Sit down, if you aren't already, I'm posting twice in one day!!! Alert the media! I know I haven't been as regular at posting to ye ol' blog as I would like, but it's been in a good cause, really. My time is stretched pretty thin now that I've added the gym to my daily routine. That consumes 2-2.5 hours a day. A huge chunk of time~~once I get home, I shower, eat, and hit the books with the kids or catch up on housework. Doesn't leave a whole lot of time for blogging, but I do what I can. I still find time to knit, albeit less than before the first of the year, but progress continues. Let me share what I'm working on now.
Aren't they great?!?! I had been coveting this yarn for way longer than I can remember and finally scored a skein during my destashing/swapping of a couple of months ago. It's Vesper sock yarn in the Aquamelon colorway. I used Sockotta for the toes, and will for the heels as well, even though it isn't a perfect match. I just liked the idea of having the toe and heel all one color instead of striping. I LOVE the nice wide stripes~~1st time I've knit with a yarn that gives a widish stripe. When I get to the place for the heel, I'm going to use an afterthought (some call it a forethought) heel~~run in a couple of rows of scrap yarn and just keep getting it with the stripes. I like my socks to fit snug and was planning on using a rib of some sort once I was an inch or so past the scrap yarn for the heel, but I'm really loving the cleanness of the stockinette and stripes, so it may be that once they are as tall as I want I'll just do a couple of inches of ribbing to hold them up, sort of like I did with my Chocolate Raspberry Truffle socks.
On Valentine's Day Mr Fix-it really came through with a gift card to each of three of my favorite store-front businesses: Knitting Sisters (my lys, which has now gone online. You can access the store by clicking on Login and entering the store as a guest. Not everything they carry is online, so give them a call if you're looking for something you can't find on the site.), Starbucks, and Books A Million. What a guy!!!!! The gift certificate for the lys wasn't even in my possession 24 hours before I had used it to purchase this:
Five balls of Crystal Palace Kid Merino in Fall Herbs. I understand that it is close in functionality to Kidsilk Haze. This will become a shawl. Which one? Who knows? I just couldn't resist it once I saw the colors. Even though it may not make its final home with me (my cousin is getting married in June, and I was thinking it would make a great shawl for her as a shower gift--my mom and I are having the shower for her.) I can't wait to get to work.
Suggestions as to the pattern you think would look great in this yarn? Let's have a little fun with this. Leave your suggestion in the comments or by emailing me (addy is in the sidebar). It must be a pattern available online either free or for purchase as a single pattern. PDF or pamphlet format, but nothing from a book please. I'll take them through next Friday night (cut-off is 12 am Saturday, February 24th). I'll pick the pattern I like best and the person who suggested it will get three hanks of KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud in the Stream colorway. If more than one person suggests the wining pattern, I'll pick the winner at random from those who suggest it. Sound good? Okay, start suggesting!