Sunday, March 23, 2008

Knitting In Progress Report

I have been practicing project monogamy, of sorts. Sorts, in that monogamy indicates faithfulness to one, while I have been working on faithfulness to two. I have been steadily knitting upon Jeanie and Pomatoes. I have a very spotty record with Second Project Syndrome, and being that I needed to knit the pomatoes one at a time, I knew I was at High Risk of never finishing the second. So no matter what other projects beckoned, I restricted myself to the two at hand.

Okay, okay, I did swatch. A little. But I refrained from casting on!

With the pomatoes off the needles, I am free free freeeeeee to cast on at will. We start with a glimpse of spiral ribbing from More Sensational Knitted Socks. This is knitted with my Middy Duets. The cuff is made from exactly half of the contrasting yarn, a feat made possible by my new and beloved scale.

This morning I started on a pair of socks that will once again utilize the Riverbed Architecture from New Pathways for Sock Knitters. I was about to start a standard toe, but then I decided to explore the garter stitch toe. The following photo illustrates the start of a garter stitch toe. So far, I'm quite entertained by the different construction.

Pomatoes--The Finished Objects

Pattern: Pomatomus
Started: Feb 15, 2008
Completed: March 16, 2008
Yarn: Miranda, of Sweet Sheep Faerie Feet
Needle: Knit Picks size 2 circular

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Woohoo! I am now the proud owner of a digital scale! The application possibilities for this item are endless. First of all, we can determine that one Hiiumaa sock weighs 38 grams, and the remaining yarn weighs 43 grams. So I know now I can safely make one more Hiiumaa.

We could also determine that one Frogtastic Surf Sock weighs 34 grams, while each remaining ball weighs 55 grams. Therefore, quite a tall sock can be made with the remaining yarn! Also, clearly, I only needed one ball for a pair.

Most fascinating to me has been the ways my #1Grrl finds to use it. For example, she decided to determine the mass of marker ink, although she didn't quite articulate it that way. So she weighed a wooden craft stick (aka non-sterile tongue depressor) and then coloured the heck outta that stick and weighed it again. To her delight, the weight had increased by one gram!

Then we weighed a roll of quarters. One roll is 40 quarters and a value of $10. The roll weighed 228 grams. A single quarter weighed 6 grams. Using our math, we determined that based on weight, the roll probably held 38 quarters, or $9.50. Then we counted the quarters, and discovered that it did indeed hold the proper quantity of 40. This spawned plenty more measuring and the conclusion that... We need a more accurate scale. We've not even had it a day and it's already obsolete!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


If it followed me home, could I keep it?
Araucania sock yarn, hand dyed in Chile. Completely irresistible.