Monday, November 30, 2009

Half a pair of slipper socks and a bunch of white stockinette stitch

While I should be focusing on finishing the Lace Inset Pullover that I want to wear for Christmas, I'm waylaid by 400 little projects that I plan to give as holiday presents.

Despite my dislike for knitting two of anything, I decided to make a pair of Arwen Slipper Socks for my friend, Sharon. Her mother, well into her ninth decade, died a couple of years ago leaving behind a mountain of yarn. My kind of woman! Sharon kindly gave me the bag of blue yarn - there was apparently a bag of every color of the rainbow. Since then, I've wanted to make her something with her mom's yarn. Hopefully she'll wear these cute Arwen slipper socks and remember her mother fondly - and me, too!

Note that I wimped out and skipped the Kitchener stitch for the toe. I just threaded the yarn tail through the remaining stitches. It works fine - but one of these days, I've got to take the time to figure out grafting.

Hey, check out this photo of the yarn label. Apparently Sharon's mom only paid 77 cents for 200+ yards of worsted wool yarn! Can you imagine? Cascade 220 on a good day costs $7.00 a skein. I'd love to know when she bought this yarn - but this pic provides empirical evidence of the exorbitant inflation rate on wool yarn!

I've got two black and red hats in my queue, both for Michael, my boyfriend's 17-year-old son. One is the Lusekofte Cap by Charlene Schurch, a traditional Norwegian ski hat. It will match the one I made for his dad earlier this year. The other is the helmet liner shown in my previous post. I ought to be able to gut these out in the next couple of weeks.

And just so you can see that I am in my spare time working on the pullover, here's a photo of the mega-boring back which is nothing but miles and miles of stockinette. No wonder I'm distracted by short-term, quick-gain projects! Will I get this done by December 20, the date of my family's Christmas celebration? Hmmm... maybe not. Just in case, I ordered a pretty white blouse from Ulla Popken using my Cyber Monday discount. Better safe than sorry. If worse comes to worst, I'll be wearing the new white sweater in January.