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Monday, October 29, 2007

We Have Knitting - Honest

Ok, in my last post I promised to have a picture of my Yukon Leaves sock. Well, here it is. It is coming along nicely (that is when I get to work on it), only I noticed that about an inch back there were two stitches that somehow escaped and were just sitting there. I'm going to have to see if I have a small crocket hook with me (I think I brought one, but it might be bigger) and somehow try to work them up to where I am right now. The stitches are right at the seam between the bottom and top so it shouldn't look too badly. If my crochet hook isn't small enough, I don't know what I'll do...I guess try to see if I can find any small hooks at the yarn store. Other than that, does anyone have any suggestions? I don't want to rip back because I would mess up the pattern on the top of the foot and not know where I was at in it.

Anyway, I thought that while I figured out what to do with the above sock situation, I would start in on Monica's Dancing Tulips pattern that I bought from the Loopy Ewe. Well, I decided to go with the Fleece Artist Sorbeto yarn since Monica and her sister both said the pattern would get lost in the darker yarn - and we all know that when you have a pretty p
attern you want to be able to see it! Well, I started winding the yarn up into a ball (I don't have a ball winder or swift - not here in Korea, and not home in Canada either) and ran into a problem. Yarn spaghetti. I had this problem with the last skein of Fleece Artist I bought as well. It will just take a little time and persistance to sort out, but I can do it! I did notice a couple of things in this skein of FA...there was a break in the yarn that was tied up (and will end up being on the foot somewhere because of winding location), and in a couple of places the yarn wasn't plied all that evenly. But, for the most part, the yarn is fine. I'm actually liking this yarn more and more. I was unsure if I'd like the yellows that was in it (thinking they might be too bright), but they actually look nice and go with the other colours. The photo isn't accurate colourwise...it was taken by the window/door so it looks lighter than it actually is. So, once I get the yarn all untangled I will being the Dancing Tulips pattern. I can't wait - it's such a pretty pattern! Check out the Loopy Ewe and see if she has any more of the pattern for sale. The last time I looked she didn't, but Monica had said more of her patterns were on the way so she could have them by now.

And, to close off with today (which by the way is the last holiday I will have until Christmas - it's Teacher's Day in Yesan so we don't have to go to school) here is the Yukon Leaves sock taking a gander at the view out the only window in my apartment (which is on the other side of the door that leads to the laundry area). Not that great is it...a parking lot and bit of the road. The building in back of the sock that you can't see too well has other apartments on the 2nd to 4th floor. The first floor is a restaurant and a bar so it can get a little noisy at times, though it isn't too bad.

8 comments:

Knitting Mama said...

The socks look great! Can't wait for them to be finished!

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

If the hook is too big and loosing the 2 stitches doesn't effect the size much (try the sock on) ... put the 2 stitches on a pin. Then, when you're done with the sock, use a tapestry needle & sock yarn, pick up the 2 loops, pull to the inside of the sock and sew down on the inside. They'll never be noticed or missed. ;-)

Tara said...

Aaack! Yarn spaghetti! Nice pattern though.

Scribbles & Bits said...

Yay for an awesome sock and pretty yarn (although yarn spaghetti is so frustrating, but I know that happens). For the two stitches, when I was desperate once, I bent a paper clip into a wee hook to save a stitch. Maybe that could work! I grant you, it's easier if yu have pliers of some kind, but I did it with scissors. Just be careful when you do it!

Karen said...

I hope you have a small enough crochet hook, that would be your best bet (I think). Your yarn for the Dancing Tulips pattern is so pretty, too bad it had a lump of yarn spaghetti in it (I hate when that happens to me).

Janice said...

Oooh, I hate yarn spaghetti! Good luck with it! The socks look great and I can't wait to see Monica's pattern knit up! I've purchased a few of hers from The Loopy Ewe and am waiting for them to come!!

monica said...

You must be a very patient person to be able to deal with the yarn spaghrtti. I hate when that happens. I hope you enjoy the pattern and thanks so much for the plug.

I hope you find a painless solution for the two errant stitches.

Chelsea said...

These are very cute!

In response to your question about Koigu, I always have yarn left over at the end. I often buy three skeins, though, and plan on someday using some of those three-skein-colorways to make some cute toe-up knee-highs. Whew! That's a lot of "dashes!" ;) Anyhoo - I hope that you enjoy it. I really love it. I also love Claudia Hand Painted Yarns, which come in the same yardage (it's almost identical in texture, etc., too). Super-fun stuff! Enjoy! :)