Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Well, well. It's been a while. What's new?

First, I'm working on my third cold in three weeks. That makes this officially two more colds than I had last year and the third week in which I am not happy with the result. The colds seem to be progressing in their nastiness, too, which is a disturbing trend. First cold, it was a blip on the radar-sneezing, that's about it. I thought I had newly developed some sort of allergy. Next up, was the typical sneezing followed by a runny nose and general tiredness. Also pretty typical, but I've had worse. Now, I'm in full blown nasal hell- all plugged up at night, runny all day (why in that order? Why? Is it that I'm upright?) sneezing, and of course, tiredness. I should not be sleeping 10 hours a day like it's a friggin nap, but there you go. Wintertime sucks.

I've got a lot of FO's to show. Okay, I've got one, but it is a triumphant one. It's my first stranded colorwork!! It's from my swap partner Lori, from the KMKS swap. The pattern is the Knit Mittens! Fleur de Lis, the yarn is Lamb's Pride on US 3's. You heard me right. I didn't think it was possible, either. Behold! Warm (stranded) Hands!

This completes not one, but two KALs!

My promises towards the Stranded and Warm Hands KAL's are complete! Hooray. And I couldn't love these mittens more. Actually, if I had placed the thumbs a little more on one side than the center seams, I could, but that's neither here nor there. I didn't follow the thumb directions on these because frankly, I didn't trust them. There was no way my little thumbie was going to get in the hole (or there was to be a hole) the way the pattern was written. No, I winged it myself by increasing for a few rows and then putting them on a holder while I finished up the mitten. Not pretty, but at least I can see where there's supposed to be a friggin hole. Also, the binding off bothers me. I don't think the sides were even to start with, so the decreases tend to show up more on one side of the hand than the other. Since the fabric goes from double-thick to regular-thick, it makes it more noticeable. Next time, I think I'd either keep the pattern going, or just strand along the back to keep the thickness of the fabric. But it's not like I'm going to go and reknit the damn things. They're bound off, they're done!

And look what else these mittens have started! I'm in trouble now:

I can't wait to color in the charts! FUN!

Next up, it's Project Spectrum! This month's selection are blue, grey and white. Such pretty colors, especially together! Blue is my absolute favorite color, so I'm excited to start off with it. However, the first project I picked out was actually grey:

Opal socks on US 2's, handpainted color unknown

I've had this yarn for approximately forever, but have wanted to knit it up for about just as long. Unfortunately, it was tied into a horracious knot due to it's languishing in the stash, further decreasing it's knitability. For an hour, I worked over the yarn and finally got it wound into two balls and it's been smooth sailing ever since. I've played with some stitch patterns, but the dark colors tend to eat up any patterning, so it will be just plain stockinette. But it looks like a winner so far.

However, the dark and gloomy sock above has been kind of a drag to knit. It's so dark and gloomy, it's a pretty stark contrast to my happy mittens. Also, the yarn is tiny and defeating when you're aiming for progress and FO's on the long winter nights. So, I dug in the stash again and finally put in motion another goal I've had- use up some of that hand dyed kool aid yarn. The blue and pink one was my second favorite (first one went to the dye-swap), but I couldn't decide what to do with it. So, socks it is. I love this colorway! It reminds me of the slurpees at the 7-11, how there's always a red flavor and a blue flavor, wherever you go. Yummy!

Stitches close up. Love that color!

Socks in progress. Color a bit oversaturated in pic.

As you can see, things are going well here. Last picture is the sky before I started posting today. The temperatures have been warmer, so the skies have cleared a bit, allowing for some fresh air to hit the valley. I love clear, dry, warm winter days- they're so invigorating! Yesterday's spurned me to clean my house, and today's is wishing I'd spin a bit and knit a bit before work. That and buy some day-quil.


Blogger loribird said...

The mittens look fantastic! Glad I could help to keep your little hands warm :) Your socks are coming along quite nicely too, I should add...

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