August 31, 2010

The real heel

Filed under:Socks — Aileen @ 11:25

“The ankle was an arch enemy of the heel because the heel had a sole that could neither toe the line nor keep instep.”

This isn’t my first garter stitch heel. What I neglected to ever mention that time, however, was that I didn’t knit the second sock. I just wasn’t sold on the idea. Anyway, here I am, halfway to the knee and hoping that my leg increases will work out.

There was a lot of painting and recarpeting while I was away so we’re taking the opportunity to clean out and reorganise. Ikea was visited and flatpack was assembled. Laundry has been washed and dried, washed and dried. I expect to get most loose ends tied up today but really, all along, I’ve been thinking about this wrap (such a quick knit!), this cardigan (squishy garter stitch!) and wondering when the Second Fall issue of Knitty is going to come out.

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August 30, 2010

Startitis

Filed under:Hats,News!,Socks,Stash,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 08:20

…just in time for September! I was chipping away at Arielle on the road and have nearly finished it up. The sleeves need to be sewn in and I need buttons for it.

Since getting home, I have been consumed by the desire to cast on everything I see. You see, I’ve been here many, many times and have already initiated what can only be classed as damage control:

The 16-Sixteen Cables hat in Rialto Aran.

I’d forgotten just how squidgy Rialto Aran is. I can’t wait to have this done. It is already getting into hat weather a little.

I picked this yarn up in Delft. It’s been a long time since I knit a pair of socks and I just fell in love with the colour. For no reason at all, I have decided to knit these toe-up (my first proper pair!) and if I can keep going, turn them into knee socks.

The ‘only’ other yarn I got on my travels is this beautiful New England Shetland from Harrisville Designs. It is slightly heathered and I think the colour will match a lot of my other clothes. Today I plan to swatch and cast on for Peasy (ravelry link)! I am extremely excited.

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May 3, 2010

Bank Holiday Snoozeday

Filed under:Cardigans,Music,Socks,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 18:14

April was a pretty horrendous month, work-wise. I was travelling a lot for rehearsals and concerts. I was teaching in NUI Maynooth – which, although convenient for me to get to by train, is still a fair distance away. Then I had my own lunchtime recital with my duo partners last Thursday and a concerto run through on Friday night. Last Christmas, I decided that it would be a *really good idea* to do a concerto competition in Italy this May. The problem about deciding to do things in the future is that eventually, the future turns into a flight on Thursday morning!

Anyway, this weekend was my first weekend in well over a month where I wasn’t working so we vamoosed to Galway. Despite my best intentions, I spent much of Saturday and Sunday asleep. Today has been better and practice is going well. This weekend has been the first chance I’ve had to concentrate solely on the piece I’m bringing so it’s a bit strange, having so much brain space! The way these competitions work, you play one movement for the first round, and then another for the next; then there are semi-finals and the finals. I don’t expect to get through the first round at all. I’m not being pessimistic: solo playing hasn’t been my concentration at all this year. The reason I’m doing the competition is to keep my solo technique up (which it has, oh boy, it’s hard work) and for the experience. I’ve never done anything like this before. I’m really curious to see how it all works. Also, because I don’t really care about the outcome, I’m not wasting so much energy worrying about it!

Needless to say, my knitting has been pretty brainless lately. I have been concentrating on my Featherweight cardigan. I’m using Malabrigo Lace in Hummingbird from This is Knit. It pooled really horribly when I started it so I ripped it out and reknit it, alternating skeins every two rows. I’ve already completed the body and a sleeve. Right now, it is all bunched up on a small circular for the bands on the front.

You can at least see here how alternating the skeins breaks up a lot of the pooling. Hopefully I will get this finished up soon and you’ll be able to see it in all its glory!

I got new shoes lately and with the weather slowly getting warmer, I had a hankering for some cotton socks. Cotton doesn’t really work very well for socks so I’m keeping them to anklets.

The yarn is Debbie Bliss’s Eco Cotton Baby, which is a sort of heavy 4ply, a lot like the Baby Cashmerino. I quite like it. It is a bit splitty but otherwise very soft and not hard on the hands. I’m wondering if I’ll get a pair out of one ball!

Hope everyone saw a bit of sun this weekend and got at least half of what I slept…!

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