Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Comprehensive exams are in just a few days, and of course what that means is studying 24/7. And by "studying 24/7," what I mean, clearly, is "watching the Olympics, cooking unnecessarily fancy food, drinking quite a bit more wine than health benefits warrant, listening to Moby Dick on CD, patting myself on the back for listening to such an erudite book, and knitting." It's been productive procrastination city here chez Looking Glass.

The upshot:

Significant progress on both Radcliffe cardigans, especially the one for my mom, whose body is only about 6 inches from completion:

Quite a bit of length on the chevron scarf (man, I'm hoping those wrinkles block out!):

The cuff of a fair isle glove:

And -- steel yourselves -- I've made a sock.

After setting a lot of stock in my being a non-sock-knitter, I have knit a sock. I understand a little better now what the appeal is -- it's pretty quick knitting, despite the tiny gauge, and it's definitely satisfying to try it on every 15 minutes or so and marvel at the perfect fit. This is a trial run at knitting socks for my sister, whose only real luxury as a second-year OB resident is the fancy socks she wears under her clogs. She's picky though, about itchiness and thickness -- I'm hoping that this Lorna's Laces yarn fits the bill, as it's about the softest and thinnest sock yarn I could find.

Not usually a fan of variegated yarn, either, I find myself inordinately pleased at the fabric this yarn creates, though it was a bit tough finding a pattern for the cuff that was both elastic and not marred by the striping. I finally settled on a double eyelet rib.

Now -- merciful heavens -- I can't wait to buy a skein of solid sock yarn and try my hand at something more complicated!


Jeanne said...

Great projects - love the socks! Good luck with your exams...

ljlkc said...

I've just recently gotten into socks, myself, and I'm hooked. It seems to be the one place where you can go crazy with the gorgeous variegated yarns without the finished product looking...odd. And, since you only need two skeins for an entire project, you can go crazy with the gorgeous luxury yarns! Or at least that's what I tell my husband. ;)

The sweaters look great and so do the socks. Dr. Sister will be thrilled!

Stefaneener said...

It's astonishing how much one can produce/achieve while not doing what one is supposed to be doing (hello, all the papers I should be grading, I hear you!) but it would be nice if it worked the other way also. Sigh.

Pretty pretty knittin.

Rachel said...

Those are some beautiful socks. Good job!

Anonymous said...

Good luck on your comps. And that glove is gorgeous!