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My personal (but public) notes about my homebrewing, knitting and other random stuff

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Socks and scarves

Unfortunately the temporary power failure on my PC I wrote about yesterday seems not to have been quite so temporary after all. It appears that the power supply unit is dead, so I've ordered a new one. I'm hoping that once that is fitted the machine will work ok, and no other damage was sustained in the power cut (assuming it's not just a coincidence that the PSU failed then). As a fringe benefit, hopefully the new one will be a bit quieter than the old one, which had a particularly noisy fan.

More positively, I've managed to get a bit more knitting progress done recently. I finished my garter ridge scarf several days ago (but didn't get round to blogging it before now, mainly as I was awaiting a photo). I still prefer the ribbed scarf (which I wore on a canal boating trip last weekend, where it proved to be very useful - lovely and warm even in wet weather), but I'm quite pleased with this one too. It has a definite tendency to roll up into a tube, which isn't necessarily a bad thing as it's a one-sided design (fortunately it rolls with the ridged pattern on the outside). Here's what it looks like on me:

In addition, my first sock is now coming along quite nicely. After 6" of 2x2 ribbing fo the leg, I've started to work the heel flap. Unlike the test heel I did earlier, where I switched to straight (single pointed) needles for this, I've stuck with my dpns for this one. Half the stitches (i.e. 30 of them) are left sitting on one needle, while I work backwards and forwards in stocking stitch on the remaining ones, with 3 stitches of garter stitch at each end (and starting each row with a single slip stitch and finishing it with a purl). I'm still following Elizabeth Zimmermann's sock pattern from Knitting Without Tears very closely (I can't remember if I already mentioned that). At the moment it looks something like this:

The first time I tried to upload that picture of my sock, I accidentally put up this image instead:

I guess that's something like my sock looked a few months (or years?) back. In actual fact, that's some sheep I photographed on a hillside somewhere near Llangollen during my aforementioned canal trip last weekend.

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Like the pink sock! Lol! Re your curling scarf, have you tried blocking it? That would help it lay flat - if that's what you want, of course!
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