Thursday, August 02, 2007

Four finished objects and a funeral

Well, that depends on how you count socks. If you count by pairs, than it's only two finished objects.

I finished my Tour de France knitting:

And a picture on the foot (although less keeping with the theme of the KAL):

I'm really super pleased with the way these socks came out. I thoroughly enjoyed the patter, and I really love knitting with Trekking XXL.

I also finished my Pomatomus socks:

These are knit out of Anne, by Schaefer. While I really liked the colorway, especially with this pattern, I'm not a huge fan of the yarn in general. It isn't a very smooth wool, so it tends to shed a bit during knitting and I don't think it's as comfortable to wear as, say, Trekking XXL.

The funeral:

I started this glove just about a year and a half ago, just as I was becoming a Knitter. The yarn is Falk, and came from stash diving in my mother's stash. The pattern is based on Meg Swanson's i-cord finger gloves, the patterning was my own. I found this as I was cleaning out my stash drawer (yes, that's singular; no, that isn't all of my stash: the rest lives in shoe boxes under my bed), getting ready for moving. Pulling it out, I realized that while I still like the snowflake on the back of the hand, I like absolutely nothing else about it anymore. I didn't like the white as the base color, my attaching of the fingers to the palm was terrible, I didn't like the patterning I did across the palm, my stranded knitting was puckering horribly, and somehow (something to do with it being 90 degrees and humid here) the glove was too small. I took a picture and then unceremoniously dumped it in the trash. Next time I decide to knit gloves, I think I'll use Baby Ull...

I've also been working on my Mystery Stole, although at rather a slower pace than I would have liked. School's been a bit intense (in the five days left, I have five tests to take and two reports to finish), so the knitting has been slower. I've also come to realize that when I get really stressed, I don't knit to decompress, I read. So that also explains some of the lack of progress.

This was the state of the stole mid-way through last weekend. I'm now about forty rows further along, but still a long way from finishing clue 4, so clearly, having it done by the time clue 5 comes out tomorrow isn't going to happen. Oh well, at least I know I'll have knitting to take with me on my month of business travel...