Friday, October 01, 2010

It's October and the Holidays are Approaching

It's not just the holidays, either. There is at least one birthday between now and December, and let's not forget the... uh... slightly delayed birthday knits that still need to be completed. But on the bright side, it would appear that my knitting mojo is back.

The Dad socks are coming along nicely. This is a German pattern, and my first attempt at a "Bumerang-Ferse" -- whatever you call that in English. Essentially, it's two sets of short rows, first from the outside in to form the heel, two rows of knitting, then more short rows from the inside out to get you out of the heel. It's pretty nifty.

Oh, and if anybody knows a good tutorial for how to fix a dropped wrap & turn, please let me know... I had already knit together the stitch and its wrap on a previous row, but then accidentally dropped it and could not figure out how to fix the unraveled wrap & turn. I fudged it, but I'd like to know how to really fix it.

And... here is my second yarn purchase in 2010: Classic Elite Renaissance. It's time for Christmas knitting, hence the bright, Christmassy color. I actually didn't have any yarn in an appropriate color, hence the purchase; otherwise, I'm sticking with my yarn diet.

And this is the Luscious Cowl by SweaterBabe -- having a great time so far, it's very clearly written, and Ariosa is a soft and squishy yarn to work with. This may take a while, though, because bulky yarn hurts my hands. Oh, and I may run out. I have less than the pattern calls for, so I'm living dangerously.

It's crazy caston month, so stay tuned for more. Baby knits for a friend's daughter (born in August, so I better start knitting if she's supposed to get anything before she gets a driver's license), a birthday sweater, and a cardigan for me.
After months of no knitting, my mojo has returned in full force!


Kaye said...

I love that cowl! And I'm not a cowl person!

I also love this time of year! October is the "gateway to the holidays!" Yay!

OfTroy said...

Its a boomerang heel--i just learned it this week (the person who taught me reads german and found only german directions--but she love the heel.

small world, huh?

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

I though fudging it was the real, bonafide way to fix a dropped stitch and its wrap. I think I like the sound of that heel. A short row heel with 2 rows of stockinette in the middle would make give it better coverage, which is where short row heels come up short. Boomerang or Sturm und Drang (was that it? memory like a sieve) is a better name than short row heel.

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

Sorry about te preceding lake of proorfreading!

Bonnie said...

Glad to see your knitting mojo is back! Those socks are awesome.

Julies knitting corner said...

All systems go on the knitting I see, the socks are looking good.
Thanks for trying to leave a comment, it did it on me too I tried 3 times before it let me leave this one. Have a lovely weekend knitting. Julie.C

rachel said...

That pattern for the Luscious Cowl is gorgeous! The yarn complements it beautifully.

So glad your knitting mojo is back in full force. I think the shift to autumn gets us back into the yarn life. :) I can't wait to see some FOs!

knitwych said...

Those socks are gorgeous!!