Saturday, July 21, 2007

Work in progress report

I've been holding out on you guys. I have several projects on the needles that I haven't blogged about yet. Time for a little roundup.

Broadripple socks in Cascade Fixation:
broadripple sock in progress

I started these on the honeymoon and haven't really touched them since we got back. I like the way it's coming out but the knitting isn't so pleasant - I feel like knitting fixation on size 3s makes a pretty tight fabric and kind of gives me that finger crampy feeling when I'm knitting. Also, you know what? I hate 7" bamboo DPNs. They always bump into my hands in such an unpleasant way. Much bigger fan of 6" DPNs for sock knitting.

Hourglass sweater from LMKG in Noro Cash Iroha:
hourglass sweater in progress

I think the cabled turtleneck is going to have some tough competition as the best sweater I've ever knitted. This one is looking pretty good. The yarn is very soft and silky, and such an awesome vibrant blue. I've tipped the edges with a few rows of this light blue wool-silk blend (lost the ball bands so I have no idea what the yarn is). Once the edges are sewn down the light blue edging will be much more subtle as most of what you see will be on the inside.

Some progress on the ribbed Mark and Kattens socks for my Dad:
toe-up ribbed socks in progress

Yes, my dad has huge feet, and don't worry, these socks are very stretchy so they're not really as skinny as they look. This yarn is also kind of killing my fingers. It's a wool-cotton-nylon blend and it's just ugh. Not fun to knit with. I'm really not crazy about the colors either. I've decided that life is too short to knit with yarns I don't love, even if it's for someone else. I'll finish these, but I've put almost all my cotton-containing yarn up for sale on the new Destash site. Check them out here if you're interested, there's some sock yarns, Tahki cotton classic (that top I was making with it was quickly frogged, what was I thinking?), some linen yarn, and some KP laceweight merino. I'll be flexible on the prices for my blog readers!

My tiredness and crankyness and general dissatisfaction with the Mark and Kattens socks led me to start these last night:
embossed leaves socks in progress

Embossed leaves socks from IK's Favorite socks in KP Gloss. Aaaaah. My fingers are so much happier. I've had a few different things of gloss in the stash for a while but this is the first time I've had it on the needles. It feels so nice. I've been thinking of ordering enough Gloss to make Thermal but wanted to make something smaller with it first to see how it holds up. I've heard bad things about stretching and felting, but we'll see. So far I'm loving it.


Kathy said...

Im going over right now to check out your stash posts. Yahoo! I love the sweater and the fixation socks. I so dislike when needles and yarns make knitting almost painful. Im all for comfort knitting.

NH Knitting Mama said...

At least you have some wips that you like to help you through the ones you don't!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Love the white edging on the Hourglass...and I am currently in a love affair with the Embossed Leaves myself!

Batty said...

I have no idea how you manage to be this productive this time of year. Way to go!

Trudy said...

I had the same experience when I was knitting socks with Fixation! They were my first pair of socks, and I think I was pulling the yarn way too tightly. I think from now on I will stick to a different sock yarn, at least until I get a little more experience. Love seeing all the things you have on the needles, they all look beautiful!