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My camera arrived today! I’m seriously and irrevocably bonded with my sparkly new Nikon D3100. I’ll be adjusting to the world beyond point and shoots as a ween myself into manual mode over the next month. I finished up another monster pattern this week, and I broke out my new camera to get some photos!

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This photo shoot was quickly interrupted, though, by a nosy model who couldn’t stand to be ignored.

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The Pattern is Daphne and Delilah by Rebecca Danger. This is my second time around with this one. It’s too cute to resist, and pretty simple, too. This is my favorite introduction pattern when people are asking which one they should start with. Their mouths, I will admit, are a little wonky. I don’t have the magic touch when it comes to hot glue, so I need to try again.  I’ll take a second round with the pictures, too, when  Josie isn’t trying to crash the shoot.

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FO: Mystery Project

The identity of my mystery project can finally be revealed!

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Isn’t he sweet? My goal for June is to build up my sister’s monster collection a little. She is an elementary school teacher, and the monsters live on her bookshelves so that they can be checked out by students as reading buddies. When we were cleaning out her classroom after the last day of school, though, I noticed her collection was looking a little paltry! We’re beefing it up with a new stock of monster buddies. This is Cecil the Computer Monster from Rebecca Danger’s Big Book of Monsters. This is my first time with this pattern, and it came together pretty quickly. I did a purl ridge mouth instead of a pick up stitch mouth, because this yarn splits like crazy and picking up with it is a nightmare. I love how toy patterns come together right in front of you. An arm, an ear, a smile, and the next thing you know you’ve got a smiling little creation!

What do you think about toy knitting? Do you find it rewarding, or too finicky to bother?

Bits and Pieces

The beginning of June was a tricky couple of weeks for me. I graduated university, moved, and changed jobs all in one weekend, which required a good lot of preparation. Now that I’m settled, unpacked, and starting to get organized, I can see what the upheaval did to my knitting.

I produced a few puffs:

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A leaf or so on my Saroyan Scarf:

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And a few inches on sock #2:

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I’m itching to finish a project, but I’m finding myself to be finicky about it. I can’t decide which of these I want to work with. This is what happens when I work on too many projects at once! None of them get any progress because I get too excited about all of them in turn. Instead, I’ve started something new. A surprise project!

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Any one care to make a guess about what it may be?

Process Knitting

Do you find that you are purely one type of knitter? I’ve always considered myself to be a product knitter. When I see the pattern, I immediately stalk project pages and color choices, and I can’t wait to finish knitting so that I can add the glorious thing to my wardobe. What gets me through the tedious moments is imagining having the item in my hand. Recently, however, I’ve found myself to be more of a process knitter.

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This sock, if nothing else, has been proving this change to me. The color has best been described as “Easter with a Hangover.” It’s too muddy to be pastels, and too spread out to make clear stripes. The pattern, while lovely, is very wrong for the yarn, but nothing else seemed to work with it. The overall effect is a sock that only a knitter could love, and certainly nothing that product knitter me would be interested in. Process knitter me, however, is head over heels. This sock and I have shared many a lovely zen moment and we spent almost all of Memorial Day together. Something about it entertains me, and I enjoy working on this pair more than I would have thought. Hopefully this adoration stretches through to sock #2. After that, I think it’s back to the Saroyan Scarf for good, and then a wee break from the sock pandemonium.

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Do you ever find yourself switching back and forth between knitting types? Or do you, like me, see it as more of a spectrum?

FO: Easter Egg Socks

Uhmm… I don’t really know when these happened. Sometimes projects just appear on your needles when you’re not looking.

5ad28232c47a11e29c8b22000a9f18f4_7It seems that as a sock knitter I have two modes: impatiently slow and magically fast. This is the Dicey Sock pattern, in a manner of speaking. I didn’t want to knit it from the toe up, so I applied the dicey cables to the Yarn Harlot Vanilla Sock pattern, over 64 stitches. I’m very pleased with them. This yarn was my first attempt at hand dyeing a few years back, done with Easter Egg dye tablets in my postage stamp sized kitchen. It always seemed to loud to use for anything else, but socks can be as loud as they want and no one but me has to see them! I’m excited to get these socks both blocked and finished. Hopefully we’ll see a bit of sun again so that I can take better pictures of them!

Continuing on in my sock knitting phase, I have the Earl Grey pattern on my needles right now. I suppose I should say needle, since I’m attempting this pair using a single 9″ circular. It’s certainly an adjustment, but I’m hoping that it will help me get my ladders under control. Does anyone else have tips for dealing with ladders? I’d love to hear some thoughts on the matter.

 

Giving In To Temptation

My sock and I are recovering from a brief break. It just got too hot to knit it here; 100% wool on size 1’s is seriously unpleasant in the hot, humid part of early May. It got put down for a little while and ignored as something much more pleasing to knit in the heat sprung off of my needles.

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The temptation of that pretty skein of Tosh light got to be too much for me. It’s becoming an enchanting, fall colored Saroyan, knit on luxuriously large size 6 needles. It is soft as butter, airy, and I swear that each and every leaf brings me a new measure of joy. There’s something very satisfying about seeing them lined up in the increase section like this. It may be hot enough that I feel like I’m melting, but those leaves make up for it.

I don’t even feel bad that I’ve been unfaithful to the sock. Much. It was a pragmatic decision. I’m more productive this way. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. This is what I keep telling myself, but my monogamous knitter brain is prevailing. The scarf is being set aside for a little bit now that the heat is backing off, and I’ve told myself I can’t enjoy any more pretty little leaves until the foot of my sock is finished. I’m so close!

SAMSUNGI gave in to temptation a little bit, but now I’m just ready to be done with this sock!

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My sock and I are at the heel, which is making it seriously difficult not to want to browse other projects.

SAMSUNGI’m persevering,  though! This is the problem, and the best part, of being a monogamous knitter. I complete the projects that I start, but am always sorely tempted to start something new. The trick is to use that itching for a pretty new project to propel you to finish the one on your needles. Every time I want to search Ravelry for something, I should just pick up my needles, instead! I’m hoping to finish this pair soon and move on. This is what’s awaiting me, calling my name:

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Halfway Point

The first Rumpled! sock is finished!

SAMSUNGI’ve already cast on the second, and am starting to see dancing sugar plums of what projects are going to follow this one. Just a quick sock to go until I’m done! I have some hand dyed that I did around this time last year that I’m quite fond of, but have never been able to find a project for. I think they’re going to be next on my list.

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This is why socks are so much fun! You get the thrill of accomplishment after finishing one, and then you get to start over and begin again!

 

Socks On The Move

Rumpled! sock #1 and I went on a little day trip today:

SAMSUNGIt has been astonishingly beautiful here lately, so on our first day off my sister and I packed up and went to the beach. I don’t mind a little bit of sand on my sock for the opportunity to spend some time knitting by the ocean side, making progress in the sun. Sock #1 is almost done, and just needs its toe to be finished up. After that comes sock #2, but from there it’s up in the air. I might start work on a pretty little scarf I’ve been dreaming about, or dive in to my next sweater. There’s a fair chance that it’ll be yet another pair of socks, as I can’t really seem to get over them. I’ve got the bug, and I’ve got it bad.

SAMSUNGI went from here to being ready to start the toe in about a night. It’s always a good sign when project progress goes too quickly to capture on camera, but I’m worried that I’m going to slow down when it comes to working sock #2. Will this pattern stay enchanting? Will I keep finding new things about it to love? Or will I peter out, and start complaining about how I can’t wait for the ride to be over? It could go either way. Right now, I have a toe, some fudge, and some TV to work through. Wish me luck!