I have *finally* finished pair #7. They're fresh off the needles. This last sock seemed to take forever and ever. I think I'm officially done with Second Sock month. I just don't know that I have it in me to knit another second sock this month.
I am so over brown socks. My remaining single socks are a pink one (which is the only remote possibility), another brown one -Epic Lattice, and another dark one - the Cookie A Blackbird.
I am desperate for some colour. I want something retina-blinding. I want stripes. I want neon. I want something other than brown.
Anyway, lest I get too carried away in my ranting, let's close this off, shall we?
Pair #7. Simple Skyp socks by Adrienne Ku. The skyp part is genius; I love the pattern it makes. I can even see reducing it so that there is only one purl between knit columns, and having a single K skyp K (so it would be a total 6-stitch repeat rather than 8 stitch repeat).
The yarn is Wollmeise Twin in the Fratello colourway. I bought it in a Yarnissima kit (which seemed to me for the longest time to be the ONLY way to ever get my hands on Wollmeise). I think the pattern for the Fratello socks is great (especially now that I can cable), but I think it would have been terrible in this yarn. I mean, really, look at the pooling and flashing. I know it's all shades of brown, but, dear readers, I confess that I hate the colour of this yarn. I would have been good with the lighter brown or the darker brown. But not both in the same skein. Yerch. It's like cat yak on my legs.
This is where it was the other night when I was messaging with Christine. The others are all today's finished pair.
[Someone explain to me how I managed to get the sock on the left in focus but not the one on the right - it's a mystery to me.]
I just finished the second one and kitchenered the toe and wove in the ends. To me, a sock isn't done until it's woven in.
I made the mistake once of not weaving in the ends on a pair of socks, and because I'm so fundamentally lazy, I never did get around to it and the ends would get caught in my toes when I put the socks on etc. It wasn't pretty.
So there's pair #7 for August.
I thought briefly about making the tea towel / oversized dishcloth which I had been thinking about, but I think I'll cast on more socks instead.
Some of my birthday yarn arrived this week. I had placed an order with Sweet Georgia Yarns (Felica Lo -- she's in Vancouver) and I had ordered a couple of the new fall colourways. Some are older colourways.
I was a little bit responsible and only ordered the Tough Love Sock (80/20 superwash merino / nylon), even though I love the CashLuxe Fine (which is 70/20/10 MCN). I do love the Tough Love, and economically it's more responsible. So that's how I justified this order.
From left to right, I got Oceanside, Deep Cove (new), Magpie (new), terra Firma (new), Cherry and Tumbled Stone.
These came in two sealed ziploc bags. I had them out of the bags on the table and counter for approximately 30 seconds. So HOW did they get covered in animal hair? I just am amazed at the ubiquitousness of the animal hair. I'm sure I breathe it in. People allergic to pets probably faint when they're within 10 feet of me. I'm like Pigpen in the Charlie Brown cartoon. But instead of an ever-present cloud of dust hovering around me, I have an ever-present cloud of pet hair.
Yes, Christine, you can get up from the floor. I DID order a blue skein. I told you before, I'm in a bit of a blue period these days.
I love the Tumbled Stone because it's a good all-purpose neutral which is a bit more interesting than plain old natural. The Terra Firma appealed to me, and I think I'm going to make either the Park City socks or the Rushing Tide socks out of it. The Cherry is a delightful blue-red, and I wanted it.
The Oceanside is a gorgeous blue. The Deep Cove is one of the new ones, and it's kind of like Tourmaline's older sibling. I love it. The Magpie is very dark and raveny. I thought it would make a good pair of Karl's Socks by Claire Ellen.
So I think that what I'll do next is take a break from second socks and do something fairly simple with a self-striping. I could use my Neon Spring from Desert Vista Dyeworks, or possibly a Moi le Coco from Biscotte & Cie. I don't want anything with black in it at the moment.
Then again, there are my skeins from Stray Cat Socks which arrived recently (and which I somehow haven't uploaded to my Rav stash - must rectify forthwith).
Well, whatever I choose, you'll proably see it next time I blog.
In terms of other random stuff, one of our neighbours down the road has two beds of sunflowers which they planted from seed. They're now about 8' tall. I do love sunflowers. I'll have to get some better pics when I walk the beasts soon.
When we moved two years ago, I bought what was supposed to be a knitting chair. It is, in fact, a dog chair.
It sits next to *some* of the yarn. That's as close to knitting as it gets.
And in terms of other random things that amuse me, they finally got around to labelling various doors at work recently. Apparently this is where we are supposed to put all the engineers.
I don't think they're all going to fit.
Until next time, folks. I'm off to knit something which is not brown and not black.