Saturday, January 05, 2008

More Stripes...but not really...



I've been struggling with some nice lacy sox for my downstream swap pal in the Vintage Sock Swap...the first attempt (made almost to the toe thank you...) was the French Silk Sock in a CTH handpaint that looked great in skein...but pooled and flashed and totally acted like an obnoxious teenager in the knit. Frog city. The second attempt was with some nice berry/red/plum koigu....halfway through the leg...rippit rippit rippit...the pattern really doesn't pop unless you do it in a solid i'm thinking. So off to the LYS for some nice solid or semi solid to get these puppies DONE! Deadline is Monday so I'll send the rest of the swap package with her other treats then....and plan on sending the socks next week when I'm OFFFF....did you hear that...OFFFFFF...for TEN WHOLE DAYS! Whoo....I have big plans I tell ya! More about the big plans later.....

I know you're just dying to know about the project in the photo. In an attempt to knit from stash, and to fulfill a New Year's Resolution to try STEEKING this year, I''m making Amy King's More Stripes from Knitty.com's Spring 07. The yarn is Berocco's Uxbridge Tweed (discontinued a few years ago) in a rich brick red. I'm using the KPO size 6s to get the gauge and will likely go down a needle size (or two) for a little waist shaping action........I'm hoping to have a nice cozy vesty vest to keep my vesty parts warm. It's 1 degree here right now. one. degree. No...the Chardonnay did not keep me warm....it did in fact give me a very big headache this morning. Not even 3 glasses...god I'm a cheap date.

Big plans.....weeeeeeeellll....we are starting the remodel of the first floor of our 25 year old house......and during the week I'm off....Demolition work will begin. Out will come the tile flooring (cracked down the center an earthquake or two ago)...out will come kitchen cabinets and large appliances....down will come a non-weightbearing wall....

I think the sledgehammer will definately help decrease frustrations...I'm getting excited just thinking about it.

8 comments:

Christine said...

Lisa,

Your remodel sounds like fun! (Well, fun if you're a fan of dust and mess and frustration, that is) Of course, swinging that sledgehammer does take care of a lot of stress and frustration. Have at it!

Oh, and I can't wait to see your new vest. The idea of steeks and umm, cutting your knitting makes me feel a bit faint, but I'm looking forward to your finished project.

Holly Jo said...

Can't wait to see the vest!!!

Good luck with the remodel. Tis the time of year. :)

CatBookMom said...

Sledgehammers DO release a lot of frustration and stress. When we remodeled our kitchen many years ago, I had huge amounts of satisfaction removing the ugly floor tiles. DH got this big thing like the flat end of a crowbar and I went around gouging under each tile and popping them off the underlayment. Enjoy!!!

Steeking, eh? Braver knitter than I!

Grace Yaskovic said...

I took a hammer to an alternator once, it was alot of fun, I was so mad at it and the expense and the downtime of not having a car---it was long before Zoloft or knitting'

Have fun, can't wait to see pictures!!

SooZ said...

Great to hear from you Lisa. Happy New year to you too. Have fun with your remodels - some days will feel slow as the dust sits idle, but in due time you'll have a shiny new kitchen.

Love your Tilt sweater.

Lucky you, a few good days off. Ahhhh

Arctic Knitter said...

Steeks? You are a brave soul - can't wait to see! Have fun w/the remodel - a new kitchen is so refreshig!!

See you Friday at Kaladi's?

Joan said...

Yay! Remodeling! Love the red socks. I can't believe you are knitting socks to SWAP! Are you insane?!!!

aksunflour said...

Remodeling in the winter time... at least this has been a mild winter.


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