Sunday, June 24, 2012

Seasonal Recap

This post is a little behind schedule.  I meant to post about the projects I managed to not screw up during hockey games after the Cup was won (or lost, if you were cheering on the side I was) but then I had computer issues so I spent the last week re-downloading two seasons of Republic of Doyle* that were lost in the crash, cooking new things, finishing projects and visiting with extended family.

Finished during the Cup run:
These two polished off the list of unfinished projects I'd given myself until the end of June to complete.  Done and dusted!

Started during the run:
3)Seagrass socks 
I cast these on and then noticed that they seemed a little small in the toe.  Read the pattern a little closer and it turned out that the Small & Large sizes where for children.  I picked the pattern out of a book I had on toe-up socks (here) and didn't even realize that this one was kids' only. I was knitting small child socks.  I shrugged and took them back a bit so that they were the large size instead.  Figured if they didn't fit, I'd give them away.  Luckily, the large was large enough for my size 7s. Finished during great and constant rains.
Yep, that's a pasty white leg, right there.
I'm of two minds on the whole toe-up vs top-down socks debate.  Both have their perks.  Toe-up means no kitchener stitch grafting to relearn every time, no picking up stitches along the heel flap, and you can make the legs as long as you have yarn for without worrying that you'll run out of yarn before you reach the toes.  Big plus if you like long socks and/or hate leftover sock yarn. However, I have not found a bind-off method for toe-up socks that's stretchy enough for my liking or leaves a nice edge.  I've tried adding extra stitches to the last round (boo!) and the tubular bind-off (close, very close, but no cigar. Also, complicated.  Muy, muy complicated. Way more than the kitchener stitch.)  Regardless, I have decided to always do my socks two-at-a time.  Tangles, be damned!

4) Guernsey-style sweater for nephew.  In the great re-organizing rampage I went on this spring, I found six balls of Baby Cashmerino.  Perfect. 
It's finished now but that's another post.
Well, I've got some reading to do.  I'm waiting desperately to discover whether my Leafs are going to pick up an albatross to mind the net next season.... There will be tears if it happens. We're talking ugly cry. 

* For those who don't get CBC, Republic of Doyle is a Canadian series about a family of private detectives set in Newfoundland.  It's a little like Magnum P.I. but instead of Hawaii, hibiscus, and helicopters, you get the Rock, fish'n'chips and a GTO, not to mention the great regional accent. It's got a dry, quirky sense of humour and can be a tad silly on occasion but it's wonderfully (painfully) Canadian.  It doesn't take itself too seriously and requires a sincere suspension of your disbelief at times but I adore it.  Russell Crowe guest stars in the Season 3 premiere. True story.  It's the kind of bizarre thing that happens in Canada...


  1. Oh no! Are you referring to Luongo? We won't be sad to see him go....

  2. Great socks! I don't I am impressed! LOL
    And I just started watching Republic of Doyle...nice light entertainment...not blood and gore!!

  3. The lead actor in Republic of Doyle is pretty easy on the eyes if you know what I mean and I think you do. I am glad you rescued the socks, and that sweater is looking scrumptious.

  4. I have been sewing a toe closed for a month! Then I have to knit the other sock; ) lovely job you did on yours.

  5. I love Republic of Doyle and your socks. I want to make some more socks this summer!

  6. You're a Leafs fan! Well, that's one hockey item we have in common. And you can imagine the stink-eyes I get when I admit I like them out here.

    I like the sound of the toe-up method if it eliminates the hand stitching. Also, very cool to keep knitting as long as you have yarn, although I can't do the two-at-a-time thing after I tried that with a sweater. Maybe I'm too anal with the tangles.

  7. Mmmmm....I'm loving that knitted's gorgeous! And, the socks are too! I adore knitting socks and have many, many pairs.

  8. Oh my gosh <3 Republic of Dyole, am from Ireland and I LOVE that the Newfoundland settlers from Ireland kept their accents and the words we use! :D
    Also the show has really great writers :)
    Not everything has to be gory for it the tv show to work!
    (am in love with that floor cushion by the way)


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