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On Socks and the Playoffs
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On Socks and the Playoffs

Many thanks for your comments on my Noro blanket! thank you also for all the feedback on interchangeable needles – since I was borrowing the needles, I did not have the little key that many of you said comes along with the set, so that could be why I kept having problems…

Before I went to British Columbia back in February, I pulled together some yarns from my sock yarn stash and decided to make some socks. This was kind of a big deal because it had been well over a year since I had made any socks, or had the desire to do such.  Socks are a great travel project, so I packed the yarn and started them at the airport. In no time, I had the colorwork chart done, and started to work down the leg – these are the Canada socks from Nancy Bush’s Knitting on the Road:

Canada Socks

Canada Socks

The random yarns are Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Socka in deep red and ivory, and the semi-solid gray is my old favorite – Tess Yarns Merino Sock.

Andrea!

Andrea knits!

Unfortunately, the sock bug was short-lived, and I went on to work on a number of other projects while this sock sat on the needles.  I just needed to turn the heel before I could quickly finish sock #1, but it sat in the bottom of the bag for over 2 months.  Finally, as I was sitting in my hotel room in Philadelphia last week (fresh back from my yarn shop + dinner date with Andrea) I turned the heel.  Yeah, it was over in about 20 minutes.  I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner…

Now, sock #1 is done, and the clock is counting down.  I have to at least cast on for sock #2 in the next 24 hours or these socks will end up at the bottom of the bag again.  I just know this to be true, because I know myself… and my eyes are already wandering and my fingers are already itching to cast on for *another* new project.

Luckily, I have a lot of knitting time right now (which sounds much better than “sitting in front of the TV time”, doesn’t it?)  with the NHL playoffs…   My team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, is playing some great hockey, and with games on every.single.night (and some afternoons) there is never a dull moment.  I am moderating a bit and trying to do some other things (gardening! cooking! yoga!) but hockey is pretty much the big deal right now. 

My friend Gillian over on the Ravelry hockey boards made my day – she sent these amazing Penguins cups that she picked up on a recent visit to her mother in Pittsburgh.  They are holographic cups.  I have a theory that whichever cup I choose to drink out of – that player will have a great night (lots of goals, etc.) and so far it’s worked – well, twice.  So, it may be true!

Drinking with the Guys

... drinking with the guys ...

 

The Ravelry Stanley Cup Stashbusting Knit-along/Crochet-along is going really well, and there are lots of great projects over there… and it’s giving me lots of inspiration to do even more stashbusting.  I already finished the tank I started last week, and I am planning some baby knits, and maybe even jump-starting some holiday gift knitting.  Since I enjoyed the recent Noro project so much, my eyes are wandering towards the remaining Noro skeins in my stash wondering what they will become… and the crochet practice continues!

 

 

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14 Responses

  1. Geek Knitter

    I absolutely love the first round of the NHL playoffs. Year after year, it seems to be the very best hockey of the season. Go Sharks! (although they need to stop scoring on their own goalie… sheesh.)

  2. Diane S

    Love the picture of you drinking with the guys!!

  3. Wendolene

    What fun! I’m not a hockey fan, but I love any marathon-type television time–Olympics, Masterpiece mini-series, etc.–as an opportunity to get in some more knitting. Can’t wait to see what else comes out of the stash!

  4. rachel

    The sock looks fantastic! And like Wendolene, I’m not a hockey gal, but I break out the 30 Rock dvds when I’m looking for some marathon knitting time. Looking forward to seeing what other new projects you start up!

  5. Kristyn

    I also call my TV time knitting time. It sounds more productive. I really wish the Wings were in the Eastern Conference because these 10pm starts really kick my booty the next day.

  6. Josiane

    That sock needs a mate! Seriously, it’s beautiful, and it would be sad for it to languish alone at the bottom of the bag. (erm, says the girl who has socks that need to be taken care of at the bottom of a bag…) :)

  7. Sarah

    So I take it you were drinking from the Sidney Crosby cup a lot last night, eh? ;-)

  8. elkbio

    You must cast on it’s mate! ;) That sock is so beautiful it would be a shame not to have two!

  9. Kathy

    The last couple pairs of socks I’ve made I tried this method (so that I wouldn’t have the problem of second sock syndrome): I divided my yarn in half, then cast on and worked the first sock for a few inches, then laid it aside and cast on the second one (I have multiple sets of same size sock needles) and worked it to the same length, then worked the first one to the heel, worked the second one to the heel, did both heels, etc. You get the idea. I did them somewhat simultaneously. It was rather fun to go back and forth on the two socks and it was absolutely wonderful to finish them up at virtually the same time!! Just an idea for your next sock project. :)

  10. Megan

    JEALOUS of the cups. I will have to live vicariously while you drink with the boys…..

  11. Jenna

    I hear you on the socks, girl. I have a pair that I’ve been working on for God knows how long now, and if I just sat down with them, I’m sure I could finish pretty quickly. That motivation is just not there right now – probably because they have a pretty complicated chart, I just don’t have the mental energy to devote to them right now.

    Go Pens! Isn’t it early for the NHL playoffs? Aren’t they usually in June?

  12. angelina

    i’m a diehard sock wannadoer.
    so i’m growling at your sock.
    ((itlooksnice__))

  13. nova

    Those socks are going to be amazing, Lolly.

  14. Preeti

    Those socks are going to turn out so pretty! Say you cast on for the second sock already and didn’t let the SSS bug getcha!!!! Your stashbusting is going great.

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