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Charged and ready

For the first time in quite awhile, I have fully charged batteries for my beloved digital camera. You have no idea how happy this makes me. Oh, how I’ve missed using it so!

So, to celebrate…

Taking pictures of your own feet is kind of odd… and I swear they seem much bigger in the picture than they really are. But whatever. Toe-up socks in their flawed-but-finished glory.

Cozy’s about a third of the way done here. It can definitely use a good blocking, but other than that I’m happy with how this one’s turning out so far. It looks like I’m going to end up with an extra ball and a half of this yarn, maybe even two. Mmm, alpaca…

A detail of Cozy. I really do love this pattern a lot… except after this project, I don’t think I’m going to be making another one again. Not for a long, loooooooong time at least.

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Sockity sock sock

I have a pair of socks!

My camera batteries are still dead, though, so no pictures yet. However! My charger finally turned up, so I can take pictures of the pair tomorrow. I’ll probably take a picture of my Cozy in progress, too.

These socks aren’t perfect, of course. They’re only my first pair. But they’ve helped me figure out a lot of things I can do with future pairs, what sort of adjustments I’ll need to make, and so on. Overall, I’m happy enough with them that I’ll wear them. Unfortunately I bound off just a little too tightly on the cuff for my second sock; it fits fine once it’s on, but getting it on is sort of a pain. Not sure what to do about that yet, but lesson learned for next time!

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Frog socks

For some reason, I thought it was a good idea to work on the heel of my sock during a Cal Animage screening. Yeah. Never doing that again.

Haven’t been knitting much for the past week or so, as I’ve been working on touching up my room instead, but I just picked up the needles again today because I want to get this sock done. My feet tend to get really cold in my apartment for some reason, and I’d like to have at least one pair of wool socks to wear during those times. I’m now just past the heel, so I’ll be done later this week.

I bought two 50g balls of the yarn for this pair, and I’m not sure what to do with the leftovers. I started with a new ball for the second sock because I didn’t think I had enough yarn remaining in the first. So soon, I shall have two navy blue socks and two little balls of navy blue sock yarn. Hmm.

I’m not allowed to buy myself any yarn this month. Thankfully I have enough for several projects, so at least I won’t die of boredom. Besides, usually Elann’s newsletters tempt me like no other (which I’m sure is why they’ve been sending them out to those of us who haven’t subscribed to it), but I’m not into knitting with cotton, so I’m safe in that respect. I just need to stay out of yarn stores until March and I’ll be fine.

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Two and one

To kick off this journal, I thought I’d post a few things I’ve finished recently, now that I’ve found my camera’s USB cable. It’s not everything I’ve ever made (I haven’t taken pictures of everything I’ve done, though next time I go up to the Bay Area I’ll take pictures of my family’s gifts) but it’s some of the more recent stuff.

(As a note, I’m a knitter on a budget, and generally most of the yarn I use comes from Elann.

My take on Sophie, using smaller needles and not-quite-complete felting to give it a more interesting texture. (Though the camera flash makes the stitches stand out more than they really do in real life). Looks a little brighter here, color-wise, than it does in person. It also had a small knitting project and ball of yarn inside it when this picture was taken, hence the slight bulge in one of its sides. Uses Peruvian Highland Wool.

An iPod cozy, knit in the round and designed as I went along. Not blocked because I’m lazy and it’s not like it’s a shaped garment or anything. I think if I did this a second time, I’d cast on a couple of more stitches; while it fits fine, it needs to stretch just a bit more than I’d like to accommodate the iPod. Also uses Peruvian Highland Wool.

A toe-up sock (my first!), knit using Sock it To Me Essential. Its mate is currently in progress.

Pictures of WIPs to come when I find my camera battery charger (or replace it, depending on how desperate I get :-P).

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Winter (if you could call it that :-P) WIPs

I had to frog my first sock to below the heel late last week, because I’d somehow wound up with extra stitches and didn’t notice until I was about three inches past the random increases. I finally found where they were, swore very profusely for not having noticed earlier, started ripping, decided I wanted to fix the big gaping hole between the heel and the instep (which I’d tried to work on as I went along but had sort of failed at), screwed that up, and then ripped some more.

Oh well. Shit happens.

After all that, though, it went pretty smoothly. And as of Saturday afternoon, I now have a new sock! (I’d post a picture, but I still haven’t found my USB cable. Grrarrrr.) I’ll be working on its mate over the next few days.

Man, after working on this, my size 6s seem positively huge in comparison.

I’ve also been working on my Cozy, which I haven’t gotten too far into because I kind of let it go to the wayside in my initial sock excitement. Unfortunately, I majorly screwed up somewhere, and while the few mistakes I’d made previously were easy enough to fix, this last one required unknitting almost an entire pattern repeat. Yeah, that was not fun. But it was either that, or rip all the way down to my lifeline (which was several repeats down at the time).

On the plus side, since I’m working with alpaca yarn this time, I decided I’d try just splicing the ends of two balls together so that I didn’t have to do the whole weaving-in-ends thing (which was not fun the last time I did this pattern). It worked beautifully, but I really should’ve just used half the plies of each strand for that, which I didn’t think about at the time. So I’ve got a slightly thicker strand running through somewhere, but while it’s noticeable to me at least, it doesn’t really bother me all that much. (And no, I didn’t use spit because that grosses me out. Wrapped a damp cloth around the twisted-together strands for maybe half a minute, then unwrapped it and rolled the join between my palms.) I’ll just have to make sure I don’t repeat that mistake when I add the next ball in.

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