The most amazing thing happened… I actually had my knitting, my camera and a perfect patch of sun all in the same place at the same time!
This is one of my Gas Flame socks, with the short-row toe and the straight part of the foot completed.
This pattern has been challenging on a few levels, but once I wrapped my head around a few things and remembered how to count, it’s been a lot of fun. I’m starting the gusset increases and having a blast watching everything take shape.
I lovelovelove this Socks that Rock. Really love, really a lot. I’ve called the socks Gas Flame because that’s what it makes me think of. All kinds of blue and occasional flashes of red, just like the fire on my stove. A perfect fit for Yarnissima’s Firestarter pattern, if I do say so myself!
I decided that I need a cardigan, and after much dithering I settled on the ubiquitous February Lady Sweater (4469 projects in Ravelry at last count). Not only is it a lovely sweater, but I can actually knit it out of stash yarn! I have two enormous skeins of Brooks Farm Mas Acero which I bought on impulse when I ventured to the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair in the summer of 2007.
It’s a beautiful mix of silvery blues and greens, which put me in mind of blue spruce… naturally the cardigan is called Blue Spruce Cardi in my Ravelry notebook. And will you just look at the way it knits up!
Not only is it pretty, but I hit gauge spot on my very first try. Surely it’s a good omen. I’m going to shop for buttons on Wednesday, hoping to find some pewter ones… or maybe cobalt blue… or perhaps a nice green… Oh dear, this may be harder that I thought.
I took a trip to the post office on Saturday, and there’s sock yarn on its way to my contest winners as we speak (as you read?). The Random List Generator came through in a very big way, picking yarns I hope you three will like.
And last but not least: who can resist the lure of the sparkly? I tried to resist, I really did. Lizardtoes has been advertising on Ravelry for quite a while. She makes these tiny stitch markers for small needles, just the prettiest things you’ve ever seen. I’d see her ads, click through to her etsy store, and just sigh and dream and pine after them.
Last Tuesday I gave in. I placed an order. For eight sets of four in different colors. Yeah, I bought 32 stitch markers in one fell swoop. Don’t look at me like that, I defy you to visit her shop and not want to do the same thing!
And let me tell you, her service is lightning fast. I ordered on Tuesday and received them on Saturday. Believe it or not, they’re even prettier in person
I’m going to have the best-dressed needles in town!