Monday, March 02, 2009

Mondays are for..

..going to the gym and updating my progress on some projects this week. I'm lucky enough to be on another 2 weeks of holidays from work - I have to use up all my holidays by the end of March and I was given back a ton of holidays back from when I was off sick in the summer. Mostly I've been spending a lot of time sleeping as I was having some insomnia problems prior to being off.

There has been a bit of knitting going on though. I've finished two pairs of socks. First up, a pair of socks in Old Maiden aunt sock yarn dyed by Lilith from my knitting group. The pattern is Marlene by CookieA and was in the last issue of Knit 1 magazine.

Marlene socks finished

The second pair are the Om Shanti bed socks from the first month of the 2009 Socktopus sock club. The yarn is Chameleon colorworks Evolution which I've used before.

Om Shanti socks

Om Shanti socks in use

I had a very weird issue with the second sock as the yarn just after I knit the toe was slightly thicker than the rest of the yarn and it striped differently. This produced a weird change of size/gauge which I only noticed when I was much further on. I decided not to rip back as I had already had to reknit the leg and cuff of the first sock after I shared a picture of it last time as I couldn't get the blooming thing on properly. My ankles are a little on the chunky side compared to my feet, especially my left one which has been prone to problems since my back problem appearred.

Here's a close up of the gauge/size weirdness.

Om shanti sock 2

Tomorrow it is off to knitting group night where I am hoping to make some progress on a Hooded cabled cardigan which has been in progress forever ( actually only 2 years). Hopefully the other knitters will push me on and not distract me too much with other shiny things. I did resist the crochet projects at the last meet up.


Aknita said...

I love your socks.

The blues are so pretty and really work with the pattern.

I have so enjoyed seeing your Om Shanti socks too. I hadn't realised you were "in the club" too as it were.

I had issues of my own as you know when blocking, but no problems with variations in thickness. Just very long feet!

Karoline said...

The socks look great, congratulations

Sheila said...

How lovely to have so much time off - - your socks look great.
And well done on still going to the gym.
P.S. Did you manage to find that magazine?

Scully said...

The socks looks great Paula...I love Marlene. I guess you;ll be getting Cokkie's book eh?
The Feb Lady Sweater is also lovely and I have that queued on Rav. Also well done on the weight loss...that's great.

Anni said...

Gorgeous socks. Especiallylove the blue ones.

MysteryKnitter said...

Lovely socks.