it’s just so wrong

I finished another pair of socks this weekend. In fact, I started them late on Saturday the 3rd (did the toe while watching a movie with a friend) and officially finished them Friday night. I blocked them this past Saturday, and they were dry and ready to go by this morning. (Hello, how’s that for a fast pair of socks! One week, start to finish.) Here’s a photo of the start of the second sock, which I worked on while waiting in line at the post office. (And can I just say that the post office features the world’s slowest-moving lines that are completely full of little old ladies . . . and that night, me. On the plus side, I got about 3/4 of an inch knit while in line!)

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I’d started knitting with this yarn a while back, on my way to Philly for the weekend, but that design was laid to rest. I’m not sure if I’ll go back to what I was doing there ever; I completely lost interest in it, and it was tricky. Here’s what they looked like back then (I know, totally different, right?).

knittin' on the dog

Since finishing this red pair, I’ve cast on and done 3/4 of another sock that’s based on their pattern–a refinement/perfection. And I can’t show any of this knitting to you, if I ever want to try submitting the patterns. Which is just so wrong.

I hadn’t realized just how much I relish posting an FO–getting feedback, hearing similar stories. Most of all, I like the showing off! Sure, I bring FOs to work and share them with appreciative friends there, and the recipient is certainly going to be thrilled and will dance around. But it’s just not the same. I’m going to have to start something new asap so that I’ll have something else to talk about in the meantime!

I’ve got mittens to think about. Ashley mentioned this awesome resource for color charts, and I’m going to have to take some time with that site.

365.67 I’ve got new yarn I purchased and want to play with, but it might just become stockinette socks–not all that thrilling to post about.

I’ve got a dinosaur promised to an old coworker (she wants Stegs in orange). As you all understand, knitting something you’ve knit before just doesn’t have that zing. Oh, and I’ve got my own version of an apatosaurus in the works, but I’m still not entirely satisfied with the neck/body junction, though the neck is nice and curvy.

And I’ve really got plenty of stash to be planning for and using up. MD Sheep & Wool is in just under two months, and I’m allowing myself some big purchases that weekend, I think. Yes, I’m going to get over my childhood aversion to MDS&W and join you all in the fibery goodness! KnitBlogCon, right??

18 Responses to it’s just so wrong

  1. Ashley says:

    You finished them? You are a speed demon! And I’m excited about the refinements, even if we can’t see them, because I can see them in my head! I’m magic like that! Peeps, take my word for it: they’re cool.

    I’d be sadder and more jealous about MDS&W but I’ve just been putting away my yarn fromt his week and realizing that I should never buy yarn again ever. But oh, KnitBlogCon!!

  2. Karen says:

    My goodness, you are one speedy sock knitter. And you know what? I’d rather wait to see them and have you get them published. It’s so worth it because you deserve to have your great socks out there!!! Don’t worry, no need to bribe us. We’ll look at another Stegs or stockinette socks, or what ever you’ve got!!

  3. Liz K says:

    Oh, Minty, what awesome socks!

    (Just giving you some praise to tide you over. Imagine the party we’ll have when you first publish.)

    Yay! KnitBlogCon! I’m going too!!!!!!!!!!

  4. MeBeth says:

    Are you at my post office in Chelsea? The slowest post office on the face of the earth? With many confusing lines and ill thought out windows? And the smelly man?

  5. knittingphilistine says:

    I’m all with my nose up to the computer screen trying to see what you’re doing with those secret socks!! And YOU’RE going to the MDSW thingy? Should I go to that?? I’m so scared that I’ll completely overload on sheeps and wool. Liz K. is going too… maybe I should make some plans…

  6. stacey says:

    that is one speedy sock! that stinks that you can’t show any of the FO’s though….

    you should go to MD! if only to meet up with people!

  7. Elinor says:

    You are FAST. The post office is definitely a good place for knitting. Every time I go, there are 578934579348 postal workers working behind the desk, 578934758934 customers in line and 2 windows open. :-)

    I can’t wait to see the finished socks! If I lived anywhere near MDS&W, I would definitely be there. You should go. :-)

  8. Karen O says:

    Let me get this straight – you’re standing up, holding a padded envelope under one arm and knitting with both hands. Somewhere there’s a ball of yarn, right? (Even muggles know there’s got to be a ball of yarn around when knitting happens.) I’m guessing you also had a bag or a purse, too. And somehow you also managed to get out a camera and get a picture? Assuming you had to ask another person in line to take it, there’s usually some instruction necessary. HOW did you manage all that?

  9. gleek says:

    wow, you are fast! i finished one sock in about a week and i thought that was moving at a good clip :) i’m on such a sock kick right now. i could knit on them for days and be totally happy.

  10. Jessica says:

    Ok. All this knitting talk is fine but what I want to know is how you take a picture of yourself at the post office without using either of your hands!!!

  11. Rachel says:

    I can totally imagine the frustration of not being able to show something you’re proud of and excited about. After this initial annoyance you’ll forget all about it, though, and when you finally get to reveal it it’ll seem like a bonus FO for the blog.

    I second the question above — how do you take your self portraits?

  12. Collette says:

    That Claudia yarn is yum. I just bought some–of course I haven’t yet finished my first pair of socks (I’m on #2 right now) and I am a FAR slower knitter than you but I believe I might be addicted to sock yarn. I am quite impressed with (and jealous of) your prowess and I love seeing the FO–keep them coming. But not too fast–my little green monster can’t stand it! ;-)

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