Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Not feeling it.

Have you ever, you know, not been feeling it? Your knitting, I mean.

Here's the situation. I've been trying to get a new pair of traveling socks going, but every time I start a pair, I'm just not feeling it. A couple of months ago, I started these:

bored. already.

with the Koigu that just insisted on pooling. I tried a different pattern than my normal plain sock pattern, and for a while, I was infatuated by that Jaywalker. Alas, by the time I got to the toe, the infatuation was lost, and so was my interest. I'll make the mate to that sock. Someday.

I yearned to go back to my plain socks, so I tried casting on with some yarn from the stash - a bright and cheery Trekking XXL. I didn't even get past the cuff ribbing before I lost interest.

Despite the fact that I have a good amount of sock yarn in the stash that I remain absolutely in love with, nothing was calling to me. I thought that maybe I needed to knit with some new and exciting yarn - squishy, woolly and lovely yarn, and bought this Claudia's that had been calling my name for some time.

yikes! stripes!

Jenn and I once had a conversation about how we insist on buying variegated yarn, only to be disappointed with the pooling or diagonal striping (and yet we keep buying it). I'm not sure what I thought was going to happen with this yarn, but just look at those big, fat, spooling stripes. Sigh. I think this yarn maybe needs a different pattern.

I started feeling a little down on sock knitting. Would I ever knit another satisfying pair of socks? I tried the "buy new and exciting yarn" tactic again, and although there is some pooling/striping going on, this yarn has held my interest so far:

damn you dirty stripes!

By the way, that's Regia bamboo sock yarn from Yarns By Design. I'm trying to have these finished to be a birthday gift before the end of April, so wish me luck!

To further complicate matters as far as knitting time goes, I'll be losing my weekend to prepare for some upcoming housework. We're having new wood floors installed next week, so with any luck, by the end of the month there will be a finished sock photo with me sliding across our new carpet-less floors à la Risky Business. Kidding.

And to close tonight, the obligatory Lady E progress shot:

for scale, I am 5 ft, 4 in tall



Blogger Jenn said...

Hee! In that picture of you with Lady E, at first glance I thought you were wearing a very funky skirt.

I lovelovelove that Jaywalker, but I know how it goes when you don't feel the love. The Regis is pooling, but it looks like it's making more of a vertical stripe, which is sort of neat.

At least when I bought yarn in CT, there was a sample sock beside the display that was made from the colorway I bought so I knew what it would look like. I just can't stay away from the variegated yarn. What can I say? I'm a slow learner.

10:02 PM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

Very impressed by the Lady E. Contemplating a jump onto that particular bandwagon, but I need another project like I need a hole in my head.

The hardwood floors will take FOR-EV-ER to go in, but they are totally, unequivocally worth it! We took the leap two summers ago. Just did the downstairs since that's all we could afford, but it's pretty great. Enjoy!

10:47 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Lady E looks awesome. My MIL used to live in a house with wooden floors. My kids loved to skate in socks and surf on the area rugs. My husband always told them to knock it off. Secretly I wanted to get up and join them.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Terri Lynn said...

Love the jay, but the jay doesn't love me. In fact, it kicked me a good one, I ripped it out three times and did it on two's and couldn't figure why it had no stretch, well, I didn't knit every other row, duh, I did the pattern on all rows, ugh. But all the yarns are luscious, I am very intrigued by the bamboo. I am loving the way it is pooling, but thinking okay, the other sock will be different and I am that type that likes everything symmetrical, but I am getting over it.

But now, the Lady E, you have to tell us more. I have been dying to do one in greens, and look at you, my prototype has arrived!!!! Yippee kiyey! Lookin' so good.

Did I tell you I have a son that live and works in the Pittsburgh area. I am hoping to come see him this summer or fall.

7:59 PM  

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