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The long-awaited socks. Replacement black yarn arrived and I dutifully got to work. Behold.
I also started a new pair of socks with my new Noro Kureyon Sock. They are coming along. I seem to be stuck in a sock-knitting phase…
Oh yeah, I finished the Mock Croc’s, too, I just forgot to take a picture before my sister snatched them up I gave them to my sister.
I really think that I’m going to start having problems with muffins. It all started on Monday night when my buddy Amy gave me a muffin and it was probably the best thing that happened to me all week. Then on Friday night I had lots of buddies over (Amy’s twin sister Mandy, Abby, and Wendy) and we made muffins together and watched my favorite girl-movie, Benny and Joon. Johnny Depp’s Hair in this movie makes me positively swoon, but that’s not what this post is about. The point is that we made these muffins, Cranberry-Apple-Vanilla Muffins, and they have changed my life. I want a steady supply of them all the time. I only have two left and my mind keeps engineering plots to make more and just eat them forever and ever and ever. I’m ruined. So much for having a bikini-worthy figure this summer.
Knitting also happened this weekend: Molly’s Headband. I used size 5 bamboo needles and leftover Naturespun Sport from Ryan’s socks.I like it, but the lace pattern doesn’t really “pop” like I hoped it would. I think that might be because of the heathered color of the yarn. I wore it to church this morning and several of my fellow knitters complimented me on it. I love fellow knitters.
I just received my first order from the Loopy Ewe. I have heard a lot about this store, and it really is neat, but I never got around to ordering from them until my good friend Mandy gave me a gift certificate from them for my birthday. I had a very pleasant experience and they shipped my order pretty much immediately (I placed the order before 9 am and it went out that day). It got here really fast, too.
At the top there are samples of Regia silk and bamboo and to the left is a needle inventory (both included for free!). The sock bag and yarn were what I ordered. I love how they wrap the yarn up so it’s a surprise! I will very likely order from the Loop Ewe again
This is my current favorite sock yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock. The colorway is Spring Frost. I can’t wait to start making some socks out of it!
He’s a very sweet husband. I don’t like to make a big deal about Valentine’s day, mainly because I think it’s waaaay over commercialized. But… I love it when Ryan brings me flowers, especially non-rose type flowers. We also went out for dinner at our favorite restaurant: India Palace. Mmmmmmmm.
In knitting news, I started a pair of Mock Croc Socks for my sister, Lolly. I was thinking that 60 stitches seemed like a tiny amount to cast on, but the stitch pattern is crazy stretchy and it seems to be working just fine. Even though usually I don’t like knitting socks from the top down, I’m really loving the process of knitting these socks. I’m also really loving the new Knit Picks Essential sock yarn. I bought some a little over a year ago and it was definitely not nice. It was rough and scratchy. Now, though, it is really soft and squishy! What do you know…
I modified the pattern to use a short row heel and I plan to try a star toe. I would like to say that it’s just because I’m adventurous or whatever, but it’s really because I’m lazy; I hate grafting and picking up stitches.
The sort-of-latest installment in my series of “knitting art” that will eventually contain 12 pieces:
Oil pastel and Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport, nothing fancy. (Unless by “fancy” you mean my skills with the x-acto blade which are quite fancy, indeed.)
I finished another pair of socks in (for me) record time: 2 weeks, 1 per sock. Considering how I started my first pair of fingering weight socks in August and didn’t finish until December, I’d say that’s quite an improvement. The yarn is Fleece Artist Nova Socks in the colorway “marine” and they are sooo soft and comfy. The pattern is a blend of Wendy’s Feather and Fan Socks and my own 68 stitch standard toe-up sock pattern. I heard from several people that the feather and fan cuff isn’t as stretchy as a plain stockinette or ribbed cuff, so I added four stitches when I began the cuff and went up half a needle size. (another good reason for adding four stitches was that I needed 72 stitches to do the feather and fan pattern properly. handy how that worked out.) I didn’t do any kind of fancy bind off, I just bound off in 1×1 ribbing and it seems fine. It was scary, though, because it seems like almost everyone else has such a hard time with really tight bind offs…
I’m embarrassed at how long it’s taking me to finish the magenta and black socks. The first sock took less than a week. The second sock was moving along until I lost the black yarn for the heel. So… the second sock is on hold at the heel until a)I find the yarn or b) my LYS gets more black fingering weight yarn in stock.