Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Fresh Starts, Finished Objects, Noro Sock Yarn Giveaway

Knitting resolutions for 2008? Stop knitting when it starts hurting!
I've been absent for a week or so. Too much knitting, too much writing which resulted in a big fat spiny swelling on my left wrist. I didn't realize just how hard I'd been pushing it until I sat down and made a list of FOs between November 1 and December 24 and it was impressive. No wonder I turned into one big OUCH.
When it starts to hurt, stop. When you can no longer feel your fingers except as a memory, stop. When the pain shoots up to your shoulder, stop. You would think a grown woman of 57 would know these things, but I didn't. Or at least I needed a reminder.
Knitterly things that made me happy in 2007? I knitted my first lace shawl. Okay, it was the easy-peasey beginner's Charlotte but I did it and I'm insufferably proud of myself. I did a fair bit of cabling. I made two sweaters for Goldisox. I pulled myself away from my All Socks All The Time Obsession from 2006 and expanded my horizons.
Old habits die hard, however, and the Call of the Sock has sounded again and I can't resist. Just before my hands went down for the count I knocked out a pair of After Bertha Spirals for Goldisox in Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Wheat. I also made a toddler-size pair of After Bertha spirals in Sirdar Highlander in a cream color for CIC (Children in Common.) I have another pair of experimental socks in progress right now using leftover Wool-Ease from the Goldisox project. Judy's Magic Cast-On toe combined with the commercial short-row heel used in the Tulsa Skyline socks in SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS. It's okay but not great. Toe-ups go faster than cuff-down for me. Much faster But there's something vaguely creepy about the look of the heel. I told Dallas it was like looking at a face with two noses and that pretty much says it all for me. I've tried the wrap-and-turn short row heel on toe-ups, this commercial heel, and I'm still searching. Next on tap is to try THE Wendy's toe-up heel + gusset; I have good feelings about that one.
To celebrate my return to sock madness, I'm offering a gorgeous skein of NORO Kureyon sock yarn in the legendary #40 colourway. There's enough yarn in this skein to make a pair of adult socks . . . assuming you don't find yourself swooning from pure pleasure each time you pick up your needles. To enter, send me an email at wickedsplitty with NORO SOCK in the subject header and I'll do the rest. The winner will be announced Saturday January 5th right here.
Happy New Year to all of you!

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Blogger LauraP said...

Ouch! Take care of those hands, Barbara. And wow, that's an impressive list of projects.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

I hear you on the pain, Barbara. I'm still not up to par yet. Great yarn for the giveaway!

10:17 PM  
Blogger kshotz said...

Lovely! Just saw Noro Sock for the first time with a visitor to our knitting circle....would love a chance to try knitting it up!


10:23 PM  
Blogger Dallas Schulze said...

Are you suggesting that when my hands cramp and my fingers turn into claws, I should stop knitting? What an amazing concept!

I like the spiral socks and concur on the Double Nose Heel style. There's just something kind of creepy about it. I'm halfway up the foot on my first toe up sock, using The Wendy's River Run pattern. Looking ahead, I also have high hopes for the gusset heel. It sounds like it's going to look good.

Huge thumbs up on the pattern, by the way. It's super easy to memorize and knit but so lovely. I'm using Smooshy in Lipstick Lava and I'm madly in love with both yarn and pattern.

2:15 AM  
Anonymous carol said...

Sore hands! I can relate to that right now. I'm experiencing much difficulty knitting. There has been way too much snowblowing and shoveling - seems like a daily routine here. Enough already. I want to knit.

8:56 AM  
Blogger georg said...

Definitely stop knitting when the hands hurt! This is part of the joy of knowing both knitting and crochet, and embroidery. When one project hurts, stop it! and then work on something else! This annoys the sweetie because I have more than one project at a time going in the living room, but I have less pain that way.

And that sock yarn is gorgeous~

1:25 PM  
Blogger ~Tonia~ said...

Happy New Year.

1:56 AM  

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