I realised a long time ago I am not a product knitter, I am a process knitter. The process keeps my fidgety hands busy as well the anxiety at bay, and that really is what it is about for me. Process at least makes me productive when I am sitting flat on my arse (which is expanding and the same rate as the US national debt) unmotivated and doing jack all. And sometimes feeling a teensy bit sorry for myself (which I need to crack myself out of every once in a while cause really- life is not that bad, and I just need to get my shite together). I am not one of those challenge myself process knitters either (thinking of the incredibly inspirational Mrs. Grumperina). I am of the “just a put needles in my hands with something to knit” kind of process variants. But it is a process that keeps my mind from speculating and running wild (which that hamster on crack running marathons on the wheel in my head is prone to), so I doubt I will ever let the needles go.

For many people knitting has a therapeutic effect, I know that it does for me most of the time. Fact: when I am stressed I tend to knit more. So this is what happens when I have to wait for things to settle out and I get just a wee bit anxious… I sit and knit- cheaper than therapy in NYC if nothing else. And right now I am in a waiting it out period that has left me a wee bit confused (introspection, reflection and questioning life… it is great) and my hands definitely tired. Not all of the below were knit between Christmas and now (only the monkeys and two sets of endpaper mitts) the others were just finished (ends woven in and toes sealed shut!). But I am grouping them all together in the same FO groupings. So bring em…

Starting the year off with FO’s and blogging, I guess it is a good way to go… Next up well I have some sweater envy right about now (oh over this, this, this, this… this and this. for starters) or I could make another pair of endpaper mitts to go with my red jacket. Then again I also have a cutaway that is 2 years overdue for finishing!

Needles: 2.5mm 10cm metal Addi needles (my only sock needles, you will pry them out of my dead cold hands before I knit with any other needles for socks)
Started: November 2007
Finished: January 2007
Yarn: Plucky Yarn Fingering Merino (Oh La La colourway)
Modifications: None!

Notes: First the yarn… This is my first go round with Plucky Yarn. I like supporting indie dyers, and the more I see yarn like this the more I think I might want to learn how to dye. And if I do, I want to learn with this yarn, because I love it. And I am willing to wager it wont be the last time I am playing with Plucky Yarn. The yarn itself reminds me of a Manos style yarn for socks… with out the thick and thin, if that makes any sense. The colours are incredible and the tone on tone pink of the socks are killer and meld with the pattern wonderfully in my opinion… But I am biased. The pattern, also lovely! It is mindless without being plain stockinette, and looks very pretty. Big props to Sandra, I am so grateful that the smart people think up the pretty things for me to knit up πŸ™‚ As for the socks themselves, the fit is a bit snug. Which is my own fault. If I knit it over again I might add 2-4 extra stitches, in the round to give it a bit more give. Otherwise, perfection.

Pattern: My Standard Socks
Started: April 2007
Finished: January 2008
Needles: 2.5mm 10cm metal Addi needles
Yarn: Vesper Sock Yarn in Crew
Modifications: None as it is my standard pattern for my feet πŸ™‚

Notes: This is my first time with Vesper yarn too… I love the striping! Great colour pairing and so much happy fun. This yarn in a simple mindless stockinette sock, it is perfection. Almost makes me wish I got two skeins so that I could make knee highs. I definitely see me making another pair in another colour. When I can find the time to stalk enough (I bought this yarn while I was still living in Paris and that took stalking to a WHOLE new level) to find the yarn in stock πŸ™‚

Pattern: The infamous Monkeys
Started: January 2008
Finished: January 2008
Needles: 2.5mm 10cm metal Addi needles
Yarn: Brooklyn Handspun in Chocolate Covered Cherries
Modifications: Again, none I am not that big into making modificiations on socks, I barely know how to modify on larger knits why am I going to make my head hurt (or buy a case of wine) for smaller knits πŸ™‚ And Cookie socks are pretty close to perfect so why would I need to?

Notes: One more indie yarn set of socks… also with I purchased the yarn eons ago when I was still in Paris. I LOVE the muted colours on the handwash yarn. Also GREAT customer service from Marie (who I met once in an inarticulate evening when I was at The Point…) And yes the yarn is wonderful too. Has held up to my abuse so far πŸ™‚ I initially tried it with another pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks. That pairing did not work… at all. So a few days ago (dude I said anxious and PLANTED on my arse) I unwound it and restarted with the Monkey’s pattern. Dear sweet buttery jesus that pattern is addictive. It is like crack. And next thing I knew within 2 days, I had one sock. 2 days later I had another (I have finished since this picture was taken… but thought it was fun to show in process). These are like instant gratification. Pop and I have a pair of socks. Woot! And ouch my hands…

Pattern: Pomatomus (or potty mouths as I called them)
Started: January 2007
Status: One down one to go… I hope to finish it before the weekend is over as it should be an anxiety wrought weekend
Needles: 2.5mm 10cm metal Addi needles
Yarn: Schaeffer Anne (I think… and don’t know the colour but it is a GORGEOUS yarn I got in an overly indulgent and unequal trade I did with Jodi. Again… while still living in Paris)
Modificiations: None… Cookie is a goddess

Notes: Ummm I am a bit more than way behind on writing on this one. The yarn matches the pattern perfectly, the pattern takes some attention so it isnt mindless anxiety knitting. We shall see what stage of anxiety knitting I am in over this weekend as I wait out the height of anxiety to this point. God I love my life, remind me why I chose this πŸ™‚

Pattern: Endpaper Mitts
Started: December 2007
Finished: December 2007 and January 2007
2.5mm 10cm metal Addi needles for the ribbing and for the colour work
Yarn: Bollicina in Taupe and Wine (I think) and Elann Peruvian Baby Cashmere in Tapestry Blue and Cashmere Blue
Modifications: Again… none really, who is going to improve upon one of Eunny Jang’s patterns? Only thing I did was that I knit longer on the ribbing for the bind offs so that I could have longer coverage on the fingers.

Notes: I first started the brown ones last year when I was in the same place (Anxietyville) only different country. Then I got frustrated as they were knitting too tight and I stopped and made a My So Called Scarf out of Manos again. So the mitts, they sat and waited… and then about a year later, I decided to rip back and start again. And then I got annoyed with ripping back to twisted ribbing (which can I say I am really liking. bit of a pain in the beginning but after you get used to it, it is fine. and a bit of a trend in these knits non?) and started another pair. Cause that is how you solve the problem. Ahem. Half way through the blue pair I showed them to my roommate and she claimed them, and said she wanted the other one to be the inverse. FUN FUN FUN… Then once done, I set my sights on my first pair. The one made with the fancy yarn (can we say 65% cashmere 35% silk). So I started back up and finished them up. Only they don’t match the red jacket I got on sale and have been wearing during this season of global warming (it is 65F in NYC IN JANUARY). So I am thinking I need a blue and white pair… I fell in love with the colourwork. I had fun with the stranded knitting. These are addictive as crack and I might fall in again here soon, I have a pair of needles free for the taking/ribbing πŸ™‚

Photos were taken by me with my new 24-70mm f2.8 lens. All bless the holy of the fast lenses… I worship at your temple. I am in the love. Also the photos were enabled by my roommate who art directed and modeled for me πŸ™‚