This week I 'ave been knitting mostly *...

The Cuff of Clessidra.

Which sounds like a long forgotten suspense novel.
This is only my second go readers, that's all.
Even though my work puts me fair and square into the world of the micro millimetre on a daily basis apparently I can't add up.
I get to the cabley bits and I realise only then that I've cast on 78 instead of 80 stitches and I'm wondering why the pattern sequence isn't working out.
I am however loving the Rubi + Lana wool. Lovin' it sick (as Kimmie would say...except that I'm sure Kimmie would only knit in hot pink acrylic).
And very happy with the new 2mm dpns.
Shopping for which I ran into lovely Missy Fee who I haven't seen for years. As energy-challenged as I was at the time (sorry for the braindeath, Fee!) I wasn't so tired to not notice her cute knitting bag in this that I've been coveting for a while.
So buoyed up on "new project rush" brought on by finally procuring the tools I needed for Clessidra, I don't think the full enormity of the task ahead really sank in until I printed the pattern out.
I think it was a few minutes later when my printer was still spitting out pages that it finally did sink in.
Seven pages. Add to that two pages of Knitty-specific abbreviations and another two of the accompanying 'cable cheating' tutorial and that comes to an eleven page pattern! For a pair of socks!
So these may just be ready for wearing on Christmas Day (a little reminder for our Northern Hemisphere readers...Xmas day in Australia is usually somewhere in barbeque/sauna territory).

Knitpicks marketing dept seems to have gone into overdrive getting their needle range into Aus stores, and I was tempted to try the 'two circulars' method on Clessidra while eyeing the knitpicks circs off, but Gabriella seems to have written the pattern specifically (or is that "Pacificaloy"...more culturally specific Kath & Kim references..sorry again to non Aussie readers) written for four dpns and who am I to ignore that?
That and the fact that I may just have to enroll in the upcoming and spookily well-timed "Knitting Socks on Two Circulars" class at Tapestry Craft before I'm game.

* Apologies to Fast Show


Blogger Belinda said...

I still haven't got to Rubi and Lana. I must do that this week. Thanks for the link to funkis, gorgeous fabric!

12 May 2007 at 7:17 pm  
Blogger shula said...

Beautiful cable, isn't it?

The word verification reads:


Which pretty much sums me up for this weekend.


12 May 2007 at 8:06 pm  
Blogger M-H said...

You'll have to come to SSK and see Miss Fee again. :)

13 May 2007 at 8:27 am  
Blogger Madge said...

Ruh roh. Maths. Sometimes they mess you up. But that pattern? Gorgeous. So I hope you stick with it, 'coz I want to see your socks when they're done!

13 May 2007 at 8:49 am  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

Well... Cables can be highly addictive, not to mention sock knitting. So you might have a pair of socks faster than you think. I'm just giving you a friendly warning over here. :)

13 May 2007 at 4:30 pm  
Blogger Heather Moore said...

Arse! (only for appreciation by fellow fast show fans)

14 May 2007 at 6:36 pm  
Blogger Eero said...

"Cuff of Clessidra" sounds like a Task of Sisyphus or a Damoclean Sword.....

Good luck!

15 May 2007 at 1:55 pm  

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