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Blogger hates me. I WILL post. I have tons of things to say, but so few of them are photographed well. >.

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A couple of things…

1. The secret project thing is done, wrapped, but cannot be revealed for a long time. But I promise I won’t forget. It’s actually only secret because it’s a gift for J and he reads this, but if you really want to know, I could show you over supersecret email.

2. I have to leave soon to go work at the YARN SHOP THAT I GET TO WORK AT SQUEE. Lovelyarns, in Hampden, is where I’m headed off to. I’m excited like a lot. I’m also taking a ton of skeined yarn that I have so I can play with the ballwinder and wind it all up into happy shelf-stacking center-pull balls. Yay!

I should actually head off right about now, but I promise I’ll regale you with yarn shop tales later.

Week One (Socktoberfest)

Questions from Lolly’s blog:

When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I started making socks at the beginning of this year because I was introduced into the blogosphere and thought, “Socks! How wonderful!” I taught myself with some nice, soft acrylic, and some flashy, pink/brown/blue/purple yarn from Cloverhill. They’re funny. I call them my Candy socks, and I can’t wait until it gets cold enough that I can wear them.

What was your first pair? How have they “held up” over time?
They’re not too old, but they’re a little stretched out already, and a little fuzzed. They shrink back to size when I wash them, though.

What would you have done differently?
The ankle. I did a waffle-type pattern, and I should have just started ribbing. I’m not really a fan.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
Koigu. I’m in love. Purr.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I knit the first pair on 2 circulars and then switched to DPNs, and the next three pairs on DPNs. I started the second sock of the third pair before I finished the first one, but I was afraid they’d end up being different lengths if I didn’t divide the yarn. They turned out perfectly.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
Flap. It fits better. But the short row works for the sock I just made, which is cotton/elastic, and needs to be stretchy. It’s great. But I find I like the flap better, and I like picking up the stitches. ^_^

How many pairs have you made?
Four and a half, when I finish the sock I’m doing now (which is almost done). I’m finishing it for my class, and then I’ll have to make another one later in October. I’m also planning a sixth pair, but that’s the sneaky pair.

Socks!

FO, College, and Socktoberfest

I went to visit J at college this weekend, which was delightful. I had today off from school for Jewish religous purposes, so I got to stay until lunch with him.

Here, he contemplates a pretzel.

I took the River Rapid socks with me (which are so pretty in Koigu that I might marry them). They are such a quick knit: I cast on Thursday, I think, and was grafting the toe by Sunday night. This is a HUGE time-space-continum jump from my normal 2 week completion time, so I was way excited.

J put them on and modeled them for me while he read.
They are just so beautiful. And comfy. I love wearing them. I added one repeat of the water/cable because I went, “64 stitches, ha!” and they turned out swimmingly. I wish the cuff were a little tighter, but now I’ve learned to start on smaller needles.

That’s right! They’re cuff-down socks! And I loved making them. I really liked picking up stitches for the heel, and I love the way they look. I’m a fan.

After I finished them, I started taking pictures of J instead, because he’s so cute and splendid and I just can’t help it.

First he said, “No! Woodchuck!”

But then he agreed to one. Then he said, “Let me see it…”

Flash. Such is life.

I think I’ll try to take a really nice glamour shot for the FO River Rapids post, but we’ll see.

Socktober Fest (almost forgot)

I’m so in. I have lots of plans– or at least, two, which I’d love to get finished. First I have my Zebra socks which I’ve ripped out again and restarted.
Look! There it is in front of J’s dorm! Fancy that!

The other is a secret project which I mustn’t tell you about, but you’ll definitely know about before Christmas.

I’d also like to get a start on that holiday, with socks for my mom and maybe other people. Other than that, I don’t have plans, I just love a month devoted to socks making.

So far I’ve made four pairs ever. Socks are great!