This week I defended my dissertation and passed my defense, yay! It was kind of strange week as I tried to prepare, but I also tried to relax as much as possible. There wasn’t a lot to prepare that I hadn’t already finished in my writing of the dissertation. I didn’t do a lot of finishing of knitting, but I did wind quite a bit of yarn and cast on a few projects.
First, here’s a progress pic on my Sign of Four Sherlock Holmes socks that I posted about last week. Though I love the way the stitch pattern is knitting up, the 8 row repeat is very simple, and I find it a little monotonous to knit. I’ll get them done though if I knit a few crazy interesting and complicated things in between.
So to contrast the simple and monotonous, I cast a complicated sock with what I think is one of the most beautiful skeins of yarn I’ve ever knit with. For Cookie A’s knit.sock.love KAL in May, the groups are knitting Rhombus. I was going to to knit this out of a different yarn, but as I saw the pictures of the sock on ravelry, I decided to go with something that has a little more depth of color. I wanted something springy, and then I remembered the skein of Sanguine Gryphon Eidos that I’d ordered in Transcendental Idealism. I really like the way this base takes colors, and this colorway is green and blue with little pops of purple. The socks themselves are knit with make 1 increases that require a bit of patience to execute, and the cables and knitting through the back loop of stitches require some concentration, but the stitches to pop and stand out very nicely in this colorway. Here’s one picture, and there are more on my ravelry project page.
The second project I’m highlighting today is my first pooling scarf, the Highway Leaves Pooling Scarf (here’s my project page on ravelry). Pooling happens in a variegated yarn when the colors align in blocks during knitting to make certain patterns. I’m just pooling this yarn to make stripes, but with some math skills, people pool the yarn to make argyle patterns and other things if they’re clever enough. The yarn is not perfectly aligned so the pooling isn’t working perfectly, but I think the scarf is coming out nicely anyway, plus I’ve learned a bit about what I need to do to make the pooling work. I chose this yarn because of the suggestion that Lorna’s Laces pools really nicely, and because of it’s colorway name “Honeymoon.” I bought the yarn last June as a special edition colorway from Jimmy Beans Wool because I had a honeymoon in June and thought it was a nice way to commemorate the event (not that I hadn’t already bought a lot of yarn on my actual honeymoon!)
Here’s step 1: looking at the yarn in the skein to see if it will pool
Step 2, after winding the yarn, pull it out of the ball and line it up to see where to start the cast on and how many stitches you’ll need. I ended up casting on 45 stitches, which is 2 stitches more than the pattern called for. I added them to the garter stitch border.
Step 3, start knitting in pattern. If things get really out of whack, which only happened once, I added an extra stitch and then decreased it in the next row in order to keep the color even.
Unfortunately you can’t see the pattern very well in the pictures. I hope that it will show up better after the scarf has been blocked.
So our anniversary is Sunday, and we’ll be in St. Louis at Geekway to the West celebrating by playing board games. I’m looking forward to it. I can’t believe this time last year I was getting ready for a wedding… Boy has it been a busy 365 days!