This is going to be a quick post. I just got back at 3am from a tour of the Midwest with my University's Wind Ensemble where we performed in Iowa and Nebraska at the College Band Directors National Association North Central Division Conference (whew, that was tough to say). So what does all that translate into? Lot of knitting time on the bus of course!
I did the math, and I spent about 23 hours sitting on a bus driving from place to place. I didn't utilize as much of this time knitting as I wanted to (partly because it made me feel a little sick and partly because I was usually sleeping or watching a movie), but I did use enough time to FINALLY finish these eye-sores.
The one on the right has yet to be washed or blocked, but I wanted to take a picture to prove that I did work on them and they are done. done. done. (Note: I don't normally block the socks that I make, but the yarn for these ones was so stiff and scratchy that I needed to wash them just to soften it up a bit.)
Here are the official stats:
Started: December 3, 2007, Finished: March 13, 2008
Yarn: 1 (and a bit of a second) skein of Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn in "Deco Lime"
Needles: Knitpicks Harmony DPNs, size 1 (2.25mm)
Pattern: Six-stitch Cloverleaf Eyelet Cable from Sensational Knitted Socks
Finished Size: Hopefully the perfect size to fit a seven-year-old's foot
I am never ever going to use this sock yarn again. I absolutely hated working with it. I know I've ranted about it before, but it's worth doing again. The yarn is awful. There is definitely not a shortage of choices for sock knitters, so there is no reason I should ever need to resort back to this yarn again. In fact, I am actually (gasp) thinking about throwing away what I have left (yes, throwing away yarn. It's that bad). Oh, also, when I washed the first one, the color bled a bit as well.
I really do love the needles though. I have used Clover bamboo and Brittany birch DPNs before, but they both seem very flimsy and tend to deform after using them for too long. These needles, though flexible, feel very sturdy and I haven't yet had any problems with them staying bent or breaking. Sweet!
That's about it for now. I also started and am nearing completion of my second Blue Stripey Sock, but now that I am back I need to get working on the Duffle Coat again. Deadline? Before Easter. Can I do it? Um, yes. If I feel like it.