I know it's been a while since we've been together - too long, in fact. I'll admit, I found myself interested in other sock yarns, and well, you ended up getting the shaft. I'm not saying that it was right, but sometimes, even though you know you're destined to be together, you stray. It doesn't mean that I didn't love you while I was experimenting with Artyarns Supermerino or gallavanting around town with Lorna's Laces, it just means that I needed to make sure that you're really the one for me. I guess I needed to experiment with some other sock yarn so that I could really know, with all of my heart, that you're the best.
Yes, Koigu, I know now that you ARE the best. I can't promise that I'll never touch the Lorna's Laces or Mountain Colors Sock Yarn that hang around my house, but you can be sure that I will always come back to you.
Pretty much, my knitting has sucked ass recently. We won't talk about Lara (No. We. Won't.), or my Retro Rib Socks, or my Shapely Tank, or my Angel's Rest Sock. We'll just say that they went to the WIP pile in the sky (or FO Purgatory). After The Unpleasantness with my Shapely Tank, I really needed some comfort knitting, and with lots and lots of babies on the way (don't get any funny ideas - OTHER people's babies) I decided to get a start on my Christmas baby knitting. I present to you the cutest damn thing I've knit to date:
Yarn: 2.5 skeins Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK, Color SH804
Started: August 17th, 2005
Finished: August 24th, 2005
The pattern is well-written, the yarn is a dream to work with, and I am so pleased with the result that I keep picking the sweater up and rubbing it against my face. I haven't bought buttons yet, but my plan is to buy them once I know what sex this particular baby will be. Girl baby = cute girly buttons. Boy baby = cute boy buttons.
Sock it to me, Baby
I also wanted to talk to you about socks. Obviously, I have re-committed myself to Koigu KPPPM. I'm having dreams about A Good Yarn's wall of Koigu. I'm giddy with the Koigu right now, giddy I tell you.
But there's been a problem. I really love knitting socks because they are the perfect portable project and they have always been a calming knitting project for me. So, after I had knit three pairs of simple stockinette socks successfully (say THAT 4 times fast, 'kay?), I felt like I wanted to tackle a more complicated sock pattern. Let's recap:
First - Socks Soar on Two Circs. We know how that turned out, right? Frogged.
Second - Peak Experience Socks (um, no - that didn't work so well) Frogged.
Third - Retro Rib Socks (cough *bastard sock* cough) Frogged.
Fourth - Angel's Rest Socks (f*cking too tight stupid a** mumble mumble) Frogged.
So - what's the problem? I know I can knit a more complicated pattern that any of those listed above, and really, I don't think any of these socks really needed to be frogged. They could have been saved, I just didn't want to save them. No matter how much time I had spent on them, I just didn't care about fixing them. I just wanted the yarn freed up (although I am starting to think that I have some jinxed Lorna's Laces) for other, last bastardly projects.
Here's what I think:
Elisa wants sock knitting to be relaxing.
Counting stitches and pattern repeats is not relaxing
Therefore, Elisa should stick to simple stockinette or ribbed patterns.
I'll admit, I thought this made me kind of a loser until I was talking to the wonderful Allison at Circles, and she was saying how she likes to keep her sock knitting simple because if she's going to spend the time working on a complicated lace pattern, she wants it to be in a shawl or sweater. Now, if you've been lucky enough to meet Allison, you'll understand why having her say that really helped me relax about the whole thing (yes, this was becoming a Thing). I know I can knit lace because I've got a couple of lace projects on the needles that are coming along swimmingly, so I'm just going to chill the f*ck out about needing to knit complicated sock patterns and go back to enjoying my stockinette socks knit in gorgeous Koigu.
I do have some questions for you, though:
What are your favorite sock yarns and where do you buy them?
What the hell is a pimento cheese sandwich? Her Bookishness asked me if I had ever had one before, but she didn't tell me where I can find one. That girl has a mean streak, I tell ya.
Does your best friend ever try and bribe you with jalapeno poppers? Mine does. I love her.