A.Co Knits

February 28, 2009

Under the Wire

Filed under: Socks,Spring Forward — Tags: , — alcohen @ 10:52 pm

I finished my Spring Forwards at 11:30pm on February 28 in order to meet the Sock Knitters Anonymous deadline (technically I could have gone until 12am PST, but I thought that would be cheating). Here they are:
And my camera can do cool things with color, so here’s what I did to them:
Pattern: Spring Forward
Cast on: January 18, 2009
Cast off: February 28, 2009
Yarn: ShibuiKnits Sock
Needles: US size 2 circular
Mods: None. For reals. But for some reason, this felt like pulling teeth. I love the final socks but I hated knitting them.

I’m going back to knitting my mitered squares, which I am obsessed with. I don’t know why, but I missed them terribly this week (even though I secretly knit on them without telling the sock!) and couldn’t wait until I could return to them.

Good news is that this month, between my sock yarn blankies, the socks, the charity projects that I didn’t blog about and my sweater, I burned through around 2000 yards of yarn! Ok, so most of that was knit in previous months from the sweater, but it still feels good to break up the stash!

February 25, 2009


So…you know how when you’re supposed to be doing something, and you force yourself to do it, you end up wanting to do anything but that thing. That’s how I feel about finishing up my Spring Forwards.

Here’s what is distracting me:
The swap package I got for my sock yarn blankie

The new spring jacket I got from H&M (the lighting is bad on this, it is actually much cuter in person)

The star-shaped earrings (and unpictured shirt and bracelet) I bought for 80s night, which I’m not even going to this week.

And the fact that my roommate is dressing up for 80s night, because she’s going. But I have to study for a test. Yuck.

So after I finish studying and working on my socks for a bit, maybe I’ll indulge myself and work on a miter square or two (OMG I LOVE MITER SQUARES! But that is a different post entirely, so maybe I’ll write it tomorrow).

And to distract you, here’s a completely gratuitous picture of me in my new jacket:

February 22, 2009

Oscar night knitting

Filed under: Socks,Spring Forward — Tags: — alcohen @ 10:24 pm

I remember last year, during the Oscars, I knit an entire heel flap, which eventually got frogged because it didn’t fit right. Now, I’m watching (thank the lord for TiVo) and knitting my Spring Forward sock, which has to be finished soon so I can start on the second one and finish by the end of February! Here are some progress pics (the color is a bit off, due to the poor lighting in my room):
I’m so ADD-ish that I can’t force myself to work on these consistently http://canadianviagras.com/. All I want to do is work on my miter squares. And hopefully my swap packages will come tomorrow so I can do some more squares. But first I have to finish these socks, even if it kills me!

February 19, 2009

WIP update (lots of pics!)

Recently, I’ve realized that I have waaaaay too many WIPs hanging around. My goal for this year is to finish as many as possible and refrain from giving in to my startitis. Here are a couple of my WIPs with a little progress report:

1. The Blankie
Here it is in its entirety. I started this about a year ago and am still in love with it. I’m well aware that I’m going to have to have at least 450 squares total (I’m at 50 now…so that’s a long way to go). I got involved with a bunch of swaps, so hopefully soon I’ll be getting more 5 gram balls of sock yarn to use. I already got some Pagewood Farms mill ends that I loved from Yarn Expressions last week. Here are some closeups:

blankie 3

2. Crocheted Sock Yarn Blanket
Yeah, I know I rip on crochet a lot, but it’s a great way to use up your odds and ends. This blankie has a specific color palette of blue, green, black, purple, and occasionally yellow and brown. I’m hoping to get it done soon, because it matches my bedspread in my dorm.

3. Spring Forward Socks (in Shibui Knits Sock Yarn)
These are for SKA January Challenge on Ravelry. I have to get them finished by the end of the month to count learn more. I’m still chugging along on sock number 1, but I feel like if I try to work on them exclusively, they will get finished by next week. Here’s a not-so-great pic of the lace pattern:
spring forward

4. Tulips Baby Sweater (in Dream in Color Classy)
I bought this kit over the summer at Knitty City. I had a sudden urge to cast on a baby sweater for no reason, so I started this. I love how cute the pattern is and can’t wait to have it done! In the picture you can see the raglan shaping for the armholes.

5. All You Need is Gloves (in Louet Gems Pearl)
Gloves I’m designing with a heart motif. Nothing much on these yet, but I love the corrugated rib cuff.

6. Entrelove Socks (in Knitterly Things Vesper Sock)
Entrelac socks that I’m designing for the SKA February Challenge. I’m going to either frog and restart or rip out the entrelac because I don’t like how it looks. But these will be done!

Now, these WIPs aren’t a complete picture of my knitty life. I didn’t take pictures of things I haven’t had much progress on lately (::cough::Silver Belle::cough::) or aren’t working on at present moment. But I’m hoping I can make some more progress on all my WIPs so that I can cast on new projects without feeling a pang of guilt for what I’ve done.

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