Monday, September 03, 2007

Inspiration Monday and another FO

Do you read The Keyboard Biologist Knits? If not, please check out Theresa's blog. I've been reading her posts for about 2 years now, and she always has something new to say. She knits, spins, quilts, designs patterns, and recently has become a mom. She tackles each project with a thoughtfulness that could only come from a scientist; treating each project as if it is an experiment, and documenting all of her 'discoveries' along the way. She inspires me to spin more, which mostly just involves ogling fleece these days.

And now...Breeze is done! This is the first time that I've knit socks with cotton, and to be honest, I'm lukewarm about this material. I need my sock yarn to have a little more elasticity and bounce. But they do fit perfectly (on me, and hopefully on the recipient), the pattern was really fun, and just interesting enough to stay exciting through both socks.

Finished Breeze
Pattern: Breeze
(the first pattern that I've ever finished from Knitty, believe it or not)
Yarn: Dolce Amore by Filatura Di Crosa, 198 yards per skein, about 3/4 of the skein used
Needles: my trusty size 1 1/2 dpns
For: Mom #2's birthday

As I've mentioned before, I'm hopelessly in love with anklets at the moment, and might make this pattern again, this time in merino. Click here for an absolutely stunning pair knit up in Jitterbug.

Despite my better judgment, since I've got three unfinished projects on the needles at the moment, I cast on another pair of anklets:

My first toe up!

They're toe-up (obviously)--my first ever, and I have to say, they are easier than expected. I am smitten with toe-up socks right now. The next couple of days will be spent searching the internet for some patterns and if I'm not careful (and this ALWAYS happens), I'll have 10 ideas lined up in my mind, which makes me just want to finish (or in some cases, frog) whatever I'm working on so that I can cast on a new shiny project.

I need to live more in the moment and enjoy the work at hand instead of constantly looking into the future. Maybe in knitting and in life?

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