I’ve always had a problem with my follow-through…

…whether it was tennis, horseback riding (did you know there’s a follow-through element when you’re jumping? Yeah, well, there is and I suck at it.), gymnastics (same with gymnastics, here I was thinking that landing on your FEET was the follow-through but noooooo…) or homework (no comment), I always had issues with the follow-through. Now I’ve managed to bring that to my knitting and knitalongs.

Hey, at least I’m consistent, right? ;o)

In the month of October I managed to start a sweater, a shawl (it’s called a scarf, but it’s a shawl), and three pairs of socks.

I finished the sweater – and one sock. Yes, one. At least it’s knit out of my handspun so it has an element of ‘coolness’, however, a pair it is not.

Personally, I like it. It’s the first thing that I’ve completed (okay, HALF completed) out of my own yarn. MY yarn :o) Did I mention this is my yarn? That I made it? (you can’t see it, but I’m grinning like an idiot every time I say that, hehe)

Wanna see where I’m at with the other two pairs of socks?

Bayerische on the Left – Elfine on the Right

Yeah. I suck.

On the Ene’s Scarf front…we’ve had a bit of a hiccup.

While I may have an issue with my Socktoberfest follow-through, my an*l-retentiveness knows no bounds. (there are those who will attest to this). I made it most of the way through the first chart and noticed a slight ‘issue’ in the last three diamonds on the Left side of the shawl. While it might not have been slap-you-in-the-face noticeable to the general public, every time I looked at it….*sigh*

So I ripped. Then I picked up stitches. Did I mention that I didn’t put in a lifeline? um…yeah. There was much swearing, but I am very proud to say that I am now done with Chart 1 and onto Chart 2 and my diamonds are distinctly diamond-like ;o)

You may want to avert your eyes…the carnage in this next photo is a little…startling…

…did somebody order spaghetti? ;o) (btw, those are DARK chocolate M&M’s, thankyouverymuch!)

I hope everyone is having a happy and somewhat uneventful Samhain :o)

(I don’t want to over-load the blog entry, so my ‘roses’ handspun will be up next…)

Breaking out the wheel…

Yesterday I decided to have a little self-control. Yes, it hurt, but it was necessary…

You see, I bought all that lovely fiber on Saturday that I just can’t wait to start spinning (and I have started with the cashmere/silk and YES I can spin it. Too difficult – bah.)…but I already have a pile of fiber in the corner of my living room that is just as beautiful. SO I decided to grab some of that and spin it BEFORE I start the BFL from Foxfire.

This is roving I bought on Ebay from I-can’t-remember-where in the colorway ‘Roses’ (okay I made that up, I can’t remember what colorway they named it but it had something to do with roses…):

…and when I wasn’t spinning, I was knitting. I started a pair of socks from my handspun last week so I’d have something nice and vanilla to knit while at Rhinebeck (they never saw the light of day but hey, I was prepared for any eventuality):

This is the Spunky Eclectic that I got in my Yarn Aboard package – it’s knitting up nicely and I’m very happy with the color changes ;o) (happier than with the first hank-o-handspun which I still think looks like ass – even more so when knit up)

I’ve been slowly working on the Bayerische socks, but they’re not exactly car knitting so they’re moving along veeeerrrryyyy sllllloooowwwlllyyy and I doubt they’ll be done by the end of Socktoberfest. In my defense, I took 11 days to knit a sweater to wear to Rhinebeck…that kind of cut into my sock knitting time ;o) Oh and the Grey’s Anatomy knitting? I decided that I don’t like Falling Leaves so much and have switched to Elfine – which is also a leaf pattern. At least, I will switch as soon as I take the time to rip out the 2″ of Falling Leaves I already did…*sigh*

My pride….and my shame…

…all rolled into one ;o)

ETA: *ahem* I found more…see photo below…

You know, some knitters say that sock yarn is like potato chips – you can’t have just one skein. I used to scoff at that…until I started knitting socks ;o) Now, if I go into a yarn shop that doesn’t quite impress or it does impress and I can’t find anything that I truly love – odds are that I’ll walk out with a skein or two of fingering weight or DK weight just so I don’t walk out empty handed.

This habit has led to a little bit of a collection…

(No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is 20 skeins of Lorna’s Laces up there)

Amazing what you find when you start going through bags in the corner of your Living Room…

It’s not as impressive as it once was because since I’ve started spinning I’ve been buying roving instead of sock yarn – so I can make my own sock yarn ;o) There are a few skeins of my handspun in there – can you spot them?

Lolly has posed a couple of questions to those who are participating in Socktoberfest:

  • Do you have certain patterns planned for some of the yarns? Do you buy yarn and then choose a pattern?

    Well…yes and yes. Like I said, I have a tendency to purchase a skein of sock yarn if I’m in a shop and can’t find anything else, so alot of times I end up searching for a sock pattern that fits the yarn. There have been a couple of times where I’ve purchased yarn after finding a pattern, but that happens less often.

  • Does a certain sock yarn you have in your stash take
    you back to a certain event? (where you were when you bought/received
    it? what was going on in your life at the time!)

    Yes – I have a skein of ‘JessaLu Knits’ yarn that was dyed by Mama-E which will always remind me of her; The ‘Purple Club’ LL that I bought at The Point in NYC; The skein of Cherry Tree Hill that I bought at a fiber festival in upstate NY with Abi; The skein of CTH and the skein of Anne that I bought at Flying Fingers with Bev…I can pretty much remember where I bought every skein of sock yarn so it’s kind of like a photo album, only fuzzy ;o)

So there you have it – my sock stash. Now I need to hide it again before RR decides to stop here on his way to a jobsite ;o)