A new Purlsoho box at my doorstep means new baby pink 100% Cashmere yarn! New baby pink 100% Cashmere yarn means new little baby girl on the way!! Not for me of course, but for my best friend’s sister. She is due in July. I decided to make her a little hat… it might be too hot to wear at first, but in a couple months when the weather cools down a bit, it will be perfect!! I found a very sweet little hat pattern for free at Little Sesame Knits. You must check her blog out, she’s very talented!
I started making a swatch to measure my gauge last night and OH MY GOSH, working with cashmere is like working with angles hugging each finger gently and signing on high a sweet sweet melody. Really, I am not exaggerating. If you have never spent the money to buy cashmere, I highly recommend you do it at least once. Keep an eye out for sales. This yarn was originally about $50 and I got it for $25. About the price I would spend on a non-personal baby shower gift – and I get the pleasure of working with this exquisit yarn.
I joked about getting a goat in my previous blog post… I may really consider it now. The yarn is that good.
I went ahead and scrapped my toddler socks for now. I definitely need a longer circular needle than I have. So, rather than start a new project, I’m working on an old scarf that I started over a year ago. I’m so bummed though! I only bought 2 skeins of yarn because they were kind of expensive at $12.50 each, but this scarf takes 4 skeins. I received the two additional skeins needed, and the die lots are obviously way different since it’s been a year later. The bigger yarn ball in the back of this picture is the new one… and it is much darker and greener than the original bright orange (in the front). To attempt to hide this color difference, I switched the yarn balls, and will use the remains of the bright original color to finish the last 25% of the scarf. At least the ends will match… and, like the socks, this one is for me because I figured it would have lots of mistakes considering it is my first knitted scarf!
This weekend I’m working on a non-knitting mothers day project. It’s silhouette pendants of my son for the grandmas. I’m making myself a key chain too 🙂 Should be fun, I’m lucky to have a very crafty friend (check out her blog at Quilt Otaku) that comes up with cool ideas like this – or I should say the Grandmas are lucky because this looks like it will turn out very cool!!
I’m so happy!! I finished my first pair of socks. What do you think? I lucked out and almost matched the stripes.
On to new projects… I started the 2-at-a-time socks on the plane, but the circular needles I have are too short for it to be convenient. I think I’m going to pull it out and and start over. So, I’m relegated to working on my scarf which seems much easier to work on now that I’ve finished with these socks.
I’m enjoying the rain and thunderstorms here in North Carolina with Katy. We had a whirlwind shopping and eating day, it was wonderful. I’m going to introduce her to the Flight of the Conchords tonight – YAY!
I fell short of my lofty goal to complete this entire sock by today. It’s ok though. I’m going to bring it on the plane as back up… I have a feeling they are not going to let me get on the plane with my metal circular needles anyway. I have to bring my self addressed envelope just in case!!!
The lego creation was by my son and my mom. He says it’s WallE 🙂 And behind that are some seedlings that we are growing for our garden this year. Hopefully I will have time to drop some off at Marisa‘s before my flight. We have a ton of pumpkins, cucumbers, green beans, egg plants, carrots, basil and peppers!
I’m not going to finish this sock by tuesday, but I made some really good progess. I’m now on the tedious part of knitting the knit stitch over and over again until I reach 7 inches. Hopefully I can avoid laddering this time.
I ran across this beautiful lace scarf that claims to be easy and made up of all of the same stitches that I’ve used in these purple striped socks so far. It’s called the Checkerboard Lace Scarf and is available at Purl Bee’s Blog. Perfect for my first attempt at lace. I’m adding it to the next-on-my-list of projects – after the toddler socks of course. Christopher, my darling son, has been wearing around my one purple striped sock and was very excited when I told him I was making him a pair of his very own socks next. I will miss him so much on my trip to NC!!
I just checked to see if I will be able to bring my circular knitting needles on the flight and it’s really going to be up to the security officer checking me in. The Transportation Security Administration recommends that circular needles be bamboo or plastic (not metal like mine) and no longer than 31″. I’ll have to bring a self addressed envelope just in case!!
That’s right folks, I knitted the heel flap and turned it in one night. I have no life. It was Friday
night for goodness sake. Technically
I watched Twilight
at the same time, but watching a movie and knitting is more like listening to a movie and not watching it at all.
Anyhow, I am so proud of the heel colors lining up nearly perfect. That was a sheer (no pun intended) accident. I had fully intended to check the beginning yarn and start at as close to the color I started with on the first sock (that’s important if you are using striped thread and want to stripes to match the other sock) – but I completely forgot to do that. Luckily it turned out damn near close. I don’t think I could have planned that if I tried. I’ll have to call these my lucky purple striped socks from now on. All those mistakes in the first one really did pay off!!
Maybe I’ll get a chance to start the gusset while my 2yr old is sleeping. I am really trying to finish this by Tuesday, and if I do, I will be seriously amazed with myself.
Fun Fact #3: Wool fibers have scales on the outside called serrations, they may overlap at the edges or entirely encircle the fiber. They cause the felting quality in wool which doesn’t exist in any other fabric.
Wow, the curse really has been lifted. I worked on the tube of this sock during lunch yesterday and at night, and again during lunch today and a maybe an hour after work today and I’m all ready to start the heel flap tonight… I haven’t had to pull any rows out yet! (knocking on wood right now). I really want to finish this by tuesday so that I can focus on my toddler socks during my trip to NC. Fun fun!