Tuesday, April 11, 2006

G is for Geek!

I am off to see the Yarn Harlot tonight and have been spending a way too geeky amount of time wondering what I should wear (as in which knitted socks, or maybe my Clapotis, or maybe both although that might be WAY too much knitwear, or maybe... you get the idea). I am also pondering what might be the perfect project to bring to knit. I want it to be brainless enough that I can focus on what she is saying, and of course I wouldn't be caught dead knitting that godforsaken fun fur puppy that the kid wants and I am halfway through in public! So - perfect excuse to cast on - I started the color block kid's sweater from One Skein. At the soon to be out of business LYS they had some odd skeins of Montera (50% llama, 50% wool) at 60% off and I grabbed them all up for the Dulaan pile. This color block thingy should work well, I can use a different skein for each of the main parts (it is a cardi, so back, right front and left front), use the leftovers to stripe the sleeves, and do the trim with whatever is left!

The Happy Socks are finished too!

The just make me happy (speaking of geeky, yes, I know they are loud!). Yarn is Schoeller Stahl 6 ply Fortissima Colori/Socka Color in colorway 4010. They took every inch of two skeins for my size 9 feet.

I didn't use a commercial pattern - I knew I wanted plain stockinette to show off the stripey goodness. So I cast on 64 stitches on size ones, did ten rows of 2x2 ribbing, then used the Dutch Heel and the Round Toe from Nancy Bush's Vintage Socks book. I am not in love with the Dutch Heel, but wanted to try it, so there you go. I AM in love with the round toe, I find it to be very comfortable to wear, and it avoids the whole "I hate Kitchener stitch" thing at the end.

G is also for Get Things Done, a book by David Allen that is going to organize my life. At least I hope it will. I read over it once, now I have to make some time to go back and actually put some of his systems in place. Hopefully next week when Spring Break is over and the kid is back in school.

Back to work, the soapstone book is nearly finished (amen!) and I would be thrilled if I could put that manuscript in the mail on Friday on my way out of town to visit the parents.

Will let you know tomorrow if the Harlot rocked my world in person (I have a strong feeling she will!)


Zonda said...

Oh! Love the socks! Have fun tonite! Lucky you!

Bethe said...

I love the socks, and I am going to have to try that round toe soon.

The Harlot is every bit as funny in person as she is on her blog. I have seen her twice already, and I am seeing her again next week, and I have no doubt that she will, indeed, rock your world. She's a warm, intelligent, witty, and talented woman! Have a fun!

stacey said...

My friends and I are going to see her tonight too! I thought I was alone in the whole "what do I wear???" problem :o)

Those socks rock...you shoud wear those!

trek said...

I like the happy socks.
Stephanie was cool!
Come by the blog

lexa said...

Love your perfectly matching stripes!

Shelley said...

Love those socks! They are great!

Tina in Wonderland said...

Oh, what cute socks!

Beth said...

Oh I just love that colorway. Don't you have fun knitting with that self patterning yarn? It amazes me every time that someone figured out how to do that!