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“What have you knit this year?” Pirate-Husband asked me last night.

A Cunning HatFirst there was the Jayne hat that I knit from Knitting Ninja’s pattern for friend Otel. This was a quick project. I had to borrow needles for it, which have since been returned. Although I probably have enough yarn for a second hat, I need to get the right size needles before I can knit it up. Not that I know anyone who wants a Jayne hat… I already have one, and Otel is the brownest browncoat of all my friends.

With the Buttons Then a Baby Surprise Jacket for friend Gwen’s second baby, a little girl. I loved the 100purewool yarn I used for this project; it is so soft and easy to work with! The pattern got tricky a few times, but with help from Ravelers I worked through it. I finished knitting only minutes before my deadline, but Gwen loved the sweater. It should fit on her daughter right about now; I’d love to get an ‘action shot’ from her to post.

Garter Rib Socks Something for myself, a pair of Garter Rib socks! The pattern is from Charlene Schurch’s “Sensational Knitted Socks”. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get the basics of sock knitting. These socks were knit up in Blue Moon Fiber Arts’ Socks that Rock lightweight, and I was short by about ten yards. Fortunately a kind Raveler had some extra in the same colorway that she was able to send me.

swiffer_bottom Something for the house, a quick and easy Swiffer mop cover from Noelle’s pattern. This project took about six hours, which is about my tolerance for knitting with cotton. I plan to make several more of these, with an additional pattern repeat so that when the cover curls, it goes over the edges of the mop instead of under. Pirate-Husband mopped the floors this past weekend and was disappointed to find that the cover I’d made had been used but not yet washed; he used one of the disposables instead and afterwards said that mine worked a lot better!

pirate-husband_socks3 I’d promised Pirate-Husband a pair of socks last November, and in July of this year I finally delivered. He has very wide feet and I was concerned that I’d run out of yarn, after my experience with the Socks that Rock, so I didn’t make the socks very tall. I had a few yards left over at the end, so I guess it worked out just right! He wears them often, especially now that it’s cold out, and I know he’d love to have another pair.

Baby M Blanket After I finished Pirate-Husband’s socks, I cast on for the second baby knit of the year. This one was for friend Asa’s second child, but as she hadn’t chosen to find out the sex of the baby, I had to knit a gender-neutral blanket. Feather and Fan seemed fitting, as did these muted colors. Once again, I finished knitting the night before I needed to give the gift. Once of these days I’ll break that habit.

bloosocks_complete I sure didn’t break the habit with the Bloo Socks, knit in Trekking XXL for friend Michael. I finished these in the afternoon and gave them to him that very evening. I also didn’t learn the lesson of splitting the yarn in half before beginning; I used more than half of the 100g ball on the first sock and had to frantically call yarn stores all over the country to find another ball in the same dye lot. I’ll be writing this pattern up in the near future, as soon as I work out the heel and toe numbers in other sizes. There is a shortage of fine-gauge sock patterns out there. These were knit up at 45 stitches to 4″ on US size 0 DPNs.

Silkie Glove 1 Mom’s gloves will probably be the last completed project of the year. Her birthday present is knit up of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silkie Socks that Rock in Ravenscroft. She’d requested a colorway that would go well with both her black wool dress coat, and her green winter jacket, so what better than a black yarn with subtle greens that glow in the sunlight? I am using Marnie MacLean’s Hooray for Me pattern, just making full fingers instead of partial. I’m sure she’ll love them; I just hope they fit!

Eight projects in 2008, not a bad tally! In other accomplishments, I read 23 books in the past year, and I learned to spin on a wheel. Pirate-Husband commented that I should knit more for myself, and I want to commit more time to spinning as well. Those will be my goals in 2009!

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Thanks to Emm1e, here are my completed Garter Rib Socks! I knit the first one in five weeks; the second one took longer because I got caught up in moving, cleaning, unpacking, and all those other things that go along with buying a house. They were a quick knit, and a decent pattern. Some of the instructions, like the part for centering the pattern over the instep, could have been written a little more clearly. I think I put one too many rows (two, really) into the heel flap as well, but the socks seem to fit all right when I tried them on. I’ll have to see how they are when I wear them for a whole day instead of a whole five minutes.

I’m looking forward to showing these off at work tomorrow! Some of my co-workers have been following the saga of the socks. One of them even gave a little “woohoo!” when I said that I’d found a source for the little bit of extra that I needed!

I found out that another of my co-workers knits and suggested that we should set up a lunchtime group to sit, knit, relax, and teach anyone else who wants to learn. She smiled and nodded. I get the feeling that she’s not quite as into this yarn thing as I am…

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This is the beginning of Pirate-Husband’s Plain Sock. It’s made with Regia 4-ply in colorway 1039, a manly brown-brown-black. I did 20 rows of ribbing (an inch and a half) and now it’s a long stockinette journey to the heel.

I shouldn’t be working on these at home; they should be my traveling sock. I should be working on the Pomatomuseses or the Ostrich Plumes scarf. But I’m tired, and they’re easy, and I want to give Pirate-Husband his socks sooner rather than later. My feet can wait for Pomatomii and that scarf may be done before I’m 40, but at this rate I’m not sure!

Someone else offered to wind off some Pirate’s Booty for me. Knitters are the nicest people! I let her know that I’d already spoken to someone and expected the yarn next week, and thanked her profusely. I can’t wait for those socks to be done. It’s like they’re taunting me with their unfinishedness – just a few rounds to go, and they sit on my desk glaring at me for abandoning them. It’s not their fault. They don’t know that I’m waiting for their toe-yarn to arrive.

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Firstly, an awesome person from Ravelry was able to help me out with the Pirate Booty yarn. She has a whole skein but small feet, so she asked me to estimate what I needed and she’ll mail it to me. How great is that? I did the math and came out with ten or twelve rows remaining, so I told her that I guessed 12 feet would be enough. I hope that’s enough. I’m nervous now that it’s not, but I didn’t want to ask for more than I needed! Anyway, I expect that to come in the mail sometime next week, and then I can get this sock done.

Also, I am getting started on Pirate-Husband’s Plain Socks. I’m using Regia 4-ply in a marled brown/brown/black colorway, and just doing plain top-down socks with a flap heel and gusset. I measured his feet yesterday and took a gauge swatch off some other Regia socks I made. 9 stitches to the inch, times 10 inches around his feet, minus 10% for ease, gives me 80 stitches (okay, 81, but 80 is a nice round number). These should go pretty fast! I’ll take pictures when there’s something to show.

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Curses! Darn, rats, phooey and grr! I have run out of yarn halfway through the toe of the second Garter Rib Sock. There are ten rounds to go and only ten inches of yarn left. Blue Moon doesn’t sell emergency mini-skeins, so I’ve gone to the “Socks that Rawk” group on Ravelry and asked them for help.

If anyone has leftovers of STR Lightweight in “Pirate Booty,” I’m willing to buy, beg or barter. And if not, then I’ll have to resign myself to having a mis-matched sock toe.

I knew the yardage of this yarn was on the light side, so I made the sock leg shorter than I normally do. Guess the garter rib pattern ate a lot of the yarn. Next time I use lightweight I will make the leg even shorter and pick a different stitch pattern… and after that I might just order mediumweight yarn, which goes further. Or I’ll stick to the yarns with more yardage.

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My internet connection went out yesterday evening just as I was getting ready to sit down at the computer. I reset the cable modem, but that didn’t help. So instead of spending the last hour before bed on the internet, I spent it in bed with the Garter Rib Sock. (Exciting life I lead, isn’t it.)

There’s something to be said about not being on the computer. I got to lounge around on the world’s softest and fuzziest blanket, knitting with no distractions, and I’m now about halfway through the gusset decreases. It was quite relaxing and actually, kinda nice. I mean, I’m pretty well addicted to my computer, but every once in a while I like to take some time off from it.

Pirate-Husband and I used to do weekly “screen-free nights,” without the TV or the computer, and we’d spend the evening together. Either we’d play a game, or we’d curl up with books, or I’d knit and he’d do something else. I’m thinking it may be time to reinstate the screen-free nights. The problem is that he gets home from work two hours later than he used to, and I go to bed two hours earlier than I used to, so we don’t have as much time to spend with each other.

Without the distraction of television or the internet, maybe he’ll start knitting with me. I have a silly daydreamish vision of us working on a blanket. We could each do squares or strips and then seam them together. I know that realistically, this is never going to happen… but a Pirate can dream, can’t she?

P.S. The internet is back now.

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Cailleach asked, Have you considered NOT doing heel stitch as ‘written’? I knit continental, and knitting is faster for me than purling.

I also knit continental, but I haven’t noticed a real difference in speed between knitting and purling. Then again, I have never seen anyone knit continental the way I do (though I’m sure someone must) – I wrap the working yarn around the needle with my left forefinger, rather than picking the working yarn up with the needle. Then the needle sort of ‘ducks’ out through the old stitch with the new stitch on it. The movement is the same whether I’m knitting or purling.

The Garter Rib Sock came from Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks. Because this is the first pattern I’ve knit out of the book, I decided to do it as written, with the garter stitch edging on the heel flap. It’s interesting, and it does go with the sock, but I’m not sure I’d like it all the time. The lack of a slipped stitch edge makes picking up the gusset stitches a little… well, a little picky, pardon the pun!

I think my problem with heel flaps is that I lose the rhythm that I get when I’m knitting in the round. Having to turn the work every 36 stitches or so means that I keep getting to ‘stopping points’ long before I’m actually ready to stop. Being slightly (okay, more than slightly) ADD makes it even easier to put the sock down at the end of a row. When I’m working in the round, my brain forgets that there might be an end of a row at which I could stop.

That said, I finished the heel flap and picked up the gusset stitches, and I’m cranking my way down towards the toe. I expect to get a lot of knitting done this weekend. Pirate-Husband and I are headed down to my parents’ for Passover. When we’re not cooking or eating, there will be lots of down time for knitting! I promised to show my mother how to do each of the stitches in the Ostrich Plumes pattern, too. They’re easy enough, but it’s been so long since she’s done lace work that she asked me for a refresher.

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It’s not that I don’t like knitting heel flaps, exactly. It’s that I like knitting the rest of the sock so much better. I did get eight rows into it last night (of thirty-six) and I even remembered to bring it with me to work today (though I may have made plans to go out for lunch) and I do want it done before the weekend, so I can bring the sock to my parents’ house and work on it without having to keep picky count of how many rows I’ve done.

Knit a row, mess with the new projects-by-year pages. WordPress’s recent upgrade has me a bit frustrated; it’s no longer a simple thing to see a page’s ID number, but I need that number in order to include a page in the sidebar. I only went back to 2006, although I started knitting in the beginning of 2004. I wasn’t the best at keeping track of my projects back then, though.

Knit the return row, adjust the queue a little bit. I re-ordered, took out some projects that I know I’ll never do, and tried to assign yarns from my stash to the planned projects. I ran into the problem of having purchased stripy and variegated yarns, but having queued up socks that would look best in solid or semi-solid yarns. My solution will be to knit the stripy stuff first, empty out my stash, and then buy new solid/semi-solid yarns.

Knit a row, read the forums.

Knit the return row, check the blog stats.

It’s no wonder that heel flaps take forever. :)

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Janis wrote,
I think self-striping sock yarns are a good standby for when you need a mindless knitting project. That way they look fantastic in just a plain stockinette. *enables*

Janis, I love you, but have you seen my stash lately? I so don’t need any more self-striping sock yarn! I do love the plain stockinette sock, and I’ll be making a pair for Pirate-Husband out of some brown non-striping yarn, but then I have six balls of stripy stuff, three balls of Trekking which may or may not be considered stripy, and three skeins of variegated stuff. That’ll keep me busy for a while, don’t you think?

Last night I sat down and put a couple of rows onto Pomatomus. I’m almost done with the second pattern repeat on the leg. One more to go, then the heel, then three and a half pattern repeats for the foot. Once again, I regret having such long feet!

I’d like to think that I’ll spend my lunch break putting the heel flap onto the Garter Rib Sock, but I know it’s just not going to happen that way. Ah well, there’s always post-work time.

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…I cannot stop wanting to buy more sock yarn. Not only that, but the sock yarn that most appeals to me to buy is not the sock yarn that most appeals to me to knit. I found myself eyeing the KnitPicks Felici. What awesome colors! What great stripes! What a fantastic price!

Then I remember, I have a half-ton of self-striping sock yarn in my stash (Non-Ravelry link here), and a bunch of patterns queued up that have nothing to do with stripes, and not very much solid or semi-solid yarn. There must be something wrong with me – but sock yarn isn’t stash, right?

Speaking of socks, I’m up to the heel flap in the Garter Rib Socks. I am really cranking through them now that the baby sweater is done – I think I put almost two inches onto the leg at the shower. I am really looking forward to wearing them for the first time!

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