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I may already be a winner!

September 18, 2008

I won!

Lolly over at Lolly Knitting Around had a contest this week – and I’m a winner!  The contest was for a skein of Malabrigo and some River John needles – but due to the large number of entries, she decided to have a second giveaway for a skein of Peace Fleece worsted – which is coming to me!

I’m beyond excited – a.  I’ve never won a contest before and b. I’ve been wanting to try Peace Fleece forever, so I am way thrilled.  Thank you, Lolly!

And, I’m not just saying this because I won a contest there, but if you don’t read it, you should really check out Lolly’s blog.  Lovely, lovely photography, occasional recipes (I want to try the baba ghanoush), and inspiring projects.  Do yourself a favor and head over.  You’ll be glad you did!


Cool stuff…

July 10, 2008

While I’m waiting for a few cds to rip onto my I-Tunes (Billie Holiday Remixed, the Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia, and Elton John’s Greatest Hits [the old one from 1974], if you’re curious) here is some fun stuff that I’ve been into…

Interweave Press’ Hurt Book Sale.  Love it.  Just like last year, I managed to contain myself and only get two books – Nancy Bush’s Knitting on the Road and Louisa Harding’s Knitting Little Luxuries – you really can’t beat this sale.  50% off and the books are only slightly damaged.  The sale started yesterday and ends tomorrow – but I would look quickly as stuff tends to go fast!

I had a rare day off in the middle of the week today (at the expense of working Saturday and Sunday – gah) and went to my LYS – I needed one more skein of Cascade Sierra for the Lutea top I’m working on.  I walked immediately to where they store it and saw only.  one.  skein.  I was petrified – what were the chances it would be the dye lot I needed?  Clearly the knitting gods were smiling on me, because that one lonely skein was the right dye lot!

And the icing on the cake?  I’ve been wanting to make the Boteh Scarf (scroll down) from the Spring 2007 Interweave Crochet for forever, but have been balking at paying $5 for the pattern download.  I was thumbing through their back issues of magazines, and lo and behold, they had that issue!  So I got the whole magazine (which I’d rather have anyway) for just a little more than the download!

I gave in and joined Facebook – all my friends were doing it!  And discovered Scrabulous – online Scrabble.  It is too much fun!

And finally, my new tv obsession -Battlestar Galactica.  A friend of ours loaned us the first season, and we were hooked from the first episode.  It is soooooo good – I promise you.  In fact, it’s about time to go watch another!

July already?

July 5, 2008

Really?  Where did June go?  I’m not sure I was finished with it!

Sorry about the long gap between posts – things have been busy here at Casa de RachelKnits.  Let’s see…what has been going on?

Last weekend, hubby and I drove up to Columbus to take in a show.  It’s about a three hour drive from here, so we decided to spend the night.  I was hopeful of hitting some yarn shops, but we got a later start than we liked, so that didn’t happen.  But that was ok – it was still a great trip.  We went to see one of our favorites – Tom Waits.  If you are a fan at all, then you know this is kind of a big deal.  Mr. Waits doesn’t tour very often, plays limited dates when he does, and tickets can be hard to get.  He is very anti-scalping, so tickets are paperless, and I think can only be purchased on line.  They went on sale at 10:00 am one morning a few months back, so I went in late to work, got ticketmaster up on the screen at about 9:50, and started hitting refresh.  At 10:02 I had my tickets – and they were in the second balcony.  2 minutes after that, they were sold out.  Hey, I didn’t care where the seats were – if they were IN the theater, I was a happy camper.

So last Saturday, my wonderful mom spent the night at the house to dog-sit, and we trekked up to Ohio to see the show – and it was awesome, of course.  Hubby saw him about ten years ago in Texas, and I saw him two years ago in Louisville, but we had never seen him together, so that was a treat.  He really puts on a show – over two hours (with encores), 27 songs – and one incredibly happy audience.  He did a few of my favorites – “Falling Down,” “Innocent When You Dream,” and “Time,” and some rearrangements of old songs that I really enjoyed.  Plus two from the most recent record (Real Gone) that I love – “Make It Rain” and “Hoist That Rag.”  Such a treat to get to see him live.

I think Tom is a bit of an acquired taste for some – especially his more recent output – it’s rough and raw and decidedly odd in places, but I truly think the man might be the pre-eminent songwriter of this generation.  If you haven’t heard him before but are interested, check out his early stuff like Closing Time or Heart of Saturday Night and then move forward.  I think my favorite is probably Rain Dogs – it’s a mix of what I once heard him say in an interview of “grand weepers and grim reapers.”

While in Columbus, however, we did squeeze in a visit to Jeni’s – if you read any blogs of folks who went to TNNA this year (which was in Columbus) then you heard about Jeni’s.  The rumors are true – this stuff is the bomb.  Hubby had I think what was called Queen City Chocolate – chocolate ice cream with cayenne pepper and cinnamon (which was amazing) and I had Gravel Road – which was salty caramel with smoked almonds.  Oh.  My.  God.  Seriously, this is the best ice cream in the entire world.  If you are ever anywhere near Columbus, it is totally worth a detour to have this stuff.  I’m actually going back to Columbus in August for a three day weekend, and I’m fully planning on having it every day.

Oh, and yes, I do still knit – since this is at least nominally a knitting blog, I should probably talk about what I’ve been knitting!

A few entries ago, I mentioned my desire to knit up some dishcloths – well, that turned into a thing.

Pictured clockwise from top:

Petal Dishcloth – both in Lion Cotton Ease

DW Dishcloth in Peaches & Creme

Grandmother’s Favorite in Peaches & Creme

DW Dishcloth in Peaches & Creme

Center – Ball-Band Dishcloth in Peaches & Creme

Not shown is the Garterlac Dishcloth that is currently on the needles.  Clearly this project has not extended thus far to actually FINISHING the dishcloths – as you can see, none of the ends have been woven in yet.  I have to say, I’m a fan of the dishcloth – it’s a fun way to try out a new pattern and get something useful out of it.  At least I think it will be useful – hubby keeps saying they are to pretty to scrub dishes with, and while that’s flattering, they won’t do much good otherwise!

I’ve also been working on my stripey sock:

These are my purse knitting.  But what I really want to get to is this:

My first fancy sock yarn purchase!  I stumbled across Woolgirl whilst poking around online – she’s got a great selection of sock yarn, including sale yarn, which is what this was.  You’re looking at Cherry Blossom Fibers hand-dyed superwash nylon in Cherry Truffle on top, and Painted Skeins Superwash Merino in Nest on the bottom.  They are both soooo soft and soooo pretty – I’ve been storing them on the dining room table just so I can pet them whenever I walk by.  I think the Painted Skeins is destined to become Monkeys (which I’ve been wanting to make for forever – I’m pretty sure they are the first thing I queued on Ravelry), not sure about the reddish one.  Any suggestions?  However, I’m trying to make myself wait til I finish a PAIR of socks – I currently have four singles.  Kind of silly, eh?  But I guess that’s why they call it Second Sock Syndrome.  I just don’t want my case to be fatal!

Just one word?

June 14, 2008

I saw this on Smariek‘s blog and it intrigued me – it is difficult to just write one word for some of these! My natural tendency to expound kept getting in the way!

Answer the following questions using one word only:

1. Where is your cell phone? ………….. purse

2. Your significant other?………………….. honey

3. Your hair? …………………………………….. brown

4. Your mother? ………………………………..awesome
5. Your father?…………………………………….. busy
6. Your favorite thing?……………………….. reading
7. Your dream last night?………………….. odd
8. Your favorite drink? ………………………
9. Your dream/goal?………………………….. harmony
10. The room you’re in?……………………
11. Your ex?………………………………………..insignificant
12. Your fear?……………………………………..enclosure
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years?……
14. Where were you last night?…………
15. What you’re not?………………………….. short
16. Muffins?……………………………………….. yep!
17. One of your wish list items?………….. yarn
18. Where you grew up?…………………….. Kentucky
19. The last thing you did?………………….. peruse
20. What are you wearing?………………….. jammies
21. Your TV?……………………………………….. off
22. Your pets?…………………………………….. dogs
23. Your computer? …………………………….. laptop
24. Your life?……………………………………….. content
25. Your mood?………………………………….. calm
26. Missing someone?……………………….. no
27. Your car?……………………………………….. truck
28. Something you’re not wearing?…….. makeup
29. Favorite Store?……………………………….. expensive
30. Your summer?……………………………….. muggy
31. Like(love) someone?…………………………….. hubby
32. Your favorite color?……………………….. blue
33. Last time you laughed?……………….. yesterday
34. Last time you cried?……………………….. unknown

35. Who will re-post this?…………………….. unknown

Give it a try if you are interested and leave a comment with your blog address – I’d love to see other responses!

And while you are poking around on the internet today, stop in and see Amanda – she lost her kitty, Pirate Max, today, and could use a hug.

Fun with Flickr

June 13, 2008

Sorry about the long time between posts – I’ve been working more nights and weekends than usual which hasn’t left much time for blogging. 😦

But check out this cool thing! It’s a photomosaic from a sort of game I found on Knitting Kninja’s blog. Hers looked so cool, I had to try it out. Here’s what you do:

Use fd’s flickr toys (specifically the mosaic maker), do the following:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into the mosaic maker).

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

Here is mine:


Way fun –

Weekend Wrap-up

May 26, 2008

Now that was a good weekend!

It’s funny, lots of people asked us what we were planning for our big tenth anniversary weekend – apparently you are supposed to go out of town or do something fancy. All I wanted to do was hang out at home with my husband and dogs for two days in a row (we normally only have one day off together per week) and enjoy the beautiful weather – and that’s exactly what we did!

Saturday was a big lazy day – mostly we just hung out in the yard, played with the dogs, and chilled out. We had a delicious dinner at Jean Farris Winery – I highly recommend it (and have the Guwerztraminer – difficult to pronounce, but a delicious sweet white wine). We had Chateaubriand for two – yum, yum, yum. One big hunk of meat with Bearnaise sauce and lump crabmeat – one of the many reasons I’m not a vegetarian!

And Sunday was our big do stuff to the house day – again, probably doesn’t sound like a lot of fun to many people, but I always love that first spring day when it’s time to fix up the yard and house. We made two trips to Lowe’s (you can never seem to get it all in one trip, can you?) and did the following:

1. Re-mulched in the front of the house

2. Trimmed back the jungle in the back of our yard

3. Replaced our ghetto front porch light with a much nicer one

4. Planted some flowers – a lily plant in the back yard and some Balloon Sentimentals out front (I had never seen these before, but they looked pretty in the picture)

5. Potted a habanero plant and an aloe vera plant (I historically have a brown thumb so it will be interesting to see how all these plants will work out!)

6. Put on a new gutter-extender thing so hopefully rainwater won’t pool in the front of our house any more

7. Did some experimental fencing in the back of the yard in an attempt to keep Ruby from jumping the fence

I think that’s it – I may be leaving out a project or two. I was rewarded with a sunburn for my efforts – I’m fairly dark complected and don’t burn easily, so I always forget to put on sunscreen when I’m going to be out in the sun a long time. The back of my neck is really red; hubby keeps teasing me and calling me a redneck.

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend – and I hope anyone reading this had a great weekend, too!

I’m it!

May 21, 2008

I got tagged! It’s my first ever tag, so please excuse my excitement. IWishIWereBuffy tagged me for a fun one – I’ve been seeing it on a lot of the blogs lately.

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

Getting ready to get married. This is a fun question for this week, as my 10 year anniversary is this weekend!

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

1. Take Ruby to a photo shoot. For real! Ruby, our little dog, a rescue from Woodford Humane Society, has been chosen to be a featured portrait in the 2009 Limited Editions Calendar – I am ridiculously excited about this.

2. Go to my mom’s to pick up a pork roast. Fully cooked. She made one last night, but has since determined she has a gall bladder infection and doesn’t want to eat pork.

3. About eight million things at work that I won’t even go into here but that mostly involved getting caught up after spending the last couple of weeks planning a big event.

4. Think about blocking my completed Shetland Triangle. I’d really like to say “Block my Shetland Triangle” but I know there’s no way I’ll get to it before the weekend.

5. Research invisible fences so Ruby will quit hopping our chain link fence and giving me a heart attack when she doesn’t come back immediately.

3) Snacks I enjoy:

Wow, I’m a big snacker. I’ll try to narrow it down:

Roasted Garlic Triscuits (I eat about three boxes of these a week)

100 calorie packs – I love these, too – my favorite varieties are the Pecan Sandies, Flavor Blasted Goldfish, Cheez-It Party Mix, and some others I’m forgetting

Light Twinkies (I just discovered these.  To me, they taste just the same as regular twinkies – ie, incredibly sugary with vaguely chemical undertones – and have like, half the fat and calories.

Rold Gold Honey Wheat Pretzels

Wasabi Soy Almonds

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Pay off our credit card debt. It’s not too bad, but I’d sure like to be shed of it. Also pay off our house and cars. Buy my parents a new house. Travel extensively (Europe for me, Africa and Asia for hubby). Donate a pile of money to my favorite charities. Buy lots of yarn.

5) Places I have lived:

Born in Belleville, Illinois. Moved to London, Kentucky when I was four, stayed there six months, then moved to Lexington and have been here ever since.

Thanks for the tag, WishIWereBuffy!

P.S. You may have noticed I sneaked in an FO reference in this list – I’ll post on it more fully this weekend!

Saturdays are for blogging

May 10, 2008

I seem to have settled into a “blog on Saturdays” groove – I would like to blog more often, but it seems like Saturdays are the only time I can squeeze it in. I usually work til 6 during the week – and by the time we relax for a few minutes, eat dinner, and walk & feed the dogs, it’s nine or ten o’clock and I’m not so into blogging. But I’m off on Saturdays (usually) and hubby works, so that’s my time to blog.

Today I’m not exactly working – but I get to do something really cool. My work does a “jeans for charity” every month – inspired by the Komen Foundation‘s jeans for charity that they publicize for breast cancer awareness month. We did that a few years ago, and it was such a hit, we pick a different charity every month and employees pay $5 to wear jeans to work (normally they are not allowed to wear jeans) and the proceeds go to charity.

So last month’s charity was the Primate Rescue Center – a local outfit that rescues and rehabilitates primates. They were kind enough to invite us out to present a check for our donation, so I get to visit! The first time I heard about the Primate Rescue Center, I thought, “huh? In Kentucky?” But it’s true – it is a nationally respected facility that does some amazing work with primates and chimps. I met with a representative from the facility who told me that most of their residents are rescued pets – unsurprisingly, after infancy, they don’t make such good pets, and adopting one usually means receiving an animal that has been forcibly removed from its mother, and placing it in a situation that is incredibly unhealthy – chimps and primates are very social creatures and need contact with other animals of their own kind. Check out their website to learn more – and I’ll fill you in on the details of my visit next week!

Not much interesting knitting has been happening this week – although I did pick up my Shetland Triangle night before last to work on it some more – I’m so close to done, but I needed a break. My mistake was picking it up to work on it on a day where I had to be at work at 6:30 a.m. and worked straight through until 6:00 p.m. Turns out lace when you’re tired is not such a good idea. I messed up somehow right in the middle of the shawl – and I could not figure out what I did. I think my clumsy attempts to repair made the situation worse, so I set it down to go back to when I wasn’t so tired.

Well, the next night, I tried to tink back to the spot of the foul, to use a football analogy, and still couldn’t fix it, so I tinked back another row (keep in mind that the shawl is now over 200 stitches across at this point) and STILL couldn’t fix it, so I had to rip back to my lifeline. I had gotten rather cocky at this point in the shawl, and my life line was TEN ROWS BACK. Sigh. That will teach me to move my lifeline more frequently. I would feel worse about it, but I’m really proud of this shawl, and really want it to be perfect, so I guess it’s not so bad.

I also cast on for Tempting – in the 32″, but haven’t done a whole lot on that. That’s going to be my tv/movie watching piece, and considering we don’t do a whole lot of either, that piece might take a while.

I purchased some yummy Cascade Sierra at ReBelle a while back with no clear idea what do to with it – I just loved the color (kind of a deep periwinkle) so much I had to pick up a couple skeins. I had been admiring some of the finished Lutea Shells on Ravelry and thought that might be a good use for it. They also had a beautiful lace scarf on display made with Hempathy – I had never used it before, and the pattern only took two balls, so I’m going to give that a shot one of these days. You can see the actual scarf that is in the shop here – I wanted that color, but it wasn’t available so I went with pink.

And, I finally finished this:

I cast off and blocked it and wore it this week. I have to say, I love the Shine. It is so nice and soft against the skin. I use wool all the time, and love it, but there is a little bit of an itch factor for me. I definitely wouldn’t call it an allergy, but after a few hours of wearing it, it’s noticeable. But the Shine, which is cotton and modal, is as soft and as non-itchy as it can possibly be. I do wish this scarf was a bit longer – but I was making it out of leftovers, and it was all I had. I definitely see some more projects with this yarn in my future.

I picked up the new IK at work this week – once I hear on Ravelry that subscribers are getting theirs or people are picking them up in the shops, I stalk the magazine shelves daily. It’s always an exercise in frustration, because we always get our copies a few days late, so I just make myself crazy. But it finally came in, and sadly, I’m not too excited about any of the projects. There is lots of colorwork, which is not really my thing, and I’m not generally to crazy about summer knits anyway. I do like the Drawstring Raglan – if not the $80 it would cost to make it in the required yarn. I’m going to see what folks sub on Ravelry that might be a little more cost effective. I also like a couple of the lace projects, but I don’t see me making them. I really don’t make much out of IK anyway – but I love to look at the picture and read the patterns!

I got new contacts this week – I had been out for some time (I wear one month disposables) and holding on to my last pair for way too long. So I went to the eye doctor, and found out that while my nearsightedness is about the same, my what used to be slight astigmatism is now far more advanced. And what a difference the new contacts make! It’s funny how you just get used to kind of not being able to see really well, and the huge change when you can. I really need new glasses now, too – I wear them pretty frequently, and now that I have the new contacts, the change is very easily discernible. But they are soooooo expensive – since I do wear them fairly frequently, I want nice ones, so we are probably talking a few hundred dollars here. Gah.

We’ve been blessed with another beautiful day today – sunny and 62 degrees is what my thermometer reads right now. I think it might be time to take the dogs for a walk – or, to be honest, time to let the dogs drag me around the neighborhood. One person walking two dogs with a combined weight of 150 pounds – I imagine it’s pretty entertaining to look at. Hopefully we won’t run into any cats or squirrels – both have a tendency to lunge at those creatures, and Petey can just about rip my arm out when he does. We really need to get them into training and teach them both to heel – one of these days, I guess!

Socks, Scarves, and…food.

May 3, 2008

Another sock down!

These are the Waving Lace (Ravelry link) socks from Favorite Socks by Evelyn Clark. Very pretty lace pattern, not too difficult to memorize – once you do a repeat or two, it becomes pretty intuitive. I started these almost a year ago, then they sat in the back of my truck for about six months. I don’t want to get too self congratulatory about finishing ONE though – because, again, it is ONE sock – my third completed single sock, and the whole reason I finished this one was so I could start another. I only have one set of size 1 dpns, and I wouldn’t let myself buy another pair. I think I’m finally getting the hang of kitchener stitch, which is nice – I don’t think I’ll ever really enjoy it, but I don’t dread it as much.

Here is what I needed the needles for:

I LOVE these colors! I’m just doing a k3p1 rib – keeping it simple to show off these awesome stripes.

Here’s an interesting thing I’ve learned while making these socks. I have always used 5 dpns to knit in the round – I don’t know why, that’s just what I started doing and have ever since. But on these, I started with 4 – mostly because I couldn’t get the stitches distributed on four needles to satisfy me (I always try to have the same number of stitches on each needle – I don’t know why, especially with a pattern this simple, but it really bugs me to have an uneven number of stitches). So I started knitting with four, and then determined to get over my hangup about the even number of stitches and added the fifth needles. And guess what? I really liked knitting with four better – it seemed like there was less needles-in-my-way action than usual. So maybe this will be a permanent change – we’ll see!

I also have some (old) progress on the Lace Ribbon scarf – I haven’t worked on it in a couple of weeks, but I worked on it feverishly for about a week previously to that:

And a closeup:

I’m almost through the first ball of Silky Wool. This is a lovely pattern – it will be a very pretty scarf when finished.

And check out this bad boy – this has been my car knitting for almost two years now:

I have almost exclusively worked on it when working at offsite book sales for work – it’s just a plain ol’ feather and fan pattern in Knitpicks Shine Sport – it merely needs to be cast off and blocked. I should do that today – the evenings are still a little cool, and I might actually get some wear out of this before it gets too hot.

I’m seriously considering going to the yarn store today – there is not a bit of yarn that I need, I have more than enough projects to keep me going for quite some time – but we got our “economic incentive” checks yesterday, and while the greater majority of it will be going to pay off our credit card (sorry, W.), I think a little yarny goodness would not be out of order.

Our other treat for ourselves is going to be two meals out in a row. When hubby took a job for considerably less money but without constant travel about a year ago, one of our budget cuts was in the dining out category. We used to eat out about five times a week (seriously). So I started cooking lots more and we’ve saved a bunch of money. I have a rolling schedule of several things I make:

Spaghetti with Turkey Italian Sausage

Jerk Chicken

Tuscan Chicken Sausage Stew (this one is my favorite – so delicious and so easy)

Red Beans and Rice or Jambalaya with Turkey Smoked Sausage (the Zatarain’s stuff that comes in a box – it’s pretty good)

Broiled fish (usually Tilapia or Salmon)

(You’ll notice a lot of the turkey meats in there – I almost never cook or eat red meat. It started out as a diet thing, but I’ve gotten to where I prefer the turkey or chicken versions of meats)

And I’ll usually try one new recipe a week. And one night is frozen pizza night (we both love frozen pizzas – crazy, huh?), then one night a week we will hit one of our favorite restaurants. It’s always ethnic – either Mexican, Chinese (I love Chinese food and would eat it every night if I could), Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, or Indian (the last two rarely because they are more expensive).

But this weekend, we are eating out twice! We had Korean last night – a tiny little restaurant on Limestone called Han Woo Ri – any Lexington knitters would probably recognize it because it’s right next door to ReBelle – next time you are there and hungry, stop in, because it is DELICIOUS. Don’t go if you are in a hurry – it’s kind of slow. From what I can tell, Mom and Pop do the cooking, and they cook one order at a time. But oh, it’s worth the wait. I always get Pajeon – kind of like a pancake stuffed with onions, carrots, and squid. This time hubby got the Dol Sot Bibimbap (I think I’ve got the spelling right) which is a stone bowl that comes out steaming and full of rice, veggies, meat, and an egg, and you squish it all up with sesame and red chili oil and it cooks further right in the bowl. Plus we got some dumplings. All that for less than $30, and I was stuffed.

Tonight, we’re thinking maybe sushi – that’s a real treat because it is soooo expensive. But soooo delicious. My favorite is white tuna sashimi, but I like pretty much all of it. We usually get four pieces and four rolls; we both have our favorites. Hubby has to have a philly roll, and I have to have “white tuna delight” (california roll with white tuna laid over – I told you I loved the white tuna!), then we’ll mix it up for the rest.

I am totally getting hungry talking about all this food – I think I may have to go get some lunch!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

April 26, 2008

Nope, not Christmas. Right now. I am LOVING this weather – sunny, blue skies, warm…you couldn’t ask for better weather. Plus everything is so green right now – all that rain we had in early spring has really paid off. Our cherry tree is almost done with its blooming, but our pink dogwood is about to be full bloom and it is just gorgeous.

I sat outside and knit for a bit earlier today – this is my view from the bench in the backyard:

Not bad, eh? You can just see the dogwood peeking out on the left. And our crappy, patchy grass on the bottom – having two dogs that love to chase does not do wonders for your lawn, let me tell you. And that’s Ruby chilling in the lower left corner. The dogs are enjoying the weather, too –

That’s Miss Ruby (or as I’ve been calling her lately, Rubo-Tuber – I think I’ve mentioned before my silly dog nicknames – fortunately, they both answer to about anything) – and Petey:

We let them out and they run like crazy around the yard for about 60 seconds, go pee, then flop on the grass and chill.

And hey, guess what? It’s picture time, kids!! How about some pretty sock yarn?

On bottom is the Online I mentioned last post – I just love those colors. On top is some of the new Kureyon sock yarn I picked up in Cincinnati yesterday – I was there for three days for work and thought it would be a damn shame if I didn’t hit a yarn shop! One More Stitch on Madison, by the way, if you are in the area. It’s a really nice little shop – lots of needlepoint supplies in addition to a pretty good yarn selection. Lots of Rowan and other higher end yarns, and some stuff I hadn’t seen anywhere else (that of course I can’t remember now).

I wanted to try the Kureyon sock even though I’d heard mixed reviews. I just love their colors, and the scratchiness of it doesn’t bother me too much. What did was the $19 price tag – that’s kind of a lot (for me) for a ball of sock yarn, but I decided to splurge and treat myself. Now I have to pick a pattern – I’ve been preliminarily nosing around on Ravelry and can’t really decide what to do. The OnLine I’m going to just do a simple K3P1 rib, but I want something with a little more visual interest for the Noro. Maybe Broadripple? I’m a little scared of the Chevron socks since my Jaywalker experience. I love the look of the Jays, but they were just not elastic enough.

Speaking of socks, I have a decent picture of my first finished Canterbury Cable Sock:

It’s kind of hard to take a picture of your own foot! I really like this sock – it’s good and stretchy and really comfy – the Treking Pro Natura is really soft – the bamboo content, I’m guessing. I’ve got a couple inches of the cuff done on the second one.

Now, my early progress on the Montego Bay Scarf I blogged about last time:

This picture is kind of shady, so the colors aren’t coming through great, but it looks like it’s going to do that zig-zaggy flashing thing that variegated yarns seem to do. Plus these colors are really kind of not me. I pretty much have a no-yellow rule in my life (yellow+olive skin=jaundice, at least in my case), and this has more yellow than I thought it would. But – it kind of looks like something my mom might like – so it might be destined to be hers. We’ll see.

I’ll have some more project photos to post next time – don’t want to spend them all in one post!

A question for anyone who has made Tempting and might be reading this, or who has more experience knitting clothing and with ease – I am precisely in between two sizes – the first size is for a 32″ bust, the second is for a 36″ – I’m a 34. Should I make the 32 for two inches negative ease, or the 36 for two inches positive? I’m thinking the 32 since it is ribbed and stretchy – but I don’t want it to look too stretchy! I’m certain I will have to add length, because I’m tall and long waisted, but that is easy enough.