Procrastiknitting -- it's what happens when I am *supposed* to be doing something else (like, for instance, marking) and I somehow end up knitting instead. It's a guilty pleasure.
So my procrastiknitting the other night was finishing the second Patina sock. Now I have a pair.
This is a pattern which is 64 stitches around. I used 2.5 mm needles. (I used the ChiaoGoo DPNs and absolutely love them. They're absolutely fine for things like centred double decreases, and k2tog and ssk. They also split the yarn less than the SNAs).
I only did 2 mods. One was to use the single sole gusset decrease (from Turtlegirl76 on Ravelry) instead of the standard gusset decrease from the instep. That one seems to fit my foot the best. It actually looks like a heel when the sock is flat, as opposed to short row heels or after/forethought heels which really are just L-shaped bends in the sock.
The second mod was to do an extra repeat of the centre detail after finishing the side bits. You can see that most clearly in the first photo on the foot inside Lola. It just finishes it off nicely rather than having the blank expanse of toescape at the end.
The yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label which is a 3-ply 80/20 superwash MN blend. It's fairly soft and quite durable. I have several pairs in Blue Label. I do find it a bit splittier than some other MN yarns, but it was definitely better using the ChiaoGoos.
The sock pattern is very intuitive and goes quite quickly. It's a bit like the Jubilee Socks from Cookie A. This is my favourite kind of pattern -- interesting but intuitive or simple enough not to require slavish adherence to a chart all the time. I ended up memorizing the repeats, so that was helpful.
For those who don't know, Tanis Lavallee (of Tanis Fiber Arts) designed the pattern. This was the first pattern she wrote for her Year in Colour yarn club.
The colour of the yarn is Lucky Penny, and I think it goes so well with the pattern The colourway looks a bit like tarnished (oxidized?) pennies -- copper with a patina. So I guess these are my Lucky Penny Patina socks.
The yarn is variegated enough to be interesting and have some depth, but not so variegated as to fight with the stitch pattern.
This is a total win win. I have more TFA planned for when my April knitting embargo is over.
So that was my procrastiknitting. I'm pretty pleased with the result. I ended up finishing the foot in a night.
That's it for the knitting. The rest is more yarn pr0n. Hardcore yarn pr0n in fact.
Roo, you might be in danger of stroking out over the yarn profligacy / wool piggery here. Just giving you fair warning.
Coming up: White Birch Fiber Arts, BMFA RSC, and Sweet Georgia.
First off, my March Blue Moon Fiber Arts skein arrived today. It's STR Lightweight and the colourway is Mad as a March Hare. It could also be named My Wild Irish Girlie in Flannel.
It's basically pink, greens and charcoal grey.
It's not hugely different from the January colourway.
Last year, 5 of the 6 RSC colourways had green in them, and the 6th one was Orphan Fledge which was a dark grey with other colours (blues / purples etc.). Even the Hope Springs Eternal wasn't a hugely light and airy colourway. It ends up looking mostly light greenish.
In 2012 there was a bit more variation in the colour -- we started the year with HRH Princess Violetta, and there was kind of an interesting Tideway and of course there was Budding Twig. But 2013 was quite a dark year for Tina and 2014 is kind of similar.
Anyway, most of them will end up being made into socks for Princess, and eventually they fade anyway. But jeez, a spirit or a tipsy clan or something bright and sunny would be nice for a change. Just no more green for a while. I'm starting to feel mossy.
But I digress.
I had also ordered some skeins of yarn from White Birch Fiber Arts. That's Lisasocks on Ravelry. She does gradient self-striping sock yarn. She has an 80/20 MN base and an 80/10/10 MCN base. Just as an FYI, when I do a Google search for White Birch Fiber Arts, the first thing that comes up is the offiial Metamucil site. Perhaps there's birch in it.
So, um, yeah. Head on over there if you're interested. She has some "Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow" in stock at the moment.
Anyway, the ones I got from her are these:
If you want to see how they knit up, head oever to her shop. She has partial socks / tubes over glass jars or glasses, which is kind of a cool way to show how the yarn knits up.
And the shipping from Vermont to Nova Scotia? Super speedy, even for Canada Post.
Unlike a particular order which went from LA to Canada Customs, cleared customs and then WENT BACK TO LA. WTF?
I blame you, Canada Post.
Anyway, I told Princess that I'd make socks for her. But I might have lied a little. That was really just a way to have her not nag me about buying yarn. The lies we tell our children... But of course when they are actually knit up, if she squeals over them, I have no choice but to give them up.
And then there was the other Sweet Georgia Yarns order. It's basically all my favourite colours. What can I say? These are all Silk Crush, and I am going to make socks for me for work.
Hmm, I can't decide which version I like better in terms of the yarn arrangements, so you'll have to look at both.
From left to right: Bison, Jade, Blood Orange, Basil, Raspberry, Coral Rose, Melon, Orchid [her signature colour] and China Doll.
Oh yeah, the Cookie A sock club offering also arrived. It's Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga in Tyrian Mollusk. The patterns are fabbity fab fab. I will definitely be doing a Drogon and possibly a Danaerys.
So that ends the wool piggery.
Look, it's better than being on drugs or beating my children. Don't judge.
The children have competing tattoos. I have apparently been pressed into service as tat paparazzo (paparazza?).
The Lad's is still all black. No colour yet. The red is blood. This is just what he had done this week.
The rest of it is a phoenix. I'll get a picture of the front of the arm at some point.
And Princess just got more of her colour done today. Hers is also a phoenix with some cherry blossoms.
I appreciate them as works of art. I have some Japanese Bushido tattoo books which I think are very cool.
But the time and expense? OMG. The kids have each had probably 4 sessions so far. Princess' tattoo is by a more experienced guy and the Lad's is by someone less experienced, but these things are thousands of dollars. [I have my retort next time either of them dares make a comment about having to resort to eating yarn. I am going to point at their various tattoos and ask how many skeins of yarn each tattoo represents. That ought to shut them up. Maybe forever.]
The kids keep asking me when I'm going to get a tattoo. And the answer to that is: never.
I explain to them that your physical geography changes over time, and what looks all firm and perky now is going to look like a sea monster in 40 years' time.
But they're young and I'm middle aged. My geography is well on its way to looking Loch Ness. Besides, if I got a tattoo I'd want one of those huge works of art all down my back or something, but then I'd have to have my head sewn on backwards and I'd be arrested for indecency (on oh so many levels). What's the point in having a tattoo if you can't see it?
I'll stick to blue and purple hair. Last year it was blue. This year I'm going purple ombre.
But it will have to wait until after I get Mikel to fix my hair. I got out of the shower the other day and decided that about 5" had to go. It was getting way too long and it was tangly and snarly and I was starting to look like one of those granola women who never cut their hair and who look like horribly aging hippies. I couldn't find my actual Henkels hair cutting scissors. So I used pinking shears. Mikel has to add some Deva Curl layers back in. And do the ombre thing.
I think that's everything.
Oh, not it's not.
Ocean Patch on Etsy.
And my sweet Sabastian. He's the best snuggle puggle ever.
Okay, there really will be radio silence for the next few weeks. I have a bunch of huge deadlines, one of which expanded significantly late this afternoon. So now I'm going back to my work work. And tomorrow I'm marking. Sigh.
I'd really rather procrastiknit.