Monday, October 08, 2007

The state of things.

Hey there. Things have been uneventful 'round these parts, mostly because I've been diligently knitting the never-ending miles of ribbing for the wide collar portion of the Wide Collar Cardigan. That, and I've come down with the ubiquitous change-of-the-season cold. Achoo! I've been doing a lot of that lately, and the draggy feeling that goes along with change-of-the-season colds tends to inhibit one's blogging stamina.

Back to the state of things. I had dreams of finishing the ribbed collar a week ago, but every time I measure it to see if it is long enough, it turns out it's not. Long enough to be a knit yoga mat? Yes. Long enough to be the length needed for a complete Wide Collar Cardigan? Sadly, frustratingly, NO. Go figure. I do see, if I squint reeeally hard, the finish line just ahead, and I suspect I'll be able to get the Wide Collar finished and in action very soon. I can't wait, either, because it turns out that I love--nay, ADORE RYC Silk Wool. It is my dream yarn.

In my funk of hacking and sneezing, I only yesterday realized that I've been completely tardy from the Soctoberfest '07 party. Shame on me. It seems that all I did this summer was knit single sock after single sock, which was quite the entertainment at the time. However, it may be time to do a bit of second sock knitting so that I can actually wear some of these socks this winter. So... all I have to do is retrieve the second socks from this great big pile. They're in there somewhere, it's just a matter of FINDING them. Ahem. So perhaps there will be some pairs of socks this Socktober.

I do have to fess up though, that I started a new sock recently. I am the first pattern repeat into a I Love Gansey sock (free via the Six Sox KAL). While I do indeed heart this pattern, I decided I diamonded it even more. That is, I replaced the gansey heart design in the center panel with gansey diamonds. I just couldn't imagine wearing a bunch of hearts on my socks. And, while this is a sock I'm knitting for someone else as part of a swap, I spared them from having to wear hearts all over their socks, too. Because hearts on pretty much any garment? No thanks. I do love this pattern, though, and I'm already contemplating a nice tweedy pair for myself.

So, that's what's going on around here. A whole lot of sheer thrills and excitement: ribbing, more ribbing, some sock knitting, ribbing, and ribbing, and did I mention ribbing?

I do look forward to the day when I can write a post that is free of the word "ribbing." Til then...

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Anonymous Wendie said...

But it's ribbing for our pleasure.

...did I just say that out loud?

7:30 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

The gansey sock is gorgeous! What's the yarn, the stitch definition is fab.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Micki said...

Best of luck with the great second sock search! And let us all hope for a world in which nobody wears garments with hearts on them. It's a dream.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

bless you!

and i heart your i diamon gansey sock. i will resist the urge to change my pattern for the swap for the billionth time.

must. . .re. . .SIST. .

7:53 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Ribbing hell: I feel your pain!

8:07 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

How you haven't gouged your eyes out with that collar is a testament to your knitterly fortitude. Its going to be so worth it.

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

spirals are where it's at chez philistine, I see. can't wait to see this wide ribbed collar finally done.

hey! i'm coming to philly next weekend! the weekend snuck up on me. are you around? i might come into town on Friday, I can't decide, but I've got a wedding to go to in Jersey on Saturday night, so i'm definitely there saturday and sunday.

11:57 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

love the new sock - I would do the same thing. hearts on a socks. nuh uh.

lots and lots of ribbing. i give you strength!

8:55 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

wow, that is a lot of 1x1 rib! you have lots of patience.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

I like the diamond in the ILG socks -- much better than the heart. What is that yarn? It looks wonderful.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous kim said...

Girl, that seriously looks like a mini yoga mat. Kudos for sticking to it.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Oiyi said...

The ribbing collar looks so perfect. I loved seeing all those single socks. They are so colorful.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

I actually LIKE ribbing, so I'm sending nice ribby vibes eastwards.

Also, have you tried reading this post aloud? Because it's nearly impossible to say 'diamonded'.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

Aaaaahh, those 2nd socks. I was thinking about them the other day! Have fun, my friend... :)

4:34 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

I think that's the most perfectly straight edge I've ever seen, how do you do it? My edge stitches on scarves always look a bit strange, which is why I typically don't knit rectangular objects.

Hope someone yells Land Hoy! seem to be on the maiden voyage of the Boring Ship on the Sea of Ribbing.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Specs said...

But it'll be so beautiful when it's done! Positive thinking and all.

And man, whenever anyone says "ribbing" I just think of condoms. It is for this reason that I rarely discuss knitting in public.

5:53 PM  
Blogger peaknit said...

Your collar is gorgeous - so fine, so perfect! I love the Gansey sock and good choice to forgo hearts - too...well, too something. The diamonds are a great choice!

7:43 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

mmmmmmm, nice socks. God bless ya with all that ribbing - eurgh!

8:58 PM  
Anonymous kris said...

i want that yoga mat! it's gorgeous! (you can just knit up another collar for yourself, right? ;-))

5:02 AM  
Blogger Poshyarns said...

Ok, it is a lot of ribbing, but my, how lovely it looks, I feel quite soothed just gazing at the beautiful picture!

12:32 PM  
Anonymous nova said...

I am not into the wearing of hearts on clothes either, good call going with the diamond. The sock looks fabulous, the color is especially nice. It would match my outfit today (and most days, actually)...I wear a lot of brown... For some reason, that sounds so depressing. Oh, and I so can not wait to see all those socks with mates!

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Oh I love the way it looks and hate the time it takes to knit. Good luck with finishing!

3:32 PM  
Blogger TinkingBell said...

Love the ribbing -and I'm with Adam - that is the most perfect ribbed edge I have ever seen - despite your loathing you are obviously brilliant - have fun with the second socks - why not join Southern Summer of Socks ( ) and make that your challenge - finish the second socks!!!

6:42 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Wow that is a lot of second socks! I love making a lot of singles and then making the mates later.

10:23 AM  
Blogger sarah shepherd said...

Perhaps you've said ... but where does the wide collar cardigan come from ... it looks Rowan. Also, while I'm here ... thanks for being the one to introduce me to Feist (via your button on the side of your blog). I recently went to her concert here in London and it was absolutely amazing! She has the most incredible voice!

3:05 AM  
Blogger JulieFrick said...

Sure you don't clover those socks? Or spade them? Just wondering.

1:12 PM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

Yeah, I wouldn't want to knit it, but I bet it's nice to squeeze. :)

Still loving your single sock snapshot.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous diana said...

Hope you're feeling better soon! And while all that ribbing is painful, it's gonna make for one kickass sweater.

8:41 PM  
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