Tuesday, November 17, 2009

in a fit of impatience

I cast on for something new. I know, I know. After many months of being relatively monogamous, I have slowly drifted back into polyamorous knitting. I have... seven projects going right now? It's enough to make me tear my hair out. But one of the perks of having lots of yarn boyfriends is that I get to have lots of wildly inappropriate flings with that weird color of Knitpicks Dancing that I got for free in a yarn swap last winter.

The jury was still out on this colorway today around 5 pm. However, the vote came back unanimously "awesome" by 6:30. Simply put, this yarn has knit up into a surprisingly beautiful sock. There's no pooling, and the color combination is reminiscent of an orange grove. I cast on 64 stitches and did a 2x2 rib for a while, then switched to stockinette, but left a cute little 2-stitch cable at the back of the leg. I've seen several socks that are plain except for a detail extending down to the ankle, and I think it's just beautiful. Simple yet elegant.

Now, it would be really great if I could tear myself away from it long enough to work on my schoolwork.

Unrelated (except that it has to do with yarn), but this store sample came into Smith's about a week back and I fell in love with the idea of knitting a full sweater out of Ella Rae Merino Lace. This duster marked the first time I've tried on a garment and Chuck (the owner at Smith's, who is awesome and somewhat gruff at times) has complimented the way it looked on me.

I have been lusting after the ruffle edged cardigans that have gotten so popular in the knitting world as well as the Muggle fashion world as of late, and there is a cute pattern called Elka in one of the Ella Rae pattern booklets for a sharp interpretation of the ruffle-edged cardigan. There is only one project on Ravelry, but it's reeeeally cute. Seeing this duster knit up makes me more inclined to invest in enough yarn for such a cardigan - it's nice to see how the colors work together in a garment, and I still have nothing but love for the hand and drape of the fabric.

Sigh. Now if only my papers would write themselves.

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