Progress on the pointe covers has been all right.
Progress on the hair baubles has been equally exciting. (Or not. It depends on how much you love bright colors and novelty yarns and crochet. I don’t really, but I went through an eyelash yarn phase in high school and the balls have been sitting in my stash for nearly a decade now, so I figure I’d better use them, and they look cute as hair thingies.)
My little yarn cakes are squishy and adorable, too.
I also cast on for the narrow ribbing at the bottom of the legs. And, yes, they’re on size 0 needles, and, yes, I’m totally insane, and, yes, it’s going to take forever. I like knitting on small needles (this will change to a US 1 for the legs and a US 2 for the skirt/waistband) and I have several long plane trips scheduled in the coming year, so I’ll have hours of uninterrupted airplane and airport time. I’m also under the impression that smaller needles are easier to get through airport security.
That being said, casting on with these tiny needles is a pain in the butt, and I’ve already done it twice. The first time, I cast on and went to knit the first row when I realized that I hadn’t carried the reinforcing nylon along with the yarn. Seeing as that edge is the one that falls apart first on this type of pant, I decided to rip it out. The second time, I cast on, knit two rows, and on the third row realized that I’d cast on the wrong number of stitches on one of the pieces. I’d counted those stitches three times, and I still ended up with the wrong number.
There are 72 stitches on the right needle here, and 71 on the left. I’m proud to say that there was no swearing when I discovered this. I just calmly set it down and went to pet my sewing machine for a while (because it soothes me). Then, I cast on and knit the heel patches, finished them last night, and I felted them with the laundry that I did today. Now I have to decide between knitting from the waist down, picking up from the heel patches, and casting on those same 71 stitches again. Twice. In theory I know that casting on for the waist means that I’ll be casting on more stitches, but at least I won’t be counting to 71 again.