Dreams of FOs

I went a little crazy Friday and knit the last five rows of ribbing on my second Achilles Heal sock all the way through the leg patterning and part of the top of the foot. It helped that I went to a soccer banquet and had no excuse to not knit through the thing. I also had lots of class time that lent itself to knitting.

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I also kind of lost my head when I finished the mitt part of the first of my Fight’ Words mitts. As soon as I cast off the ribbing I cast it aside and Sunday I grabbed my long-suffering inCampside Shawl (It’s been since August??) and caught part of a Minecraft stream by Lapis Lauri while I knitted on it.

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I was under the delusion that I could finish it in an afternoon. I correctly remembered that I didn’t have much less, but the amount itself was more than I thought. Also, I’ve been modifying this shawl as I went, making it larger since it’s a shawl for DK weight yarn and I am using fingering weight yarn.

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I initially had two skeins of Knit Picks Palette in bare so I wasn’t worried about running out of yarn. Then I dyed it. (Why? Because I wanted to.) Now I’m going to have to cut out a bit of the lace pattern to make it to the end. Not really a big deal, but it bugs me that I should have just knit it the way it was written as it seems plenty big now even missing 1 & 1/2 lace charts, but there’s no way I’m unraveling back to what I assume is where I deviated from the pattern.


Also, I was wondering if you guys were interested in me starting my book reviews over again. I’m thinking of releasing one on the first of each month. Let me know!

Jogging so Fast

I’ve been chugging away on my Fightin’ Words mitts as best as I can. I added a round and a half last night while watching Full Frontal (Late night comedy on TBS hosted by Samantha Bee- not a porno), trying to keep my gauge from tightening in frustration too much.

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Gauge is still a bogeyman for this project, a silent spectator lurking in the background gnashing its pointy teeth. It whispers things like ‘they won’t fit’ and ‘all this work for nothing’. Fun stuff like that.  I’m just trying to cross my fingers as I knit, hoping that they’ll fit. Maybe that’s why my progress is so slow.

I’ve also been working on my Achilles’ Heal Socks while in class. I have a night class again this semester, along with a few other classes that don’t require much note taking, I have been almost flying through my first one. Jogging at least.

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Seen here I’ve just about finished the top of the foot. Wild right? I’ll do a post explaining their construction next time. I’ve been loving the way the stitch pattern plays with the subtle gradation of the yarn.

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It’s fun to watch it swing from more purple to more blue and back. The shifts are subtle but I’m easily amused. 😉

Head in Sand

I had grand plans this weekend since I was going to be by myself for most of it, but I seriously underestimated the amount of time and energy I would have. I did get some stuff done, though.

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The Fightin’ Words are continuing as the have, that is to say; slowly. I haven’t had to rip them out since I last posted, though, so that’s progress. I’ve found that having read a few posts and that actually helped. Color me surprised. I’ve switched to using just 2

I’ve switched to using just 2 dpns, something I sometimes do with socks. I don’t know if it’s helpful with the colorwork, but I’m under the delusion that it does. I was planning to actually commit an blasphemy try something new and switch to magic loop, but all my circulars seem to be like 2.5 US, even though I think they were originally 2 US. I’m keeping my floats loose and praying for the best. I haven’t tried it on since the ribbing. I’m not even considering it won’t fit.

I’ve also started my February entry for the BoxOSox KAL and the AKSockness KAL. The theme for February for the Sockness KAL is ‘Funky Heals’. I chose the pattern Achilles’ Heal. It’s a knitty pattern I’d never heard of.

I spent some time playing with what little light there is in my dorm room and was still unable to capture the light that I swear to you is in my room.

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I took pictures from another angle and was able to capture the essence of the sock so far.

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There isn’t much to it yet, I’m not even done with the ribbing yet. The yarn seems to be a very round, robust fingering weight and the ribbing seems to be almost choking itself on my new US 1 (2.25 mm) Chiaogoo needles. I like them they’re slick and pointy, almost too pointy. I’m waiting for me to impale myself through my purse or something. I’m using
Patons North America Kroy Socks FX in an unknown colorway. I received it during the #getyouryarnwishesgranted from @knittersgonnaknit. I’m liking it so far.