Thanks for all the nice comments and wishes about my 4 year blog anniversary! I thought I better get the giveaway over first before the rest of my blog post – so without further ado…the winner (picked by Random.org) of the Wandering Cat Yarn certificate is….Lorraine! Lorraine – I know you just posted about having too many choices…but hopefully you won’t mind picking just a little more yarn!
I finished up a couple of projects this week – yes, I finally finished Citron! I haven’t blocked it yet, so it will get its own post when its ready, but I thought I’d show you the socks I finished.
Pattern: Basic Gusset Heel Toe Up Socks (Wendy Johnson pattern)
Yarn: Poems Sock by Wisdom Yarns, colorway 952
Started: January 26, 2010
Finished: March 19, 2010
OK, first off – these took forever. I have to admit that I really love the colorway, and the color changes. I love the pattern – just a basic stockinette sock. I love the fabric of the yarn – these are superwash but just very wooly feeling. Very perfect winter socks (just in time for the first day of Spring!). But I hated knitting with the yarn. It’s a single ply and extremely splitty. I can’t tell you how many times I had to tink a stitch back because I had knit with half of the yarn. So although I like the finished product, I don’t think I’d use the yarn again.
I also screwed up the cast off on the second one – I used a cast off I found on Knitting Daily – Version A – I usually do a sewn cast off for toe up socks but that takes forever so I thought I’d try something new. I thought I did the same cast off on the first one (I really should start keeping notes on projects) – but if so I messed up the second and they are really hard to get on. I thought (briefly) about ripping it back and doing it again – but I’ve spent almost two months with these socks and I think I’m done – I just can’t bear to spend any more time on them. Poor Larry – he’ll be fighting to get them on from now on!
Since I finished the socks, I had to start new commute knitting. I’m really sort of tired of socks, so I started a Traveling Woman with my Wandering Cat Yarn Top Cat – this yarn is so amazing! So soft, so pretty – I’m enjoying every minute of the knit. And the colors are perfect for Spring! (I think this would be a cute colorway/yarn for a baby sweater)
I didn’t get a lot done on this shawl this week because I haven’t been commuting – I came home sick on Thursday and stayed home yesterday too – just a cold but so irritating that I’m sick. I don’t get sick often so when I do I just hate it – I have to admit to being a little whiny. So instead of getting my work done, and having knitting time on the train, and golfing on the first day of spring, I’ve been stuck inside – sleeping, coughing and sneezing (and whining).
But last night Larry gave me a gift to make me feel better (he really has amazing timing!)
He bought me a Hiya Hiya project bag from The Loopy Ewe. He really is a great guy, isn’t he? The bag is beautiful – I’ve been wanting it for months and every time they restock I drool over it. The fabric is gorgeous, and the handle is part of the zipper and it just so cute! And its the perfect size for a small project…
Isn’t that nice? It’s so well made and the little pocket is a nice touch. Thanks, Larry!
I’m starting to feel a little better tonight and hope that I’m over the worst of this cold. Tomorrow we are starting to clean out our room – the painter is coming a week from Monday and we have to have everything out of there (including all the closets). Yikes! I moved all my yarn out today – and that was enough to make me take a two-hour nap. I can’t wait to get the room done – it’s going to be so nice. I still have to buy new curtains and all that but I’ll get there. Cleaning out the room has made me realized how cluttered it was – we are not going to be putting everything back in, and I’m hoping to figure out a way to keep it simple.
OK, I’m off – we are watching New Moon tonight (I know, embarrassing but I loved the books!) and Larry and I made a crumb cake (3.5 sticks of butter – so unhealthy – but so good!) to eat while watching the movie. I think I’ll knit the shawl too – I’m going to start the sweater tomorrow, but for tonight I think I’ll keep it simple. I don’t want my stuffy head to lead to a bad start on the first sweater I’ve made in years!
Have a good weekend!