Just Keep Knitting (Project Update) Tuesday, Oct 23 2007 

Some days I feel like Dory–just keep knitting, just keep knitting.

I’ve been teased (slightly) for the sock which is always at the ready in my bag, but some days knitting on the commute is the only way I hang on to my sanity. It’s a very zen-like thing for me, and I could use that, especially with my parents getting into town on Friday, and my apartment not anything near what they consider habitable.

I finished the sleeves for Cherie Amour and blocked it, but completely forgot to take pictures. The next step is sewing the sleeves in–my least favorite part, though at least I’ve already woven in all my ends.

I also ordered the yarn for Butterfly online. The LYS I went to only has 10 balls of any color of Noro, and I need 11. Since I wasn’t interested in a substitution–I waited until I could afford Kureyon to make this sweater, damn it, I’m making it with Kureyon–and they didn’t seem interested in working with me to get the right number of skeins in one dyelot, I went online.

Tubey is inching along, but looks super cute so far.

The commuter sock is already past the gusset increases, and I’m working on the foot. Hooray!

Baudelaire has been woefully ignored since I cast on. I just haven’t had the time to really focus on it, and it’s my first toe-up sock, so I really need to focus.

I’m not casting on for anything else until these are finished. I swear.

this is not a life of leisure Friday, Oct 19 2007 

The other day I came across the article Domestic Hiss, where Jeanne Jackson discusses some criticism of domestic blogs.

The entire thing just irks me, particularly the bit where domestic blogs are dismissed as the province of those with “money and leisure.”

Now, clearly, I write a knitting/crafting blog. Which is generally classified as a domestic blog and let me tell you, this is not a life of leisure. Or money.

Like any number of craft bloggers out there, I am not a stay at home wife or mom. In fact, if you were to profile what you’d expect from the stereotype of a craft blogger, I am very likely none of those things. I am young (24). I am single. I work–I work a lot, actually, and most of the knitting you see on here is done on the weekends or my commute because that’s all the time I have. I am a pop culture junkie and kind of a geek.

I don’t know where people get the idea that crafting is the province of those with time and money. Or those with kids. Or who are married. Or older. Whichever stereotype you’d like to pick, fill in the blank here. I, like many people, do this because it’s fun. It’s fun, and it’s relaxing, and it feels good to have something finished, something physical that I can hold in my hands in a world where most work consists of more and more ephemeral chunks of information and tasks (like answering email) that repeat themselves in an endless cycle.

Personally, I think the world would be a better place if we all took some time to sit down, relax, and knit our own pair of socks.

Commuter Sock Gussets

Like the commuter sock. It’s zipping along on the needles. I even tried an eye of partridge heel this time, for variety.

Eye of Patridge Heel

I like it, and can’t wait for it to be finished.

The Gauge Gnomes Friday, Oct 12 2007 

No matter how long I’ve been knitting, I can’t always resist the temptation to play fast and loose with gauge swatches.

Needless to say, this isn’t always a good thing.

I discovered, upon further contemplation of the traveling sock, that it looked….well it looked a little large, honestly. So I measured.

Yeah.

I so don’t have 9″ ankles.

I spent the better part of my evening commute on Wednesday ripping out the sock and casting on again, this time with 48 stitches and a 2×2 cuff. I had somewhat of an epiphany regarding ribbing. While I understood intellectually that the number of total stitches played a role in the type of ribbing used, as well as how to divide up the rib between knit and purl, something about it clicked and it all started making perfect sense.

I love it when math does that.

Now, I could blame this error on my impatience, and the fact that I was measuring gauge in a hurry.

Or…I could blame gnomes.

Fritz With Sock

I caught this one at my desk the other day…sure, he looks all innocent, but I suspect gauge interference.

Happy Socktoberfest! Wednesday, Oct 10 2007 

Lest you think my recent bout of startitis is causing me to abandon my previous project, let me assure you I am still working on the sleeves for Tubey.

Tubey Sleeve 2

All 5’3″ inches of them. (Thank God I’m short, that’s all I’m saying.)

But, I hit a snag. While I love all my projects–Cherie Amour, Tubey, Sizzle, the long-abandoned Rogue–none of them are very portable.

Especially since I just bought a new purse as part of the slightly disturbing girlification that has occurred since I moved here.

Purse

It’s a very cute purse,but there’s not whole lot of room in there. What I needed was something small. Something portable. Something that didn’t require a lot of complicated measuring or counting or switching of yarns.

What I needed was a commuter sock.

Commuter Sock Cuff Purple

I cast on for this sock using Knitpicks Memories in Rocky Mountain Dusk (I think–it was stashed and they don’t seem to carry it any more). It’s a basic, plain sock that requires very little thinking on my part.

I used the Yarn Harlot‘s sock recipe from Knitting Rules as a guide and cast on 70 sts on US3s, and knit about an inch in 3×2 rib for the cuff, and now it’s just plain knitting for the leg. It couldn’t be simpler, which is just what I need on my commute.

Plus, it’s the perfect way to celebrate Socktoberfest!

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