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Whatever happened to your __________?

Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.

There are a lot of different aspects to look at when looking back at a knitting project and it can make for interesting blogging, as much of the time we blog about items recently completed, new and freshly completed. It is not so often that we look back at what has happened to these items after they have been around for a while.

How has one of your past knits lived up to wear. Maybe an item has become lost. Maybe you spent weeks knitting your giant-footed dad a pair of socks in bright pink and green stripes which the then ‘lost’. If you have knit items to donate to a good cause, you could reflect on the was in which you hope that item is still doing good for it’s owner or the cause it was made to support.

Let me tell you a story. It’s a story about a sock. These socks in particular:

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They are my only pair of woolen, hand-knit mid-calf high socks. I ADORE THEM. I’m still not crazy about the colors, but they are delightfully warm. Except there was a problem. If you recall the original FO post for these socks, I mentioned one of the legs was too small because I accidentally decreased too many after the heel. I wore the socks a few times; I really had to work to get that one on.

And then disaster struck.

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Where I pulled the leg of the sock over my heel stressed the stitches so much that they popped! This was in December, right at the beginning of winter.

I put them in a basket and ignored them for a couple of months.

A couple days ago, when the weather was lovely and I was sick of knitting gigantic man socks, I pulled them out and thought, “Y’know, I might like to wear these socks. I think I’ll reknit the leg.” And so I did.

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They fit much better now and I’m very glad I fixed them.

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?

So over the last couple of weeks, I knit these socks:

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(sorry this pictures is so bad, IDEK)

Pattern: Manly Aran Socks by Wendy Johnson from Knitted Socks for Everybody
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Paints
Needles: US 1s
Mods: None
Recipient: WWFY swap, presumably to go to a gigantic man. I knit the large size upon request and these are BIG SOCKS. And they TOOK FOREVER. And I have to KNIT ANOTHER PAIR.

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So I knit these socks. And they were possibly the most complicated cabling thing I’ve done to date. Lots of twisting, lots of chart-following, lots of complicated little cables. But here’s the thing: I understand how cables work. I know how to get them to turn left and right and over and under. After I figured out how to do a basic open cable, I suddenly got cables. Which means once I’d finished a whole repeat of the cable pattern for these socks (I knit them two at a time like a boss), I pretty much had the pattern memorized. YES.

WHICH MEANS that the socks I mentioned during last years Blog Week (The Viper Pilots of complication and DOOM? TOTALLY DOABLE NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. Cable patterns, top down, heel flap, and all.

LIKE A BOSS.

Followers of the blog for at least a year may remember last year, when I participated in the Knitting and Crochet blog week, set up by Eskimimi Knits and the Blog Hub group on Ravelry. Well, it’s happening again this year, starting a week from today! The topics this year are super interesting, and if you like, you can see them here on Eskimimi’s blog.

During that week, I’ll be posting every day on a variety of topics related to knitting and yarn and the like. If you have a blog, I encourage you to participate too! It’s lots of fun and the tag system and group mean you can meet some new people, bloggers and knitters and increase traffic to your blog. I know I added a couple new blogs to my rss reader thanks to the event last year.

And as for knitting news: I am still working on the enormous Manly Aran socks. I’ve finally finished turning the heel. Yay.

So… yeah. Sorry for the radio silence. I’ve been on vacation this week (since last Thursday and through Saturday) and haven’t had a lot of blog fodder. But I hope everyone had/is having a lovely holiday. Mine’s been pretty low-key so far, lots of shopping and resting, and my boyfriend and I are currently going through the Joss Whedon show Dollhouse (I’ve seen all it of it; he hasn’t; I think it’s brilliant and I love it).

I’ve been knitting, but mostly shark mittens. I currently have I believe three more pairs to knit, and then I have a bit of a break. Still lots of WWFY/swap knitting though. I recently received a package that had been sent to my house in like, September for a WWFY swap so now I have two pairs of socks to add to the queue. Fun. Like I said before though, once I’ve finished this round of swapping, I’m going to take a break and knit for ME ME ME.

I hope everyone has a fabulous New Year’s tomorrow. I’m attending a costume party (a fairy tale-themed murder mystery party) as Little Bo Peep. It should be lots of fun. : ) And as for resolutions, I don’t really have any other than to do better and be happy. How about you? What are your resolutions?

So… the day got away from me and I didn’t get a chance to snap any pictures of the thing I finished knitting yesterday or the things I was working on today. I’m heading out to a party in a little bit so I don’t have time now (and it’s dark anyway), so today marks NaBloPoMo day number one with no pictures. I did make it all the way to day thirteen though, so go me!

The party I am going to tonight is a masquerade ball, which means I had to make a masquerade mask. I was going to knit it but time got away from me, so I made it out of cardboard and leather. I want to show it off (as well as the one I helped my boyfriend make), but I’ll do it when there’s more light (tomorrow probably).

Coming up this week will be FO posts about a couple of little things, WIP posts about a new WWFY swap (for some really awesome thing), and SOMETIME this month I want to do a tut on grafting in pattern (which I figured out how to do from grafting the cabled top of my Red Riding Hood cape). I haven’t seen a tut like this around (I know, I was looking for one), so I’m hoping when I get it up, it’ll be a pretty valuable resource.

Til then, cheers!

And I’m still working on Leyburn, so instead you get a bad self-photo of what I’m wearing today!

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Sweater: Owls, knit in Cascade Ecological Wool
Shirt: Hand-me-down from my sister, who is both larger and younger than me. It does not appear to have a brand tag.
Jeans: Thrift store, pegged by me for wearing in boots.
Boots: Steve and Barry’s, before they went out of business. $9. Hell yes.
Jewelry: Two Disney rings from my grandmother (that I always wear), blue Pocohontas-ish necklace that was a gift from the boyfriend.

No worries, I don’t anticipate making this a regular feature of the blog. Unless you want me to. Mostly I am all about the swaps and the finished knits and sewing projects and whatnot. Tomorrow will probably be more sock. Or something. Later this month I plan to do a tutorial on grafting (Kitchener stitch) in pattern (like seed stitch or cables or something). I need to write it up though. Along with the pattern for my Halloween cape.

So yes. NaBloPoMo!

If you’ve followed me here from The Adulterous Whores Club, welcome! I hope you’ll stick around! To start things off on the right foot with the new blog here, here’s a short post about some socks:

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Pattern: It’s a 40 st. toe-up sock with a garter stitch short row heel.
Yarn: Cascade Fixation
Needles: US 3/2.75 mm dpns

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I love knitting socks out of Fixation. The turn around time is amazingly fast–I knit these almost entirely today on the train from DC to Virginia Beach (though I started the toe of the first one yesterday on the Metro). They’re thick, cushy, and comfortable and great for wearing in the spring and fall. Love ’em. I have at least another ball in red and another ball in purple, so I’ll probably be making more. : )

I have two more finished knits that I’ll be showing off soon, and an interesting challenge/contest that I’ll be talking about later. : ) Stay tuned!

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There’s one love that we all share: yarn. Blog about a particular yarn you have used in the past or own in your stash, or perhaps one that you covet from afar. If it is a yarn you have used you could show the project that you used it for, perhaps writing a mini ‘review’. Perhaps, instead, you pine for the feel of the almost mythical qiviut? You could explore and research the raw material and manufacturing process if you were feeling investigative.

I have a number of yarns that I have used and loved (I’ve gushed about Cascade Sierra multiple times). I like basic wools and soft alpaca and pretty sock yarns. There’s a lot of yarns I like. I’m currently swapping for some Dream in Color Classy, a yarn that I like the look of but haven’t ever touched. I’m pretty happy to use yarns in my price range, and I do occasionally spring for a nicer yarn.

But there is one yarn (or I should say group of yarn) that I have coveted for ages. It’s not the yarn itself, per se, but the colors. Oh god, the colors.

I have a serious on Three Irish Girls. And not even the basic colors: I have a major crush on the Dye for Glory colors. Like this one:

I don’t even like pink. I certainly do not like orange. But oh lord, I want this yarn. I don’t believe I have ever coveted a yarn so much.

Can has?

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Write about a knitter whose work (whether because of project choice, photography, styling, scale of projects, stash, etc) you enjoy. If they have an enjoyable blog, you might find it a good opportunity to send a smile their way.

I currently have 153 blogs in my Google Reader account. Not all of them are active, but most of them are, and the majority of them are knitting blogs. Some of them feature sewing now and again or are about knitting peripherally, but most of them are about knitting in some way. My favorites, let me show you them:

Knitting to Stay Sane, by Glenna C (of Viper Pilots fame). She posts 3-4 times per week and is almost always funny, interesting, and engaging. Also, she’s a wonderful designer (have I mentioned my desperate love for the Viper Pilots socks not to mention my deep, longing need to have a pair of Neptune High socks).

The Yarn Harlot, by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. As if I really need to list this. She’s hilarious and witty, and her knitting capers are, at the very least, interesting.

Finny Knits Okay, so many of the posts recently are about gardening, but that’s okay cause guys? She’s SO FUNNY (are we sensing a theme here?). She usually makes me at least chuckle at least once per post.

Juniper Moon Fiber Farm Blog, by Susan Gibbs. Okay, there’s not usually a lot of knitting in this blog. But there’s occasionally yarn. Mostly it’s fantastically adorable pictures of cute sheep, goats, and dogs. Susan runs a fiber CSA on her Cormo sheet/angora goat farm. Her posts are about the ups and downs of the farm life. Also, did I mention there are cute pictures of baby sheep and goats? Cause guys? THERE ARE BABY SHEEP AND GOATS. They’re so cute.

Now it’s y’all’s turn: What are your favorite knitting blogs? I love to find new ones. : )

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What the hell is this; two post in one day?!

Yes. It is.

Anyway, the second post (this one) is to inform you all lovely readers that I’ve decided (rather last minute) to participate in Knitting and Croched Blog Week. It’s like a blog tour but for topics instead of a person/book/magazine.

It goes like this: participants post every day this week (4/26-5/2) with a themed post about knitting or crochet. Which means (again, I KNOW), I’ll be posting EVERYDAY this week. Mostly I’ll be talking about knitting, but I’ll have some pretty pretty pictures too. And some finished things, probably. It’ll be fun.

Here’s some more detailed information, courtesy of Eskimimi Knits, the organizer of the event:

What is Knitting and Crochet Blog Week?

This is a week of blogging for knitters and crocheters, where individual bloggers will all simultaneously post about the same topics over the course of seven days, so that for one week readers might be able to read from blog to blog and enjoy a community of bloggers all talking about elements of their craft in their own unique way.

When is it happening?

The Knitting and Crochet Blog Week will run from Monday 26th April – 2nd May 2010. This will be the first Knitting and Crochet Blog Week – if it is a success and people enjoy it there will hopefully be more in the future.

How do I take part?

It’s quite simple. Every day between 26th April – 2nd May 2010 there will be a blogging topic (relating to knitting and crochet) asking for your experiences, opinions and hopes on various aspects of your hobby. One topic and a short explanation is provided for each day, plus a ‘wildcard’ topic in case you just don’t fancy one of the blogging topics for any particular day. The entire list of 8 topics (seven daily topics +1 wildcard) are listed here. Use these topics and brief descriptions as a springboard for your posts and take them in whatever direction you fancy.

Got a blog? Feel free to participate! Leave me a link in the comments, and I’ll swing by. : )