Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ode to Norway

The stockings are coming along at a steady pace and I'm still enjoying the pattern. I've memorized the charts, so things are going much quicker now. It's funny, the more I knit with two hands, the more I've gotten used to it. I'm starting to favor using my left hand (continental) more than my normal English method. It just feels so much faster! I don't have the same control and I'm only using one stictch, but I understand why so many prefer this method.

So, here's a shot of the stockings.... A weird shot, but I was using the camera myself.


and here's another... the picture's not flipped. I was just trying to find a good angle. Ignore scaly, pale winter legs. Get me to a beach!

One last shot for good measure.

I'm kind of worried they're going to be too tight, but I've decided to just stick with it. Unlike most knitters, I'm not a perfectionist in the slightest and if I think I can pull something off, I'll do it. As the stockings are doubleknit, they are super warm and cozy. My leg actually got cold after taking it off apres photo shoot. I'm starting to wonder how I'll be able to fit them in any of my cute shoes though. It might just warrant a little shoe shopping, second best only to yarn shopping.

So, I guess I never really started my Olympics project. I have been watching tons of Olympics if that counts for anything. In my head, I was thinking the stockings could replace Backyard Leaves as my project, but I'm obviously not going to finish them by the closing ceremonies (possibly not even start the second). Oh well, good for all the people that actually kept up with their knitting goals.

In other knitting news, I've got some summer projects on the mind. I haven't knit anything summery before, so I'm looking forward to trying out some cotton yarns and to knitting some sleeveless tanktops. I love a few from Interweave and I've been eyeing some other projects online at Rowan. I say online because I have yet to receive my magazine. I called on Friday and they're just going to send me a fresh copy. Yay, Rowan! I'm also digging much of the Rebecca. I only wish the mags were more accessible. I know I can order them online direct from Germany or from some of the American companies, but I'm usually one of those instant gratification shoppers. Plus with books, I like a flip-through before buying. Who am I kidding, though. I'm totally gonna buy them.

My family came up this weekend and I gave my dad his Sharfik. He really liked it and apparently my mom already has her eye on it. I made him a matching hat, but it literally only came down to his hairline. I even lengthened it! I think it's just we Swedes and our big foreheads. I suffer from the same affliction. Rather than extending the length, I'm going to start from scratch. This time wider and (obviously) longer.

Gosh, I feel like I've been drooling over the computer screen eyeing the lovely stash enhancements courtesy of Stitches. If only I knit when I lived in the Bay Area. Probably better, I think I would probably go a bit overboard... All the yarn is pretty to look at though:)