The Urban Dictionary defines woos as
- someone who is a wimp; afraid to do something that he should do
- Afraid, scared, fearful of something or someone.
I’m going to skip the third definition as I don’t think it applies to this situation.
So I have to admit that based on the definition, I am a woos. I just couldn’t get the toe up thing. I avoided the project for a few days and then tried to cast on – I tried the way called for in the pattern, and then I tried a cast on that several people on Ravelry recommended – Judy’s magic cast on. And I just didn’t get it. I finally thought how stupid it was to be stressed out about a project, and not be knitting this great yarn, so I made a small change.
Cuff down. First pattern on my Ravelry queue (queued on 7/1/07!). One of the most popular sock patterns – but no one knows how to actually pronounce it – Pomatomus
And I’m glad I switched. Firestarter is a really gorgeous pattern, but socks are commute knitting for me and I just can’t have it be something that is a lot of work and that requires reference checking online. Maybe I’ll look for a toe up class, or try again when I’m on vacation this year and have some real time to sit down and figure it out. But as soon as I started these socks, I felt so much happier. And that’s what it is about, right?
The yarn is amazing to work with – I love the colors (the colors are a little deeper than shown), and the stitch definition is really good. I have had this pattern in my list forever, but always thought it was complicated. But it is actually pretty easy, and so far its going pretty fast.
I’m glad that there isn’t any pooling – some of the Wollmeise socks I saw online were pretty bad, but this seems to be behaving. I am really happy with the project, and think I’ll have these done fairly quickly.
Mary Catherine nominated me for an award on her blog – thanks! If you don’t know Mary Catherine’s blog check it out – she takes beautiful pictures, and creates amazing projects…
The official rules are as follows:
- Copy the award to your site
- Link to the person from whom you received the award
- Nominate 7 other bloggers
- Link to those on your blog
- Leave a message on the blogs you nominated.
It is always so hard for me to pick a small number of blogs – there are 317 blogs in my Bloglines (some are cooking, most are knitting) and I like them all. But I’ll try and pull out 7 for you…
- Shut up and Knit – Cookie finishes beautiful projects so quickly, and always makes me laugh.
- Knitting Sweaters & Sitting Still – Steven does beautiful work, and I always enjoy reading his blog.
- PDXKnitterati – Michele always is working on something interesting, and has a great pattern for an entralac cowl!
- Sheriff of Knittingham – Lorraine probably always makes these lists of mine because she is an amazing knitter. And designer. And she traded with me for Wollmeise! Check out her designs at Twisted Traditions – I have several in my queue and if I weren’t such a woos, I’d start them today (I haven’t had good luck with sweaters lately so I’m a bit hestitant to start another one).
- Chronic Ennui – I love Kim’s blog – she has beautiful projects, takes beautiful pictures and has the cutest model for baby knitwear.
- Craftivore – I usually read my blogs in Bloglines, and only go over to the actual blog to comment – but I always pull up this blog (even if I don’t comment) because its one of those blogs that is just beautiful. She does gorgeous work, in a number of areas, and is always inspiring.
- Visualise Peace – Lucette’s blog is always inspiring – gorgeous pictures, gorgeous knitting.
- Yarny Old Kim – I don’t know how I found Kim’s blog, but I’ve been reading it for a while. She does gorgeous work, and makes me laugh. And she’s a fellow commuter to NY.
(I know the rules say seven blogs, but I cheated and did 8.)
I really had a hard time just pulling out 8 blogs – I have so many favorites. But these 8 are ones that I always make sure I make time to read, so go check them out!
It is warm here today – in the 50’s! So we are going out to breakfast, and then I think we’ll take the dogs for a walk. After the 14 degree days of this week, 53 seems like summer. I almost want to wear shorts!
I hope you have a great week – and that its warm where you are!