Last year I placed myself on a sock yarn buying ban. My stash was growing rapidly to alarming proportions in this area, and while I personally think it’s impossible to have to much yarn – it is possible to have to much to store! So I went on a yarn diet. No more sock yarn till I used up what I had. This happened by Christmas and during the holidays I bought 2 more balls from a local yarn shop. One I loved and the other I hated, but I’ve already blogged about them here. So I was terrified when I realised about 10 days ago that I was just hours from finishing my last ball of sock yarn. There was the going cold all over and breaking out in a sweat, the gnashing of teeth, and probably a little bit of whimpering until I had another ball safely tucked away in my bag to take home.
Hot Socks Casablanca in colour 55.
So what I have got? Some further internet shopping secured a little bit more as no one wants to see a grown woman cry when she can’t have socks on her needles!
The top shot is of the ‘emergency’ ball that was hastily purchased to avert the lack of socks crisis. The yarn itself is lovely but the colours – not so good. They’ve not come out very well in that shot but they just don’t seem to work together very well.
Wendy Happy Bamboo Colour2519 Fjord
This is my first time knitting with Wendy Happy and also my first sock bamboo yarn. The colours are very pretty pastels and I’m looking forward to seeing how it knits up. I’ll admit to some concerns about stretching once finished though because of the bamboo.
Jawoll Magic Degrade Colour 7310
Still in it’s packed but the colour looks lovely and more red than in this shot.
Schoppel Wolle Zauberball – Can’t remember the colour
I have friends who rave about this yarn so I thought I’d give it a go. My initial feeling is one of disappointment, it’s much pinker than I imagined from the photos online. I’m not really a pink person but I’ll try to reserve judgement till I see how it knits up. Perhaps the white and green bits will win me over.
Finally those shots were taken with my mobile because although my proper camera is in fine working order, the ‘big’ pc isn’t. So while I can take shots, I can’t upload them. New parts are on order and hopefully this problem will be sorted next week! In the meantime I thought I’d leave you with a flower shot from last year.
Do you make resolutions each year? Do you ever keep them?
I don’t on both counts. I don’t make them and hence don’t keep them. I’ve always thought that if you come up with a good idea to improve your life why wait until a random day in the year. Start straight away!
So while I was ill before Christmas I decided it would be a good idea to finish off all the works in progress I’ve got piled on top of my stash at the top of the stairs. This always seems like a lot to me. Occasionally I build up the courage to peek at them, but I’ve been told it’s really not. Anyway following the ‘strike while the iron is hot’ idea, I picked up a sock that I had started a couple of months ago. I love knitting socks and as yet have never suffered from the dreaded second sock syndrome. However, I did loose my sock knitting mojo a couple of months ago and for the first time ever a sock went into the unfinished pile.
Sock number one however is now duly finished…
and sock number two is on it’s way.
The yarn is one of my own colourways in a two ply BFL and I’m happy with how it’s knitting up.
I’m sure the sock knitters out there will be groaning with the fact that these are plain socks. They are… I’ll admit it… I only knit plain socks… Why? Because I had enough trouble getting the gauge right when I started knitting socks without adding pattern into the mix. I use 2 mm needles and knit a size smaller than the pattern says to get them to come out right. I love all those fancy sock patterns you see but the thought of putting all that work in (not to mention working out how to change them to a 56 stitch cast on) and then finding that the gauge is off – well that just brings me out in a cold sweat. So it’s plain sock for this girlie.
What will be next out of the pile once that second sock is finished? Hmm not sure about that yet… We’ll just have to see which one takes my fancy
Well the autumnal leaves have left the trees and Jack Frost has come to play every morning. Pebbles and Jake woke me early this morning as they haven’t yet got the hang of weekends. As a struggled my coat on over the top of my jimjams I looked out of the lounge window to be greeted by frost and mist. I knew that there was no way that Jake would wait while I got my camera so I stuffed my mobile in my pocket and off we went out into the cold.
The scene as I stood there was beautiful but given the limitations of my camera phone and that I was attached to a dog by a lead I only managed a quick shot of some of the frost covered leaves on the grass near the cottage.
The cold has been an on going feature of life in this beautiful part of England this week. Many of my friends work in schools so the subject of possible snow days has never been far away. For me the cold means something else….. time to look for ways to keep warm! This week that involved using the cooker to do some dyeing in the kitchen. I love this….. I love the magic of watching the colours change, even though I know it’s really chemistry.
This beautiful purple has been named ‘Libby’ and has already been nabbed by a friend.
This particular colour was a pig to photograph. The colours just kept overpowering the image. (grump grump)
Right then off to play with my yarn hehe…..