Tuesday, February 24, 2009

So There I Was....

....sock yarn in hand
and was just about to cast on for a new pair of socks, when my small, rational self--who never usually speaks up in regards to knitting--said, "Hold on a minute....isn't this sort of behavior how we became the WIP Legend in the online knitting community???"

She's not a talkative part of my personality, but she has a really annoying habit of usually having a point & being right and all of that, so.....

To show I really have grown as a knitter, I dug out the Kimono Shawl
which had been busily tangling itself up with all the other projects in the WIP bin (cobweb yarn always being a bit of a troublemaker). So far it's only gotten about 6 rows, but those are 6 rows I didn't have, so that was something.

Then, because I still really wanted to make those socks but was desperately trying to prove that I have SOME willpower, I finished another block for the Warm Up America afghan
which actually brings me to 4, but one has already been turned over to the organizer. If you're noticing a preponderance of garter stitch blocks, let's just say that while I support this charity project completely, I support it a lot more if the knitting is fast & mindless.

The complicated knitting was saved for my January Aran
which is actually going to be more of a May or June cardigan at this rate. I have 5 more inches to go on the body before working the neck, then the sleeves and the....gasp...steeks. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, steeks are where you ON PURPOSE cut your knitting to add armholes and/or front openings for cardigans. This technique allows you to knit a sweater entirely in the round instead of back & forth, and makes you among the bravest of the knitting community. I fear it might drive this knitter to drink, but we'll jump off that bridge when we get to it........

4 comments:

tinebeest said...

Hey, are you an alien transplant and what did you do to the Toni we know? ;-) Big pat on the back for tackling the WIP/UFO mountain, though that sock yarn looks like it will turn out a lovely pair of socks. In its own time (like... next week or so? :-) )

One always needs some mindless knitting on the needles, those blocks look like the ticket. And it will make life easier for the person sewing them together (been there, done that recently)

RobinH said...

I'd have totally cast on the sock yarn. But go, rational self, for tackling more WIPs! That kimono shawl is lovely. And I shall await your steeking with keen anticipation. (Is this your first steeking experience, BTW, or can we expect drama, angst and chocolate martinis when the scissors come out?)

Daniele said...

OH! But the sock yarn looks so nice..... and colory.... HEY - where's the pink ones?

Is that the January Aran from EZ's Knitter's Almanac? I was just reading that the other day. I love her stories. It's called a "fishtrap" pattern, right?

Kathleen C. said...

Oh, that sock yarn is gorgeous!!! Such color!! Wow! How can you resist...
Uhm... I mean, go WIPper extrordianire! Tame that pile. Knit that shawl. Tote that barge.