27 July 2008

Homework's done, playtime starts

The sample knitting I've been working on is now complete and handed in. I can continue working on building my wardrobe for my future career as a Children's Entertainer.* The Random Generator Socks can continue without guilt. After finishing the Noro socks, I couldn't help but cast on. Now that my knitting homework is done, I can continue knitting without any guilt.

They are turning out to be way too much fun. I find myself knitting knitting knitting so that I'm closer to the next colour change. Like with the Noro, but even more exciting as I don't know what colours are going to follow.

*Children's Entertainer as future career is used for comedic purposes and is not to be mistaken as actual future career goals even if I seem to have some subconscious desire for the appropriate wardrobe.

20 July 2008

Fibre is good for you

Medium Coopworth

This past week I had a little food poisoning fun where sitting in front of the computer and knitting made me sea sick so I don't really have anything interesting to report to you. That and I've been doing some sample knitting for Véronik so...yeah...not really anything I can show you.

Dark Brown Welsh Top

But for those of you who have me on your Ravelry stalker lists, you may have noticed that I added a WHOLE bunch of yarn & such to my stash in the past couple of weeks. Now much of that isn't recent purchases and many of the oddballs are from the various destashes that a Montreal Knits member gets to partake in. Really I went through all the yarn that didn't get added since the last time I catalogued my stash (really, since I got my Ravelry membership I think a year ago).

Fine Brown Shetland

I haven't really been spinning much lately. I've been crazy busy/mentally occupied at work in the past months and this last week of sea sickness has really not been terribly condusive to me picking up the spindle. I'm thinking it would be an instant vomitrometer in my general state of this past week. Don't worry. I'll live. There has not been any actual vomit, but there were a few quite close calls Thurs & Fri.

Light Grey Swalesdale

Fibre accumulation on the other hand is something else entirely. And it really doesn't help that Mr. Peabody works over at Effiloché where Ginette's been getting in more and more spinning supplies to temp the weak willed spinning geeks such as Mr. Peabody & myself. We totally geeked out about the various sheep breeds available in natural colours. We decided to split bags to be slightly more reasonable and got basically one of each breed/shade available.

Light Brown Coopworth

Some spinners are totally turned on by some of the crazy manmade and plant fibres available out there. But me? I'm content to follow my spinning teacher's advice and stick to the sheep for the time being until I have some more experience. And now that I've seen how many lovely sheepies there are too choose from out there, I'm super happy to stick to that recommendation for now.

Grey Gotland

I'm planning on continuing to work through the rest of my white Corriedale before breaking into any of this lusciously tempting fibre. Let's hope the world stops feeling so spinny so I can get my spindle going again!

13 July 2008

Na Na Na Noro makes fabulous socks

These socks have had a bit of an identity crisis through their thus far short life. First they were the 'Serenity Now!' socks, then the Inverse Relationship socks, but I settled on Such Great Heights as one (that's right ONE) ball of Noro gave me a pair of KNEE socks. I just need to get some suspenders to be all set for a new career as a children's entertainer.

Pattern: No brainer toe-up socks cobbled together from various sources.
Materials: 1 skein Noro Kureyon Sock yarn
Start Date: May 31, 2008 (ish)
End Date: July 10, 2008

They started their life one Saturday when I ventured up to Efflioché to bother Mr. Peabody and his pupils for the afternoon. Somehow it completely didn't occur to me to bring any knitting. Add into the equation an instant love affair with the Noro Kureyon Sock yarn and suddenly there's a new project on the go.

Purl seam in the back as in Knitting Vintage Socks

Noro Noro Noro, how doth I love thee? Let me count the ways...your surprising colour combinations and long colour selections that entertain as I knit AND provide a unique interest in the finished garment all packed into a unsuspecting hearty woolen skein is hours of entertainment and a sensual delight (we're talking a feast for the eyes AND fingers). There is yet to be a Noro that I dislike. Maybe there's a colour I can't completely get on board with, but that's the wacky cousin in whichever colourway family I'm looking at, and chances are the rest please me much more than the crazy deminishes.

So these socks would probably be considered boring to many of you, but I have to say I enjoyed them a lot. They brought me back to the Zen of knitting with some pretty pretty colour changes to keep me entertained. There was an evening or two where I stayed up a tad late in anticipation of the upcoming colour.

Magic Looped on a 2.0mm needle from either end of the ball, these socks are all about turning off the brain. Turkish cast-on of 16 sts, increased up to like 64 sts I think and then knit straight until my little foot was covered, HEEL, then knit until I run out of yarn with a purl seam in the back to make calf increases from.

These socks have each been my favourite at some point during the knitting. First I really enjoyed the one that started with the orange/pink/greys, but then there's a harsh colour break at the heel. The other sock behaved rather nicely in the heel, but then up in the leg there were two knots right after each other, so there's a déja vu in the colour sections. So finally they're both my favourite.

The more conscientious knitter (say Mr. Peabody) may have taken the time to split the ball in two, start at the same points and attempt to make matching socks. For me, these socks would always 'go together' just from them both having the same colours and going to all the trouble of getting them to match isn't really my style. Especially future children's entertainers.

Oh and I spent a day during my recent holiday cataloguing all my yarn and fibre and adding it to my Ravelry stash. Not that it's really all that note worthy, but I sure feel better knowing that's all done. Now all that's left is to knit with it.