Jammies Friday!

Sometimes I wish I had a 36 hour day- I would get so much more done!

I know this isn’t exactly “tomorrow”, but I want to take good pictures of my knitting, and no natural light is not conducive to clear pictures. There are only a few hours where we get natural light in the house, and it comes through the back door, so I have to actually be home and not running around to catch it.

I managed to today.

Matt's Guitar Man Socks

Pattern: Guitar Man Socks [for Matt]

Yarn: Classic Elite Flash Print in Ocean

Needles: 2.75mm (US 2) [for ribbing]; 3.25 (US 3) [for body of sock] Clover Bamboo DPNs

Guitar Man Socks
I didn’t quite knit these as the pattern specified. It’s a 10 stitch pattern repeat, and these socks only have 44 stitches to them- I added another stitch at each end of the sock to keep it mostly in pattern. They are the first socks I’ve knit out of 100% cotton. It was… interesting. They look really slouchy here because Matt has already worn them and they are ready to be washed again, but I wanted to get a picture while I could. I know as soon as I wash them they will be on his feet again. [And I swear my ankles are NOT that big. It’s the angle and the stretched out sock. Anyone have any hints as how to get a more flattering pictures?]
Guitar Man Socks

I’ve knit Matt only one other thing- that was for our first Christmas as a couple. I had no idea what to get him for Christmas, so I knit him a blanket. Nothing small and simple like.. a hat, or a scarf. No, a blanket. It’s actually about the size of the blanket I knit for his dad this Christmas. He has loved it almost to the point of disintegration. It’s only 4 years old. He’s taken it everywhere with him- college, the Carribean, business trips, he even hiked up and down the Grand Canyon with it. He hasn’t asked for a knitted thing since. He really understands how much work goes into making something like that, and appreciates everything I’ve ever made him.

That is, until I started knitting socks. Matt has more clothing than I do and doesn’t really wear sweaters and has plenty of hats. He wanted socks. I love knitting socks, I always have one on the needles, and ever since he’s been looking for sock yarn that feels good to him. Most sock yarn has at least some wool in it, which makes his poor feet itch.

I went to the yarn store to peruse their end of the year sales and get my reward yarn. [I pulled all A’s this semester, I felt that I deserved some gratuitous yarn as a reward, besides I can only feel proud of my accomplishments for so long.] There was the Flash, for $3 a hank. I could easily make a sock per hank. It was cotton and colors the husband would like. I like knitting for others- it was fate. I got enough for 4 pairs of socks. We ended up going back for more.

Now that Matt’s first pair are done, I’m knitting another pair for myself.

Jigsaw Socks

These are Jigsaw socks, and they are nice mindless knitting. I’m knitting them out of my handdyed Knit Picks Bare yarn. Loverly traveling knitting- unlike these:

Endpaper Mitts

Endpaper Mitts! I saw these on Eunny Jang’s blog when she first came out with them and I’ve wanted to make them since. I didn’t think I was technically capable of executing them- but they are so simple! I dyed this yarn as well, and this is the second time of knitting this mitt. I was knitting it on a 2.75mm (US 2) set of needles, but it was way too tight. I switched to 3.25 mm (US 3) needles and I can actually get my hand in and out of it. I love love love this mitt and can’t wait to get to the finished pair. I finally  have the pattern memorized, and I think I may understand the thumb gusset increases. Of course, I can always rip it out and try again!

Have a great weekend, I plan on spending mine with my knits and an OC marathon.


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