Monday, August 26, 2013

In progress: Lorem ipsum socks

Sometimes, it's fun to make something just because you can. Enter the "lorem ipsum" socks.

I've been at an on-site magazine job for the past week or so, and as the pages trundle through the production cycle, I've seen a lot of the faux-Latin placeholder text on my screen. It's anywhere there should be words that aren't ready yet – photo credits, captions, headlines. Sometimes (hopefully not often) entire articles. 

Office life, of course, doesn't allow for much knitting time. But there is time to sit in the cafeteria with a cup of tea and browse Ravelry for 20 minutes at lunch. I was reviewing my favourites when I stumbled across the Hwaet! socks again, and an idea took shape.

On Saturday morning (with yet more tea) I sat and doodled, did a bit of stash diving and a bit of math, and came up with a plan. I created some knitter's graph paper in Excel (directions) and got to work colouring in boxes.

Colourwork is addictive (even when it's in black and white), and most of my weekend disappeared in a frenzy of "just one more row!" as I watched the lines of text appear.

The text wraps right around. 

It says "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Text goes here TKT..." 

I think I'll get two repeats of the chart before I go on to the foot. I haven't decided on what the foot will look like, but I'm thinking it will probably be plain knitting – the stranded colourwork might be too bulky to wear comfortable inside a shoe. 

I'd forgotten how much fun it is to make something on a lark. No deadlines, no expectations – just an idea and a lot of fooling around. And an awesome pair of socks.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Pi Shawl – so, so close (so, so far)

If I were more mathematically inclined, I'd do some math to figure out how many stitches I've put into my Pi Shawl by now. But I'm not, so I'll just give you an estimate: forty-eleven bobillion.

I started at the airport on my way to New Zealand, way back last October. The first rounds go by deceptively quickly. 

It's a great travel project. Perfect for sitting in trains and airplanes, in airport lounges and mini-vans, for campfires and porch sits, whether that porch overlooks the Pacific Ocean...

...or Squam Lake.

It's also pretty accommodating – easy to put down and pick back up again...and again.

This is a shawl interrupted, worked on and abandoned while I turned my hands to (by my count) one shawl, two sweaters, two pairs of mittens, a hat, a cowl and matching tuque, four pairs of socks, four pairs of slippers, six baby booties, a tiny hat, and a knitted kitten. Give or take.

But now it's time to put this project to bed. With every 576-stitch row I'm a little bit closer...

...and soon this will be coming off the needles. Just another forty-eleven bobillion stitches to go... (OK, not really. It's a mere 20,736 stitches, actually.)

Piece of cake.