This is the third week in a row I have blogged. It is some sort of record.
I have a few acquisitions, a FO and a WIP which I haven't managed to photograph other than as a contributor to the clutter on my knitting desk.
In the Arrivals Lounge, I start with my Yarn Enabler sock of the month club shipment for April. I joined at the very beginning of March, and I thought I was going to get the January, February and March skeins sent with the April shipment, but I only received the April skein.
The colour is Lettuce which is a lettuce-y green. The toe, of course has the lead the same colour as the pencil crayon, so to speak.
I am quite delighted that the eraser and metal cuff are on a single mini skein of yarn, as are the wooden pencil and the lead. There are fewer ends to weave in that way.
You can see the wood and the lead peeking out from beside the Prosperity Frog sitting at Amphibia Jr.'s feet.
I have been trying not to peek at spoilers of the yarn from January to March. So I guess I'll have to hold off for another month.
I think I might play with the pattern for this one a bit. I might use a 7x2 regular rib on the leg and foot, and I might do slipped stitches every other stitch for the pencil sharpeny bit. Or I might steal whatever the pattern is from the Geek socks by Wei Leong.
After I placed my order with Simply Socks Yarn Co. I had received a note from Allison saying that the colour of Hedgehog Fibres I wanted was gone, and did I want to substitute something else. The other option was to wait a week-ish for the arrival of the new Hedghehog Fibres. At the time I selected another skein (which was the Secret I showed you last week).
Then I made the mistake of looking at the new Hedgehog Fibres selection when it came in. I saw Villain and it was game over. It's one of the colours I have coveted for a long time. And they had it. So I of course had to order it. And there is no point in ordering just one skein of yarn - the cost of the shipping is prohibitive. It makes more sense to order a couple. Or so.
AND I realized that I had forgotten to add the Sock Ruler to my cart with the previous order. Well, that was a problem which of course had to be rectified right away.
So I ordered another 5 skeins and the sock ruler. Don't judge. This is my blog. I can do what I want. Besides, if it were Red Heart, you wouldn't be sitting here reading this.
[And yes, hateful Canada Customs managed to get this shipment on their radar, so I was victimized by the tax man once again for customs and "administration" charges. Here's a hint, dudes: If you didn't snag my yarn in transit and haul it off for special tax treatment, there would be nothing for you to "administer" an no need to charge your standard fee plus 15% HST on the Canadian equivalent of the declared value.]
Allison sends the yarn in standard plastic bags secured with twist ties.
Release the hounds!
Here they are, all lined up as nice as can be. I'm going to faint with delirium. Isn't this spectacular?
I'll give you the individual mug shots in a moment.
Here's the sock ruler.
Ah, Villain. You make my heart sing. Look at all that pink and orange goodness. What more could I ask for????
Then there's Genie.
And Pier (which I am desperate to knit because of the blue).
And last but not least is the delightful and mysterious skein of Dragonfly. That is destined for a pair of work socks for me.
So that's the stash out of the way.
I am trying to resist the lure of Gales Art Shiny Happy sock yarn and Artistic Yarns by Abi. I keep telling myself that I need to knit at least a couple of my skeins from stash before ordering more. But I've been pretty good about doing some deep stash diving lately. Maybe I'll alternate between oldies and goodies er... newies.
The only knitting which I have completed is a Bankhead Hat for the Lad's girlfriend. I think I mentioned that she had been wearing the Bankhead I knit for him out of the TFA Orange Label in Graphite. So I decided to knit her a hat (so she could return the Lad's to him). Her favourite colour is mustard yellow. So the first Simply Socks Yarn Co. shipment had those three skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash because I wanted her to have a choice of the colours.
The Cascade 220 has no name - just a bar code or whatever. I can't be arsed to look at the tag to tell you what it is. It's four digits in some random order. You get the idea.
Anyway, this took not much time at all to knit. I did 20 rows of twisted rib, a row of purl, another 20 rows of twisted rib, and then joined them before staring the rest of the hat. I'm not crazy about the k2tog decreases in the crown. I think next time I do one, I'll use SSK instead. Or perhaps I'll use the delightful k1, s, psso from the No. 2 Pencil socks.
The 220 Superwash isn't super soft, but it's not super rustic either.
The only other thing I'm working on is the second of the Giberellin STC February sock club socks. My desk as usual is a mess. Whatever.
I'm almost at the heel for the second sock.
But I am going to bed. It's late (11:14, which is late when you're within spitting distance of 50), and I'm tired. I had to be up at 6:30 today (which is scandalous for a Saturday and a full hour earlier than I normally have to get up on a Saturday).
Yesterday's snow is mostly gone.
Yes, we had more snow.
Good thing I still have my snow tires on. I think I'll schedule my appointment to get them swapped over for some time in July. It should be safe by then.
There won't be much in the way of acquisitions for the next while, but there should be a bit of knitting at least.
Happy weekend. My day was hijacked today, but I have tomorrow for knitting! Yippee!