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Archive for September, 2008

Perhaps there is a place for the most boring handknit socks in the world

Posted by Andi on September 30, 2008

This evening I finished the first sock of the boring pair I’m making for my boyfriend. The all white ones? Only stockinette and 2″ of ribbing at the top? All white? Those.

And you know, I hate to admit it, but knitting them isn’t so bad. I expected it to be torture, and it definitely isn’t. They make for easy train knitting. Easy knit group knitting. Easy drunk knitting. It’s impossible to mess them up, and they require close to zero thought.

My boyfriend tried it on after I sewed up the toe, and he was happy with it. Now I have two weeks to finish the second one in time for his birthday.


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FO: Double Cap

Posted by Andi on September 28, 2008

Double Cap

Pattern: Double Cap by Kat Coyle, from the Fall 2008 issue of Knitscene.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Gold, 1 skein
Needles: US 7

This was a great hat to knit. I believe this would be a great first project for a knitter. There’s ribbing, stockinette, increasing, decreasing, and the fold. There’s a little bit of seam stitching, but not too much. It’s got a little but of everything, but it’s not intimidating.

It really used very little yarn. I had about one and a third skeins of this yarn. I used the partial skein up, and still have most of the full skein left. I could easily make another one I think.

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FO – Noro Striped Scarf

Posted by Andi on September 27, 2008

Noro Striped Scarf

I absolutely love how this scarf turned out. I can’t wait until the weather cools off enough to wear it!

Noro Striped Scarf

I used 2 colorways of Noro Aurora. I love the sparkly bits 🙂

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Let the boring begin

Posted by Andi on September 15, 2008

My boyfriend must realize how loved he is.

He has to. Because I’m making him this:

The start of the most boring hand-knit sock ever

I thought that, because he has diabetes, I could make socks for him that would be better for his feet than store-bought socks. He seemed receptive to the idea of hand-knit socks, so when we were at the Knitting Workshop sale I asked him to find some sock yarn he liked. There were several balls of blue sock yarn, which is what I expected him to pick because blue is his favorite color.

Oh no.

“I only really wear white socks.”

He didn’t want a cable. No stitch pattern. Just 2×2 rib and stockinette.

These will be the most boring hand-knit socks ever!

I cast on yesterday, and while knitting with friends I managed to get quite a bit done. I worked on them on the train during my commute this morning. When I got home tonight I measured them, and they are 6″ long so far. I was going to make the leg 8″ long. I’m sort of surprised I got this far so fast, but when you are just knitting stockinette in a circle over and over again you can get a lot done.

I took a break from them this evening and worked on the hat I’m making. I probably won’t mention that again until it’s done. Of course, I could end up finishing it tomorrow.

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FO: Charade

Posted by Andi on September 14, 2008


I’m really happy with how these turned out. They fit really well.


I like how subtle the herringbone pattern is.


I even like the striping/pooling around the ankles. I can’t wait to wear them!

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2 new FO’s!

Posted by Andi on September 13, 2008

I finished two projects this week.

I finished the Noro Striped Scarf on Tuesday night. I am so happy with how it turned out.

I finished the Charade socks this morning. I’m really pleased with those as well. They are super comfy.

I have yet to take photos of them. By the time I get home from work and have dinner (which is usually in process by the time I get home) it’s dark, and today it’s raining. Not enough natural light is coming into the apartment, and because it’s raining I’m not taking pictures outside. Maybe tomorrow.

Now, I need to start another project. I’ve been swatching for the Aleita Shell to no avail, so I might start a hat instead. I will be starting Tim’s really boring white socks as my next sock project.

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Sometimes you need to know when to raise the white flag

Posted by Andi on September 10, 2008

It’s been over a year since I started it, and I’m just not feeling it.

I think it’s time to frog Lys.

I just don’t like the pattern anymore. I no longer see myself wearing it. I don’t see the point in finishing it. I look at the rest of that sleeve, and it hurts to think I have to make another one. When I look at the picture and see the button band, all I can do is sigh in resignation. I don’t want to do that.

So, I’m going to frog it. It will be a long, painful, tedious experience. But it needs to be done.

It cost me $100 to buy the yarn for that cardigan. I will rewind it and use it all for something else. I think the Berroco Hip Hop will make a great hat. As for the rest, I have no idea.

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And now for some more progress on my Noro Striped Scarf

Posted by Andi on September 7, 2008

Noro Striped Scarf

Here are some more pictures of the color progression on my Noro Striped Scarf.

Noro Striped Scarf

I love knitting this scarf. It’s like one of those books you should close because it’s bed time, but you just need to read one more chapter.

Noro Striped Scarf

If I can see the next color poking out from one of the skeins I feel that I have to knit until I get to it, just to see how it will look with what’s already there.

Noro Striped Scarf

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