Sunday, October 23, 2005

rainy days and mondays

Sadly, I have very little progress to report on my current Socktoberfest socks. After my recent bout with sock polygamy, I decided to re-visit my Go With the Flow Christmas socks for my coleslaw loving mom. In a surprising move of propriety, I chose to re-commit myself completely to sock #2. While it seems that I have been cured of my former adulterous ways, the going is slow and tedious. After knitting the last two pairs of socks on size 3 dpns, I'd forgotten how ungratifying and thankless size 1's can be. Two nights of knitting, and barely 3/4 of a leg to show for it! Already I feel the urge for a cheap fling, and it's been less than half a week since my vow renewal. Once a cheater, always a cheater, I suppose. You've already seen one completed Go With the Flow in KnitPicks Dancing in the Ballet colorway (albeit a while back), so I'll spare you the requisite in-progress shot. Hopefully I'll have something picture-worthy by week's end.

All is not lost, though. A certain someone *ahem* has called me out about my SnB Under the Hoodie, not once, but twice! Truly, I had good intentions of posting pics earlier, but well...you know what they say about the road to hell. Who would've thought that knitting would put me on that road? Not posting pics, sock adultery, coveting thy neighbor's yarn, slumming around with acrylic- 4 out of 10 Commandments- my chances for knitting redemption aren't looking so hot, eh? Just to prove that I really am serious about repenting, though, I present to you the finished, post-blocking, 5 billion ends-woven-in SnB Under the Hoodie. A back view of the hood. And last, a dorky pocket-action shot. And yes, I am aware that it looks like I'm trying to stop a ferret from weaseling out of the pocket. Trust me, no ferrets or other small creatures were harmed during this production. Unless you count Bossy and Stinky, but I don't think inflicted emotional scars should really be counted. I'm now a holy roller when it comes to extolling the virtues of blocking. Wet-blocking and steam-blocking took care of the stockinette curl and really evened out the stitches. I was also able to lengthen the body by about an inch. Overall, I'm really pleased with the final result. And what perfect timing, because it's actually cold and rainy enough for me to wear now that the temperature has dropped to the low 80's. It's the tropics, people. Low 80's is pretty damned cold for us!

Of course, no photo shoot would be complete without Bossy and Stinky trying to insert themselves in every picture. They were jubilant when I told them that they could each pose by themselves. And as it turns out, they didn't actually manage to worm their way into every picture. Just 34 out of the 37.

12 comments:

Terby said...

The hoodie is very cute, Bossy and Stinky are adorable. I hear you on finding socks on size 1 needles to be a bit less than instantly gratifying. They make such a nice fabric though...

Anna said...

Awesome hoodie!! Looks great! Your kids are cuties!!

Lynda said...

That hoodie fits perfectly! Very nice!! ... and Bossy and Stinking, always soooo cute!

Acornbud said...

The hoodie looks great on you! It fits perfectly! AND, you've gotten out of the bathroom, wink wink. My Gone with the Wind sock#2 is progressing so slowly, too. I wonder if there is a plot somewhere involving the second sock!

Happy smiles :)

keohinani said...

consider yourself wholly redeemed! the hoodie is AWESOME!!!!!! you did a fantastic job on it :)
ahaha...see, now that wasn't so bad, was it?
bossy's such a cutie in his thomas t-shirt! and i love stinky's toothy grin :) inspiration for a cute jack-o-lantern...

myra said...

Oh my gosh, your hoodie came out amazing! Gorgeous, simply gorgeous! And it looks like it was made just for you, which duh, it was! :P

And Bossy and Stinky are too cute!

Karen said...

. . . . always get me down too. (I’m referring to your post title!!) Your hoodie is so fabulous, thanks for the pictures. I wouldn’t even believe it was hand knit if I hadn’t seen the progress for myself. Are you sure it’s your first?? I love that Bossy and Stinky always want to be in the pictures – and they truly look overjoyed to get to pose for their own. They are so adorable.

Low ‘80’s is cold? Aaahh. We had to turn our heat on yesterday. It was 54 INSIDE THE HOUSE!!!! I hate winter.

knittinmom said...

The hoodie looks so great! You'll be all set for Valentine's Day (sorry, but that's what the colors make me think of - that said, I for one LIKE Valentine's Day and the colors...).

Bossy's TTE t-shirt is great - Sydney would definitely approve.

Jen said...

Hoodie is beautiful. I might have to go back through your posts and see if you have anything about adding the hood on because I'm still not sure what to do when I get to that part of hoodie boogie rock.

Oh yeah, and like chrissy, I the pink and red definitely remind me of V-Day, but in a good way!

Allison said...

Wow! Fantastic job your hoodie - the colors are great :)

Sheryl said...

I LOVE reading your blog. Your sense of humor is sharp and I can't help laughing - just what I need right now. Thanks for your kind words of comfort to me. I have discovered a whole new world of great people through blogs. The hoodie looks great. I live in south Texas so I understand about heat. Right now it is 68 and we act like it is the Arctic. My dad was born in Honolulu - we are kindred spirits.

Beak-Knits said...

What a great sweater. I am coveting it...here in Florida we are in the 60's.

Your kids look SO happy!

Great job, on kids and sweater.