Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lots of fun I'm not supposed to be having!

I had a blast last Saturday. Me and my friends went out to a market nearby and it was raining, so we had to go into a department store until the rain is over. Said department store happens to have a haberdashery store (I knew, of course), so I stirred my friends in that direction just so I can check out the yarn.
I didn't see any yarn I fancy (ok, that's a lie, they have Sublime), but my friends suddenly decided they want to learn how to knit!
So we did some shopping, went back. Then we followed our original plan, making homemade kimchi. It turned out quite well, though I lost my ring and there's a BIG chance we'll find it in our kimchi someday. I hope nobody swallows it, I love that ring.
Then comes the best part, knitting!!

Here's me teaching my friend Lucy how to make a slip knot. She had a little difficulty with making a knot but then it's all smooth sailing and she's now knitting her first garter stitch scarf. My other friend Lilian started with a swatch where I showed her how to knit, purl, increases, decreases, etc., and now she's working on a Le' Slouch. We knitted for a good 4 hours until 2 a.m., and they were getting frustrated that they can't seem to stop! I'm happy to report that they still haven't found the "stop" button!

I'm glad to have passed the knitting bug, but their enthusiasm infected me too. I've been knitting madly on my hedera socks since then, and they're finally done!

Pattern source: Knitty.com by Cookie A.
Yarn: Rowan 4ply soft "Wink"
Needle: 2.5mm Addi Turbo Circular 80cm
Modifications: Cast on 66 stitches instead of 60, to accommodate my fat calves. Used extra stitches for the heels since I have thick heels and decrease for the leg parts.
Comments: Definitely my favourite knitted socks to date! I'm so glad that I modified to better fit my leg shapes. It made such a big improvement on the fit. The pattern is very well written, and so easy to memorise. The yarn is also nice and soft, in I love the flirty colour soooo much! I even cast on for the second sock immediately after I finished the first one. If that's not love, I don't know what is.

Here's an obligatory pretty shoes picture

I'm already planning on casting on for more socks. First, Knitty's Monkey! I've seen so many pretty monkeys around and I just couldn't resist. In fact, I've already cast on a few stitches while waiting for the pictures to upload. I'm using Trekking Pro Natura that I've been wanting to try for ages.

With all this socks love it's only natural that I signed up for Sockapalooza 4. I've already heard from my sockpal and she's said the magic words, "lacy", "stretchy, and "KOIGU"!! yay! I'm really excited to knit for my pal too. She likes blue so I've been searching around looking for the right yarn, and drooling a lot in the progress. I decided on this

Fleece Artist Merino in "Aqua". Variagated, but very subtly and won't disrupt lace patterns. It's very very soft too. I hope she'll like it. But meanwhile I'll be "practising" before I knit her socks. After all, it's only May, right?

And yeah, all these fun happened while I'm supposed to be working on my boring assignment. Who can blame me?


bradyphrenia said...

i love those shoes! cute socks too.

Elinor said...

Way to convert another! I love your Hederas!

opportunityknits said...

It is great fun to have knitpals in the flesh and it's even better when they are already your friends! Love the pink socks, especially with those shoes! How's the 4 ply doing as sock yarn? I would like to try it someday as it is available here and costs way less than normal sock yarn :)

Elizabeth said...

I love your Hedera socks - great color, and those shoes are fabulous. I'm going to be knitting the Monkey pattern myself - looks like there will be a lot of those for Sockapalooza!

Peggy said...

Love your socks... the pink is so cute! Initially, I had some trouble with Cookie's patterns but now I love them! Your socks fit so well!

amanda said...

That sock and that shoe together are so fashionable - awesome!!

rina said...

Very nice Hedera socks, and very cute shoes.

R a i n said...

Isn't it wonderful when you know that the knitting bug has spread ;o)

Lovely socks!

Regg said...

Love the socks!

amanda said...

Hey Yuvee...I've tagged you :)

Mimi said...

Such an adventurous Saturday! It's great that now you have more knittings friends. It was funny in a way, how you lost your ring but I do hope you'll find it.
Oh the pink socks are lovely and the shoes too!

JL said...

Nice socks.