Tuesday, March 07, 2006

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    It is of great importance to begin well.
    -John Adams to Abigail Adams, June 1776

    For a change of pace, today we're going to discuss knitting. As in knitting that I've been doing. Recently, not several weeks ago.* Incredible, right?

    I've actually been doing an incredibly small amount of knitting since the Olympics. I think it's a combination of crazy ER shifts, papers to write, and what I can only call post-competition recovery. It's not a physical recovery - my hands were feeling fine by the closing ceremonies - it's more a let-down, a sense that nothing on my to-knit list is pressing, nothing is in a hurry, and I can't really decide what I feel like knitting.

    So what do you knit when you feel like knitting but don't know what you feel like knitting?

    Socks.The socks you see above you no longer exist. The corrollary, in my life, to doing very little knitting in the past week is that I've ripped pretty much everything I've knit. At least twice. Above you see the beginnings of my sockapaloooza socks. A Cascade Lace pattern from an old Cast On in some lovely blue Sisu. Nice pattern. Nice yarn. Such a waste together. The Sisu is a Norwegian sockyarn with a hard twist, and it just wasn't loving being a summer lace sock. It really wants to be twisted. As in Bavarian twisted stitch patterns. As in the Chalet Socks from Folk Socks. I was wearing mine yesterday when I decided to rip, and it just spoke to me. I think I've been inspired by Stephanie's. I'll show you something when it's more than 6 rows of 2x2 ribbing.

    (Actually, I think it really wants to be stranded colorwork, but I'm the adult here. It's going to be twisted stitches, and it's going to like it.)

    There are other socks on the needles - a supersecret-superspecial-surprise pair that I can't show you (Marina - that's what I'm making with my Stashalong free day purchase), those d*&*^d argyles that Chris won't let me forget, and a lovely pair of the Birch Leaf Lace socks from A Gathering of Lace by (who else?) Nancy Bush for my Team College Hill teammate Katja. So the answer to any question today is socks. (And for Lynda, our sock counting maestra, that'll take me up to 95 pairs when done.)

    *Apparently, I wasn't very clear when I presented Winter Folly as a finished object yesterday and some of you got the impression that I knit that in the last two days. I knit it in January and early February and finished it the day before the Olympics. I've been wearing it ever since.


    Blogger Jenny Raye said...

    I bet that blue yarn will be gorgeous worked up as the Chalet socks. That pattern is on my covet list. Lucky sock pal you have!

    3/07/2006 5:28 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I just loved the Chalet Socks you were wearing yesterday, so I think they're a great choice for this yarn. And good for you for enforcing the hierarchy of authority between yourself and your knitting tools.

    3/07/2006 6:08 AM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    Hee hee. I speak for the argyles, for the argyles have no voice!

    3/07/2006 6:26 AM  
    Blogger Marina said...

    I think you should listen to the yarn! It's definitely calling out to its siblings to join it in some lovely stranded colourwork ;-)

    3/07/2006 6:29 AM  
    Blogger christine said...

    I have SO got the post-Olympic froggitis disease, too.......nothing works right the first time. Rip, tink, frog...........

    3/07/2006 7:37 AM  
    Blogger Anneliese Kelly said...

    Speaking of new projects, seeing that I JUST finished the last of my Christmas '05 scarves yesterday (the green dayflower lace one) and am on a strict yarn budget, I'm at somewhat lost ends. Thinking of doing a charity baby sweater knit with my church for Lent using existing yarn. Would love a consultation

    3/07/2006 8:48 AM  
    Blogger Stephanie said...

    Good decision on the Chalet socks. I'm having a blast with them (aside from cursing the addis every now and then)

    3/07/2006 9:03 AM  
    Blogger amanda said...

    I can't wait to see the chalet socks. No frogging!!! And your Winter Folly is beautiful -- you are glowing in the pick. It is always great to finish a project and love it (that is rare for me).

    3/07/2006 10:52 AM  

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