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uncovered neurosis

Tonight or tomorrow I’m going to talk about socks. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve hated, loathed, despised socks. Honest. Especially the little seam across the toes. I have sensitive feet. You can ask those close to me if you want verification, but I’m kinda anal about my feet. Probably because I don’t like feet. They get dirty and smelly and walk in all kinds of nasty things.

But anyways, then, when I discovered knitting, I found out that handknit socks don’t have seams across the toe and since you make them, they fit. And now I almost love socks. I still wear sandals and only sandals from the minute it’s warm enough until it gets too cold again, but suddenly I’ll wear socks at home to keep my feet warm. And this has lead to my attempts to make perfectly fitting socks. I’ll probably never knit socks for anyone else. I’ll knit hats, scarves, shawls, mittens, sweaters, animals, anything for someone else. But I think my sock knitting time is going to be exclusively for me. Other people have nasty feet.

Ok, and now that I’ve revealed this extremely weird aspect of myself, lemme say, I’ve made some discoveries about socks and feet. And I’m going to share them. I’ve put some short rows in places I don’t think anyone else has used short rows on a sock. I love toe up socks. And I think I’ve discovered why socks never ever stay up on my calves. I like the magic loop technique, but I’m not sure I’m going to keep using it for my socks. DPNs work just fine, especially bamboo ones. I just have to be more careful about breaking them.

None of my socks are fancy because I’m not too sure how cables or lace will play with my modifications. And I’m not willing to give up my mods to have interesting looking socks. Besides, what if the designs bother me like the seams do? Hmm. Maybe I will knit socks for someone else. Anyone with small clean insensitive feet want socks?

(P.S. If this post sounds different, please lemme know. I was writing this while listening to music and I’m afeared that it messes up my writing voice. Does it?)

(P.P.S. yes, I know I wrote afeared and not afraid. I like it. I don’t know why. Apparently too much thinking about feet makes me strange. Heh. Oh my God, I’m turning into my father.)

(P.P.P.S. Does it seem weird and circular that I dislike feet because they get dirtier than the rest of the body, and yet I go barefoot because I don’t like socks? And I don’t like socks because my feet are sensitive and I don’t like feet? Would I like feet more if I wore socks all the time? I am nutty. Suddenly I’m not so surprised that I’m related to my parents.)

little experiments (picture heavy post)

So Bear and I finally finally finally bought a new camera.

new camera

Not that we really needed one, but we’ve been talking about buying a digital SLR for almost a year now. Bear and I have a tendency to do that. Anything above $100 usually takes months of talking and research and looking and talking and walking away and then starting over again. Actually, the number of months are pretty proportional to the amount spent. $200, is about two months. $300, three months. etc. The camera took longer because we really didn’t need it. I’d taken some classes back in high school and while point and shoot cameras are nice, I missed my manual. (I have it, but it sits gathering dust because I can’t stand buying film and having to have it processed). I’m super happy with the camera we got. Wanna see some pictures?

First I wandered around our neighborhood.

rose bush

Roses really were popular.

single rose

I wonder if the neighbors have as much trouble with the school kids picking their flowers and killing their flowers as we do.

But then I went inside for some real tests (also, it was getting dark…)

Red Sox 1 finished

The red sock looks a little too orange on my screen, but the fact that this camera could take a picture of the sock is an improvement over the other one. My old little point and shoot Nikon would end up with red blurs with strong, indirect sunlight. And then I realized I’d completely forgotten about a certain project.

Haruha folded

I found it tangled with a bra (I have no idea) on the couch under two throw pillows. Tonight I will wash and block the silly thing so that I can mail it!

strawberry fields singles

This is the first bobbin of strawberry fields. I’m about… 2/3rds of the way through. I’m so excited to see how these colors end up matching with the other singles.

rambouillet singles

And finally, the Rambouillet singles that I’m going to use to start swatching for the Wedding Ring Shawl. I’m going to make it a long swatch and when I’m done just call it a scarf. I’ve taken no information down on these singles. I just kept spinning on it until I was ready to spin the strawberry fields. Then I stopped. I have enough singles to get started, but soon I’ll have to go back and spin more. I have plenty of fiber and since this is as thin as I can comfortably spin there shouldn’t be a problem matching these singles.

Some of the pictures were shot with the camera in point and shoot mode, most of them were shot with me playing with the settings and a few were with all the auto features turned off (or at least, as many as I could). I’m still learning all the settings on the camera, but I’m having so much fun it almost makes me want to go buy film and take out the old camera again. I don’t know why, but I do have a slight pull. Probably nostalgia.

Spinning update in pictures

Haven’t felt much like talkin.

Strawberry Fields split into thirds

Sample of Strawberry Fields

Little overplied (wiry and twisty). I’ll take it down a notch when I ply up the main batch.

all over the place

I meant to have this posted yesterday, but since yesterday started at 6 am for me yesterday, it kinda threw the whole day off. I did play some though.

First off, wanna see what I got in the mail?

combs, pad, clamp

The little clamps I got at the local chain hardware store. I was worried they wouldn’t work because they weren’t really clamps, they’re grips. They do hold the pad secure , so I’m pretty happy. I’m worried they’ll only work out here on the railing, but more about that tomorrow.

Over the weekend I did no spinning. After the sock spinning, I think I was kinda burnt on the spinning front. I’m trying to decide what, if anything, I can do with the leftovers

sock leftovers

There’s quite a bit there. Two of the … wow, my mind just did a complete blank… BOBBINS! (I hate when my mind does that to me.) Two of the bobbins finished at the same time and many many yards left. I haven’t counted yet. Probably soon. It’d be good to get that wound, washed and put away instead of sitting on my coffee table. I’m sure Bear would like to see some stuff put away too. It also came to my attention that on some monitors that yarn looks pink… It’s red. Solid perfect shiny red. There’s some darker strands here and there and they give it a nice look, but it really should look red. Not pink.

But finally I started to get some spinning mojo back. I started spinning some laceweight

rambouillet laceweight

I found some Rambouillet wool under the guest bed. I don’t really remember buying it. I mean, I’m sure it was during one of those ebay things where you click buy and then you forget because you couldn’t possibly have just bought a pound of wool… Anyways, this stuff is sooooooo very nice. I almost hate spinning it. I just want to keep it there and pet it. I really hadn’t planned on spinning this next and I probably won’t spin that much before I ditch this and go for some Spunky FOTM fiber. It’s around 4 oz of Strawberry Fields (April fiber).

Ahh, here’s the picture

Strawberry Fields

That’s probably next. For some reason, I just haven’t had the urge to pick it up. Sadly, it might be a while before I do. Hot weather is coming and I don’t like spinning with sticky hands.

So that last post I made kinda hammered home how much I still have to learn about making yarn. I noticed that I was losing twist as I plied, but it wasn’t until I started reading Abby‘s plying video (that link is for the post, scroll to the bottom if you want just the video) and tutorials (Part 1, Finishing and Questions). The video goes between Part 1 and Finishing if someone cares about the order. I’m not upset with the sock yarn at all, but I’m definitely going to be a little more adventurous with my plying and finishing now.

Oh and a little note: Notice how there’s no pictures of the sock that I’m making with the red yarn? That’s because I got all the way to heel, turned it twice and hated it both times. I got so mad I completely ripped it out and have started over. Because this is rather plain sock, I was going to take pictures maybe after the heel turn, but now I have no pictures. I should have recorded how I went wrong on the first two attempts because I’m sure I’ve made these mistakes before. So lacking pictures, I’m going to just record make a note to future myself here:

a) You have broad, nonpointy toes. Stop making toes that are only 8 stitches across at the top. It doesn’t make sense. 12 is probably closer to what you want and 10 is cutting it close. Having a flat, unnatural shape at the tip of your foot might work for dress shoes, but not socks.

b) You’re feet are just over 10 inches. Not 11, not 9.5. 10″. Really. Promise. Both feet have been measured multiple times. One is a bit shorter than the other, but neither is 9.5″ and neither is 11″. Stop making the foot so long or so short. Baggy heels look just as bad as scrunched up toes.