Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Creative Post? Well...

Okay, this one is for the knitters!

I know, I know... I have been absent. Actually I have been sick. Attacked by the Indian version of a flu. Dang- it kicked my butt. I was sick in bed for four days. I cannot even begin to explain how frustrating that is to me. I HATE laying in bed. Drives me nuts. But, I am finally starting to feel better on day 6, just in time for Sock Madness! Yup. In about 24 hours Sock Madness starts and I will be knitting with a frenzied pace. Just incase you have no idea what I am talking about I will give you the quick rundown. Sock Madness is a speed knitting competition in which we are grouped into divisions, we knit a pair of socks and the first ones done move on to the next round. And believe it or not it is more fun than you can possibly imagine. I wrote a little poem about it last year- but you'll just have to re-read it as I don't have time to get too creative right now... :)

My sock yarn awaits...

One of the reasons I was so frustrated being sick was that I was really hoping to get some other things done in the last week. Let me show you. I bought this:

And this:


to make some....

Can you guess? Yup. Curtains. I particularly wanted to get them finished before those late nights of Sock Madness start up, but it looks like the first round will have to be done without them... sigh.

Well, hopefully I will get the first pair of socks done real quick and then I can get the curtains done... before we go to Goa. Geez.

Okay, one more thing, check out this yellow lace weight yarn I bought down near Commercial street. For comparisons sake, it is laying next to a FULL skein of Socks That Rock. That's a lot of yardage there isn't it. I asked the clerk how many meters/yards there were and he just looked at me and said "no meters, weight." It is acrylic, but doesn't feel too bad for the cost. It was about 80 Rupees.

That's just shy of $2.00 US. I think I can play around with it some...

13 comments:

mrsfife said...

Be very very careful with that laceweight. I bought some pink a while ago, but couldn't get it wound into balls, and then it got so scrambled I threw it away :(The salesman had tried to discourage me, saying it was used for sewing and not knitting...
And I conducted an experiment and found our regular weight acrylic is about 140m to the 50 gm hank (lachha it is called in Hindi). It had about 90 wraps. Maybe you can try something like that to figure out yardage...

Bogie said...

Sock Madness from India... Cool! Best of luck with the KAL/competition/swap!

Maya said...

Good luck with your first pattern! Sounds like you'll be plenty busy now.

The tried and true speedy curtain pattern for times like this involves just thumb tacks or duct tape... ;-)

Love
M

Abigail said...

Wow, that is a lot of acrylic laceweight! I'll be interested to see what you make with it. :)

Pikku- Kettu said...

I have to miss Sock Madness this time around. :(

We're doing renovation and moving so there is no time left for knitting in the next few weeks...

Good Luck for the first round!

tiggerr said...

Tease!

That looks very dyable by the way.

Pauline said...

Acrylic laceweight is definitely something we can't get around here! I'm anxious to see what you make with it!

I'm glad to hear that you're better now and all set to go with Sock Madness!

Rima said...

Best of luck with Sock Madness. And you finally bought the sewing machine! Wonderful!!

Nutty Knitter said...

I loved India when I visited last year, it reminded me of Iraq in the days when I used to live there. My partner is from Mumbai, so we went there and stayed with family for a few days before off and wandering to places like Munnar, Cochin, Kerala etc. I was not into knitting then(thank God) as I would have bought so much back with me!
It would be nice to see what you eventually manage to concoct from the hanks!
Regards

Karen L. said...

Glad you are on the mend. Love the color of the acrylic. Completed Best Friend Scarf. Must say your instructions are great. I'm w/o a digital camera. Will send a photo as soon as I can. It needs to be soon since, I made the scarf for a high school friend who now lives in Montreal. Snow will be gone, if I don't hurry up.
Karen G.

spinnity said...

Hey, Cindy - good luck in sock madness, Day 2. And be sure to keep that laceweight isolated in a TWISTED hank until you wind it. mrsfife's warning brings back *vivid* memories for me. You don't wanna go there. :-)

Jean said...

Beautiful fabric for your curtains! They'll be gorgeous.

Sonia aka ssri17 said...

Hope you were able to wind it up.
Looked at your socks. Look really niceSonia