Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Three on the needle

A year ago, when I knit my first sock, if you had told me that I'd reach a point where I'd have three projects on the needle, I'd have laughed at you. I wasn't sure I'd even knit another pair of socks, let alone anything else. Now I'm on my 9th pair, in addition to two other projects.

This is the sweater I started before Elizabeth was born. I think I might get it done before she's big enough to wear it. All I have to do is knit a few more inches on the bottom, add ribbing on the neck and seam up the sleeves.

This is my 9th pair of socks. They're out of Noro sock yarn that my mom gave me last year for Christmas. This is my third attempt at them. The first time I messed up on the math and cast on half the number of stitches I needed. The second time they turned out huge. I had to rip the sock out completely and start from scratch. This time my gauge is spot on, but the sock still looks elephantine.

And finally, I'm working on a hat. This is the first time I've ever tried cables, and I'm rather proud of how well I'm doing. The pattern is from KnitPicks. It will be a Christmas present for someone, provided I can get it finished in time. I need to do 21 inches of the cabling, and I'm only half way there.

I also have an order of yarn from KnitPicks due to arrive any day now for scarves and little felted snowmen. I'm just itching to get my hands on the new wool. I think I'm officially addicted. Unfortunately, I have a draft paper on genetics due on Friday for one of my clients. I'd much rather be knitting than researching and writing.


Unknown said...

wow thats your first time cabling? its awesome. i don't knit but my mom does so I know it's not easy. and cute sweater

Unknown said...

also, I am sure the kenyan gov't can find you an elephant in desperate need of socks...

bernthis said...

this AND a brand new baby plus the older siblings. Hats off to you kid. I have one and to think of all the times I cry like a little baby, "I'm so overwhelmed" LOL