i got frustrated with the scarf i've been making for my mom, because i thought i would only need one skein to get it to a decent length, and i was wrong. it's a good 2 inches shorter than my first scarf, which is really about at the shortest length that a useful scarf can be, in my opinion. so i ran out and got another skein (yes, in the same lot -- this is where it's really good to be using Lion's Brand yarn - i suspect they have humongous lot sizes), and will deal with adding it in tomorrow.
instead of tackling it right away, i made a sock!
ain't it cute? it's kinda tiny:
and tiny is good, because i actually managed to finish it in about 7 hours (yes, i knit that slowly). it gives one a nice feeling of accomplishment, even if i'm not sure it would even fit on a baby!
I used the training sock pattern at knitty.com with my ever reliable Red Heart blue yarn and my new double-pointed size 8 needles. it wasn't too complicated -- i had to refer back to my book to remind myself what some of the abbreviations meant, but it was all doable. the only thing i changed was the finishing of the toe. The pattern says to "finish by pulling yarn through remaining stitches." instead, i did what the Stitch N' Bitch book suggests -- a kitchener stitch. looks like i should have turned the sock inside out before doing it, since the seam that is usually on the inside of a sock's toe ended up on the outside. ah well, that much i can remember for next time. :)
the one other thing i think i may have done wrong can be seen (fuzzily) here:
there's a gap on the side of the heel (both sides actually). i suspect i did something wrong when picking up stitches in the "Shape the Gusset" section of the instructions. not really sure what i should have done differently, tho i will admit i was sorta winging it at that point -- the loops they refer to had been incredibly obvious just a few minutes before, but as soon as i needed to use them, it was like they were camoflaged. i'll have to pay more attention the next time i try a sock. which will be soon after i finish that darn scarf!