Friday, June 15, 2007

WIP Friday ('cause I'm different!)

Thank you for all the nice comments on the Conwy socks! The pattern is in Knitting on the Road, one of my favorite sock books. The pattern for the Hundertwasser socks is essentially a simple k3 p1 rib, which I found in Knitting Vintage Socks. Why do math when someone has already designed the exact sock I want to knit?

There has been some progress on the Baltic Sea Stole. I'm using US5 needles, and the solid portions are turning out to be not much more solid than the lacy bits. I'm not sure if I'm happy with this and have even thought about frogging.


Here's a closeup. This is the fabric laid out flat, a little scrunched together. If I block it, the stitches will get even bigger. It looks like a hot mess, but then, lace always does until you block it. So... is this fugly? To frog or not to frog? What do you think?


A little progress on the sister socks, but not much. I'm loving the yarn, and I'm waiting for my sister to send me her foot measurements. I know I took them when I was in Germany, but I forgot to write them down. Duh!


And that's it for knitting progress this week. Why? Well, here's the reason (please excuse the frumpy nightie shot, it isn't even 7 am over here):


Some form of RSI induced by knitting with cotton. If you're going to knit with cotton, you need to take frequent breaks, or it'll hurt to knit. It's a bad thing.

25 comments:

Bobbi said...

oh that's not good. hope it feels better soon. Love the lace

Cole said...

I know how you feel about those splints--- its almost impossible to knit in one. I have to wear one from time to time from typing a lot at work. Hope you have a great weekend.

Joanna said...

What weight of yarn are you using? My one perpetual WIP is a Baltic Sea Stole in laceweight on size 5s! I get frustrated with the slow progress so I tend to knit a few rows about once a month and then switch to something else. You're already doing much better than me! ;) Anyway, have you tried dry blocking it? I really liked my fabric when I pinned it out.

Teresa said...

Oh, the lace is gorgeous. And...OUCH! That looks like it hurts. I hope that you feel better soon. :)

Bezzie said...

No, not fugly at all, I say push on!

"It's a bad thing." Hee! How un Martha like of you to say! ;-) Hope you feel better soon!

sgeddes said...

I like the lace - I'd vote to keep going. Unless you just don't like it.

Hope you feel better soon!

cathy said...

Hope your wrist is better soon. The lace is lovely.

cpurl17 said...

I hope you come off the Knitty DL list soon!

The lace looks great!

Zonda said...

Lovely Stole! Hope your wrist gets better!

weezalana said...

The lace looks lovely! But if you aren't feeling it, then knit a swatch separately on smaller needles and see if you like it better (before you frog what you've done).

Hope your hand feels better soon!

chemgrrl said...

Cotton is dangerous. It's probably rabid too, so watch out.

Don't frog! It looks nice.

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

I like the lace so far! Go with it!

I love your post title...cause you're different :) You are too cute! Hope the wrist feels better soon Batty!!

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

I like the shawl! I think if you do that Grumperina trick of pinning it out like when you were actually blocking it, you'll get an even better idea of how it'll look.

Sorry about the wrist. I hope it heals quickly.

sharon said...

Sorry about the wrist - thanks for the laughs at the emails. I have pressed on with the socks and they look the same. Only t inches on one and 5 on the other. Oh well. The lasce is gorgeous - but maybe try it on smaller needles yet.
That cotton is nasty for wrists - is it the lack of stretch?
Funny you should say that about before 11 am and after 11 pm - that's usually me too.

Larjmarj said...

Boy oh boy did I just find that out the hard way regarding knitting with cotton!!!!
I didn't end up in a brace but I iced the hell out of my thumb and applied some kinesiotape ( I'm an occupational therapist). It's still a little wonky but it 's working it's way out.
Ice Ice Ice.....That's my advice.

Poops said...

Was that the biggest splint they had? Good grief. It's a step down from a couple of 2 x 4's and some duct tape.

Now, I like the lace so far. I can make out the pattern just fine, but I can see what you mean about the looseness of the solid parts.

If it bothers you, it's probably going to keep bothering you. As much as I hate it, I think I'd go down a needle or two and do a swatch and see if it looked more like what you wanted. That way if it's not an improvement, you can reconsider frogging. It would suck to frog and then not like it with a different needle either.

Elspeth said...

Wow, that's a big splint! I hope you feel better! I hate knitting with cotton for just that reason. BTW I love the stole so far!

Alma said...

I think the lace looks just perfect. And the colours are gorgeous!
Your poor wrist .... ouch!

Becky said...

RSI is a knitter's nightmare! Hope you heal soon and can get back to knitting pain-free.

mnsqb said...

Hello batty I'm new to your blog, but I'm in the Tangerine Twist with you. I saw your brace in one of your pictures. OWWW! knitting did that to you!?! I have irritated median nerves in both wrists due to computer use at work and from filing there too. I find that knitting actually relieves some some of the tingling, swelling, and numbness that I get from doing to much of the above. Good Luck with the hands!!!

Carina said...

Ouch! I should wear mine tonight (if I can find the right-hand one . . .). Thanks for the reminder.

I'm not sure about frogging. It looks nice, but it might look better one needle size down.

Dipsy said...

Oh my gosh, this looks so painful indeed - I sure hope you'll be doing much, much better soon - all the best to you!
As for the lace - oh nooo, please don't frog it! You're right when you say that lace always looks a bit strange before blocking - I for one am absolutely sure that it'll look awesome then!

Jess said...

I hope your boo boo feels better. I am loving your sister's socks.

ladylinoleum said...

We've got dueling splints going...sucks huh? Fortunately knitting doesn't have any ill effects on my digits and wrist. Oh, but the crochet...sucks. I'm there with you in painful spirit my dear!

Cindiluhu said...

I know what you mean about hands hurting. I had a heck of a time with the Noro Daria I used for my purse awhile back. I could only work about 10-15 minutes at a time because I had to yank on it to keep the tension. Your stoll is gorgeous!