Wednesday, April 23, 2008

08:08 Child's First Socks (or Got my camera back, Wo-Ho!)

Yep, I got it back yesterday thanks to the friendly and efficient folks of Kamera Korner. This short separation certainly makes me miss it dearly! The thought of going photoless for a week is really something. Not being very chatty in person, I've been wracking my brain what I can write about for today besides the fact that I didn't knit much. :)

Actually, I can tell you that I have started to learn typing Chinese characters using the Cangjie input method. Though feeling a bit embarrassed, I have to admit that I never know how to type Chinese characters, no matter what method, due to the lack of need to use. I took a formal typing lessons (for English) during the last summer vacation of elementary school. I remember I enjoyed the process very much and took up the skill in no time. Most probably because I was young. Very different story now. I don't have all day just devoted to the learning ... even if I had the time, I would choose to do some knitting than just memorizing the Cangjie keys. Besides, I am an old lady now ... but really, learning a new skill is fun. :)

Or I can tell you how bored I am with this season's American Idol ... which used to be one of my favourite shows. Besides the usual nuisance Ryan Seacrest, this year Paula Abdul's rambling comments seem to drag on much unbearably longer. Then, I have fallen out of love with almost all the contestants quite early on. So now I am just waiting for the end of the season so that I can move on to So You Think You Can Dance.

But of course, with the camera back, I should go back to knitting. So, I was busy taking pictures of my new socks this afternoon:
I haven't taken pictures of socks
in use on carpet for a long time!

I have already taken out all my summer socks and would be putting the woolly ones away soon. It's great to have a new pair for the right season. The colour of this new pair is just like the lighter summer version of the Granny Smith Fancy Socks, which, I have to report sadly, have felted a little bit during the last wash. I have no idea what happend ... cold water wash cycle, hand dry ... it's the same with all my socks. I love that pair and it was really sad. :(

Pattern: Child's First Socks in Shell Pattern designed by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks
Definitely a gorgeous pattern ... I just love it ... love the shell pattern:
I didn't attempt to mirror image the shell directions ... is it really important? Not for me! However the reduction of 7 stitches for the heel flap made the flap too narrow and tight for me. So I just got rid of the stitch reduction ... aha, much better! Besides, I used my favourite heel:

Yarn: SWTC Tofutsies (50% Superwash Wool, 25% SOYSILK brand fiber, 22.5% Cotton, 2.5% Chitin) Col: 805
Content-wise, this is a very complicated yarn, so is my feeling towards it. It's soft, yes; but it also seems not to have too much a memory. I would consider it a true sock/fingering weight yarn ... but the knitting experience with it wasn't a complete pleasure ... it is really splitty. Yet, I certainly love this colourway. Do I love the yarn? I can't tell you yet.

Needles: Crystal Palace bamboo dpns US1

Cast On
: 04-03-2008
Cast Off: 04-19-2008

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