Thanks again, everybody! Nothing became of the chair except that it's now living in his parents' house. But something did become of the boy-- we're getting married! He graduates in June, so hopefully something else (i.e. a sweet job) will become of him, too!
thanks, everybody! I really lucked out on the colors-- I got that yarn for a steal from a raveler-- $10 for two balls of lorna's laces! and then when I found the fawkes pattern, I just knew it was perfect!
malabrigo is oh-so-soft and squishy and warm. I would venture to guess that you could easily get 3 adult hats out of 2 skeins, although as lelila said, you'll want to be careful on the hat where you're switching skeins-- I'd alternate skeins every 2-4 rounds, and mix up how many rounds you knit of each so that it doesn't look too stripey. good luck!
toe up, toe up! I have huge love for toe-up socks! knitty's universal toe up is great because you just plug in your numbers and go, but I also love diamante, which has a gusset heel-- I find it more comfortable than a short-row heel, although there are a few more steps involved (note that you could very easily eliminate the stitch pattern and do a stockinette sock if you don't want to throw too much stuff at your brain all at once). definitely give socks a shot, though. I would also second the idea of starting with worsted weight yarn (which is easy with the universal sock formula) because it's less of a time (and probably money) commitment, and they're excellent for wearing around the house in the winter. you will likely not truly love socks, however, until you knit with "real" sock yarn. at least, I didn't, but now I'm addicted!
I definitely agree with knittinfiasco that seeing others' WIPs and FOs is very encouraging. Are you on Ravelry? I find that keeping up with people's progress on Ravelry on the Tangled Yoke Cardigan motivated me to keep going as well, even though I found the stockinette portion extremely boring.
I totally agree with this. in fact, it was your tyc, landry, that kept me going-- I followed your progress in the kal and on ravelry, and knit furiously to try to catch up to you. of course I started almost two months after you, so I didn't catch up, but I'm already working on the cables and will definitely finish in time for Thanksgiving with the bf's family. and a big part of that was having somebody to knit with and keep me motivated (even if you didn't know it), plus getting advice from you and others on the sleeves, cables, and anywhere else I was stumbling.
not that I've posted an FO in a long time, but I prefer to post them over here because, well, I like feedback. it makes me feel all tingly inside.
it's funny, too, because here I'll look and see that 100 people have looked at my project and only 1 or 2 people have commented, and it makes me sad. over on rav, I get pumped just watching the "viewed x times" counter go up (slowly...). it's just the nature of the sites, but I guess I've just come to expect different things out of them. Although I was ecstatic when a famous blogger commented on one of my projects and I friended stefanie japel to keep up on her blog, and she friended me back! eee!!
oh, I'm trying so hard to resist the buttons. and it was working, too, because so many people were having problems with the pattern or they ended up hating the way it fit. but then you had to go and post this, and it's gorgeous, and you are such an enabler.