It won’t be too hot for socks forever.

I finished the swap gift from last week and cast on some Skew socks, just to see if I could really make them work. I suspect a lot of people have tackled these on that basis! So far, they’re easy, but interesting enough that I’m surprised how quickly they’re working up. I’m using Knit Picks Stroll Multi in Tuscany, from the Campfire sock sampler. That was a good idea–I’m glad they started making those sock samplers. They were polling about it on Ravelry a while back, if I recall. It’s a little price break, you get enough for three pairs of socks, and the colors are basically coordinated so you can mix and match if you want.

Really just showing my pretty yarn bowl.

Skew is making this yarn flash a little, which I don’t care for. I feel like I ought to be whimsical enough to find it interesting, but I’m more forcing myself to be chill about it and not rip it all out. Who sees my socks? Still I was hoping for a more stripey pattern like the ones in the pattern, rather than what’s amounting to a vague Freddy Krueger-meets-tabby cat effect. I’ll have to try this method with a more aggressively striping yarn, like other people have done. Also, slightly bigger needles. I can put on the sock in progress, but the fabric feels a little stiff. When will I learn to compensate automatically for my tendency to knit tightly? And then it seems like when I do, I overcorrect and things are baggy. Seems like I’d never knit anything if I fussed over gauge as much as it takes to get it just right.

Last Knitter Standing week 2 was terrific–and I won! Really surprised by that; I had good luck. But there’s an advantage to being back for a second week, since there are only so many cards and I remembered some of the questions from last week. There were only ten participants this time. I hope it’s because people went on vacation or something and not because they lost interest. It’s great fun, and the people are lovely. And this time, I remembered to bring my real knitting to work on between turns. Solved that idle hands problem right up.

On my way out, I was admiring some qiviut-blend sock yarn because one of the other knitters said it was like knitting with butter. I’m sure it is, but…$86/skein. And that for a blend. The more outrageous merino sock yarns now are going for about $30, so. Yeah. I didn’t buy it.


The hardest part is not knitting!

Went to game night at The Woolpack in Acton last night (site’s down temporarily) for week 1 of Last Knitter Standing, and it was such fun. This is a trivia and challenge game where you start out by casting on 10 stitches and knitting two rows, and you get to knit more or have to rip out some by answering knitting questions correctly or meeting challenges like timed knitting, word scrambles, or direct competition with other knitters at your table. Seventeen knitters at three tables played in the tournament last night.

The questions range from laughably easy to ridiculously hard, especially if you have not (gasp, blasphemy!) read any Harry Potter books, but they mostly deal with common abbreviations used in knitting and assorted facts about different types of knitting (kitchener stitch, Orenburg lace, etc). Since we were all getting to know the game and the kinds of challenges, it was hard to strategize at first, but in coming weeks, I expect the competition will heat up a lot.

The really difficult part of it all is sitting all evening with knitting on your lap and not knitting it! We were all remarking on how difficult it was to keep our hands still as we played the game and chatted between turns.

Meanwhile, I’ve been working on a swap gift for someone I doubt is a reader, but just in case, have kept the final product off of my Rav project page. Photo above is teaser! Small cotton items are all I want to work on a day with a predicted high of 93 and humid. Yuck. This is my least favorite kind of weather. Come back, autumn! This year, I won’t sleep through it all!