Thanks for all the great comments on my sizing issues – I’ve restarted the Lutea Shell, and I’m am increasing after the waist decreases, so I’m hopeful I’ll get back to the fun shoulder lace part by the end of the week. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the comment about using the lace again to start until after I started it again; I did a couple of rows of garter. Not as nice as the lace, but it works – no more rolling.
I went back to work today – and I am now sitting with an ice bag on the knee. Long day…but good to be back in the routine.
Diva Knitting recently had a contest on her blog – I didn’t enter – I always feel like a schmoe entering in contests when I’ve never commented on a blog..anyway, she apparently had a lot of commenters for it, and she made a OPML file of all the blogs. I imported it into my Bloglines and picked up some really nice new blogs to read. I haven’t gone through them all, but I’m enjoying it – always nice to see what people are doing, eh? So if you use Bloglines, check it out!
OK, I have a secret to tell. I’ve been hiding this one for a while. I’m not sure how to say it. I mean, as a knitter, there are just certain things that you just can’t do. Especially a blogging knitter. Doesn’t it seem like there is some sort of code out there? Or an expectation that you use the “right” kind of yarn? And the “right” kind of pattern? All natural fibers of course (hold on while I hide the cotton/acrylic blend…).
So I’ve been hiding a terrible secret…and I really think I need to share it. Ready? Can you come a bit closer? I don’t want to say this too loudly…
I really like self-patterning sock yarn. Yes, I know. Its lame. Its so two years ago. Its so…not Knitter. Where is the handdyed-all natural-one-of-a-kind yarn? Actually, that’s in the stash. And I do like it. But self-patterning is like Macaroni and Cheese. Like a comfy sweatshirt (or handmade socks!). Its just simple. And satisfying. And sometimes when my life is complicated, I need uncomplicated knitting. I have a bit of this type of yarn in the stash…but I constantly fight the urge to buy more. And I decided that I’m going to admit to this addiction, and just buy it from now on! So how about this? Or this? This?
So the sock is the Opal yarn that Donyale sent me – not sure of the colorway, but I really do like it. And you know what else I like? I do like informal swaps….sort of fun to just swap yarn with someone half way around the world for no real reason other than you have yarn that you want to send to someone else.
Anyone want to do a self-patterning yarn swap?
Ruby wants to know if someone wants to do a dog toy swap!