Sunday, October 18, 2009

Socktoberfest and the sweater curse

The needles have been pretty slow this past couple of months while I’ve been getting to grips with uni work, although I have managed to sneak in a bit of knitting here and there, and I’ve even managed to cast on 2 new projects.

Firstly, is Kirsten Kapur's Socktoberfest Mystery Sock '09. I’m a bit of crap KAL’er and even though I managed to buy the yarn and cast on on time I’m now falling pitifully behind! I still plan on trundling along though. I’ve finished the Week 1 clues for both socks, and am working on Week 2 now. Week 3 only just went up on Thursday, so I guess if I really go for it I could still finish on time! I wouldn’t hold my breath though.

I’ve also just cast on for the Cobblestone Pullover for the Boy. I thought I’d get a head start on Christmas/anniversary presents for him because I always end up pathetically late (he didn’t get last years  Christmas Socks until March… oops!). It’s our 5 year anniversary at the end of the year, and what better way to celebrate than to embrace the sweater curse head on. I figure I’ve already tested the water with socks and scarves, I might as well go the whole hog! I received the yarn for it on Wednesday. It’s a delicious thick aran wool/silk blend from New Lanark in a blue grey tweed. I wasn’t too keen on it when I first opened it up, I was expecting it to be more charcoal and less blue, but it does knit up nicely. It’s working up quite quickly too, in 2 nights of knitting I’ve managed about 8 inches of jumper so far.

I’m longing for some alone time to sit bundled up under a blanket with giant mug of tea, iplayer, and masses of knitting. Damn coursework!

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