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April 7th, 2008 (09:53 pm)

current mood: annoyed

Rippit! Rippit! Grrr. Stupid. Read the pattern! That's not a YO; that's a m1! >.<;; *sigh* At least I only made it to row 15 before realising I was misreading the pattern. Of course this is while I was struggling with my first pair of toe ups... >.> Yeah, auspicious start for these socks. On the plus side, Jitterbug is nice stuff. ^_^

Otherwise, I finished my petroglyph stockinette socks yesterday and they're now waiting their first bath before getting worn. :P The Amethyst socks FSU made me were washed this weekend. Whoa, Sea Wool reeks of wet wool; it was pretty nasty. O_O;; Hopefully it'll lighten up after a few washes. Unfortunately, some of the dye did come out in the wash, but it's still nicely purple. ^_^


Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: April 8th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)

you should post some pics :D
*yay Shadow is posting again* ^3^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)

*laughs* Maybe in another day or so. I had nothing but wrinkled spaghetti for most of tonight and am only just getting back on track. ^^;

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 8th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)

*poke, poke, poke*

Where've you been? I was about to email you. We've missed you!

Edited at 2008-04-08 05:20 am (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)

^^;; I've been gaining new socks! ^o^ (Two pairs in one week! *is very spoiled* :P )

Actually, my brain went off on vacation without me, and I'm trying to figure out how to lure it back. ^^;

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)

*dangles tea and cookies in front of Shadow's brain*

But socks are good. Socks are important. Especially if you're like me and prone to get cold feet.

Mine's been on writing withdrawl. ~_~ It's been painful.

Edited at 2008-04-09 07:34 am (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)

Cold feet is definitely not an issue for me. ^^; FSU knit a pair of alpaca/mohair/wool socks for me, and I can maybe wear them for half an hour before my feet cry for mercy. ^^;; I figure they'd be great if I ever decided to go snowshoeing up in the Arctic or something. ^^;

I *finally* reached the end of the first chart. *sigh* I should've been at this point yesterday, not today. >.>

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 8th, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)

Yes pictures. The Ginny demands them. (And I just did pictures, so it's not even hypocrisy.)

I had a case of the stupids with Mystic Light. I hope I've got it under control, but I won't know until the next clue comes out. *fidget*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)

^^;; It's funny, what with cell phones, and laptops having cameras attached, the one device I cannot find is my digicam. ^^;; Will try stealing someone else's once I have more than a couple of inches done. (Petroglyph and Amethyst can probably be done this weekend though. ^_^

Yesterday's frogging was completely avoidable if I'd only read the stitch descriptions and made colour copies of the pattern. I only did B&W and assumed I was reading the graph properly. >.> Boy did I learn otherwise when things were coming out holier than expected. *sigh*

That's okay, I ended up tinking for most of today because I wasn't sure about how the side stitches were being done and ended up trying two variants. >.> Went with one, but the other might've been better. I'm not going back now. The good thing about the stupids is that I learned how to pick up dropped stitches that ran away. ^^; (I'm working on Scherherazade's Slippers BTW.)

Good luck with Mystic Light! Hope your case of the stupids is gone. Me, I'll be fighting with it for a bit yet. >.> (FSU keeps waiting for me to either get places with these socks or to give up. I'm feeling a bit too stubborn for the give up route right now. ^^; )

Posted by: Every knot was once straight rope (craftyginny)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 07:15 am (UTC)
hope in small things (Tom McRae lyric)

Oooooh, how're they looking? I'm going to cast them on in the next few days. (Something more mindless jumped their place in the queue.) That chart is a little ugly.

Alas that learning to pick up dropped stitches is an important and necessary skill. *sigh*

Share with me the wisdom of your side stitches! Pleeeeeeze?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 10th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)

So far, it's looking pretty although my SSKs are a bit messy. >.> The pattern *shouldn't* be that difficult except that it leaves some things assumed/unsaid, which is a really bad thing to do with me. I would suggest going with a finer gauge yarn though. I'm pretty much on 7.5 stitches/inch and it's looking a bit big at the moment. (I take a 6-6.5 shoe size FWIW.) I'll know more about the size once I get the heels done.

As for the sides, I think I made things more difficult for myself by doing the soles first and instep second. If you do the instep first, the sides make sense as written, but I went the other way and the edge stitches suddenly weren't making sense, so I ended up playing between k2tog with the transferred stitch or not and worked end stitches vs non.

I think the biggest headaches I've experienced so far could've been avoided if I'd done the instep first rather than the other way, made colour copies of the pattern rather than B&W, and read through all the stitches and taken note of weird spots (double purled m1's...) before plunging into the project. ^^;

Posted by: Every knot was once straight rope (craftyginny)
Posted at: April 10th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
hope in small things (Tom McRae lyric)

I shall read the pattern carefully, then. The transferred stitches are going to make things a bit tricky for me. I'm going to try to do two socks on magic loop, which really doesn't like transferring stitches. But I'm very stubborn about knitting socks that way.

I hope your size works out!

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