09 March 2014
Welcome back to the next edition of the KAL! How did your legs go? More importantly, are you ready to work your heels? Awesome!
So for these socks, we're working a flap-and-gusset heel. You see this style a lot with cuff-down socks, and there are all kinds of different patterns you can use for the heel flap. This pattern calls for something relatively simple (slipped stitches for a ribbed appearance), but sometimes you'll see heel flaps that maintain the stitch pattern from the leg or even cables.
02 March 2014
Hello friends. Are you ready? I'm ready. I'm very excited. Now, we're not doing anything too fancy here, just a simple cuff-down sock with a heel flap and gusset. We'll only do one sock at a time, and you won't have to worry about grafting the toe with the Kitchener stitch until the end of the sock. So just relax, take a deep breath, and let's start.
Oh my. I've been gone quite a while, haven't I? I've had a lot going on that didn't lend itself much to knitting, and then when it did, it didn't lend itself to blogging. So here's what I've been up to since last I wrote.
In January, I finished a lovely cowl I started right at the end of last year. I mentioned that I had ordered the Empalme cowl kit from Craftsy. Well, it's done. And holy crap, it is massive. Way bigger than it's meant to be. I'm not quite sure where my gauge went wrong, but hot damn. There was not an inch of yarn left over when I was done, and I had to cut out the last few rows in order to have something to seam up with. In fact, I ended up having to seam with the tail from my cast on as well. Talk about a white-knuckle knit.
31 December 2013
Sorry to have disappeared for a bit there. The holidays take a lot out of me. As much as I love my family, I am totally exhausted after I see them. The joys of being an introvert--ha, I bet you'd never have thought that. It used to be a bit more obvious, but then I worked at a radio station in the promotions department, and that cracked my shell.
Anyway. So the holidays happened, and they wore me out. And also my job, while not quite as soul-crushing as a retail position, is still tiring (especially now that I've been moved out of data entry and into phone enrollment, so I spend my days talking to little old ladies instead of sitting at my desk and typing).
10 November 2013
Even though at some point Craftsy decided to stop offering my beloved Mystery Boxes, I still love them (and once in a while they do offer them in a raffle if you follow them on Facebook). I was very excited to learn that Craftsy has an affiliate program, and I was even more excited to be accepted into it.
The real draw (for me) is an incentive to blog more frequently. If I link a Craftsy class or sale and you sign up for it, I get a commission. If you're new to Craftsy and sign up through my affiliate link, I get a dollar for that, too. So yes, the incentive is money, but it will help keep me on track with my blog--though to be fair, since starting my new job, all I want to do is sleep (which is why there's been radio silence over here lately)--and that benefits my readers as well.
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Now I'm going to go make something to eat and get back to knitting. One of the women I work with gave me some cotton yarn and I promised her some dishcloths. So far I only have one, but luckily we have Monday as a holiday so hopefully I can churn out a few more. I'm going to use a quicker pattern, though.
02 November 2013
Well, what do you know. Boston Knitter has a new job. About time, right? Thursday night was my last shift as a cashier at Jo-Ann, and hopefully my last shift as a cashier ever. I have moved on to bigger and better things, otherwise known as working for Blue Cross starting Tuesday. I can't wait.
20 October 2013
So, some things. I finished my Circinus socks, finally. I took the right sock with me when I went to get new tires and an oil change, and (surprise) I got it finished while I was waiting because it took FOREVER. I even got my toe grafted and the ends worked away, and I was perusing Pinterest when the mechanic called my name.
I also got through Ana's mitts without any serious problems...not including that the first copy of the pattern was missing directions for the actual thumb, but she sent me a new copy before I was even ready to work the thumb, so it didn't even matter. I'm going to send them to my great-grandmother for her birthday at the end of the month. I think she'll be ninety-four. Maybe ninety-five. Anyway, I haven't knit for her before, and everyone could use a handknit at one point or another.
09 October 2013
This has nothing to do with my last post, hence why it's a topic all its own. Anyway, I'm doing another test knit for Ana. You can get it here at a special price before the final editing. So far things are going smoothly, so it's not like there's a massive error that will make it impossible to knit (or really hard to figure out, like the Circinus socks I'm working on. Turns out, the columns of the chart weren't labeled properly when it went live on Knitty, but the designer assures me it will all be okay and he's having a Knitty editor fix it. That's neither here nor there, the point is, Ana's mitts are awesome and you should get the pattern and enjoy some quick-knit mitts).
I love yarn crawls. Unlike last year, this time I had a partner in crime. My friend Chelle (who used to work with me, until her real job gave her a huge raise and massive overtime) picked me up around 7:30 Saturday morning and we were off. Here's the fun thing: Chelle doesn't knit. Or crochet. She does occasionally sew, though, so we might do a craft fair together next winter. Anyway, Chelle decided she wanted me to teach her to knit, so when I invited her on the crawl, she was VERY excited.
30 September 2013
Yes, it's true. Last weekend I went to Woolpack in Acton and spent $102. What's worse, I only got two hanks of yarn. I'm not even exaggerating. But oh, the yarn is lovely. In the interest of full disclosure, I had the mother of all hangovers, to the point where I expected to need to pull over and vomit at least twice on my drive out. The night before I had imbibed far too much Jägermeister, because I am a glutton for punishment, apparently. Anyway, I stopped for a croissant and a blue Powerade before I even left my neighborhood, and that helped drastically. I made it all the way out to Acton without puking on myself or my poor car, go me.
19 September 2013
I meant to post this yesterday, but I had work last night and I had a hard time getting motivated before I left. Anyway, I've made quite a bit of progress on my Circinus socks. I'm through the leg and I finished the heel flap and turn heel yesterday before work. I went up to a size four needle, which I think is working well for me because I like my socks a little on the long side (I really love knee socks, but that would be a lot of extra ribbing, and my calves are getting massive from the gym and the various hills I walk up around here). I'm not sure why the picture is so dark, except that the sun is barely awake yet. You can see the color changes more drastically here, but the colors are definitely more vivid in real life. The heel flap is nice and cushy, too. The only downside is that the yarn has such a fuzzy halo that a lot of the cables are hard to see while the sock is relaxed, and it's not too much clearer when the sock is stretched. Oh well. I love the color. I bought the yarn originally to make socks for my mom, since the blues and purples are definitely her colors, but when this pattern was released I knew I'd use this yarn and keep the socks for myself. That is a lot of cabling to give the socks away.
15 September 2013
It's a fancy word for boredom. Leave it to the French to find a word for how I feel. Anyway, things have been happening, but as usual, I lost my blogging mojo for a while. The only reason it's back today is that today I'm 26 and Boston Husband is still asleep and it's almost quarter past noon, and my only other option for a thing to do right now is go buy new tires for my car and get an oil change.