Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Tour de Sock

I've joined a new Ravelry knitting group called the "Tour de Sock". It's a challenge and a fundraiser that started last year.

If you want to play, you pay a fee of $7.50 (all profits to M.S.F.) Then you join a team (if you want to) and wait for the starting bell on June 1. There are six stages, lasting about 9 days. At the start of the stage, you use your password to acquire the secret pattern :) and then knit like the wind. First finished gets maximum points, and anyone who finishes in the time limit gets at least one point. There are prizes, etc, but it's mainly just fun, and everyone will get the six patterns.

I joined up before I realized that you can't just knit any six socks you like. When I saw the sock patterns from last year I had a little seizure. lol! I don't even think I can knit plain socks in 9 days!

I quickly joined up with a team of "Hogwarts friends" from the Harry Potter game. There are a lot of us there so far (40, at the moment) and my team mates are Andryl, Lambchop00, Seakame and Hokieknitter. The team plan is to have fun, because none of us are particularly confident about being that fast. Hokieknitter did a test run, just to see how many stitches she could knit in 2 hours. I thought that plan was brilliant, and since I had exactly one week until the start of the next "term" of the HP game, I decided to do a test.

I'm going to try and knit a pair of socks in one week. I have to use the standard 2.5mm needles and fingering weight/4ply yarn. And I'm going to count the hours.

Tonight I cast on the two toes and knit 3000 stitches in 4 hours. Doesn't look like much, does it?!

From what I remember of the few fingering-weight socks I've made, I need about 50 rows of foot and 50 rows of leg. These are 60st around, so 100 more rows is 12000 more stitches.

But it's possible. I mean, that's 4 more nights of knitting like tonight, and another night for the heels.

The Tour de Sock socks are going to be more complex, but I'll have 9 or 10 days.

The TdS ends just before the Olympics (and I'm in a Ravelympics team, too! Haha!) so that works out well. This does coincide with the Tour de Fleece, but that's not so much a competition as a "let's all have a spin together for fun". I also have Jasmine's birthday jumper to make, and an OWL jumper for me... but...

Knit All the Things.

(P.S. Finished another Milo)

Cute little things!

Friday, April 20, 2012

48 hours

I was heading off to night shift on Monday night, when I suddenly realized I had no knitting to take. My Fargyles were done (well, 95% done) and I didn't want to take any other WIPs (though I don't have too many.) I quickly grabbed a skein of Malabrigo Rios and a little 4.5mm circular.

It was an easy night shift. I had to do hourly checks, and keep an eye on one patient. The nurse in charge said I could play on the internet or have a bit of sleep in between, but I had to stay there in the room all night. So I searched patterns on Ravelry, things that I could make with one skein of Rios.

In the end, I settled on making a little Milo for the unborn niece/nephew (BabyN). I wound up my skein into a ball, wrote out the pattern so I could turn off the computer, and started knitting just after midnight.

This is as far as I got. LOL. I did the garter stitch top of the Milo, and left work just before casting off the edges of the arms. I kept falling asleep in my chair! I'd open my eyes ten minutes later with my needle half-way through a stitch. But I do love how this multicolored yarn looks in garter stitch. When I was knitting, with my back to a half-opened door for light, the colors looked all grey and brown, because it was so dark. It was a nice surprise, in the morning, to find a nice green handful of knitting with bumps of yellow and purple and blue all through it.

I slept on Tuesday morning, and got some more garter stitch done that evening. But when I got to the stockinette section, where my stitch count would be the same each row, it was clear that the colors were going to start pooling.

I rewound my ball into a cake, and started knitting a row or two from each end of the yarn.

On Wednesday morning, I decided to buy myself a knitting day. Once a month, I shout the kids to a big indoor playground called Funbugs. They play, and I knit. I took my new Alice Starmore book, and picked some colorwork patterns with BWM Luxury 10ply in Stone.

By Wednesday night, around midnight, I'd finished knitting a broken-rib cuff with a super-stretchy-for-fat-nappies cast off. I put it inside out over a 1.25kg milo tin, and sprayed it to make it damp.


I'm happy with the outside, too. Not too girly for a boy, or vice versa, and it broke up any color pooling like lead in a stained glass window.

This is my first Malabrigo project. It's soft and beautiful, and I'll be knitting with it more. I have 3.4 more skeins :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

This month

...I have been fixing the Ginny

and knitting more Fargyles

(sock 2 is 95% complete... I'll finish it in May for points ...hehehe)

I also may have started a little bitty Milo, size 3 months.

New yarn:

It's time to start saving for Bendi, but first, I had to buy myself some birthday yarn.

This is Lorna's Laces limited edition colorway for April. It's called Wonderstone, and I bought a skein of Solemate. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm hoping it will turn into longer-lasting socks. Plan to make some socks with it next month, if I have time, but I might use the green stuff I bought first.

Apparently Wonderstone had a magic influence on me, because the other ones I bought were these:

Also got a bit of  Toast and Natural

I've updated all my stash on Ravelry. It took a while :)

Oh, yeah. Also got a present from Kelly (sister) who holidayed in Iceland lately, and found me some local goods!

and a prize from the HPKCHC game

 Nine skeins!! of this green, which is Jo Sharp Silkroad DK tweed in a color called "Beanshoot". Nine!

Well, I'd better get to bed. It's 3am. Night shifts on Saturday and Monday but not Sunday or Tuesday (tonight) have messed with my brain a bit. :)

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