It was a beautiful weekend here in NJ…temperatures were in the high 60’s, and it really felt like springtime. So what have I been working on?
Nice, dark, winter looking socks – but I really like them. I wanted to show how the Old Flame colorway is knitting up – it really does look like a fire….and I love this yarn. The pattern (Retro Rib) is nice and easy to knit -but I do think these are a little big. Had I known how it was going to knit up, I probably would have reduced the cast on a bit. But Larry doesn’t mind loose socks, so I’m just going to leave them as is – no frogging this month. The yarn obscures the pattern a bit – you can see it a bit better in person – so I think I’ll have to try this pattern again with a solid or semi-solid yarn.
Yesterday, I met Chris and Lauren (blogless) for lunch at a restaurant in a small town nearby – it was gorgeous out and we sat outside. It was so nice to be outside, and spend time with friends – definitely relaxing and a lot of fun. After lunch we headed over to Angel Fire Studios, which was having its five year annisversary celebration – 20% off! She really has the nicest yarns and it was hard to resist some of them. There was a February Lady sweater sample – it was so pretty and I almost gave in and bought the yarn for it. But I resisted – I do want to finish Acer before I start anything else. And although it is not summer yet, I’m not sure I’m in the mood to start a heavy sweater – I think that I’m going to be ready to start some summer projects soon.
I did do a little stash enhancement though…
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Maple Grove. I love this sock yarn, and just couldn’t resist the colors.
Handmaiden Seasilk – I have no idea what the colorway is – but its gold, coppper, silver and rose – very pretty. I made the Montego Bay scarf for my mother from this yarn, and have wanted to use it again to make me something. I just love the colorway, and I’m leaning towards the Pear and Trellis scarf but still have to think about it. There are so many nice patterns out there -so hard to pick sometimes.
We walked the dogs today – it really is so nice to be able to be outside and not be all bundled up. And the dogs were so happy to be out walking in the woods. But tomorrow, its getting cold again. That’s ok…I got a little bit of springtime and it made me so happy that I think I can face another couple of weeks of cold now.
Andrew is coming home on Thursday for spring break – he’s getting his wisdom teeth pulled so he has to stick around all week after he has it done. I’m happy he’s coming home, but sorry that he has to spend his spring break doing this – hopefully he’ll feel better fast and we can do something fun with him.
OK, off to knit – have a great week!