Thursday, April 08, 2010

Can you tell I am busy?

And my shoulders hurt?  Recent knitting has left me with inflamed rotator cuff muscles or tendons or whatever they are.  I am trying to take it easy, but it's not easy.  While I am not burning up the needles, I am making some progress of the two-steps-forward-one-step-back nature.

Socks.  I started a pair of top-down in DK yarn, and they were coming along nicely, the variegated colors working well with the ribbing.  But when I got to the leg portion, my passion cooled.

The colors began to pool in such a way that the socks developed vertical stripes.  I tried to convince myself they would look "unique" but my eyes would not cooperate.  I frogged the yarn and put it away for now.

To replace that pair, I started another pair, these toe-up:

I definitely like how these look, but I have not become enamored with the two-circular needles thing.  And the yarn, a blend of wool and Tencel, is gorgeous but kind of inelastic, like cotton, contributing to my shoulder problem.  And these are 64-stitch socks, which ordinarily would be too small for my gargantuan feet, and maybe it is the pattern or maybe it is the yarn, but these are turning out big on me, even though I feel like I am knitting too tight.  The gauge is spot on, too, so I don't know what to think.  Good thing they are so beautiful.

The latest BSJ is waiting on shoulder seaming, and then I plan to add a hood.

I should do the seaming so I can finish this one up during a 4-hour meeting that is scheduled for next week.

And because I can't not knit, shoulders be damned, I picked something easy and easy on my old arms:  a mistake rib scarf.

My photo does not do justice to the yarn, which is Inca Marl, 100% alpaca.  If I crank the AC up this summer, maybe I can wear it.

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