Wow, I am totally on a roll... or in a role.. or something. Or maybe on drugs. Nah, caffeine is about all I can handle. Anyway....
I started a pair of worsted weight socks on Wednesday last week, after my beloved brown scarf was done, and I finished those socks last night. Another finished object!!! I am loving this finishing thing. Unfortunately the next project, the laceweight rippley shawl, will take longer to finish, but since it appears to be relatively mindless knitting, maybe it will get done in a timely manner. And now that I have my new One Project at a Time program, I must say... things tend to get done, when you spend time actually knitting on them instead of starting a new project every other day. :)
Here is a picture of the socks:
*woohoo! new socks!*
One thing that always amazes me is how hand-dyed yarn has a mind of its own. Take, for example, my socks. I knit them from one skein of yarn, which you would assume to be pretty much the same from beginning to end. I used the same needles and the same number of stitches to make the second sock identical to the first. I even knit them within a few days of each other, so you would think my tension should have been the same for both socks. But look at how the right sock has tighter stripeyness and the left sock is more relaxed, stripe-wise. (Don't you love my highly technical knitting terms? I just made them up.) Why does that happen? I knew the stripes wouldn't line up exactly the same, and I really am not interested in having two socks be exactly the same, but it just makes me say "Huh", because the two socks came out kinda different and I figured they would be kinda more alike. OH well. Just another knitting mystery. In the next couple of days I will be winding up some handspun laceweight yarn to start my ripple stitch shawl and I will let you know how that goes!
Today at Unique One I have to knit a special order sweater for a customer, one of our lupine sweaters. Maybe you don't know this... I have a great yarn shop here in Camden, but Unique One is also a great sweater shop. I and a few of my home knitters use standard gauge knitting looms to create sweaters that we sell here at the store and online. The lupine sweater is a popular item here, even in the winter, and I am actually completely out of stock of them right now. Thus the need to knit one for the dear customer :) I'll try to take pictures while I knit it so you can see how we make the sweaters here.... maybe someone is interested in that. I know that people wandering through like to watch while I knit the sweaters. Lots of people have never seen a knitting machine in operation. So wish me luck & have a good day knitting whatever you're working on!
[UPDATE] I ended up having somebody else knit the aforementioned lupine sweater.... so the knitting photo journal will have to wait for another time! Sorry!