Happy Mother's Day to those of you who are mothers or who have mothers.
The problem with weekly blogging is that I have almost nothing to say. (That's a problem how? you may be asking...)
I have finished a sock (which now makes another pair), I have cast on a sock and a cowl (which I am not enjoying) and I received my Cyborg's Craftroom yarn. And that's it for the week.
Remember last week I alluded to the fact that I might have ordered a few more skeins of Cyborg's Craftroom from Simply Socks Yarn Co? Well the hypothetical shipment arrived. It was in an envelope instead of a box and there were no pesky customs charges. Win win!
On the Assparkilate base, I got Ain't No Party Like a Cyborg Party (the one with the white background) and After the Storm.
I think these will make joyful socks. I'm not a huge fan of the sparkly stuff, but that was the only base that had these colours. The sparkly base is also a 2-ply pebbled twist merino/nylon which is (as you know) not my favourite base. I infinitely prefer 3 or 4-ply 75/25 MN with a smooth tight twist.
However, these will knit into beautiful socks.
The three skeins on the Assockilate base are Let Them Eat Cake, Santorini Sunset (oh my beating heart be still) and Wildflower. Why yes, the Wildflower does look a lot like the Northern Lights. But the Northern Lights is darker.
The Hedgehog Fibres skein is in the Tremble colourway. Yes, it does bear a passing resemblance to the Wildflower, but it is more blue. Honest.
Thus endeth the yarn buying for a while. Other than my one remaining String Theory Colorworks sock club offering for June, all I have is my monthly pencil crayon of the month skeins from the Yarn Enabler. So that will be bomb. I am going to try to knit down some stash.
I figure if I don't ever buy yarn again, and I knit 25 pairs of socks per year, in 40 years I will have made a pretty good dent in my stash.
Bastian always stands at my door waiting to go in. Lilah was on the stool looking adorable. Usually Des pushes his way in as well. Princess is out in BC visiting her boyfriend, so Lilah splits her sleeping time between me and the Lad. But then the Lad's girlfriend comes to stay with us for a week on Tuesday, so I'll have Des with me all the time, but Princess will be back and Lilah can go back downstairs.
Musical dog chairs and dog politics are exhausting.
As I said, I have only one FO. It's the socks out of the Three Irish Girls McLellan fingering in the Maura colourway. These are my Must Stash Daily Eggs consolation prize. They're a plain 2x2 rib with a Fish Lips Kiss heel. The bamboo yarn is a little shiny and it doesn't take the dye as well as MN blends do, so the colours are always a little muted. And I find this yarn a bit splitty. So this wasn't my favourite knit on the entire planet. On the second sock I used a set of regular Hiya Hiya DPNs (the non-Sharps) to see if that would avoid splitting the yarn. It worked, but the blunt tips made the toe decreases a bit more challenging.
I have no idea what happened there or why there is a big blobby spot.
I still have a stack of single socks which are making me feel guilty. I'll get around to finishing them. I am trying to do a new one and then an old one.
I purchased the Spectral cowl pattern and decided that I wanted to try it with my skein of BMFA Super Woobu-Lite in the Room Without a Roof colourway.
Well, why on earth did I decide to start another knit in a bamboo blend right after finishing a sock with bamboo, particularly when I was cursing the bamboo? Idiocy and a very short memory span, I guess.
I just adore the colour of the Room Without a Roof in the skein. To me it looks like Van Gogh's Starry Night.
But I have to say, I'm not really all that impressed with the way it's knitting up.
For starters, there's much more of the light blue and the yellow than I was expecting. The Spectral pattern calls for a cast-on of 336 stitches. I didn't pull enough of a tail, so I cast on 260. Whatever.
I'm not sure how far I'll get with this. But I guess looking at the Starry Night picture, it does look a bit like the picture.
I'll do a few more repeats and see how I feel about it.
I decided that I didn't want to be working on this at all yesterday, so I cast on a sock in my Hedgehog Fibres in the Sangria colourway. I'm doing a 2x2 rib, then a purl band, then 3x1 with every second row a plain knit row. What is that called? A broken rib? No idea. Anyway, that's what I'm doing.
The Hedgehog Fibres is knitting up into a beautiful fabric. But I'm a bit surprised at how splitty the yarn is. It's not as tightly twisted as I was expecting. It's a 90/10 MN blend, but it's not the same as Plucky Feet or Hazel Knits Artisan sock. I like the 90/10, but I was expecting a tighter ply.
I'm back to Hiya Hiya Sharps on this one.
I am going to do a heel flap and gusset. I've had it with the Fish Lips Kiss heel for a bit.
And speaking of needles, Signature Needle Arts is doing a limited run of size 0 (2.0 mm) DPNs. I was contacted by email and asked whether I was interested in reserving a set. So of course I said yes. They were due to be ready in April, but another email said that they are delayed until May.
I was watching an episode of The Knit Girllls and I think LaLa had been to DFW in Texas and had stopped by the SNA booth and saw the new size zeros. She said they have the usual sharp points, but that they are $90 per set. SNA didn't mention that in the email, of course. I have a love/hate relationship with Signature Needle Arts. I love the products, but don't love the company or their communications or their service particularly. I would characterize them as arrogant and unhelpful. And I've been buying their needles since 2009 and I have bought lots of them. They never ever extend their sales to Canada, which irks me no end. And their "sales" are along the lines of free shipping or whatever. I have almost exclusively switched over to Hiya Hiya sharps.
I have one of the original SNA sets of size 0 DPNs. They're heavy (because they're steel and not aluminum), but they are not as pointy as the other SNA needles. I'd compare them actually to ChiaoGoo DPNs. They're the same heavy weight and have the same tip. So I am hoping that the new SNA production run has sharper tips. Because I am going to be irritated to pay about $135 CAD plus shipping for a set of needles which are blunter than I would like. I already have those, thank you very much. We shall see.
Anyway, that's basically it for today's update. It was NAOSH week last week and I was incredibly busy with that. I'm glad that's over and done with for another year.
Today my plans are binge watching Midsomer Murders on Netflix and knitting my Hedgehog Fibres sock and possibly the Starry Night cowl. I am going to do at least a couple of inches before deciding whether to frog the damned thing.
There may also be a nap on the agenda today.
My Kindle Fire seems to have given up the ghost. I am slightly panicked. I really like the Kindle Fire, but they don't make it any more. My old iPad is slow and bulky but I guess it will do for reading my Kindle books. And there will be no iPad mini in my foreseeable future, so the old clunky iPad will have to do for now.
Cheers and happy May.