Saturday, July 26, 2008

SP Question of the Week #6 & 7

Yes, I missed one...

What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation?

Socks. I wouldn't so much say it's my favorite project as the project I pick when I can't decide what to do or want to be able to do without having to learn something new. It's more complicated than a scarf, smaller than a scarf, more portable than a scarf, but about the equivalent of a scarf for me.

What is(are) your favorite place(s) to knit?

In restaurants and at conferences and meetings. I don't knit at work work meetings very often, but occasionally I'll either be very ... agitated ... and since everybody knows knitting calms me down, I'll knit through a meeting once in a while. But it's rare to find me without knitting at any other meeting! If I had a TV, I'd knit while watching all the time.

I don't knit in bed as often as I used to due to recent abdominal issues. I'm not sure my sweetheart has reason to find this an improvement.

What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting?

Someplace comfortable to sit and either a presentation or conversation.

Coming soon: a picture of why I just ripped back and re-knit a sock in a yarn that I don't particularly like.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Secret Pal Question of the Week #5

1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?

We quite enjoy Portland, Oregon.

2) Where is one place you’d like to go?

The moon. Mars as a close second. I'd be quite happy to settle for the International Space Station.

Hey, you asked!

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Obligatory Fiber Post

I've been doing my weekly blogging to the questionnaire put out by Secret Pal 12 and failing to admit that I have, in fact, been knitting. Occasionally, I even finish something. Well, almost. I still need to finish making the ends disappear on this. Look, a whole pair of socks.

These are made from Tofutsies. I decided to do afterthought heels. I think I've done these before. In any event, they were a great success in this case.

Part of what made me decide to do the afterthought heel was the problem I had with the yarn. I found a rather large section of yarn that was twisted differently from the rest if the skein at about the point where one of the socks got near the heel. I had a lot of time to think about how I was going to deal with this, and ended up deciding on the afterthought heel.

The lace pattern really wasn't the right pattern to use for this yarn. Still, I'm happy with it. I'm making another pair in plain yarn, because you really can't identify the pattern here.

My big disappointment was the too-loose bind off. But when I tried the sock on, it would appear that the sock isn't going to fall down and nobody is going to notice this. Unless you look at this picture.

I'm a little tired of Tofutsies, but I still have another skein. And I seem to have a lot of this one left over. Ah, well. What's a stash for but to save yarn for a rainy day?

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Friday, July 04, 2008

SP Question of the Week #4

1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”?

I have no bulky yarn. Occasionally I think I might like to make a scarf out of a bulky yarn, but I don't have any. And by the time I go shopping, I forget that I wanted bulky yarn, so I never get around to picking some up.

I'd also like to try out Louet Gems one day. And I'd like to maybe knit up a scarf in a skein of Manos del Uruguay. But I've got stuff in my stash that will keep me happy when I start thinking those might be nice. My lack of anything bulky leaves me ... kicking myself for never thinking of buying any bulky wool.

2) What yarn do you never want to be without?

Sock yarn. Superwash wool. At the moment it feels like I have too many multi-colored skeins and not enough single-color skeins. I knit socks and fingerless gloves for quick projects I can use to play with stitch patterns. Socks keep me out of trouble.

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