re-do

One thing I’ve learned over the past few years is that when a project doesn’t get finished in a reasonable amount of time there’s either something wrong with my choice of yarn or I don’t really like the project anymore.

This project, unfortunately, is one of them. I wanted to knit my mom a knotty as well because she told me she would really like to have a pair of red knotty gloves as well. So I decided to go crazy and make her a handspun knotty. As it turned out the handpun should’ve been a 2 ply instead of a 3 ply and the knitting hurt my wrists.

I still really wanted to knit my mom a pair of warm and red gloves and I felt really bad so I ordered a pair of red drops alpaca. I feel a little sad about abandoning the handspun knotty project, but I guess I can still use the yarn to knit some other project she might like.

I decided to buy three more balls of alpaca because of the alpaca festival discount. I got a white one for the new jacket I’m going to knit (more about that soon), a purple one to knit some hat for in the winter, and the red/purple one to finish my mittens :)

I also still have three untouched skeins of drops delight left for some nice socks and I also have two skeins that have partly been used.

So the coming weeks I’ll have enough yarn for some nice smaller projects like the gloves, socks and hats. In the past weeks I’ve also been working on an older project which, I felt, really fits in the re-do post. I’m not frogging this project but it totally falls in the wrong yarn choice department. I really detest knitting this yarn. It’s horrible. It hurts my wrists. Every stitch is a constant battle of pulling and forcing the yarn through loops. On the other hand I love the way it looks and I know that, once it’s done, it’s going to look exactly the way I pictured it. *le sigh*

FO: Blackrose

It’s finally finished thanks to the great people who work at finlandia import! I had already ordered three skeins of drops delight but sent them an email if I could add an extra skein and it was no problem at all :3 I couldn’t bare not to have all the colors I wanted..

I think I’ve found a good sock photo shoot pose! This seems to be working, it might even help to take pics like these for all the socks I knit so I can compare them in the end.

I’m very pleased with the drops delight quality. I’d read some reviews on ravelry and to be honest I had almost felt sorry about placing the order, but I guess people prefer different yarns (who would’ve thought…).

I also thought the yarn would be too soft or to fragile to be used as sock yarn in projects other than stranded knitting (in combination with different types of yarns). I don’t know about durability just yet since I’ve been wearing this pair for two whole days, but I think it might prove to be sturdier than I thought. The yarn does, big surprise, lack elasticity. It’s stretchy but it’ll sag a little bit. I think a longer ribbing might help, or with sock patterns that are based on a ribbed pattern perhaps. Overall I’m really pleased with the yarn and I’m happy to use the 4 balls I have left for different projects.

One of these is the rainbow colored one which will grow up to be a pair of Rainbow Gaudi socks for the BF.

I’m usually not a huge fan of rainbow yarn myself, but this one is a huge success! I actually couldn’t stop myself from knitting and spent way too much time knititng last night (instead of sleeping). The pattern is horrible in the sense that it’s waaaay too easy and relaxing to knit…

FO: Gaudi socks

It always amazes me how much I love knitting socks. They knit up so fast compared to a full length sweater on 3mm needles!

I’ve already been wearing them for a few days but I hadn’t yet posted an official FO post. I mainly knit this project to try out drops delight yarn and I must say I’ve truly enjoyed knitting with it. The yarn feels like handspun singles but it’s sturdier than it seems. I think I like it :)

I also really like the gaudi pattern because it’s so simple and quick. It’s a slip stitch pattern so it feels like you’re only doing half the actual work. I liked the pattern (and yarn) so much I directly ordered two extra balls so I can knit this sock for the BF as well! I can’t knit socks for myself and not knit socks for the BF, so every time I knit one sock for myself I also knit one sock for the BF afterwards. I’ve been lagging a bit so I’ll have to knit 3 socks for him now :) such a burden lol.

It’s quite easy to knit socks for the BF. I use the exact same amount of stitches but I use a 2.75mm needle and it fits him perfectly. In the end there’s not much of a difference in the fabric anyway so I don’t think it really makes a difference it durability or warmth. It does however make a huge difference in knitting comfort!

When I say he’ll get 3 socks it’s because I’ve been knitting on blackrose for a while too! I totally <3 this pattern. I’ve used a ball of drops delight for this one too (color 02) and I really like the way it turned out! There’s just a small problem…

really…? this was just mean.. I ran out of yarn. I knew I was going to run out of yarn, it was quite obvious but I just didn’t want to believe it. So yes, I actually did knit faster. The problem now is that I can’t knit any other socks even tho I do have enough sockyarn to keep me busy. I just don’t have any 2.5mm dpn’s anymore and the BF’s yarn hasn’t arrived yet so I can’t knit a manly sock with the 2.75 either. The reason I knit with 2.5mm only is because by now I know exactly how socks knit on 2.5mm will react to my feet and I’m not willing to calculate and mess up again.

I’m hoping that my yarn will arrive before the weekend so I can finish my blackrose and CO for the BF socks. I’ll have some serious withdrawal if I don’t receive it before the weekend. On the other hand this might be a good development.. .I’ve actually been knitting on some other projects.. I might actually ¬†finish something before 2012 :P