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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Work In Progress Wednesday v.40

Wow, WIP Wednesday is turning 40.  Seems like just yesterday it was barely old enough to drive...

It's been a busy week around these parts and sadly, I haven't managed to knit much of anything.  Boo!  But somehow, spending Saturday poking around little mountain towns with Mr. Right in gorgeous spring weather seemed more enticing than curling up with my Super Secret Socks.  It's amazing how one's priorities shift when the sun comes out and things start greening up!

I did manage a bit of sock progress.  If you'll recall, last week I was all in a tizzy about having enough yarn to make the socks longer by one pattern repeat and still having enough yarn to finish.  (Thanks, by the way, to everyone for their awesome advice and encouragement -- y'all rock.)  As it turns out, I finished repeat #3 (the prescribed number for the leg), and stealthily swiped one of Mr. Right's dress socks to measure against.  Secret Sock was just a hair longer than his current dress sock with only 3 repeats!  This is awesome news, as now I'll almost definitely have enough yarn to finish both socks. Yay! 

Once I got that figured out, I spent the next 3 or so days working through lunch (boo!), and then not having 5 minutes of down time in the evening to figure out how to fiddle my stitches around so that I could start the heel flap.  I actually did manage those 5 minutes at lunch today, and then 10 more to knit the first 12 rows of the heel flap.  Here's what it looks like now:

I was a bit worried that the cable pattern (made by only a couple of mind-bending-- at least for me -- stitch combinations) wouldn't show up well with the yarn, but it looks pretty good when it's all stretched out.  You'll just have to take my word for that until they're finished, lest my tiny little stitches go flinging off my tiny little needles when I stretch it out to show you...

In other news, I've just purchased my first skein of super yummy sock yarn from our friends at Candy Skein, and am really-not-so-patiently awaiting its arrival.  The colorway is Grape Taffy.  Isn't it fab?

I've been entertaining myself while I wait by trying to figure out what to do with it once it arrives.  Purple socks!  Purple shawl!  Purple hat!  Purple bikini top!  (okay, not really on that last one...)  The possibilities are endless.  My favorite kind!  Feel free to leave your purple ideas in the comments.  I'm open to suggestions.

I'm firmly resolving to get more knitting done in the next week.  I'm also firmly resolving to go check out everyone else's WIPW posts, but not until tomorrow, because at the moment it's Tuesday night and my hockey team is about to go kick some serious Red Wing butt.  I hope.

14 comments:

  1. Cables never shine until they are blocked out or worn. The colour of the the yarn you are using and the new socks are both gorgeous. I'm jealous that you are getting some Candy Skein yarn.

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  2. It's looking good and coming along nicely, glad to hear it. Hope you find more sock time soon. Agree with you on the weather, particularly early on after a nasty winter, you just want to enjoy the sun.

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  3. I am so jealous of that you are getting that gorgeous skein of Grape Taffy from Tami. As to what you should knit with it... I think it would look gorgeous as cable socks.

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  4. oh my!! purple is my fav colour, and that yarn is to die for!! look forward to see,what you turn it it to!!

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  5. It's a purple fest! I love the new yarn and the name is just great!

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  6. I love purple yarn. I love the color blue for everything else, but purple just feels right when it comes to knitting.

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  7. Yay, I'm glad your enough-yarn-for-the-socks dilemma is solved! :D They're looking great so far. (And I'm totally with you on the springtime-shifting-priorities thing. It's so hard to resist being outside when everything's so green and pretty! I need to get into the doing-stuff-with-yarn-outside groove, I think.)

    Also, so jealous of your Candy Skein purchase! That purple is beauteous.

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  8. I'm thrilled to hear you are going to have enough yarn to finish your socks. They are looking great.

    I'm jealous of your pending purple purchase ; ) I have so far resisted a purchase for myself but my resolve is rapidly weakening... maybe purple mittens?

    What a series! I'm not sure which team I'm more scared to play Vancouver. They have historically had a really tough time against the Red Wings, but man, your Sharks are good. Yikes!

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  9. That purple is gorgeous. It's my favorite colour too.

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  10. Grape Taffy needs to become a shawl! :-) So lovely...

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  11. Everything's so pretty! Mr Right is going to love the super secret socks.

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  12. I can't believe the Sharks and Red Wings have stretched this out to seven games. . . What's the world coming to?! ;)

    Anyway, you're so lucky to have been able to get some of Tami's yarn! I hope you enjoy it. The only idea I could come up with that you didn't mention is a bunch of purple knitted grapes. (I say shawl would be best to show off that yarn.)

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  13. Okay, I was going to resist, but I'm going to comment just like the other hockey gals. WOW, what a series! I don't know who I want to win. I like SJ better, but to be honest, I have jealousy of the Ducks already winning the cup, and if the Sharks win before the Kings, I may just have to die. LOL

    Mr Right's socks are turning out great and I am SO excited you have enough yarn for them. Now you can rest easy and just enjoy knitting them.

    YAY for the Candy Skein yarn. I just checked the tracking and it said it SHOULD get to you TOMORROW! How exciting is that?! Email me when you get it so I know it arrived safe and sound. I can't wait to see what you make with it, but I vote a small shawl/shawlette, but I'm bias. I don't know how to knit shawls yet and I want to see a Candy Skein knit into one. LOL

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  14. i'm so proud of you for getting so far! i can never seem to get that far.. that color is also gorgeous~ can't wait to see the finished sweater!

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