Death of a Ball Winder and the Birth of Socks

I have some rather unfortunate news my dear friends. My recent ball winder purchase from knit picks shall have to be returned. Seems that my ball winder, with only one day of actual use, has died. I’m not entirely sure what happened….maybe mine was just defective? If anyone else has had similar problems, please let me know. While using it, it was making the occasional popping noise…not often, but every once in a while. I was pretty sure it wasn’t supposed to be making said noise, however there was nothing that I was doing wrong. ( I have used a ball winder before, and I even watched the knit picks video before using). Eventually the handle stopped turning. I couldn’t turn it forward or backwards…and I was afraid to try to force it because it is made of plastic after all. So off it goes in its cardboard coffin to be returned.

In other news I have started socks:

It also occurs to me that I should find some more interesting places to take photographs of knitting…the brown couch is kinda boring. I like the way these socks are now…however I was almost ready to give up on them. I cast on for this sock a total of eight times. Frogged each time…. The first five times, I tried to knit them two at a time on circular needles. My needles suck and the stitches didn’t want to move on the cord at all and there was so much stress on the sides that my knitting was way too lose. These don’t have a particular pattern because I’m following like 3 or 4 different patterns. The first I didn’t like the toe….another frogging session. I like the toe on the second pattern, but not the design. The design is from another pattern, but I’m not sure I like the heel…see a problem starting here. Luckily I’m writing down everything that I do so I will be able to make the second sock look the same.

I haven’t made any progress on the “Blizzard”. I feel guilty about this…..let’s not mention it again. I need to cast on for my second bunny blanket so that my daughter will have on like her brother’s. I have the overwhelming desire to use up a ton of scrap yarn and start a log cabin blanket…with a black background. I must have lost my mind. I still have Easter knitting to do. I still have to finish these socks and another pair and two hats. I also want to start on a lace shawl and socks for my husband. I must stay strong. I will work on the sweater and these socks and I WILL cast on for the other bunny. Besides what am I thinking with the log cabin blanket….I hate working with black! Too bad I like black….

I’m debating on ordering some better circular needles for doing socks two at a time…if anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them.

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Spring is Approaching

Today is such a beautiful day. The air is nippy, the sun is warm, and there is a gentle breeze…it doesn’t get any better. Spring is definitely around the corner. That said, I’m having a rather good day. I’ve caught up on some housework that I was avoiding, and the hubby has cooked Chinese food for dinner…so I’ll have to make this quick and go eat.

I mentioned last night that I was going to cast on something new because I couldn’t work on my bunny until I get embroidery thread, I didn’t feel like working on the sweater, and I couldn’t start the socks last night because I didn’t have the yarn wound. Here is what I started…

I’m calling it the Rainbow. It reminds me of Spring, with all of those bright pastel colors. The pattern is found here…. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pioneer-braid-scarf, and the yarn is Bernat Mosiac: colorway Daydream. Interesting yarn I have to say. Not bad to work with, but the thickness has some inconsistancies in it. Nice colors though and machine washable. I’m thinking it would make a really cute romper for my daughter so I may pick some more of it up next time I make a trip to the craft store.

In addition to the nice day and good food, I finally got my yarn wound into balls. I borrowed my friend’s ballwinder today at the library. My son even helped to wind for a little bit. I didn’t have any problems at all using it, which I consider a good thing. I’m looking forward to get mine in the mail. It was quite a bit of yarn:

Tonight I hope to have some more of the scarf knitted, and if I’m feeling up to it I should probably start on those socks or work on “The Blizzard”.