Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Done and on to something a bit more fun

The boring boy socks are done. They did not go to Camp Seymour, but he did get to wear them to school on Monday. I had just woven in the ends on the toes, when he was getting out of the shower on Sunday night. He put them on (I wanted to make sure he was happy with them.) I will weave in the ends before I wash them. I will say, his smile when he put them on was worth the tedium. So far, the only pictures I have of the completed socks are on his feet.

The good thing about being done with that project, I get to go on to a different project. Sunday, when I was just about done with the socks, I had an hour to myself, and the LYS about half a mile from me was open. I went in to see if there was anything I couldn't live without. I walked out with the yarn for the Hexacomb Cardigan for my 12 year old daughter. I am making the smallest size and using Queensland Collection Maldive cotton yarn. The main color is color 10, which is a grass green with tweedy flecks, and the contrast color is 02, which is an off white with tweedy flecks. I got gauge with size 7 needles. Instead of starting with the body, I am starting with the sleeves to make sure she likes the color combination and the drape. She seems to be happy with it. I am not sure I am happy with the needle-yarn combination. Normally, I knit cotton on my aluminum needles, for the slide factor. This cotton is much smoother than good old dish cloth cotton. However, I was not happy with the yarn and bamboo needles. I think I will get out my Denise set, and try those. I think that may be the happy marriage of yarn and needles I am looking for on this project.

Being glad to be done with the boring boy socks is one thing, however, I think for volleyball tournaments, socks are right level of knitting attention. I have the log cabin to work on, for mindless knitting, but it is starting to be too big to carry around. I will be casting on for another pair of socks for the young man. This next pair will have the dark blue as ribbing at the top of the sock (just 44 stitches cast on for the next pair), for about two inches, to be followed by about four inches of the dark green in stockinette stitch, blue heel flap, plain green foot, ended with blue toes. Although it is a toss up between 44 stitches on the size fours or 48 stitches dropping down to size threes. I will have to test up some of the yarn on threes, to see if it is too dense.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Not So Boring Boy Socks

Not long after I posted the other day, I had Joe try on what was done of the sock. I wanted to make sure it was comfortable for him. He felt it was too big, and would not stay up. Trip to the frog pond it was. I cast on 8 fewer stitches, and I am almost to where I was, I think I am past the picture again. The reason they are now the 'Not so boring boy socks' is they are not going to be solid blue. He saw the green I am going to make the next pair out of, and requested the heel flaps and toes be green. OK, so they are still not the most entertaining knit, but I have color changes to look forward to after awhile. The green pair will now have blue heels and toes. Fairly daring for him. I have another inch and a quarter of the first leg, and then I will be onto the heel flap. I have about 10 hours of knitting time each day this weekend at volleyball tournaments. I am pretty sure at least one pair of socks will be completed prior to the end of the weekend. I am a bit of a slow knitter, but 20 hours of knitting, or close to it, I should get quite a bit knocked out.

I will attach a picture later today, but it really does not look substantially different at this point. Maybe later it will, and it will be a more interesting picture.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Goal Accountability and Boring Boy Socks

The month is not yet over, but I do have some goal accountability to report.

Washcloths...three done. No pictures, yet, and I may not get a picture of all three, as the Nine-patch, oldest daughter snagged and used almost fresh off the needles, and stained the white parts with pink lipstick. (Couldn't she have grabbed one of the older green varigated?)

I was making a Christmas present.

I found out a friend is traveling to New Hampshire, and does not have a good 'traveling' scarf. Her only scarf is very long, and not friendly for planes.

I finished the present, however, it is not going to be saved for Christmas. It is gifted. I am not going to have time to make another gift this month.

The rest of this month is going to be spent knitting boring boy socks.

Son of mine is going to be leaving for outdoor school in about 10 days. He does not have appropriate hiking type socks. He is 10 years old, and does not want socks that would be fun to knit. He wants plain, thick socks. I am knitting some navy blue (actually indigo, but close enough) socks, k2p2, mens size 9.5. He is going to get pampered feet, 100% merino superwash, which is lovely to knit. The next pair is going to be dark green. I have gotten consent to use a bit more of a pattern p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1 repeat. I have two 10 hour days of sitting and watching the girls play volleyball this weekend. I will get them done. It is mindless knitting for sitting in the stands. He will have happy feet. At least he wants handknits, and wears what I make him.

I may take a break and make another Nine Patch washcloth. He needs to bring his own for camp.