Thursday, October 11, 2007

A happy dance a la Dora

We did it! We did it!

We cast on 56 stitches and we knitted around and around. We did it! We did it!

We knit a mock cable cuff and turned it upside down. We did it! We did it!

We turned the heel and decreased back to 56! We did it! We did it!

We knitted to the end and then we kitchnered! We did it! We did it!

Any of you with children under the age of 10 will recognize that as the victory song that wraps up a Dora the Explorer show. The rest of you just think I'm really strange.

Having two children under the age of 5, we hear the show enough that we all go around singing it to celebrate. I caught my ds, 12, singing it after taking out the garbage. (and you thought I was strange)

I finished up with what is quite likely the world's worst kitchner stitch. It's supposed to look just like knitting, right? Not mine. There's a distinct ridge. I'm just happy to have finally figured out the pattern for it - knit off, purl leave on, knit off, purl leave on,...etc. Maybe the next one will be better.

Following the good advice of my friend and veteran sock knitter Lisa over at Saratoga Knits, I immediately cast on for the next one of the pair. I need to get these done - it's getting cold outside.

My dh who thinks I knit too much was even impressed - "It's a "real" sock! One you can actually wear," he said in amazement. The backstory on the comment is that one time for Christmas he was given a pair of red and white striped socks knitted in worsted weight. They would have made fine house slippers, but he's not the sort to wear house slippers.
For some silly reason, when I finished the sock I turned my attention to my satellite studio - aka the coffee table in the living room that has drawers for all my knitting stuff. What a tangled up nightmare - half done projects, needles scattered throughout, pages of patterns, notions that had snuck out of their carry bags. I was shocked, shocked to see what a mess I've made! If I were my one of my kids, I would have given me a good sound lecture. "If you care about your things, you should take care of them. You expect me to buy you new yarn when this is how you treat the yarn you've got? No wonder you're complaining about never having enough, it's all hiding here."

I thought I was being good and putting everything back when I was done with it. I thought I was keeping projects together neatly in their own bags. Maybe some gremlins came in at night and had a party, right?

I do have one organizing tip that is working - I keep the pattern and all relevant tips and instructions in a folder along with a swatch of the project. I even printed out the items on three-holded paper and got the folders for reports that have the posts for the holes. It doesn't fit well in a small project bag, but does keep everything together.


ninou77 said...

so you did it! you did it! Congratulations!!^^

The sock is very pretty : I like the different colors which are mixed; I think the yarn you used for knitting socks is a special one, isn't it?

I'm not the only person with all my knitting projects all over the flat (But you it's only in your satellite studio!!), but I put them in plastic bags : one bag for one project! and at the week-end, I put all the bags in a trunk when I do houseworks..."Yes, all it's clean, dear" I say to my husband!;)

loribird said...

Yay, how exciting! It's a beautiful sock.
Don't worry, the kitchnering will come. You can also try a "swirl" toe, where you decrease like for the crown of a hat - no grafting required.
As for the knitting mess - well, creativity often breeds chaos, in my world at least. There's a time and place for it :)

Danielle said...

The sock looks great. If you still don't like the kitchener stitch after the second sock, you could try toe-up...That's my prefered method as I don't like spending time on kitchener! (I have learned to do it as there are some really nice top-down patterns out there that I just had to do, but I still prefer toe-up!)

Lisa L said...

I am doing a big happy dance for you! Great sock! May you knit many, many more!

Allison said...

Great job! It looks wonderful!

monica said...

Great job. I do so love knitting socks and the colors of that one are gorgeous.

Janice said...

Yeah for you!!!!! The sock looks great! Do finish #2 and get them on your feet.. they will feel heavenly.