Archive for February 12th, 2016

I can’t believe it is Friday already. I’m still working on things that needed doing on Monday.

Knitting progresses in a masochistic way. From have no socks on the needles I’ve gone to having two. One is toe-up the other is cuff down. The toe-up is a test knit so it is the one I am mostly concentrating on. So far it’s proven to be a little devil. One of the purl stitches is coming out wonky and for the love of me I can’t figure out what I am doing differently on that specific purl. Instead of ripping back (be still my forthcoming migraine) I am going to drop the stitch back to where it was behaving and with crochet hook in hand bring it back up. Then I’ll do an eastern purl to keep it in line for the rest of the sock.

Because the sock is a test knit, I can’t show it to you right now, but it is a wonderful pattern. When I first saw the pattern on Kiwi Yarns blog I knew exactly what yarn it would pair with in my stash. I am delighted to report that yarn and pattern are working together nicely.

On the masochistic side, I had to go down to  US 0 double-pointed needles to come as close to  gauge as I could get. Still, I was off one stitch. That meant I had to modify the pattern without modifying it. I studied the pattern until I figured out where I could lose 4 stitches without them being noticed.

Naturally, I didn’t have US 0 dpns in my bag full of dpns so I had to race out to buy them. It is a rule in masochistic knitting that no matter how many knitting needles I have I will not have the kind or size needed for the specific project at hand. As I stepped out the door I was greeted by a wind chill of -25 degrees (-31 Celsius). My eyeballs almost froze. But again, this is part of the beauty of masochistic knitting: the weather shall be perfectly horrible on the day I need to get any knitting supply.

The Arctic blast is suppose to stay with us all weekend. That’s okay. I plan to be wrapped in my hand knit shawls, with my hand knit fingerless mitts on, knitting teeny-tiny stitches on my teeny-tiny US 0 needles.


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