Well, I did a full blog post on the weekend, but it seems to have disappeared.
So there will be less commentary .
What I've knitted since I last blogged: several socks and a hat.
What I've received since I last blogged: my first shipments from my two sock clubs.
I finished the first Skeindalous Carrot sock. Yarn is Scandalous Carrots by White Birch Fiber Arts, and the pattern is London Gap by Kim Swingle.
I ordered two skeins from String Theory Colorworks. One was Geosmin in the new Wave (100% SW Merino) base, and the other was Phaseolus on the Force (BFL, Silk, cashmere) base. They arrived in the same package as my String Theory Colorworks sock club. The pink and grey sock club is the Oxytocin colourway.
I finished the first Rushing Tide Sock by Felicia Lo in her Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in the Oceanside colourway. It's impossible to capture the colour - it's a deep teal.
The first photo is closest to the actual colour. The last one is using some filter or other on my iPhone. I can't ever be arsed to fiddle with filters and such, but this is kind of a cool effect even if the colour is completely wrong.
I knit a sock in a day using Caterpillar Green in the Warm & Fuzzy colourway. The yarn is an 80/10/10 MCN.
The perpetual state of the deck. I am so sick of snow. The little pine trees in the back are now buried, the raised vegetable beds were buried several snowfalls ago etc. We're having the worst February we've had in years. Ugh. Hence the title of the post.
Here's a photo before the weekend's big snowfall. The little pine tree in the corner is now well and truly buried.
I cast on a Gridiron sock by Anne Hanson out of Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Paula Mae colourway. It's an easy 4-row repeat.
I was looking through my project pages the other day, and I think I've done more Anne Hanson patterns than any others. I think I have almost all of her sock patterns.
I knit a hat for a co-worker but haven't given it to him yet. I'll bring it tomorrow. It's the Mistake Rib beanie by Churchmouse Yarns & Teas (free pattern on Ravelry). I am limited in terms of my non-fingering weight yarns, so I used two strands of Hazel Knits Artisan sock in the Sassafrass colourway. I like it.
I knit the first of the String Theory Sock club socks. I chose the Entanglement base for my sock club yarn this year, and it's a 75/25 SW Merino / nylon blend. I like it because it's a tight twist thin yarn. I prefer it to the 2-ply pebbly 80/20 MN yarns.
I am keeping these socks for me. Love.
And my Cookie A package arrived on Friday. The yarn is by Anzula in the Squishy base (80/10/10 MCN) in the Begonia colourway.
I've cast on the first Pei Mai (Pai Mei?) sock but am only on the ribbing.
These are the other WIPs on the go.
On the left is the second Turtle Purl yarns sock. In the middle is the Wave Geosmin. On the right is another Mistake Rib Beanie. This one is for me and I'm using 2 strands of BMFA Yaksi fingering (held double, if that's not implicit from the 2 strands) in the Boysenberry colourway. I want to see if the yak content is warmer than merino.
Here's a close up of the Wave in the Geosmin on a sock blocker. I am thinking of adding a heel flap in a contrasting colour (hence the three balls above the Mistake Rib beanie). The dark with white flecks is described on on the tag as "navy" but it's more of a very steel grey blue. I might either use the bottom ball (which I think was Skinny Bugga in the Montauk Monster colourway left over from Q's beanie) or the middle ball (which is the leftover HK Artisan in Sassafrass).
The mini skein in this photo is the contrast skein for the Oxytocin sock club yarn. It was just in the way.
Okay, enough of this. I should probably have called this post Startitis. But since I did in fact do it on Saturday, I figured I'd go with the original title.
Now I'm going to hunt down some food. I've been vegetarian for about 6 weeks. I'm trying to limit my consumption of animal products, but I'm not willing to give up cream in my coffee or the occasional helping of cheese. Other than that, I'm not eating any flesh. If it moves under its own propulsion, I'm not eating it.
The Lad has joined me on this odyssey, but he still occasionally eats meat. He's doing a whole lot better than I thought he would. And since Princess is in contest prep, she's eating a lot of chicken, rice and egg whites. But she's only here for one week out of every three.
I can't believe how much faster it is to cook vegetarian dishes. I'll have to increase my repertoire, but I did a chick pea / lentil / broccoli / onion / snow pea curry the other day and made saffron rice to go with it. And there is always a metric ton of fancy salad in the fridge. We even put brussels sprouts in them. And red cabbage. I think I'm going to hunt down some soup and salad for dins.
Ciao folks, and stay warm and dry.
Winter is here.