Today’s segments include: noteworthy with two knit-alongs ending in September and one starting in October, drafting, fully drafted, brainstorming lots of October projects, research spotlight on Wendy Johnson’s toe up gusset heel, lit review of Scott Sigler’s _Ancestor_ and five favorite things camping edition. Let’s knit together!
KAL: Aug/Sept. non-vanilla socks in self-striping yarn. prizes: Vesper in Verbina donated by me and project bag donated by SeashoreSharon.
Da rulz: Knit any patterned socks in self-striping yarn (no plain old vanillas). Cast on anytime in August or September and bind off any time in August or September. You have to be a member of the group to win a prize. Prizes will be announced on the pdocast.
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We had 43 pairs of finished socks as of monday!
personal sock yarn club
Da rulz: pick 12 skeins of sock yarn. tuck them away somewhere. every month from sept-aug pick out a skein from your club and pick a pattern to knit. September’s prize donated by Denise madaboutmatisse
We’re in full swing! We have 11 finishers so far as of monday!
I will make this project my priority this weekend, trying to finish before September ends.
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My september club project, Wendy Johnson’s Ribbed Ribbon Socks in Tempted Lil’ Luxe Girl in a colorway she dyed just for me! Knit on size 1/2.25mm addi lace turbo. For SKA all knit with Red KAL.
Hyla Brook by Paula! I’m knitting mine out of Fiberphile Super Squish Sock in the colorway Shadow Lake (one of my precious skeins), on a size 6/4.0mm signature needle. I have a dilemma with this. I knit too many garter stitch rows. Should I frog back to where I’m supposed to be or just knit twice as many lace rows and start from there?
New cast on, Pendulum by Amy Miller. Knit in Sundara sock colorways Graphite and Grape Vine, on a size 7/4.5mm signature needle. Commissioned knitting.
Vanilla socks in Vesper colorway Sorbet Redux. 72 sts. top down with an afterthought heel on a size 0/2.0mm needle.
Rose Hiver’s Katniss pattern in Hazel knits artisan sock colorway Silhouette, on a size 1/2.25mm needle. For Solid Socks black/white/grey and for Hazel knits Rose Hiver pattern. I am sailing through these socks. I already have a HO!
Hexipuffs: Red Spotted Purple Butterfly, and I’m contrasting with orange, yellow, purple, and red.
Last week I put up a poll, and it’s so close! Since 3 are tied at 7 votes, I decided to make the call for Twisted Limone.
October sock club project. Spring Shoots by Alice Yu in Lollipop Cabin superwash merino.
October purple socks. Lorna’s laces solemate in boysenberry jam. I’m going to knit PB&J socks.
Dissertation for Nerd Wars! Radiance shawl in Sundara silk lace Arabian Nights. Easy pattern difficult yarn to work with. I bought a knitter’s pride needle to try out for this. I’m afraid my signatures are too slippery and I don’t like using interchangeables with laceweight.
research: toe up gusset heel. I don’t like this one as much because you increase for the gusset, and with the top down sock you decrease for the gusset. I also don’t like picking up wrapped stitches. I might try the 2nd sock without picking them up and see how it goes. However, I don’t think you can see how messy my picked up stitches are since it’s on the bottom of the foot.
lit review: Ancestor by Scott Sigler
Scott Sigler is a sci-fi author who puts his books out for free as a podcast. My husband listened to 3 other of his books and wanted us to listen to this one on our road trip to the Chicago suburbs in July. I was skeptical because I wasn’t sure what kind of sci-fi book is available for free, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Basically the premise of the book is that some geneticists are engineering animals to house human organs for transplant. The animals are supposed to be docile, but because of the hubris of some of the scientists, they end up being deadly killers. In some ways, the story reminds me of Jurassic Park except with genetically engineered mutant animals rather than dinosaurs.
There were a lot of characters in the book, a few of which I really liked. Jian was one of my favorites. She is one of the geneticists, who is the most brilliant, but she is also overweight and not entirely mentally stable. Colding, one of the other characters, develops a friendship with her and takes care of her to the best of his ability. I like Jian especially because she is the most brilliant and most underestimated and expendable in the views of some of the other characters. It is Jian’s brilliance that leads to the creation of the ancestors.
My husband and I listened to this book starting in July on our trip to the Chicago suburbs. I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book that we listened to on that trip. I didn’t enjoy the last third of the book as much. It was a lot of action after the ancestors were finally born and the characters are trying to survive. I thought that part of the book could have been 1 hr instead of 3. Otherwise, I thought the story was very well told.
I especially liked the Q & A episode with the author at the end of the book. He talks about his opinions on paranormal romance, which he doesn’t himself enjoy, but he appreciates that so many people read and enjoy books like Twilight. Another interesting thing he talked about was the difference between producing the books as graphic novels vs. a podcast. Graphic novels take a lot of time and money paying the artists, but a podcast can be done by anyone with a microphone and a computer. Finally, he talked about how people actually buy more books in e-reader form now so he’s going to release all of his books that way instead.
Because of my interest in writing, I found Sigler’s opinions on publishing and the materials conditions of releasing content very interesting. Although I hated listening to the podcast because of the commercials, I appreciate that Sigler has formed a fan base by releasing free content, and hopefully that gives him the ability to do what he loves to do which is writing. I may listen to another of his audiobooks, but this time I’ll buy it so I won’t have to listen to the commercials.
five favorite things: camping edition
2. reading on my kindle and knitting on my stockinette socks at the same time
3. hot things like tea, blankets, sweaters, socks, hats
4. camp food especially bacon and smores
5. being outside
So wherever you travel, don’t forget your knitting, and engage your creative process!