Up here in Canada we're a mild-mannered polite bunch who are always saying "Sorry" even when something isn't our fault. It's how we are. It's a national characteristic.
So, apparently, is a love of reptiles. Pythons, to be exact.
If you follow Canadian news at all, you will realize that there have been unsettling (and tragic) python incidents of late.
Here's a smattering for anyone who is of a herpetological bent and not squeamish.
I think there was another one recently in Nova Scotia, but that may have been the Yarmouth incident. It involved police on a drug bust who had to call animal control. The snakes probably require fewer walks than Rottweilers.
The yarn is similarly coiled and serpentine, but decidedly less dangerous.
I placed an order with Cephalopod Yarns after having done windows shopping for ages and ages. I can't help myself. Even though I am in a blue phase, the reds and pinks and purples still make me weak in the knees. I put things in my shopping cart and then exited for probably 6 weeks.
I ordered some Skinny Buggas and a Bugga Oddity. The Bugga Oddity was in the name of science because Christine mentioned that there may have been a change to the Cephalopod Yarns Bugga Base. And I'm always up for an experiment to see first hand what the changes might be. And it was also basically a variation of Flamboyant Cuttlefish, which makes my heart sing (and which I didn't order in Skinny Bugga).
So I ordered these lovelies. The first is the Bugga Oddity. The rest are all Skinny Bugga, which is my favourite base. They are Rhinoceros Beetle, Moon Jelly (which is actually more taupey/beigey and not as grey as this appears), Spanish Dancer (OMBHBS*), Lion's Mane Jellyfish, Jewel Anemone and Axolotl.
*OMBHBS is what my first university roommate and I used to say. It stands for Oh My Beating Heart Be Still. (Pronounced ohm bah huh bussah)
I won't bore you with the individual shots. Well, maybe I will. After all, one tiny little group shot hardly counts as inundation.
Okay, I've embedded it as a thumbnail gallery, so that if you don't want to see them individually, you don't have to.
Princess doesn't know about the Bugga order. Mercifully she's in Saskatchewan working, so she wasn't here when they were delivered. I've bagged and tagged them and hidden them in the snake pit yarn bin.
The other yarn delivery was a teeny tiny slip from String Theory Yarns. (Which Princess also doesn't know about and which is also in hiding).
But if pressed, I can sort of justify it. I had started a pair of vanilla socks in my very precious skein of Canon Hand Dyes William Self-Striping base in the Cheshire Cat colourway. I was loving the way the pink and purple knit up. With 72 stitches on 2.25 mm needles, I was (am) getting a perfect 5-row stripe of violet, fuchsia, pink, fuchsia and violet. It was making me swoon a little.
Then Princess saw it.
She went at it like a homing pigeon. "Ooooh, Mama......those are gorgeous. Are those for me?????"
After a reaction like that, what could I say? "No, sweetheart, I'm too selfish. You'll have to make do with something plain or ugly."
So I agreed they could (sigh) be hers. Then she magnanimously told me I could replace the skein.
So I did. With these.
The first one is on the Entanglement base (75/25 MN). It's that nice tight twist 4-ply which I love. There's also a heel/toe skein in the Inertia base. The Inertia base is the middle one; it's an 80/20 MN but it's that pebbled 2-ply base which I'm less fond of, although it knits up fine. The third skein is in the Continuum base (80/10/10 MCN) and I got a heel/toe skein in the black in the Continuum as well.
The colour names are Event Horizon, Chrysocolla and Phosphorus. Event Horizon is the pink, green, purple and black one on the end. Chrsocolla is the teal, green and grey one in the middle. Phosphorus is the black and variegated red/white/purple on the left.
So that's the yarn inundation.
I have three currently vaguely active socks in progress, one of which I will try to get finished by the 31st.
Sock #2 for Pair #8 is the second Ripple Weave in the HK Artisan Sock in Daphne on 2.50 mm needles.
I started it out of guilt the other day. I'm on the third leg repeat (on row 4 of 20).
The other two are the Cheshire Cat which Princess has claimed (started in July), and the Chewy Apple in the Stray Cat Sock.
Here's the Cheshire Cat. See what I mean about the stripes and why I'm loath to give them up?
For a brief period there was a similar skein on the Canon Hand Dyes website in something with blue / teal / green (Tempest, maybe?) but I was too slow and it had disappeared by the time I got around to looking for a replacement skein for the Cheshire Cat.
The yarn base for the Stray Cat Socks is a 75/25 Wool/Nylon blend, and it is definitely not as soft to the touch as a merino/nylon blend. So I hope they will wear well. And OMG the smell is wonderful. It's as nice as the Wollmeise Purwool wash.
I decided to do a plain ribbed sock, because I was reading something which talked about the tendency of stockinette socks to lose their elasticity and start to sag. I did the ribbing in plain 2x2 ribbing, but decided to do that thing for the leg where you knit the entire first row of each new colour and then do the 2x2 ribbing after one complete row in the new colour. It eliminates those kind of purl bump colour blends. But it gives a bit of a wonky texture to the sock. I think I actually like it. I'm knitting it on 2.25 mm needles and until I do the heel, I'm only using 4 needles (which is completely foreign for me -- I'm a total 5 DPN girl all the way).
Neither of these photos quite captures the colour. The pink in the yarn is a true screaming Barbie pink. It's not as dark as it appears here. The green is a little darker and less elecric lime. And the orange is kind of a bright orange.
The box makes a pretty good project bag / yarn bowl.
And speaking of project bags, I had to go to the doctor yesterday and I was in the waiting room for over an HOUR and I didn't have any knitting with me. I don't know why I didn't bring it with me to work. I walked up from my office and was more concerned about making sure I had the contraption with me. (TMI, don't ask). So I listened to an audiobook instead. Not. The. Same. Thing. At. All.
I did manage to get a better picture of one of the groves of sunflowers this morning. Unfortunately there was no one to pose beside them for scale. And the funny thing is that there's a house further up with even TALLER sunflowers (except they aren't in bloom yet).
Since Princess is in Saskatchewan (don't ask - she's mad and miserable -- it's a bad combination) I have borrowed her nightlights. I got her these a couple of years ago when we were in Calgary at the Ikea. They change colour. They are the most awesome things ever. They're like pokemons or something.
I am ridiculously pleased with them. She may not get them back.