Saturday, March 19, 2011

It's Just So Freaking Exciting!

by Caroline

Knitting has been kicking my butt lately. It has been thumbing its figurative nose at me and laughing.

I had 4 projects going: a 6" mitered square, a pair of Hobbiton socks (3rd pair and not a one on my feet), Prince of the Wood Elves, and a pair of ribbed socks for a neighbor (size 12 feet).

- it took 3 tries to get that 6" square going.
- didn't have enough yarn to finish the neighbor's socks. They went to the frog pond.
- finally accepted that PotWE was not working. This was the second attempt at finishing the pair and I have decided to frog them. The yarn will be used for something else and I will try the pattern again when the karma is right.
- Hobbiton was going quickly till I hit the heel. The heel had to be done 3 times.
Things were dragging but I finally got past the heel.

Then this weekend, my mother and I went to Fiber Loft for a colorwork and steeking workshop with Kristen Nicholas (Mary, me, Kristen - yes, I didn't think to get a picture with my mother).

I didn't think I was interested in colorwork but I joined the Socks that Rock sock club this year and the first month's patterns: colorwork! This workshop was well timed. It was great, it was AWESOME! I'm a tight knitter and yet I managed to keep an even, loose tension. Then when I had my swatch finished . . . . I STEEKED! Holy cow, I steeked.

And even more amazing, I didn't find it as scary as that first dropped stitch in the clapotis.


Mom said...

I agree it was an awesome class.i think everyone in the class had an at least one "aha moment." I wanted to start a project from her book right away, but I have to finish the baby sweater first. Fun day!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if I'm more surprised that you steeked or that you blogged.

Toni said...

Whoo hoo!!! Did you have to lay down after steeking? Or pop open the champagne?