Monday, May 7, 2012

Only One Project On The Needles

I only have one project left on my needles. How often can a knitter say that? And I'm being extremely monogamous with this project because I'm embarrassed that I haven't finished it yet. I only have two and a half pattern repeats before I get to start the toe! But I finally figured out why I hadn't finished my second Boromir sock. I have learned that even though doing slip stitches might make a foot more durable, it messes up my gauge in a mighty way. This might not be the case for everyone. I would still highly recommend the pattern because it is just wonderful, but I don't think I'll ever put a slip stitch foot on any sock ever again. (But aren't the socks gorgeous?)

Now I know what you are all thinking. Only one project? There is no way that someone who knits as much as Audry does (and owns as much yarn as she does) can possibly have only one project on the needles. Well, in the interest of full disclosure, I will share the projects that "don't count." The first is Sound of Waves by Kieran Foley. I have great respect and admiration for Kieran. His patterns are inventive and beautiful. I also think that the yarn pairing of mulberry silk lace (colorway Glacier) from Silk and Shine is wonderful. But I just stopped having fun knitting it. So this project doesn't count because there are no needles attached to it (only a cord) AND because if I were to find another pattern, I would rip it. I just haven't the heart to rip this out yet.

The other project that "doesn't count" is my Druid mittens. I had trouble with the gauge on this one too. I finally got the cuff to fit right, but the hand is too tight. So this doesn't count because I'm still figuring out how to fix it AND because it's on waste yarn. No needles attached. (See what I did there. Only one project ON the needles.)

I do know what I'm going to cast on for the minute I finish the Boromir socks. Actually, I plan on casting on two things. Design #8 for the book, and a pair of 2x2 ribbed socks using a skein I bought from Stitches West this year. I really could use a simple, simple knit to use up some yarn and clear my mind.

8 comments :

Maryse said...

Nice blue socks! I was wondering what a project that "doesn't count" is! You are right, they are literally not on the needles! You got me! ;-)

Pumpkin said...

I absolutely love the socks, the pattern is wonderful. I'm not sure how I might feel about a slip stitch foot though. I guess I never have a hugh problem with wear and tear. I'm also in love with the mulberry silk lace, amazing color and amazing sheen. I'm going to keep an eye out for some, sadly Webs doesn't carry it, but searching for yarns can be lots of fun too!

kiwiyarns said...

I had to have a giggle at that. We make ourselves feel so guilty. The socks are looking great.

José said...

Think that's about the best excuse ever...lol..
That Sound of Waves does look beautiful ! Wonder what spoilt the fun.. ?

fern1knits said...

I only have one project on the needles as well - - though, I have quite a number of projects in my hibernation basket. So, they don't count, even the ones that are still on the needles.

collegeknitting said...

Finals has pretty much killed my knitting mojo: I actually don't have ANYTHING on the needles. Day after tomorrow, I think I'm casting on a sweater.

Nancy said...

Wahoo- almost done;) Sometimes I do this too when I'm on a project that I'm a bit stuck on- helps me to focus.

WildflowerWool said...

I like the sock pattern. Have never done a slip stitch foot, just a slip stitch heel.

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