In an effort to combat a bad, bad few days of knitting mojo I knit like a fiend yesterday. (This would be the "start knitting like crazy and beat the mojo into submission" method) But, before I show you the outcome of my stronghanded method of beating bad mojo, my dad sent me a very cute comment on why he believes there is bad knitting mojo.
"It really has nothing to do with you - or your needles - it has to do with the yarn. You see, it is made from wool that came from sheep, and sometimes some of the sheep did not get along with each other and the yarn remembers. So when you knit and have a put two pieces of yarn next to each other that come from sheep that did not get along - well, you know what will happen - they will push the needles away and try to get away from each other.
So, you see that it really does not have anything to do with you. You should buy yarn from nice sheep and the knitting will go better. Now, knitting with acrylics and other man made yarn is another story, we deal with large molecules, and that is much much too long to explain here....."
How hilarious is he....(glad to hear it isn't me that is causing the bad project outcomes...)
Anyway, to lift my spirits I wanted a quick fix of a project. Something that would get me back on track. Enter Center Square. I have quite a few half skeins of Patons Classic laying around from the Not So Very Tall Socks debacle. I grabbed two colors and started knitting. An hour and a half later I ended up with this.
After the successful completion of the hat, I moved back to the socks. I had frogged them earlier in the day.
this Knitty article a while back)
A few more episodes of Veronica Mars and I had the foot complete with no mistakes!
It just needs a toe and Mamluke #1 is complete. I really have to say, this fair isle thing is fast. I still have no idea why as all the elements should indeed make for a much slower knit. After I completed the foot, I tried the sock on again using Bowerbirdknits photo as a model of where the heel should be.