Friday, February 16, 2007

Actual knitting content

That's right, everyone! I'm here, alive, cold but not snowed in, and I've even been knitting!

Blue cable sock WIP.JPG

Guess what it is! A new sock! Just a very basic cable-with-ribs pattern. I've started cabling w/o a needle, which is the best trick ever for making cabling across a row go faster. It makes knitting cables on socks so much easier!

My other main projects continue to progress slowly. As Angel recently said, I must be in a knitting slump. Gosh. I haven't had one of those in a very, very long time.

Fetching: mitt #1 is done, but I don't think I should have added the extra repeat at the cuff; it makes it hit my sleeves awkwardly so I haven't loved it as I expected to. Maybe it's just a little too tight around my sleeves? This uncertainty has (ironically without doubt) impeded my progress on mitt #2.

Clapotis: I've done the 13 straight row repeats and it's far shorter than I'd like. I'm not sure whether or not I should start the decreases. Last time I waited until it hung right around my neck, and it ended up a little long. Now, I'm thinking that even if I started the decreases, it would be a little short!

The nice thing is, I'll have time to figure out these knitting dilemmas this weekend! Coffeeboy and I are off to DC this weekend to visit his family, who have flown in from Colorado for his littlest brother to participate in a hockey tournament. We'll be going down there to watch him play and to hang out. I'm obviously bringing all this knitting with me that's been languishing while I spend my time elsewhere.

Like at school, for example. The two discussion sections that I'm TAing look like they will both be great groups of kids. It's a Bible As Literature class, so you get an interesting mix of students. The funny thing is that I haven't actually studied the Bible that much, despite studying religion, so I expect this class will be very useful to me as well! Also in terms of school, I've been helping Coffeeboy finish up his dissertation. He has about a week or so left, in which he hopes to write the conclusion. The man is a dissertation writing machine. I hope I'm that produtive in the final stages of my diss writing! Everyone wish him luck as he churns out those final few pages!

Have a good weekend, everyone!

9 comments:

Sheepish Annie said...

I love that sock...the colors are just beautiful!

I always thought that the cold weather would inspire more knitting, but I'm in a slump as well. I went to SPA today, though and am feeling a bit more revived after purchasing a ton of yarn and fiber that I didn't need. Perhaps you need to shop a bit? ;)

Teri S. said...

DC! You're close to my stomping grounds. There are couple of good yarns shops in DC, if you have any spare time. I like the colors of your sock; they're very soothing. What yarn are you using?

schrodinger said...

Those are really great sock colours. I'm sure the knitting slump is a passing thing. Perhaps Annie's right, a shopping session might be just the ticket :)

Julia said...

Go, Coffeeboy, go! Sounds like a great class to TA for, and I'll bet your students will have lots of interesting things to say - have a great time this weekend!

Elinor said...

Wow - amazing work on the dissertation. He must be so excited to get it done! Your class sounds really interesting too!

I always get into a knitting funk this time of year. I don't know what it is - maybe that it seems like it's been winter forever and I just want to be outside. Who knows? It'll pass! In the meantime, enjoy your increased productivity!

Angel said...

Good luck coffeeboy! And send some of that dissertation writing mojo over this way- I have been stuck in the middle of my second chapter for about a week now.

The sock looks lovely and on't feel ba about the slump- I'm in one too.

cathy said...

The socks look great. Cabling without a needle is one of my favorite things to do.

Your Bible as Literature class sounds interesting. Makes me think I should read the Bible, too. I've read the "good parts version", but never the whole thing. I've read the whole Qur'an, though. That has to count for something.

cathy said...

The socks look great. Cabling without a needle is one of my favorite things to do.

Your Bible as Literature class sounds interesting. Makes me think I should read the Bible, too. I've read the "good parts version", but never the whole thing. I've read the whole Qur'an, though. That has to count for something.

keri said...

Lucky duck - I can't seem to cable without a cable needle no matter how hard I try.