Friday, June 15, 2007

Where's the Knitting?

What a week! This little VBS thing has turned out to be quite a job... but fortunately one that I enjoy. Although I have to say, I could've never done this job back in the stone age before e-mail. No phone calls please! I still remember when the owner of the real estate company I worked at held a meeting introducing us to the newly installed computer network. It was waaaay back, before I had a home computer and when the Internet was something I'd only heard of but never used. When he started explaining e-mail, I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I'd ever heard of. I mean really, why would you need to type somebody a message when you can just call and ask? Yep... this was when I first started learning that I was going to be wrong sometimes.

Anyway, I've spent the week ignoring my kids (although I did get them a new 1000 piece puzzle and a few books), staring at the computer (even more than usual), and watching House (which I'm convinced is the best show ever!!) to lighten up at the end of the day. Oh, and of course we had a baseball game (my son's first All-Star game - ever - and they won!) and we even went to DH's softball game (yeah, he plays too). My head is spinning and I'm fairly certain I'm going blind. Yes, I have glasses, but no, I don't wear them... don't like them... make me dizzy and nauseous but I think I'm doomed to adjust... but the ones I got last year don't work anymore so I need to make an appt. I wish I could e-mail for an appt., then it might get done.

So last night, I decided that I really needed a bit of a creative break. I didn't want to knit on just anything. I needed something new but simple. So... I started a pair of toe-up socks from Ann Budd's pattern in the new Interweave. Maybe I'm just uncoordinated, maybe it's the yarn, or maybe the needles... I'm sure it's not the pattern because everybody is raving about it... but I'm just not feeling the love yet. Time has become merely a vague essence to me at this point, but I can tell you that it took Wheel of Fortune, some dumb Pirates show, and 2 episodes of House (on DVD) to knit this much. Actually to be honest, half of that time was spent simply trying to cast 6 stinkin' stitches on each needle using the Eastern (or Turkish) Cast-On. Blah!

While my inclination at this point would be to say that this whole toe-up thing is stupid... I still remember how wrong I was about e-mail so I'll give a little more time.

P.S. Gotta love Sponge Bob!


5elementknitr said...

Love the P. S. I saw it in the background. How sad is it that I think I can even tell you which episode it is??

Becca said...

Hah! I used to be all "Cell phones are stupid. All you need is a beeper." I immediately embraced email, however, since I HATE the phone.

Your toe looks great! I've never tried a toe-up on DPNs. I always use Judy's Magic Cast on on 2 circs or Magic Loop. I don't taper my toes as much either, so I start with more stitches. Keep trying, toe up socks are great!

Laura said...

I think your efforts look great! However, I've only attempted one pair of toe-ups and couldn't feel any great emotion for them, so I went back to cuff down. I don't feel like I'm missing the experience of a life-time, but maybe your exploits will change my mind.

Mel said...

Once you've got the toe up version of a sock down, you will not want to do cuff down every again! I've gotten so used to it, that I hardly ever do my socks top down. Good luck! BTW, they look great!

Veronika Delvaux said...

Well you managed the toe, that's an accomplishment in itself. I just finished some toe-up socks myself and had to re-learn how to pick up a neatly heel and gusset. In my humble experience and opinion, doing a yarn over as first stitch right after turning appears to me that it is the best looking gusset. I’m still experiment with that and just started another pair toe first.