Thursday, December 22, 2005

My new sock project!

Now that I have all my holiday projects completed, I can get back to some of the other things I've been wanting to get done but just haven't had time to do.

First up is another pair of socks. I've only gotten the first one started, and I still have about an inch and a half to do yet before I can get started on the heel flap, but I'm quite pleased with how it looks so far.

I tried to include a close up of the stitch pattern because it really does look kind of cool. I'd never done this particular stitch before and it was a bit tricky for me to figure out, but once I fiddled around with it a bit, it wasn't really as intimidating as I originally thought it would be.

I love doing socks because they're so portable- I can take it anywhere with me and even with five free minutes to knit, I can feel that I've gotten something accomplished. That, and they're not very expensive to make if you take the time to scour for yarn sales and if you're willing to substitute for a different yarn. Generally I've found that patterns always call for some obscure expensive brand of yarn and with some doing you can almost always find something close enough to get ya by without having to refinance your house.

Speaking of breaking the bank for knitting, I'm still hoping to win the lottery so I can get the two kits off Ebay that I visit daily to drool over. Unfortunately, they're Hanne Falkenberg kits, and they're beautiful, which means that I really don't have any way to justify purchasing these because I wouldn't be giving them to someone else as a gift when I'm done, I'd be keeping them all to myself. /queues greedy knitter cackle.

Like this one...the Scarf. I love the colors, I love the pattern that the stitches make. There isn't much I don't love about this kit except for the price tag. There's just no way I can allow myself a purchase like that unless it lit up or took out my garbage.

Then, the same seller has this nifty little swing jacket which I think is just as terrific, but awful pricey as well. Nevermind owning an $85 scarf...I don't even think I have a jacket in my closet that cost me as much as this kit, lol.

Just shows though, that sometimes it's really inspiring to get out and see what the designers have out there. Sometimes it inspires me to knit, other times it just inspires me to keep on knitting my silly socks until I win the lotto. :)

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