Here is the update on my Falling In Love socks. I have done the short row heel and one section of the ten row pattern so far. The foot looks so long! It measures fine with my other socks, and I was able to sort of try it on...I say sort of because I can't get it past my heel. Whomever said that toe up socks are great because you can try them on as you go, obviously did not mean when you use dpns! I even tried putting the stitches on four needles thinking that would make more room. I was able to get it a little further up my foot that way, but still not over the heel. I find it so much easier to try the socks on when I do them cuff down. I think that if I were doing them on circular needles it might make it easier to try on, though.
From what I could try on, it does fit in the width even though it looks so thin. My only fear now is that the leg portion will not be wide enough. This is also my first endeavor using the 2.25mm needles, so it just might mean I would need to have a few more stitches. I'll see though when I get the leg finished and try it on.
Here is a sort of blurrish picture of my first ever short row heel! Granted it's not perfect by any means, but overall I think I did ok with it. I've heard horror stories of other knitters hating this heel, that they have ripped out time and time again...but in all honesty, I didn't find too much difficulty with it. Mind you I think I messed up a time or two with it, but other than that I didn't mind doing them. Once I get the finised socks on, I will be able to tell better if I did good. I think, at the part where you join back into knitting the rest of the sock, that there is a little hole on either side of the sock. I even did as was suggested in the pattern and knit the last stitch from the heel with the first stitch of the instep. We'll see how it turns out though.
In other news, on Wednesday (Valentine's day) I started a new scarf with my Noro Kueryon that I bought myself for my birthday. The pattern I'm using is the Noro Silk Garden Scarf Pattern that was recommended by Rhonda. It's a fairly quick knit as it is all knitting. I haven't worked at it very much and think I have made good progress.
I'm undecided on what I think of knitting the Noro. I don't find it scratchy on my hands or anything like that, and knitting with it seems ok thus far. However, what I have noticed is that often there are places where the yarn doesn't look like it's been - what's the correct term, plied? There will be thicker sections, very thin sections and sections that look like roving. I don't know if that is normal for this yarn or not, and it might be ok for some patterns, but I have to wonder if that will affect how the scarf will look. Other than that, I don't think I have any complaints with the Noro.
As for colours, I love some of them and others are not my cup of tea. Towards the bottom of the scarf, I like the pinks and greens, but the oranges/rusts aren't in my favourite selections. I don't hate them, but they're just not my cup of tea. They look find together so far - reminds me of summer colours moving into fall ones - and in all honesty, I would never have thought of putting them together. I think they'll have a good and/or interesting effect in this pattern, and who knows, it could turn out to be beautiful. Well, I did want to get some yarn that was or contained other colours that I normally don't use in my knitting - I got that with this yarn for sure, and the oranges/rusts are kind of growing on me...though they still aren't my favourites ;o)
Anyway, off to hit the books. I have a lot to do this weekend - finish reading my book and do up my book review (due Thursday) and study for my history mid term that is also on Thursday (plus I have TESL homework due Thursday, but apparently it shouldn't take too long this week so I'll have to get it done up over the weekend so I don't have to worry about it when I'm trying to get my studying done.