Swiftly Now!

My work and social life picked up quite a bit this week, so I hardly had time to knit a stitch between meetings, tutoring sessions, and family outings.  This weekend has been mostly spent putting the finishing touches on my teaching portfolio that was originally due 2 months ago (I’m not irresponsible, dates were changed by the university because no one actually knows what’s going on.  I’ve come to terms with the uncertainty and just don’t do anything unless I’m told.  It’s fine.  I graduate so soon.).

This morning I was up early before a brunch date with two friends from college, and I saw a golden opportunity to test out the new winder and swift I had ordered earlier in the week.  For the uninitiated, most yarn for knitting is sold in twisted skeins or hanks, that look like this.


I’ve been told this is because the colors and gradations are better displayed this way, and that it’s easier for yarn dyers and painters.  In any case, while these twists are lovely, they are quite impractical when it comes to actually knitting.  After spending far too long fighting to hand-wind a skein twist into a more manageable ball for the socks I started last week, I caved and ordered the proper equipment to make my own center-pull yarn cakes at home.

Up to this point I’ve always had my yarn wound at the shop, but that makes an in-and-out trip pretty much impossible.  Here is my, admittedly pretty hideous, new swift (the funny green thing) and slightly less hideous yarn winder.


Also, you get to see my toes and some piles of clutter.  Hooray for you!  After clamping my fun apparatus to the coffee table (note the protective napkin barriers to prevent scratching) I untwisted my first skein and prepared to wind.


After that, it was surprisingly easy.  All I had to do was turn the hand crank and the thing basically wound itself!  Less than an hour later my pile of skeins had transformed into a lovely little group of cakes, ready to knit up whenever I please (full disclosure: nearly all of the yarn pictured is planned for socks).  Just in time for brunch!


Addicted to Socks

Hello all!  It’s been a minute, and a busy one at that.  I still have many (too many?) projects in progress, and progressing they are, however slowly.  I figured out some cable confusions with my ambitious sweater project, and I have a good third of a pink blanket done.  Oh, and I knit myself a pretty little slouchy spring hat somewhere in the mix, too.

Over the long weekend, however, everything else stopped in its tracks and I started a pair of socks.  My friends, I will state it here for posterity that I, Sarah Burgess, persistent knitter and intermittent blogger, am officially addicted to socks.  I knit my first pair for Nate just to get my bearings, then a second pair that were meant for me but didn’t fit (now Nate has pretty pink socks), a third as a Christmas gift, and now I’m hooked.

I have all these other lovely, fun, engaging projects to do, but all I really want is to knit some foot mittens.  When I got my most recent loan refund from graduate school I immediately put 90% of it in savings (down payment, here I come!), but I splurged with some of the other 10% to buy nothing but sock yarn from Knit Picks.  As soon as it arrived I dropped everything and cast on my first pair of toe-ups in Stroll Hand Painted (colorway is called herbal-something-something, I think it’s discontinued…).  The Kaika sock pattern is GORGEOUS and free on Ravelry.  

I’m already planning for my next pair.  I have a problem.