Sunday, January 25, 2009

For the Love of Noro

So you've probably noticed I've been in a bit of a slump lately. The slump has taken over all aspects of my life (except eating. Somehow I've gained 5 pounds since Tuesday. Not sure how that happened.) including reading, sleeping, class (I'm attending them all, I just could care less what the teachers are telling me) and most of all, knitting. I swore to myself that I wouldn't cast on for a pair of socks until I finished a scarf and a sleeve of the stripey hoodie (Now called The Clash- they're British, right?) but you know what? Something had to change. So I said screw it and grabbed that beautiful skien of Noro Kureyon sock yarn off my desk. Two hours in, I have a leg.

The picture taken in an artificially lit room doesn't do it justice- the contrast at the bottom isn't quite that great, and some of the stripes in the middle are actually green and not that over-flashed turquoise that the picture shows. The colors are wonderful and I can't put it down! The color is the same color as my very favorite Lizard Ridge square, I can't get enough of it. There's blues, purples, greens and even a little magenta. I can't wait to see how they turn out! Oh, and the hottie on my desktop is none other than future-hubby, James McAvoy. He was the sexy beast in Wanted that had a wonderful scene walking around with no shirt on, his muscles rippling with drops of water left from the shower. Mmmmm. He was also the half-nekked centaur in the Chronicles of Narnia. Not bad for half-horse ( I could say something REALLY naughty here, but I won't. My gramma reads sometimes)

I need to start doing the heel on the sock, and I haven't decided how I'm going to do that. I'm leaning towards an eye-of partrige heel in just one color but I think a short row heel would be cool, since that would be easy to continue the striping sequence. I'm also at that akward point where it's the exact same color coming from both sides of the skien (the stripes are made by working different ends of the same skien, so while there's a million colors in there, it's only 1 ball of Noro. Pretty neat, huh?) and I don't want to have a 3-inch blob of navy blue. I may have to do some trimming to get back to a color sequence while still making it look faded. I'll figure it out. I'm going to think on it while I jam with Alex tonight, and then make the heel and turn it afterwards. At this rate, I'll have the first sock done by Tuesday's knitting night. I might do that since it's such a quick knit, and I really hate kitchener-ing in public, it's too hard to concentrate and I need to wear my glasses when I do it.

But anyhoo, I love this sock and I think I may be seeing the end of my homesick/exhausted/back to school slump because of the wonders of Noro. Plus I think knitting socks like this satisfies the urge to knit the infamous Jared Flood 2-row Noro Scarf. It's basically the same thing, right?

Oh- I nearly forgot! We had a party last night and I got kissed! (And it wasn't by Mr. Electronics, either! Talk amongst yourself about possible candidates. I don't want to jinx anything by coming up with a nickname and then publishing it on a blog)


Jaclyn Bailey said...

Hooray for the ending of a slump. I am hoping that finally tackling socks for real is gonna get me out of mine! Call me crazy, but I decided that a pair of Monkeys would make a great pair of first socks!

Paige Darling said...

Go for it! I love my monkeys! I can totally see another pair or two happening within the next few months. You might really like the Noro Striped socks- I'm just about to start the toe- I haven't been able to put them down!

Kate said...

2 hours in and you got that far. I must be the slowest knitter on the planet then. That much would take me 2 days. You rock!!!!