Friday, July 14, 2006

Thanks Maya, for taking tennis! .

We have a lovely French girl living with us this month, so I have been privy to the ultimate luxury in Momdom. Waiting for one kid's lessons without another yapping at your heels. Coffee in a cup, a folding chair and these socks for one full hour every morning.

I tried to get her in an extra week next week, but alas, today was our last lesson till August, when I will have the little one back. Yap. Yap.
Then no socks, just coffee.

These are IK's Uptown Boot Socks. I have knit to the pattern so far, but am going my own way on the gusset and foot. The instructions seemed to get uneccesarily complicated at that point, and I didn't feel like translating from DPN to Magic Loop either. Two very different languages....

Apparently, I'll need new boots because I just found my favorite black ones in the basement, where they were spending the winter with our other hibernating footwear - and they are covered in a suspicious blue fur. Eeeeeew. All this rain, I guess. Nothing else in the entire basement is moldy. Just my boots. How much does that suck? Glass half empty.

How about - New Boots this fall to go with my new socks! Glass half full.

Anyways, that's the rear view through to the heel gusset, which I just turned.
Lorna's Laces Buck's Bar colorway. I love this stuff. Good thing too, since I got one more package in swap full o Lorna's! This brings my brand new Lorna's stash to 6 different colorways. I have sock yarn for 9 pairs - woo hooo - must find more new sock patterns. What gorgeous colors - now I know why everyone gets hooked on socks.

My real baby's asleep right now on the living room floor - so back to these babies before she stirs. I can't bring myself to take her out in the heat, so have some down time to blog.

Then she, me, and these socks are off to the beach for some cooling off.

Have swapped a lot, but still have lots o yarns left... anyone? Beuller?
Red wool, lots of novelties, Dive, blue laceweight, gray soft wool, feltables
just go back a few entries and you'll see!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Some socks done and lots more hatching.....

Here are my finished Lovely Lace Socks in Regia sockyarn. I loved (as the name would suggest....) this pattern and I loved the yarn, which - of course - is quite a different color than in the photo here, but you get the idea. My camera apparently thought the socks should be more of a hot pink and blue theme. In reality they were more reds and peaches and blues. I have already sent them onto their owner, so I can't retake the photo -- but they do look nice this way too, so hey.

I got the Regia at The Knitting Room, which has just added a bunch of cool artyarns and Regia colorways to their sock collection... did they know I was entering a new phase??

And now that I'm kind of hooked (blame that magic loop, it's changed my life), here's the pile of Koigu I got from my Mom's. I'm loving the rainbow and green colorways. Am thinking the deep autumn color might end up a shawl, since I have a whole bunch o skeins worth.

Any simple lace shawl ideas? I am eyeing Icarus from the latest IK, but it might be a little beyond my ability.

And if that wasn't enough, here's what's arrived so far from my swaps! Two gorgeous colors of Opal and two of Lorna's Laces - I have one more skein of the blues, it's being wound. More is on the way too. Sock yarn is way addicting, and it takes up less room in the stash than all the worsted that's been sent out, so I barely feel gulty!

The red ones, "Flame" from Lorna's Laces, are burning a hole in my subconscious, so I think they'll be knit up first. Aren't they lovely? For once, my camera decided to honor the rules of the universe and show the yarn as it exists. Maybe even the camera liked the yarn?

But first, a quick fix on Craig's ruined cropped sweater, shown here in it's pre cropped form. I got a few skeins more of the DB Cotton Aran and will try and cover the belly button and reknit the trim. No man needs to show midriff in his sweaters... unless he's Boy George.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Koigu and Alaska wool from the last post are pending. The DK DEbbie Bliss is gone, and the Dune is gone.

But wait, there's more!!
Swap or Sell, unless you're contacting me from Knitty. Then swap only.

Kool Aid dyed dusty purple worsted. About 500 yds in the darker and 100 (the one ball) a little lighter lavender. Similar to Cascade 220, not as soft. Felts nicely. $15 + shipping.

Gray worsted. Again, similar to Cascade 220, not quite as soft. Big skeins - I'm guessing around 800 yds here. Felts nicely too. $15 + shipping.

Misc feltables - cascade 220 in a dark manly green and a variegated purple heather. Noro bits in matching greens, browns. Heathered Gray. And mustard yellow. Guessing 100 yds ea on the Cascade, a little less on the yellow, and way less on the gray and bits. $10 for 'em. + shipping.

Very soft and thicker pingouin Gray worsted. Would knit on 9s maybe. There are 5 skeins total, the other was in another bag. A mid shade of gray, a little heatherey. $15 + ship

Red kool aid dyed Worsted - from the same batch as the purple. There are a 8 skeins of this, so around 800 yds. Maybe $20 + shipping.

Patons DK in persimmon, Elann Peruvian Highland Wool in a dark rose. 2.5 skeins. $10 + ship

Bad photo. Dive variegated - one skein in greens, one in blues. The colors are more vibrant than this. It's a soft wool, worsted wt. The cone is a deep tealy blue cone of laceweight mohair or alpaca (not sure which). Lots on it, I'll never make a lace shawl, so...... $7 for the Dive both, $10 for the cone + ship

Hot Pink mercerized cotton. 2 full skeins. I wound one. Again, the camera dulled this. It's a vibrant kidlike hot pink. $5 + ship

Would love a sock pattern book..... now that I'm getting some sock yarn! More sock yarn, natural fibers, #2 circs, other bamboo circs or addis, magazines, whatever.
Otherwise, make me an offer.

I put $$ but please feel free to offer a trade instead, I"m flexible and want to get these boxes outta the kitchen! Thanks.

Off to the beach with the girls - maybe I'll work on lace sock #2.
Or maybe i'll just be chasing them around the beach, eyeing my sock on the towel.