Monkey

Isn’t it funny when a short week feels really really long?  I only worked Wednesday through Friday this week but it really felt like I had worked a month straight.  I don’t think the fact that I’m getting a cold helped….I’m just exhausted.  So I did very little knitting this week.  In fact, one day I didn’t knit at all – which is weird.  I’ve also realized that blogging is causing a conflict with knitting – at night I grab my laptop and surf and chat….and don’t knit (I also don’t exercise but that’s another story).  So I think I need a bit of balance – little blogging, little surfing, little knitting (and ok, little exercising!).

But….as I said I did get a fair bit of knitting done while visiting my mom in California….and last night I finished up my Monkey socks. 

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Pattern:  Monkey
Yarn:   Sock yarn by Hello Yarn, colorway Shear
Needle:  US #1 DPN
Started:  February 14
Finished:  February 23

Amazing stats, eh?  I think this is the fastest pair I’ve ever done.  And I love them – everything about them is just so nice.  The pattern is really good – I can’t recommend it enough.  Interesting, but not crazy so its perfect sock knitting.  I really like the way Cookie A wrote the pattern, and how nice it came out.  I am going to keep this pattern – I can really see doing it again – and I hardly ever do the same pattern twice.   The yarn is also very nice – beautiful colors, and all in all, I was pretty happy with it.  I think I have other Hello Yarn yarn in the stash, but I will also buy it in the future.    There was only one “thing” – I realized halfway through the second sock that I had misread the pattern – and was doing K2TOG where I was supposed to SSK.  It was too late to change, so I just kept on doing it the wrong way – I don’t think it had a huge impact, though, and I don’t think its noticeable.

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As I mentioned in my last post, while I was in California, my Mother and I hit two yarn shops.  Rather than overwhelm you with yarn, I thought I’d talk about the first one today, and the next one on another post.   So last Friday, we went to the La Petite Knitterie in Ladera Ranch, which is really close to where my mother lives in Laguna Woods.  The store was in a cute little shopping mall with outside bistro-type restaurants….very nice.  Had it been later in the day, we would have had lunch there.  OK, back to the store.

The store was very nice – small, but well laid out.  Lots of yarn, but most was store brand.  Which was sort of weird for such a small shop.  I know that some of the bigger stores like Webs have their own brands, but I’ve never seen it like this.   But they did have Rowan, Debbie Bliss….but more store brand than anything.  Beautiful yarn.  Expensive yarn.  No really – expensive yarn on the store branded or local yarns.  I normally don’t mind spending money on yarn if its unusual or beautiful or whatever – but spending $70 for a 200 yard skein of hand spun worsted weight yarn?  Not happening.  She had a lot of handspun, which was very nice – but I just can’t see the point in buying what I could do for myself.  She had some roving there too – also pretty pricey compared to roving I’ve bought at other stores.  The staff was very very friendly and helpful – I liked the store, would go again, but the pricing was really out of whack.

My mother was a bit shocked at the prices, but did pick up some Rowan Tapestry for a lace scarf.  Beautiful yarn – wool and soy blend.  Great colors and so soft – I can’t wait to see how it works out.    I can’t see my mother going back to this store, so it didn’t work out the way I hoped by giving her an alternate to her normal yarn store (which is half fun fur/novelty yarn – yuck). 

So what did I buy?  Well, I did find two thing that I thought would make good souveniers! 

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This is from Capistrano Fiber Arts Studio, and is 100% Blue Face Leicester.  Its 150 yards per skein, and fingering weight.  Hand wash, but I thought it would make cute socks.

Next up is store brand sock yarn – again, 150 yds per skein (I realize now that perhaps I should have bought three skeins, but it was something like $15/skein so 3 would have just pissed me off).  Nice colors on this one – unusual for me but I think it will be pretty. 

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So there you go – the first of my California souvenier yarn.  Again, La Petite Knitterie was very nice, and the staff was really very nice – but it just was a bit on the pricey side.   But if you are in the area, I’d recommend it. 

Knitting group today, and hopefully a nap.  I hope that this cold only teeters on the edge and then goes away, rather than becoming a full blown nasty one.  Tomorrow we are supposed to get snow, so I’m looking forward to getting chores done early, and then spending the rest of the day in front of the fire, knitting away on Ariann.  I’d also like to get in spinning time this weekend – I haven’t spun in weeks and really miss it. 

Hope you have a nice weekend too!

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12 Responses to Monkey

  1. Katie says:

    Your monkey socks look great.

  2. dailystitches says:

    I can see why you love everything about them, they are gorgeous. The yarn has just enough color variation to be vibrant without overwhelming the stitch pattern, it was a perfect choice for these.

  3. I’m SO glad you’re back but sorry you’re feeling icky. 😦

    It’s nice that you got to spend time with your Mom. She looked pretty happy with what she’s knitting. Yarn store be damned!

    Funky Monkey! Wear them today and maybe you’ll feel a bit better.

  4. rhoda says:

    the monkey socks look fabulous! do you think the prices were so high because it’s in the laguna area? jw. the capistrano yarn is soooooooo pretty! 🙂 I’m sure it will knit up nicely!

  5. elizabeth says:

    Your Monkey socks are positively cheeky!!! I’m so jealous – I love California, even if the yarn shops are horribly overpriced. At those prices, we could all afford to quit our day jobs, yes?

  6. Lovely Monkey socks!! Sorry I didn’t get to see them in person today – feel better. We missed you!!!

  7. tiennie says:

    Pretty monkey, good monkey!

    The store brand yarn is pretty but seems pricey to me too!

  8. Terri says:

    Hope your energy returns. Nice colours in your yarn purchases. And the Monkey socks look great. You’ve inspired me to try these sooner than I’d planned. I’m in a bit of a knitting rut at the moment, so maybe I need to cast on something new and fun.

  9. Amber says:

    Your Monkey socks look beautiful!

    Love the colors of both your yarn purchases. Now thats my kind of souvenier!

  10. stitch-dom says:

    I’m in love with your Monkeys…I really need to stop knitting basic socks! That store does sound expensive…but pretty things! Can’t wait to see what’s next. Hope you feel better soon.

  11. Liz says:

    Your Monkey socks look great. I just started a pair for myself, and it really is a great pattern.

  12. Opal says:

    Love the Monkey socks and the closeup is just fantastic.

    Boy, that yarn shop sounds pricey, but the yarn you got is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see what else you got in Cali!

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