I've been knitting up a storm with my First Quarter Challenge
I'm almost done with my very first sock. I've learned so much with this project and I have really enjoyed knitting it. I'm working on the foot and I have three inches to knit before beginning the toe portion. I knitted a lot of this sock while at the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meeting. Mister was attending the conference for interviews and to present. It was great knitting time for me! I spoke with about six math people/knitters and had a grand time.
I've tried on the sock and it is a bit tight. At first I was disappointed. I felt that I'd finally gotten it. Now I'm a bit more pragmatic about it. This is truly my first sock. I've done this on my own and I can't be good at everything the first time out of the gate. Give myself a break for once, geeish. So I think things will improve after I wash and block it. My second sock will be better. For one, I've switched to metal needles. I grew tired of fighting with the bamboo and fuzzy sticky yarn. Now my stitches are just gliding a long and the sock is more of a pleasure. The bamboo was bowing and I was worried that I'd break a needle. No worries now. Plus the stainless steel needles glisten and are very fetching to the eye.
I have two more socks in the wings waiting for attention. While I'm not really committed to a number for my year of socks I want to try for 12 pairs. We'll see. Between a sweater and other knits, I'm not sure how I'll time out. While on our trip to New Orleans (which I plan to blog about soonly), I picked up a skein of Mardi Gras color sock yarn. My husband will have Mardi Gras socks just as soon as I finish my cable socks. Next I have the Loop Groupie gift of sock yarn and pattern. It is a very pretty lace sock pattern and I'm looking forward to that one as well.
So I've been keeping an eye out for sweater patterns to knit. So far I have two that I have earmarked as contenders. Sweaters are tricky for fit. They can add a lot of bulk to a woman's bits and I want to avoid that. I want fitted, but not too. I seem to prefer a pull over. Suggestions?