WIPsJanuary 8, 2008
Such a nice day I've had. It's blustery and cold and rainy, and for some ungodly reason I felt moved to make good on my promise to myself to run once a weekend, outdoors, with Clara. I drove to the San Leandro Marina with her, and then sat in the car in the parking lot while the car shook and the waves were blown splashing up onto the rocks. I watched tree limbs fall. I sat for ten minutes. Then I started the car and left the marina. No way in hell. Then I apologized to a confused Clara and turned around again. I went and parked in the same spot, and then got out and ran.
It was SO COLD AND WET. But I did it, and I was glad that I did because now I can just lounge around, knitting, and brother, do I have knitting to do. And knitting to show you! I never have knitting to show you, not until it's all done, because I never get around to photographing anything. But today I did. So shall we take a walk through what I'm obsessed with right now? My works in progress:
It is REALLY hard to get a good photo of this, but it is a blast to knit. You're always thinking a little bit, and then you get to drop stitches. It's like Clapotis on steroids. Keri is a genius. Reversible cables! Come on! Unreal! Lace by doing cables! It's a dream come true! But lordy, is it slow going. Worth it, though.
My friend Maia and Brooke have a relatively new fiber business called Tactile, and I bought some roving from them a while back. I loved the colors they chose in dyeing this (they use organic, natural dyes):
I split the roving, one half for each sock, and spun a relatively fine, soft single:
To keep the colors together, I Navajo-plied it into a 3-ply. Having never officially been taught how to do this, and having learned the technique online, my technique involves me and my lazy kate in a battle of wills. Usually my hands are flipping somewhere above my head while I treadle frantically. Seriously. There has got to be a better way.
When I plied it, I was only middlin' pleased. Didn't know how it would look knit up:
(One can tell I am a crazy kid on the Navajo-plying bike.)
But oh, my gosh, I am so excited about the sock it's making! It's working! It's self-striping!
Isn't that purdy? I love it. Go say hi and tell 'em I sent you! I think if you email them they'll hook you up; they're still setting up the online store.
And moving on, I have no sweater on the needles. That has to change! Makes me nervous. So drawn by the gorgeous DROPS 103-1 (sexy name, isn't it?) that everyone in blogland is making, I'm going to make one, too. I would like it to fit me like Holy Knitball's fits her. Ain't that cute? For Christmas I got from Lala what I always want the most: a gift certificate to Article Pract. One can NEVER go wrong with that gift, I tell you. With that present, I was able to buy ten skeins of this:
And I also bought Son of Stitch and Bitch -- what a cute book! I haven't needed to own any of the others, but there are some awesome patterns in there, esp. the Ernie Sweater.
Okay. I've spent too much time here. Now I need to sit on the couch and cast on. Oh, yeah.