Wednesday, November 21, 2007

First Snow

First Snow
Originally uploaded by KnitLizard1
So I woke up this morning and saw this. Must knit faster.

I'm gonna eat you little fishies...

Lots of knitting chez Lizard. I've been mostly posting stuff to Ravelry lately. It's slow going, but a little bit at a time will see it done. In the meantime, unfortunately, I've been neglecting this little blog. Part of the problem has been that my rechargeable batteries for my camera gave out. All of them. I don't know how it happened, but they weren't cheap and I'm a little annoyed. But nonetheless, I broke down and bought some disposable ones and now have progress shots to show you.

First up, is a sock I don't think I've blogged about. It's Conwy from Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road. It's a pretty cable pattern, which I think shows nicely in the taupe yarn I chose. I thought these could be a simple dress sock. This is actually the progress on the second sock. I finished the first sock and actually cast on right away! Impressed, no?

The yarn is Regia 4 ply, and it's knit on 2.5 mm dpns. A little snug, which is mildly irritating when I want to put them on, but is the way I like my socks. They don't slouch down that way. And for trouser socks, I think they'll be perfect.

Next. Lots and lots of endpapers. I knit Eunny Jang's Endpaper Mitts for myself nearly a year ago, and have had a lot of enthusiasm over them. This boggles my mind because I think I did a terrible job on them. This time, I think they're turning out better. The first pair started.

I've just started the thumb gusset at this point. These ones are for a co-worker and are knit in Dale Stork 100% cotton on 3.5 mm dpns (I think).

Then there's endpaper mitts again.

This time they're for my sister who cleverly lost one of the lovely alpaca Fetchings I knit for her last year. This time they're to her specifications: black and hot pink, to match her coat. And they're plain old superwash wool. Jawoll by Lang, to be specific. They are also, if you notice, being knit on 2 circs. I tried this method for the first time with my Red Dwarf socks, and am a complete convert.

Speaking of the Red Dwarf socks, I finished Them. Mostly over the first 2 seasons of the show. Yes, I've said it before, and it's guaranteed to come up again. I'm a geek. Deal with it :)

So here's a photo of them looking very odd. They look odd on too, just a little less odd, and I haven't figured out how to take a modelled shot of knee socks. I think I'll have to get help with it. I'll post it when I have it

Incidentally, this is the yarn in the ball. I like the colours much more in the ball than in the socks. They're really comfy, so I'll wear them anyway, but they'll be worn under jeans

The pattern is Turtle Girl's Red Dwarf socks knee high version. The yarn is Jawoll color sport. I knit them on two 3 mm circs. My first time, as I said. I really like this and have ordered 2 sets of circs from Knitpicks for knitting socks from now on. I'm finding the dpns really cumbersome now.

So anyway, I'm finally done this post, and have been working on it since about 9:30 this morning. That's what comes from trying to sneak it in at work :) So hopefully, I'll be back on track for at least weekly updates of the blog. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Someday I will get the hang of this blogging thing. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how some people manage to update daily and still have time to make a living and... you know... knit. I've come to the conclusion that they must be blogging from work. This is discouraged at my place of employment, so I am stealth blogging right now.

I have no photos to offer, due to the fact that I can't connect my camera to my office computer, and while I might have something on my Flickr account, I don't have the time to fiddle with it, because my supervisor could return at any moment.

Mostly, I wanted to point out that I am still kicking. I finished the sleeves on my Not-So-Kakhi Cables cardi. Next up: blocking. Which I may or may not bother with. I probably ought to so that the button band knits on nicely. Damn! It's pretty chilly in my office right now and a nice wooly sweater would be just the ticket.

I have also been knitting some knee socks with some yarn I bought, but have not blogged. It's sport weight and stripes in a really weird, erratic pattern. I'm not sure how much I like the way the colours are coming out, but I love the socks. Trouble is, I've run out of yarn and will have to buy a whole new ball of yarn with strange random striping tendencies for a total of about 5 inches of knitting. Grrr. Oh well. What can you do?

My biggest news, though is that I'm on Ravelry! This is truly awesome. I've been working on moving all my pictures to Flickr so I can put them up there. So I'm KnitLizard, and will be spending far too much time there over the next little while. I'll try and update the blog during that time as well, but I make no promises. In the meantime, I'd better post this and get off here before I get busted. Happy knitting.