Friday, December 29, 2006

FO Number Two!

The Sister's Boyfriend's first sock. It seems to fit pretty well, judging by looks at least. And he was able to guess what was nerdy about them, when prodded... now to finish the other one.

Oh, and it's also Knitty's Universal Pattern, in 3x3 rib. Knitpicks again, only Essential. I'm now wishing I hadn't blocked the one sock, because the yarn bloomed and I didn't have a blocked swatch to measure for before-and-after comparison, and the sizing on my second one now seems off (even though I'm matching rows, this worries me) but I'm telling myself the blooming will take care of it, BUT I'm not totally reassured by that. That was a little confusing. It seems both narrow and short, although it's the same number of stitches every possible way. Blocking will take care of this, right?

FO Number One!

Pattern: Knitty's Universal Sock Pattern, with ribbing - 2x2? Actually, it may be randomized ribbing...
Yarn: Knitpicks Sock Memories in Hawaii
Knit Magic Loop on a size 2 Addi

I really like how the ribbing breaks up the stripes and colors - I bought enough yarn in the first place for two pairs of socks, and I'm glad because I'm going to want my own.

I'm back

and the socks went well. I got my sister The Very Best Sock Kit from Tangle (I want to put in a link but I don't have the "edit html" thingy - maybe because I'm on a Mac? I'll edit it later. Okay, that should be fixed now...) instead of actual socks, and my sister's boyfriend's socks were only half done and my dad's a little more than a quarter. But the boyfriend sock fit, and I'm turning the heel on the second one RIGHT NOW. Then to finish my dad's socks... then knit a hat for my sweetie that matches the scarf my mom knit him, then to knit Best Friend socks, then Sweetie socks, and then finally I'll knit myself some socks. Ironic that I haven't done that yet. There's an "It's Not a Gift" knitalong (scroll down, it's at the end of her post) and I'd love to participate but I don't think I'll be done with all these gifts in time.

Anyway I got a swift and ball winder, and they're so much fun! I'll try to get some pictures up soon, but wanted to update regardless.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

He's dead...

and I have no idea what to think about it. Oddly, I almost want to mourn him, but how does one mourn a monster? Or was he one? After the first year there I never was sure. But at the very least he is a "father" who was crippling and deforming his own children's lives, whether knowingly or by his own inaction.

And yet...what will come after? In 5 years we may well wish we had him back.

I want to call, call all the people I've had no contact with for fear of putting them in danger. When I was there I was constantly aware of the attention from, let's say, unwanted third parties. I knew that some of my friends informed on me. There was a faceless, alien presence everywhere I went and no matter what I was doing I didn't forget that. So when I left... I was afraid for all those friends. The stories coming out since I'd left were getting more and more horrific and it's impossible to know the truth even when you're there. But I'm almost more afraid to call them now. Because no one knows what will come next.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Anyone know?

I'm considering trying 2 circulars instead of dpns, but it seems
Knitpicks don't come any shorter than 16". Would that get in my way using 2 circs? I seem to remember my sister using fairly short ones. Hmm, maybe I'll have to suck it up and actually visit a real yarn store for once...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Originally uploaded by rahime.

I'm psychic...looks like the sock will probably fit though (didn't get it all the way onto my foot before I heard the *crack*). Well, somewhere I have a set of metal dpns...maybe I'll pull them out.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Stash II

Okay, experimenting with that pixelly-ness. This is the rest of my Sock Memories stash (well, okay, half of it - I have two skeins of each colorway, of course!).
From left to right: Fly Fishing, Peony, Hawaii, Geranium, Cape Cod.

Sock Memories is really addictive - the pictures on Knitpicks' website don't show the colorways well, and once you see the real thing it's hard not to like any of them.

Stash I

Well, I'm procrastinating and it seemed like a good idea to post some stash pics. Sock yarn only - and I realized it's all from Knitpicks - I need to branch out.

First up is Sock Memories in Yukon - intended for socks for my sweetie, who's been sulking a little that I've been knitting for everybody else but him.

Next is yarn for Best Friend Socks - Sock Memories in Morning Glory.

Hmm, my pictures are kind of pixelly. I guess I'll have to tinker with that - posting the rest of my embarassingly large Knitpicks sock yarn stash will be good practice...

Still-life with sock

Here's a blurry picture of the progress on Sister's Boyfriend's sock. (Camera phone again... I guess I'm procrastinating on work, but I get these sudden urges to blog stuff when I have a planning period at school....)

I want to show it on a foot, but every time I try it on I give up because I'm afraid my massively wide feet will snap those dpns like the little twigs they are. That was one of the best things about Magic Loop. I wish I could find a size 0 40" Addi - Knitpicks' biggest size seems to be 32" and maybe I'm doing something weird, but I find I pull a little much on the joins even with 40" needles.

Anyway I need to find out how high up the leg he wanted these to go. I'm also afraid they're a little long in the foot, but hopefully I'm just being paranoid because of the long-and-skinny effect that the ribbing pulling in gives it.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

After days of playing tag

the flu has caught me. I avoided it for quite awhile...drinking Airborne, sleeping extra. My poor sweetie was sick for days before I got it. But finally I ended up with a splitting headache, raging fever, and sore throat - I got up to go to work and he sent me back to bed and called in sick for me (Do I hear a chorus of 'awwww'?). And I proceeded to sleep until 3.

Now I think I'm feeling better... but that could just be the two straight days of X-files dvds and knitting. Although I didn't pick up the knitting until the second day - I'm turning the heel on my sister's boyfriend's sock and really I should be quite a bit further. It's already Hanukkah - so I have less than a week to finish them (and mail them!) if I want to acheive any semblance of being on time. I might settle for being fashionably late. Or I could mail one on time and send the other on later! Only I'll probably need it for stripe matching reference... beh.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The most excruciating,

boring day ever! Jury duty! I was excited to go but reality didn't exactly match up. And I couldn't knit - although I bet I could have gotten bamboo dpns through.

But now it's over - for the next 6 years.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Just for the heck of it...

Originally uploaded by rahime.

Here's the sock I'm knitting for my dad - I'm juuuust ready to turn the heel. It seems freakishly long, but again, I'm following a pattern where I plugged in his foot measurements, and again, he has big feet. The pattern worked for my mom, so I'm hopeful.

A picture!!! A sock!!!

Originally uploaded by rahime.

Sorry for the pixelly, blurry, color-distorted picture but I had free time at work and just had to post, which meant using my cell phone cam. The red is much less orange and much more burgundy in real life. I'm liking the stripes so far, but leaning towards maintaining thinner stripes rather than continuing the Fibonacci increases. But my sister assures me the recipient will appreciate the mathiness of the stripes...I'm reserving judgement and continuing the increases for now.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Double yay

The Fibonacci stripes are looking really cute - and seem to be moving along a lot faster than my dad's purple checkerboards. That's good because I've got about 2 weeks!

Monday, December 04, 2006


I knitted today! Finished the toe and moving on up the foot of my sister's boyfriend's sock. I've decided (with her advice) to do fibonacci stripes, since she said he'd like geeky, mathy things. Now I just have to not get lazy and actually finish knitting something for once...

Sunday, December 03, 2006

An eensy bit of progress, thank God

My dad's sock is moving along - almost ready to turn the heel. I think I'm going to have to add in some stripes - he has big feet and wants tall socks, and I've definitely gone through most of one ball of yarn. It's Knitpick Memories in Rocky Mountain Dusk, which I have 3 skeins of, and I do have some plain purple, so I guess I'll do the heels in purple and then think about seeing what stripes look like if it still seems like I need them.

I'm also in the process of starting my sister's boyfriend's socks. I finally decided on burgundy and cocoa brown stripes, after much dithering. He tends to be a bit staid (and also picky) but surprisingly, requested funky, interesting socks so I had a bit of a dilemma. These seem staid to me but I guess the tastes of the general public vary substantially from my own and stripey socks in themselves may be a bit out there for most people. In any case, there's no time for more dithering, I have to get cracking!