Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TdS 2017: Stage 1, day 3

Not quite as far as I'd hoped, but not too shabby neither.

Monday, July 17, 2017

TdS 2017: Stage 1, days 1 & 2

A-ha! I bet my silence about this year's TdS led to the conclusion that I wouldn't be participating this year.

It actually was sort of a close call. I taught another Spring session class, and last year I found that interfered with my ability to sockrace, during the first half of the event, so I was thinking of sitting this year out. Then the event got moved - starting on 15 July, as opposed to the 1 June starts of previous years. Well. My class has long since wrapped up, so away we go!

Still, a Saturday start isn't great for me, as always - as documented in the pitiful progress photos. The first handful of speedy pairs were clocking in on Saturday evening, and I had about half a toe. Oh well. I now have the foot and heel of one sock, and am about to start the second, so I can take the required picture of the unusual construction for both socks at once, thus proving that I actually did it as written in the pattern for both socks. I need to take about an hour's break from knitting now to do a bit of tidying in the kitchen, along with a wee bit of exercise, but then I'll be back at it. I hope to have another finished foot and heel by bedtime tonight, and then tomorrow I can bust a move on the legs, and hopefully finish early enough to score some points. (The points scale got rejiggered again, as there are now over 2,000 racers - now I need a top 400 finish to score more than one point per round. I'd really like to do so; I'm knitting from stash this year, so sponsor yarn points are unlikely.)

Ahem. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to get a move on.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

K'done: Valanar hat

Hmm, I seem to have forgotten to blog this one.

Pattern: Valanar Hat, by Elena Nodel
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, in Merlot Heather
Needles: 5 mm / US 8

I knit this hat back in, oh, January - according to my Rav notes, I got it done in about a week, using a couple of skeins leftover from my Thursday Special sweater. (Another one by the same designer - apparently I rather like her design aesthetic. Sadly, her battle with cancer ended in tragedy just last month.) I'd actually done it to participate in a KAL at the time, but I think I started too late and missed the deadline or something.

It was a fairly quick knit - generally hats are, no? The cable pattern is intuitive enough that you can avoid being a chart slave, and it seems to me to be a pretty unisex sort of cable - maybe there will be a Mister hat done using this pattern in the future? I'll have to have him take a closer look at it. One thing about bigger cables is they tend to leave holes behind in the fabric where the stitches cross, and sometimes these let wind through, and he has strong feelings about that with his hats. Understandably, but it sure makes it tricky to find a hat pattern he likes that isn't just ribbing from brim to crown.

TdS 2017 in 6 days!