Friday, February 5, 2010

Warning: Crazy Knitter on the Loose!

I'm not really sure why I've been bitten by the knitting bug lately, but I am starting to worry my husband. I'm spending more time knitting and/or buying yarn than I have quilting, and that is so completely out of the realm of "normal" for me that it's actually a bit frightening.

I'm not complaining, though. I'm having too much fun!

While I was visiting one of my local quilt shops, one of my friends told me that one of her coworkers is an avid knitter who does mystery shawl KALs. I've never been one to pass up a good mystery, so I did the Google thing as soon as I returned home and found a lady offering a couple of these mystery shawl KALs, as well as a mystery sock KAL.

You guessed it. I joined all three! :)

Well, when my first shawl yarn arrived, I discovered that not all yarns arrive in neat little skeins, ready to be used. I unwound the hank and was stunned that so much yarn could be contained in such a small little package. I was already a week behind schedule for the mystery, so my baby girls and I headed to the local yarn shop for a swift and a ball winder. Within an hour of returning home, I had all of my shawl yarn and one hank of sock yarn wound into balls, ready to go. That was FUN!

Sometime today, FedEx will be delivering my Knit Picks order. Since there are so many different ways to knit socks, I bought just about every Harmony size 2 (2.75mm) needle that KP offers. I ordered DPs and several lengths of circulars, so I can play around with all of the different methods (two circulars, Magic Loop, etc.). I have already decided to knit two socks at once, so that will limit my choices a bit. I don't mind, though, because the last time I knitted a sock, that's all I did. ONE SOCK. That second sock is horribly hard to start, isn't it?

My little girls are just about to fall asleep for nap time. They are both coming down with colds and aren't feeling as energetic as normal. I'm going to take advantage of the time to finish some quilting, since I am actually getting paid to do that.

For all of you getting hit with snow (again!), be careful out there.

(Originally posted on Knitting Community)

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