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Hallelujah! The new sock yarn has arrived! My poor owl is getting quite a workout with all my indecision on this project! The red isn’t as dark as I had hoped, and there is a little bit of orange in the yarn, but I think it will work perfectly with the pattern I have chosen. I just hope my fair Gryffindor pal will be pleased.

Off to knit…

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Kris flew out to NY on Wednesday to do sound at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival for the Circus. He was supposed to fly home last night but his flights were canceled due to weather. They were supposed to get him out today. He just called, his flights were canceled AGAIN! Grr.. the best they can do is get him on stand-by for a 6am flight tomorrow morning, so he extended the rental on his car and is driving home. He should be home by early afternoon tomorrow at the latest. (sigh)

I did finally block the Not-Quite-Straight Scarf and I’m very pleased with the results…

before blocking

after
detail photo

As biased-knit scarves go I prefer the snowy triangle scarf, but this is still quite lovely and certainly very easy to do. I really like knitting on the bias with variegated yarns.

I’m also making good progress on the Wheat-Ear Cable Yoke sweater for Autumn. I’ve finished the front & back (up to the join)and am about 1/4 way through the sleeves (knitting both at the same time). Gotta get this finished by the 13th for her birthday!

And, the second batch of yarn arrived today for the Hogwarts Sock Swap. I went with the Scarlet that is stated in the books rather than the burgundy that was used in the movies and most used when knitting Gryffindor items.
Avada, what do you think? This is a pretty good representation of the color (on my screen at least; it’s definitely scarlet). If it’s too bright for you I have no problems sending it back and getting the darker color. 🙂

Oh! I also got my downstream pal’s Sockapalooza package shipped off to Germany on Saturday! Domestic packages are supposed to go out this coming weekend, so I should receive my package sometime next week! Squee!

Things are finally settling down a bit. We were away for the 3rd weekend in a row and I’m really worn out. However, I’ve done a fair bit o’knittin.
Behold!
The first Breeze sock for my sockapalooza 4 pal. I’m nearly finished with the second sock and hope to have it completed within the next few days. I really like the way these are knitting up. 🙂

This is the Not-Quite-Straight Scarf. It’s knit on the bias and I started it while in Cold Spring. I completed it yesterday and will post the final pic once it’s been blocked.

This is the yarn used for the above scarf. It was obtained by a swap on ravelry. It’s a handspun/handpainted yarn that was originally purchased on ebay. Lovely pastel colors, that are surprisingly vibrant.

Finished socks made with Calmer. The pattern was self-designed using a Shetland Feather lace panel on the sides. The socks are very stretchy, which is a necessity in any socks knit for my mom. However, I’m not entirely thrilled with the design. Oh well, mom loves them.. and I highly recommend using Calmer for socks.. sooo comfy!

From this lovely little yarn shop in Chicago, the following were purchased…

  Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock

in Bittersweet

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock
in Mineshaft

Frog notions holder by Clover
(too cute to be resisted)

The yarns will be used for socks for Autumn & Kris, since they picked out the colors. Can’t decide if I will be hanging on to the frog or if I will be gifting it in one of my sp exchanges.

When I finished the Embossed Leaves socks I realized that I had nothing else on the needles! GASP! I thus immediately cast-on the Wheat-Ear Cable Yoke that I am making for my niece. I initially did a bunch of math to convert the pattern to a 25″ chest and cast-on. I knit about 5 rows & realized that a) I’m not getting correct gauge & b) the needles are really too large for the yarn.

I therefore ripped it out and started again. This time I am using the directions as written for the smallest size, but went down 2 needles sizes. Hallelujah! I Have GAUGE! And, no more math required, since little miss has a 25″ chest, but her arms & torso are 18″ long already! (Yes, she is going to be really tall!)

I’m a little over 1/2 done with the back and I’m really looking forward to getting to the cables (stockinette can be so boring)!

Not to be satisfied, and frankly feeling a bit inadequate after seeing mammoth stash photos over on ravelry (seriously, get on the list if you aren’t already! Love, love, love this site!), I stopped by the LYS on the way home from work & picked up the following.

I am planning on making (surprise) socks out of both of these. I’m thinking of trying Breeze for my Sockapalooza pal with the Hempathy. I’m looking for a pattern that will be good for the Calmer. These will go to my mom & will be cast-on first, since her birthday is in a few weeks. This yarn is soft, very stretchy & (most importantly) will probably hold up to my dad’s laundry practices.

I just received my Knit Picks order! Yippie!

They are running a clearance sale & I snagged some sock yarn at a fantastic price! I’ve never knit with their Memories sock yarn before, but according to the folks at Ravelry the yarn is supposed to knit up fairly well, although is highly prone to felting. Well, I guess I will just have to keep these all to myself then… darn! 😉

Spring Prairie

Hawaii

Rocky Mountain Dusk

Yukon


They also kicked in a couple color cards: Palette & Telemark! I love this store! 🙂

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Went to my lys this morning and they didn’t have a single skein of solid-color sock yarn! So after much searching on the internet I think I’m going to go with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn, but I need help picking the color. My sock pal stated she likes just about any color, so long as it isn’t too dark.

So, I’ll be knitting these socks…

But which of the following colors should I use?

DenimSageLilacPeachOld Rose

Personally, I’m leaning towards the sage, but I could really use a 2nd opinion!
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I was so happy with the results I got on Saturday, that I went dye crazy on Sunday!
I wound my remaining 3 skeins of dk weight yarn into 12 skein that were approx. 1oz each and then dyed them using 12 different flavors of Kool Aid in order to make a color card and possibly knit a sampler. I ended up with 6 different shades of red/pink! I will have to scour my local stores to see if I can find any flavors I missed!
I also wound the sock yarn I dyed into a 2yd hank. This was the best picture I could get and it is still very difficult to see the variation, so below is a picture of the hanks dyed with those flavors… it’s a little easier to make out the colors.
Now I just have to see if the stripes knit up properly! If so, I see many more skeins like this in the future! 🙂

I have to say that I am loving this technique for dyeing. In the past I’ve always used commercial acid dyes, that require lots of ventilation, gloves, goggles & masks or have added vinegar to the Kool Aid (as I was taught) and been very unhappy with the results! You still want to be careful not to breathe in the Kool Aid powder, but it is not nearly as toxic! Hey Kool Aid!

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