Knitting, Dogs and Life on the High Plains

Friday, January 06, 2006

Sit back while I tell you a story....

Once upon I time when I lived outside of Washington DC, I used to knit obsessively. I had a two to three hour commute every day and I whipped out sweater after sweater with Wendy-like speed.

Then we moved to Paradise Colorado and I focused on other things. Except for the occasional item, knitting took a backseat to showing the dogs and I started doing beadwork.

Then one day as I cruised the internet, I came across a mention of something called "self patterning sock yarn". Oh. My. And knitting socks on two circular needles. Oh my again.

I was hooked immediately and soon I had a drawer full of socks:

But how many pairs of socks can one person have? So I got sidetracked:

No socks were knit for a very long time. I bragged to my friends how my hand knit socks lasted forever. After all, most of them were 4 years old and were worn on a daily basis all Fall, Winter and Spring and even occasionally in the summer, and none had worn out!

Oh sure there was the pair I lost. And the pair someone chewed up. But I still had 20 gazillion pair.

Then it happened, my two favorite pair got holes in the heels THE SAME WEEK! What's a knitter to do?

I bought this....

.... and spent a lot of time looking at it. And googling sites that would teach me how to use it.

Yesterday I had two long, boring phone meetings for work, so I finally bit the bullet and did it:

And I also even took the sock with the mysterious hole:

(It's not worn out at all, it just has a hole)

And knit a new toe!

And because I just know that all the rest of my socks are just waiting to self destruct, I joined this:

Responding to Comments

Marguerite says she thinks she heard the FLAK is going to take a year to complete! Yikes! I am going to have t "break" the yarn diet and pick up one more ball of Nature Spun Worsted as I'm right on the edge of having enough. If it were finished in a month I wouldn't worry abut matching the dyelot, my LYS has a TON this color, but a year from now? Better but some insurance. But this doesn't really count as a "new" yarn purchase, right?

Maus asked if the Interlacement socks stayed the same color even though they bleed so badly. Mine have, but most were very dark colors anyway. The load I machine washed had several pairs of white or light based socks in them (Opal, Regia and Lorna's Laces) and they were the victims of getting very muddy looking from the bleeding Toasty Toes.

JennyRaye asked if I am near the Hampton Roads area. Once upon a time I lived in the same state as Hampton Roads, but now I'm halfway across the country on the high plains of Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak! Why do you ask?

Anne at 12:42 PM        

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on the needles
30. Fletcher
Noro Transitions

29. Rosedale
Patons SWS

28. Forecast
Cascade Quatro

27. Lady Eleanor (again)
Patons SWS

26. Marble Shawl Collar Sweater
Karabella Marble

25. Serrano
Dale Baby Ull

24. Tamarah
Artyarns Regal Silk, Silk Mohair

23. Apricot(Plum) Jacket
DB Cashmerino Chunky

22. Rusted Root
BS Cotton Fleece

21. Not So Shrunken Cardigan
Lavold Sily Wool

20. Sizzle
Nashua Kim

19. Hanging Garden Stole
KP Alpaca Cloud

18. Log Cabin Blanket
Cascade Pima Tencel

17. Mystery Stole 2
Crazy Monkey Lace

16. Petticoat Sallops
Opal Petticoat

15. CeCe
Lambspun Silk

14. Hyrna Herborgar
Silk for Life

13. Sea Foam Shawl
LaLana Phat Silk

12. Diamond Fantasy Shawl
CTH Possum Lace

11. Evergreen Cardi

10. Mystery Shawl 3

9. Jaywalkers
LL Shepherd Sock

8. Pi @ Sunrise Shawl
Crazy Monkey Lace

7. Follow the Leader Aran
BS Naturespun Worsted

6. Peacock Feathers lace

5. Kiri Shawl
Rowan Kidsilk Haze

4. Sampler Shawl
Starmore Campion

3. Highland Triangle Shawl
America's Alpaca

2. Leaf Lace Shawl
Misti Alpaca Lace

1. Total Maze Cardigan
Araucania Nature Wool


finished in 2006
1/21 - Shadow of Love Socks
1/31 - Pineapple Jacket
2/5 - Smokin' Blueberry Socks
2/7 - Angora Fingerless Mitts
3/9 - Neopolitan Socks
3/18 - Summer Scallop Socks
3/30 - Spectrum: Red & Pink
4/2 - Felted Clogs
4/15 - Violets by the River
5/3 - Felted Hedgehog
5/6 - Felted B-4 Bag
6/15 - Pomatomus Socks
7/1 - Snapdragon Socks
9/11 - Simple Knitted Bodice
9/13 - White,Biscuit,Cream Shawl
9/14 - Something Lilac
10/4 - Cabbage Rose Socks
10/29 - Neck Warmer
11/15 - Lady Eleanor


finished in 2005
1/21 - Seascape Shawl
2/12 - Wool Peddler's Shawl
3/21 - Fir Cone Square Shawl
3/25 - Misty Garden Scarf
4/7 - Obi
4/30 - Truly Tasha's Shawl
5/19 - Ivy
6/19 - Tasha II Shawl
7/13 - Cherry Blossom Shawl
7/26 - Mom's Birthday Shawl
8/9 - Birch Shawl
8/28 - Mystery Shawl
10/4 - Herbal Remedy
10/5 - Rosy Fingered Dawn
11/18 - Mystery Shawl 2
12/6 - Ostrich Plumes Triangle
12/26 - In The Dark Socks
12/29 - Red, Red, RED! Scarf


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