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Archive for August 27th, 2009

Try, Try Again

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I cast on a second time for my Caspian Sea sample sock. It’s a project from Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ Ethnic Socks and Stockings. This time I did the two-color toe cast on with the right color sequence, and all is going fine at this time.

I am further along than these photos show, but you can see the progress. Cast on and the toe-depth rectangle:

toe-oops2ndA

After knitting a bit in the round, still at toe but just adding new colors of yarn:

toe-oops2ndB

Enough toe finished that I can see some of the very fun front-of-foot patterning. There will be several diamond shapes in red, on the front, plus small teal accents. So far, so good:

toe-oops2ndC

I can not tell you how happy this project already makes me. If you give me knit/purl patterning in one color of yarn, I get stumped easily and rip out often.

Give me color? I am in love. The ends of yarn don’t bother me, I sort of enjoy “petting” the yarn bundle as I work.

And when I make a mistake in colowork, I notice very, very quickly. If I need to rip, it’s one round at most. I can live with that.

The Human/Historical Connection

What makes this even better, though, is the connection to other knitters through the ages. I am learning things that were second-nature to folks far from my homeland but just as human and just as artful (or more than) me.

The motifs that literally made me cry in Priscilla’s slide show at Sock Summit (and created a similar response in another student, Jess of Ravelry, in the slide show with Anna Zilboorg) are beautiful to many. They can strike a chord in a human heart with an artful eye, no matter where we are from.

Knit, Knit, Knit…

I am knitting like a fiend, though there is little to show here. I’m doing a pair of bulky socks, just an easy carry-with project. I started a pair of toe up socks in three colors of yarn (which Rae dyed), on size 0/2mm needles today. I am contemplating a single-crocheted beret, if I can decide which yarn to use. And I still have the wonderful Mitered Sunset Square Stole project as well.

Much good news is on its way… stay tuned.