Monday, March 25, 2013

Success :-)

Last week I finished not one, but two pairs of socks :-) My patchwork Cakewalk yarn socks are amazing. I had so much fun making stripe after stripe. I had an insane amount of ends to weave in, but if only took an episode and a half of Veronica Mars.

I also finished my Clandestine socks! Finally! These have been on the needles forever. I was worried I was going to run out of yarn, but then several knitters recommended I buy a scale and weigh the yarn to see if I had enough. It was a brilliant plan and gave me the push I needed to finally finish these! I only had 9 yards of yarn left! Holy smoke.

I really loved knitting this pattern. I love reading lace charts and watching the motif come to life. This pattern is challenging, but also addicting. So addicting in fact....

I bought Cookie A's book I found it at a LYS and snatched it up along with two skeins of Malabrigo sock yarn. I was really excited about the yarn plus the patterns, but after reading reviews on Malabrigo, I returned the yarn. Everything I read said the socks wear out super fast, and that just doesn't work for me. I knit socks to wear them -- I want them to last more than a few months.
So now I have credit at the LYS, and their sock yarn is just not doing it for me :-( A lot of self striping and variegated yarns, but I really want some semi solids for Cookie A socks.

I did buy some sock yarn at Stash in Corvallis. I love love going into Stash. It is by far my favorite yarn shop. They are so super nice in there! And they were having their spring sale :-) I cannot resist a sale. I bought some Baah! yarn in their La Jolla base, colorway Pink Tourmaline. I've already cast on some socks! Details soon :-)

At Stash I also bought a copy of the Spring issue of Pom Pom magazine! I want to knit everything in this magazine, but first of course will be Rachel Coopey's Calla socks. I think I even have the perfect yarn for them :-) Stay tuned.

And last but not least, I want to mention the Ricefield Collective Kickstarter, just in case you haven't checked it out yet. It makes my heart so happy to think about how knitting is literally changing people lives. The project is funded, but it's not too late to be a part of it! They have lovely rewards, including a hat pattern, as well as hand knit items. Give it a looksee.

Alrighty everyone! Happy Monday -- keep knitting!


  1. Great socks, the stripes are fantastic, worth all the weaving in! Your Clandestine socks are gorgeous too, glad you managed to finish them

    1. Thank you for your advice about the scale! It gave me the boost I needed to finish them :-)