Ha - another blog post and it's only been a week. Not that I have much to say, but at least it will be relatively brief.
I am just going to follow along with the photographs in chronological order.
We start with Des, the chewing / shoe stealing dog. Good thing he's cute. One of the beasts chewed the chair cushion. Likely Des was involved.
Princess went back out west on Wednesday. I finished the Gale's Art No Purl Monkeys for her on Monday. Now where the heck did I put the sheet for that so I can update it on Rav?
It's the Eureka heel (FLKH with additional gusset of 8 stitches).
And to keep the dog stuff balanced, here are Bastian and Lilah.
If I had known at the time that we were going to end up with dogs, I would NEVER have bought the red love seat and chair. However, hindsight is what it is.
I also did the second Nalani Yarns Just Keep Swimming sock for Princess. So now there's another pair. I did the sock on Tuesday and Wednesday, but didn't kitchener the toe and weave in the ends until last night (Friday).
So after I finished those socks I cast on for a new one.
What I really wanted to do was to purchase three skeins of yarn from White Birch Fiber Arts. I *need* Strangefire, All Glory to the Hypnotoad, and 49 Bottles. And I've just checked again and I believe I need the long dyed gradient yarn as well. And Dolphin Smooth -- that one to me screams sock monkeys. I also need Rocketman.
Okay, folks, go and buy all the good stuff from WBFA so I don't have to feel tempted or disappointed.
Anyway, I cast on a new pair of socks using the WBFA 80/20 base in Scandalous Carrots. I'm doing the London Gap pattern by Kim Swingle and am really loving it so far. I may try it with a variegated skein.
Then I have a pile of WIPs. I need to decide whether to Frog or Finish.
This first one has already been frogged. I took the photo and then frogged it. It was one of the gentlemen's socks (gentleman's sock?) from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. I can't remember the pattern, but I really like it. I would like to do it again in a smaller size. I think this was 80 stitches or something and it was way too big.
The yarn is Plucky Feet in Map Room. It's a good work neutral or man colour.
The next one is Rushing Tide Socks by Felicia Lo using her Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love in Oceanside. It's a 64 stitch sock and it's on 2.5 mm needles. I started this in September. Then I thought I had dropped some stitches and was going to frog it. When I looked at it today, I couldn't find the dropped stitches. The colour is completely wrong because it's an indoor night photo. The colour is a beautiful very dark teal. I'm not sure whether to frog and start again or keep going. We'll see.
I started a Sparrow Dance in my OOAK skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Cosmic Blue Label in the Plum Chutney colourway. I thought this would be a perfect yarn for the pattern. But on reflection, I don't think so. The sparrow pattern is obscured by the sparkly bits. I think something more geometric would be better for this. So I'm leaning towards frogging this one.
In real life, it's a warmer colour and more sparkly than this shows. It's hard to photograph stellina.
I am using the Nova Platina DPNs for this one. They're pretty similar to the Knit Picks nickel plated DPNs. Similar kind of tip as well. They're perfectly acceptable DPNs.
I started Bubbles by Cookie A in a skein of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Sock in the Magenta colourway. It's another one started in September. I gave it a few rows of love the other night. I didn't realilze that the yarn is as tonal as it is. Hmmm....Not sure I like this. We'll see.
We've had lots of weather lately. Today was particularly unpleasant (or at least overnight was with the resulting grossness this morning). Originally they were calling for 25-35 cm of snow on Monday; then late last week they changed the forecast to 15-20 cm, then 5-10 cm. Now it's back up to 25-35 cm of snow. Gross.
The next one is a Heather Zopetti design which I had to modify a bit to add some extra stitches. The yarn is a Woolen Rabbit yarn - not sure whether it's Harmony sock or Lucent. The colourway is Scottish Heather (I think). I like the yarn but it's not a terribly tight twist. Interesting pattern - I'm sure it looks better on a sock blocker or opened up on the leg. I'll probably keep going with it for a bit.
The last one is in a skein of Plucky Knitter Primo which Christine sent me. I started Hedera with it and didn't like it. Then I started another pattern (whose name I didn't write down - all I wrote down was the charted pattern. It's by a woman on Rav who did them for her brother. Helpful, I know. It's a free pattern.). I am undecided. I might frog this and start yet another pattern.
The final wip is the Oktoberfest Sock in a skein of Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in a mutation of Beyer's Jewelled Scarab. It's less lime and more yellow-green than this. But the yarn has red flecks in it (hence the mutation). I like the pattern. There's an offset cable panel and the rest is 2x2 ribbing. It's one of the ones I started in September as well. I've given it a few rows of love lately.
This afternoon I decided to rearrange some of the stuff on my desk in the knitting room. The bags on top are either solo balls of WIP yarn or projects. All the single socks above are on the shelf in project bags.
My desk top is never this clear.
I moved my DPNs from my bookcase to the desk. Same with some of my notions. The glass bowl of beads and buttons is on the desk now as well.
So while you may look at this and scream, "OMIGOD how messy! How does she survive????" I look at it and think, "Wow. How tidy! Awesome."
Anyway, my scandalous carrot is beckoning me. I volunteered to knit a hat for a co-worker. But quite frankly, I'm not sure he deserves my skein of TFA orange label worsted MCS. So I am not going to bother with that today.
I'm waiting for my January Cookie A and my String Theory. Apparently the String Theory sock club shipments went out in the mail today. Yay! That means I should have it by maybe Valentine's Day. Possibly later.
Caitlin announced a new yarn base -- it's called Wave. But I'm a little perplexed. The description is "100% Superwash wool and nylon." So either it's 100% wool, or it's some other combination of wool and nylon.
Anyway, peeps, I'm off to work on the heel flap and listen to some more Caustic Soda. Which, if you've never heard it, is pretty much the most amusing and entertaining podcast on the planet. It's not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. But it is fabulous. I have learned so much listening to it. And it's right up my alley - parasites and disease and horrific stuff.
Over and out for this week.