Frankly, my dear, I think I’m in a slump.

Picot Timberline Toes Finished1. I finished my first pair of socks for 2007 while I was on vacation this past week.
2. They’re Lucy Neatby’s Timberline Toes pattern from Cool Socks, Warm Feet.
3. I used ONline Tropic sock yarn, color 924.
4. I loved the pattern and the colors, but the yarn was a little splitty.
5. My only modifications were adding a picot cuff (yay!), and a rounder toe.
6. The garter stitch heel is a tad deep over 60 percent of the stitches, but the fit is so close to perfect that I don’t care.
7. In fact, I love these socks so much that I wore them twice in three days.
8. They make me smile every time I look at my feet.
9. Now I have just two WIPs: the Step Above Socks, and Cable and Rib.
10. I’m at a transition point with both projects (one triangle away from the heel of the first sock and almost done with the back of the sweater).
11. Coincidentally, the bloom is off of both of them; I have the urge to start something new.
12. I could start Lizard Ridge.
13. But I only have the yarn for three squares right now, so it’s likely to be a WIP for a long time. [Dear Santa, Send Noro – ed.]
14. I don’t really need another long term WIP – it might do me in.Picot Timberline Heels
15. I could start a Flower Basket Shawl – perfect summer knitting.
16. In fact, I went through a weeklong period earlier this month where I thought I would die if I didn’t start a shawl.
17. I looked at what seemed like every shawl pattern I had ever bookmarked; I felt the urge to develop a flowchart to define my preferences.
18. Apparently it was “the bigger the better” as far as shawls for me – The Sampler Shawl and the Fir Cone Square from Folk Shawls were top contenders.
19. Not to be obvious, but it seems I have learned nothing from Cable and Rib in all its bigness. 20. I may not be happy until my shawl’s border has a border.
21. See item 14., specifically “it might do me in.” A huge honking shawl is probably not a good idea.
22. I could start a sweater for myself – mmm, fall knitting.
23. I’m smaller than my husband, so I could talk myself into believing that a sweater for me does not really equal a huge, honking project.
24. Starting either Lizzy or the Ribby Cardi would scratch an itch, but I’m dismayed to see knitters reporting in with technical issues with both garments (Lizzy may benefit from waist shaping; the Ribby needs careful attention to sizing for best results).
25. My instincts for perfect fit are battling it out with my desire for mindless knitting.
26. Embarrassingly, I seem to consider math to alter a pattern or paying attention to detail too much work.
27. Honestly, starting a whole new sweater would make me feel like I should admit I will never, ever finish Cable and Rib.
28. Crap. I had no idea a nice pair of socks could do this to any self-respecting knitter.

8 thoughts on “Frankly, my dear, I think I’m in a slump.

  1. Diana

    The socks are great! The patterning is really nice and you matched them perfectly.
    I vote for the sampler shawl next! Only because it’s on my list too. I am waiting to find the perfect yarn but I think it should be done in a neutral solid as the photo you posted. Do you know who did that one and what yarn?
    I saw in your sidebar that you knit Banff. Do you have a finished photo? I have wanted to knit that as well but haven’t found the yarn. I’ll keep lookng for a bargain like you found! It must be a tweed!

  2. tinysushi

    Glad to read that Jimmy has a sock twin! He’s also smiling each time he’s looking at his feet.
    But I suppose you don’t love chewing on them like he does ^^
    The garter stitch heel looks great! I’ll keep that in mind for my next pair ^^

  3. Morgan

    Great socks!!

    As for the sweater and fit … have you tried a top down sweater? Patterns from KNitting Pure and Simple are great. You can try them on as you go along, make them longer or shorter, add shaping or anything else for that matter. Plus, since they are done from the top down there is no seaming to do other than weave in the ends once they are done.

    Pretty much all of my sweaters are done this way these days.

  4. Dorothy

    Hi – I came here from Ravelry. Thanks for adding me to your friends. The socks are lovely. I’ve got the book and constantly admire everything in it, but for some reason just can’t get motivated. I do love me picot hems!

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