Aug 8

oh good lord…

You’ll never guess what I’ve been asked to make.  No, really.  Go ahead – guess.

Give up?
This. But in bright purple.

I considered saying no, but then thought that if the girl I’m making it for really wants to wear it as a toque when walking to campus this winter, who am I to stand in the way of whatever statement she’s making?

Aug 5

2 FO’s and 1 WIP

Yes, it’s true: I have finished not one, but *two* projects. This is unheard of! To the left you see the Rose Wristwarmers. Or is that Wrist Warmers? I’ve never been able to figure that one out. But yes, they are complete! I am so very in love with these, too – I love the pattern, I love the yarn, I love the way they feel when I’m wearing them. I almost want the weather to turn cold enough that I can wear these out without looking the fool… almost. (I don’t think there’s anything fantastic enough out there to make me like winter.

And, the second FO. The Britain Socks. After two years, they are complete. Yep, I bollocksed them up a couple times, but honestly, at this point, I think it’s just better that I’ve finished them. Even with the issues, though, I do love them. I’m happy with them. And like I said on Ravelry, it’s not so much that I love the individual components of the socks (the yarn, the pattern, etc), but I love what they represent, what they remind me of. Yes, I could have done without the mad search for dpns after losing a couple somewhere in Scotland, and the unexpected monsoon that accompanied aforementioned search, but every time I put on these socks, I’ll remember how much fun I had. And isn’t that the most important thing

And now, my new WIP. Originally titled Helmcken Falls (due to the stitch pattern and a waterfall back home), they’re now being called Rainbow Chips. Because, as oprtv47 pointed out, the yarn is more than a little reminiscent of rainbow chip frosting. Mmm, frosting.

Dammit, now I want cupcakes.

They’re toe-up socks, which is a bit of a departure for me. I like the fact that toe-up socks can be tried on as you go, but I’ve never been fond of the way the ends of the toes seem so… boxy, for lack of a better word. There may be a way around this – I’ve only ever made toe-up socks using the W&T method – but I really do prefer the pointiness I seem to get from cuff-down socks. But these socks are cute, and that’s all that matters :-D.

Jul 24

Don’t faint, but I’m actually posting…

(and I really hope this works, as I’ve not used a web interface in years. I don’t want to be known as the incompetent one of the group.)

How much am I tickled over the fact that two people have favourited my Mum’s xmas socks on Ravelry? Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much. And more! I’m so pleased that other people think my work is good! I mean, Mum has to, she’s my mother, but it’s always somewhat validating to know other people give me a thumbs up as well.
In that vein… part of the “not staying in the basement for weeks on end” entails going to happy hour at MakeOne tonight. I don’t know what we were drinking, but it was pink and sparkling and tasty. And then there was yarn. Mmmmmm yarn. Is it bad form to cuddle my skeins? I bought two skeins of Colinette Jitterbug in Sahara. Yay for more sock yarn, and in bright colours. If y’all get socks for Christmas, you can’t say it wasn’t expected.
I never thought this would happen, but The Britain Socks are nearing completion. I’ve started on the heel flap of sock2! Soon the heel will be turned and I’ll start the instep, finish the toe, and voila! Socks!