In 2007 I half-heartedly resolve to have no more than three unfinished knitting projects at one time.
Three months down and nine to go on my New Year's resolution.
Today, April 1, I have no projects on the needles. It feels strange. I'll be casting on a pair of socks before the night is over.
To get into this rare situation, I had to finish up three pairs of socks this weekend.
Stitch Pattern: Boxed Cables from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 2.
Yarn: Opal sock yarn, 75% wool, 25% nylon
Color: UNI-Solid 1264. I'm not sure what Opal calls it, but I call it Blue Spruce. It's a little too green to call Teal.
Needles: Addi Turbo #1
Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch in stockinette
Inspiration: A friend gave me this yarn from my birthday. When someone gives me yarn, I like to knit it up as soon as reasonable so they know I liked the gift.
Stitchionary 2 was a much appreciated Christmas gift from daughter Heather. Now I can show her the socks to demonstate her good taste in presents.
Pattern: Winging Worsted Weight Socks with a 48 stitch cuff, 42 stitch foot. Small scale gansey type patterning on cuff.
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish, a worsted weight superwash wool
Color: Red pepper
Needles: #3 double points
Gauge: About 6 stitches/inch. Haven't washed socks yet for accurate gauge.
Inspriation: I'm auditioning this yarn for a gansey sweater. With this simple pair of socks I can check out the color, the gauge, the stitch definition, and how it feels while being knit. Most important, especially with superwash yarn, how does it look after being worn and washed multiple times?
Knitpicks advertises this yarn as the "superwash of knitter's dreams." So far I can't argue. It's wonderfully soft merino, a pleasure to knit even at a tight gauge, and has acceptable stitch definition. Final opinion must wait until I've worn and washed these socks a few times.
Pattern: Winging Worsted Weight Socks on 36 stitches.
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish, a worsted weight superwash wool. Opal fingering weight sock yarn carried along.
Color: Coast Gray Swish and Opal Petticoat left over from Gail's Birthday Socks
Needles: #5 double points
Gauge: 5 stitches/inch, 7 rows/inch
Inspriation: Cold kids in Eastern Europe. These socks are for CIC.
Are you wondering about the grim sounding title on this post? It's in memory of all the silly, time wasting, non-productive status reports I had to write during my working career. It makes me smile and count my blessings. Retirement is wonderful.