out fine."

That's right. That's a completely finished sock. Lovely, isn't it?

In fact, if you wanna see some lovely, look at that half of the heel flap - isn't that the most absurdly gorgeous bit of heel flap you've ever seen?

I forgot to take a picture of the other half of the heel flap, which is entirely green. It's amazing. I'll have to take another picture of it before I frog it.

Yeah, you heard me. Frog it. Because while I love the sock, love the ridiculously gorgeous half-heel-flap, and really groove on how it turned out... when I put the damn thing on, I feel like The Hulk. Like one wrong move and I'm going to burst right out of the thing. I know I'm not, but... I just don't like it. It's not even that it feels all that tight - it's just that the fabric is too loose and stretches out too weird and all my lovely pooling goes kaput, and well... what's the point of that. Even with the gorgeous heel-flap. sigh.

Anyway. So now I'm working on the sock again, using 84 sts on US1 needles. So far it seems like it will fit just fine, and the fabric will annoy me less than the first sock does. I have, in case you're concerned, decided that if I'm iffy on the fabric again, I'm not going anywhere past the gusset. Not one bit. In which case, I'll probably start all over again, using 92 sts on US0s. Heaven help me.

And now... some pondering.

Have been contemplating my status in the blogiverse for a while now, and Cara's discussion of her blog really has me going.

See, I've got another blog out there on LiveJournal, which has primarily been "life" stuff, and then when I thought enough of my readers were getting tired of the knitting content, I figured I'd start a knit-blog. Except it hasn't really taken off. Like, I'm not posting to it nearly as much as I thought I would. And part of that is technical difficulties - getting pics from my camera to the computer is not as easy a process as I would like, though Caz is going to try to fix that for me sometime.

But the other part of it is, well... how do you compartmentalize your life?

This morning, we were having one of "those" mornings around here, and after Ben yanked the hallway gate down for the fourth time in a row, I decided it was time for a movie. So we chucked in "Finding Nemo", and the boys got distracted by that enough to stop trying to ransack the rest of the house, and so Caz laid down on the couch to nap a bit and I put my feet up in the recliner to knit a bit. (Toldja it was one of "those" mornings.)

Well, I'm sitting there knitting, and Henry decides to clamber onto the footrest and climb up to me. At first I was thinking he wanted to nurse, but no, he just wanted to sit by me. So I sat there in the chair, Henry happily sitting between my legs, and knitted. It was just a perfect lovely moment, and one of the first times I've been able to actually continue knitting with one of the kids in proximity - usually they're busy trying to grab the yarn or the fabric or poke at the needles or something.

So which blog do I put that in? It was a great moment, but well... it was knitting related, but it also had a lot to do with my "life" (as if knitting isn't life, but that's a ponder for another time).

I dunno. I think I need to figure out if I'm gonna fish or cut bait here. I even think I know which way it's gonna go (seeing as I just put a couple buttons up on the sidebar there - didja see? Huh? Huh? Didja?!), but... you know how it is.


  • At Fri Jan 20, 05:22:00 PM CST, Blogger the fiddlin' fool said…

    Wow, what a gorgeous sock! Reminds me of the Lorna's Laces I knitted up for Meg, but your colors are way better. Methinks I'm going to have to try my hand at this kool-aid dyeing thing someday. Maybe once I spin all that fluff that I got for Christmas...

    Remember, you are not crazy for wanting to knit a sock on 0s. I'm the one who is crazy because I am knitting a vest on 1s. :)

    My decision to go with Blogger instead of LJ ultimately depended on which blog more people were reading. I also think that Blogger has nicer-looking templates (there are so many LJ templates IMO that break the basic "don't let your web page look like this" rule), and if you don't like the templates, you can get your geeky husband to draw up your own entirely.

  • At Fri Jan 20, 09:31:00 PM CST, Blogger strangelittlemama said…

    I recently decided to consolidate my "life" journal (LJ) and my knitting blog. I just felt like I wanted it all together, since it's all me, yk?

  • At Sat Jan 21, 03:05:00 PM CST, Blogger FemiKnitMafia said…

    Fish. Fish. Fish.


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