Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Socktoberfest!

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Fancy Cotton Socks
Pattern Source: stitch pattern from Gentleman's Fancy Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Online Linie Summersocke
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Charade
Pattern source: Sandra Park
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM
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Fiori di Zucca
Pattern source: 4th installment of Socktopus sock club
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy "Pistachio"

I can't believe it's that time of the year again. The weather gets colder and I get to pull out my knitted cardigan which was great. I also find myself having no desire at all to even look at all those cotton/bamboo/hemp/etc.. yarns that I bought in preparation for summer holiday and never actually got around knitting. In turn I get to dig out all those warm and comforting animal fibres I love so much. Sadly, it's also time to get back to real life, which is kinda hard to do after spending almost half a year lazing around. I went back to class last week and made a HUGE decision. Guess what's going to be my dissertation topic? Knitting!! I've always been afraid of incorporating knitting into my "academic" life since I worry that it might take the joy out of it. But I seriously can't think of anything that'll keep me interested and motivated for a whole 6 months. So now the great thing is I get to knit and call it "academic research".

Here's what else I've been working on
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Those are the cuffs of the Through The Loop Mystery Sock KAL that's going on in Ravelry. The yarn is Posh Yarn Lucia that I got from Santa Swap last year. It's knitting up beautifully even though I did managed to mess it up while winding it up. I've only got 75g of workable yarn, so hopefully it'll be enough or we shall have contrasting toes. The next clue is coming up tomorrow and I'm already itching to work on it.
I finished this cowl yesterday,
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Tamarind Cowl
Pattern source: Knitting Kninja(link to pdf)
Yarn: Shilasdair Cashmere Handspun
It just occurred to me that it was my first time knitting with pure cashmere. The end result is divinely soft even though I didn't enjoy knitting with it quite as much due to the inconsistency of the yarn. I thought the simple pattern was perfect for showcasing the beautiful yarn. It went pretty quick too, I think I'll make another one with the leftover yarn as a Christmas gift for a friend.

Oh, and I jumped on the bandwagon and cast on for the February Lady Sweater earlier today. I most certainly do not have enough yarn, so it shall be short sleeved or even cropped. I'm not even sure the style suits me. But if you've been reading my blog for a while then you should know that I can't resist viral knits.

4 comments:

JL said...

I'm in the Through The Loop Mystery SAL too, cant start right now as i m knitting 2-1-time.

Lin said...

Gorgeous socks! best wishes for your dissertation, it will be so interesting.

peri said...

Ooo what a cornucopia of gorgeous socks.

Peggy said...

I have a bunch of self-striping & variegated yarn and didn't know how to incorporate then into a pair of socks some "fun" patterns. Was worried I'd have to make basic socks with all of then! It's nice to see how your socks turned out. Gives me some great ideas!