Friday, August 19, 2011

A Bit Rambling...

Look! John finally posted! Woohoo! I have to say that I really love to go down to the fish room and peek at all the fishies. Baby angelfish are soooooo cute!

In other news, thanks for all the kind comments (as usual!) on my last post! I used to knit sleeves two-at-a-time when I was still knitting them flat. Now that I only knit them in the round (the sleeve seam is the worst to seam! and I like to seam!), I can't magic loop more than one thing at a time and have to do them separately. I received new Stellar Sock Yarn yesterday and think I'll do another pair of Skew with it, so I will attempt to do two socks at a time when it's turn comes around. The only thing that has kept me from doing that until now has been my laziness. I just haven't gotten around to getting a US 1 circular. That and Thelonious is cuff-down and I'd rather start with toe-up. Speaking of, my friend linked me a pair of toe-up socks with a regular heel flap! Too cool! Thanks so much, Eliza!

Now down to business:

Thelonious Andromeda


Pattern: Thelonious by Cookie A.
Yarn: Jennifer's Flocksock Sock Yarn by Holiday Yarns
Needles: US 1
Pattern Page

Firstly, pardon the terrible project naming. I couldn't decide whether to call it Thelonious from the pattern or Andromeda from the colorway, so I went with both. This is the first sock I haven't waffled about what pattern to use or restarted more than once. As soon as I saw the pattern on Rav, I bought the book and wound Andromeda. The pattern was really tricky to begin with. There are a lot of stitch markers and they all change names or need to be removed or something and I wasn't very good at keeping track. Once I figured out where and how the pattern was moving, I had no trouble whatsoever. I hardly referenced the pattern at all while knitting the second sock. The way the yarn's colors come out in this pattern is so pretty! I hope I've captured the blue and the purple in my photos (the really crappy one at the end is for color correctness).

I think I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was knitting these as part of a knit-a-long in a Harry Potter group on Ravelry. I've always been indifferent about Harry Potter. I tried to read it in high school and failed. I got a bit over halfway through it, couldn't get into it and yanked the bookmark out. I've never done that without revisiting the book. Since then, I've kinda liked the movies, but had only seen the first two and half of the third. Turns out, John loves the movies. Naturally, when the last one came out, he somehow convinced me to watch every movie and go with him. I'm going to blame the great knits on my new-found love of all things Harry Potter. I'm by no means obsessed (and believe me, I know a few who qualify), but I did find the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup on Ravelry and was immediately enamored. You enroll in courses and produce a knit object on the theme once a month for three months. When you complete knits (or crochet items), your house gets points. They are sorting now, I think, so get in there if you can! It's so incredibly well organized that my mind is blown. I can't go all out in it this semester, but maybe next. In the meantime, I did find the audio books (read by Stephen Fry!), and I think that will go more smoothly than trying to read them again.

Do you see the purple?!?
There. It's a kind of nerd I'm not used to being, but now it's out there. :) In the same post, I mentioned doing a shawl with the Milky Way colorway. It's next in line for the knitting and I think I've decided to do Cladonia. It's had my eye for a while. I have some leftover Tosh Sock from Prairie Grass that should contrast/compliment Milky Way nicely. The catch is that I only have 31g left and I need 50g! If my striped swatch works out, I'll have to see if anyone in the Madtosh forum has 20g left over, because of course she discontinued that colorway. :P

That's enough rambling for one day. Tune in tomorrow to critique my lazy styling and head over to Tami's blog now for more FO-Friday posts! Thanks for reading (and putting up with all these links)!

5 comments:

  1. The socks are stunning! Fabulous colour!

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  2. Beautiful socks. Great color and pattern. I have long admired the knits in Harry Potter but never really got into the series, either. Maybe when my little guy gets a bit older, we might start reading the books.

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  3. I love the name of these socks. They are great.

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  4. I love those socks, the texture is just amazing, and it's so cool that you barely had to reference the pattern at all for the second one! I love it when a pattern is easy to remember and rework. :)

    And hooray for Harry Potter! I hope you love the audiobooks. :) (And now you've got me tempted by that House Cup group on Ravelry...I'm perusing it right now. It looks like fun!)

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  5. wow fabulous socks, love the colour, i am currently listening to the Harry Potter Audio books, i listen to them again and again and again, then start again lol

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