Oh, how long it has been since I posted! You can take my lack of attention here as a pretty good indication that my home life has been suffering as well. Our family is currently quite caught up with the idea of a possible relocation. These thoughts are inspiring lots of travel, which makes it difficult to be as attentive as I’d like to be to things at home. The potential of moving also has me feeling a little reluctant to fully engage in my life here. Home projects just don’t hold the appeal they once did. It’s hard to think about planting a garden that we won’t be around to harvest.
Still, there are some things (other than work) that keep me busy and happily occupied. Here’s a little update on those.
First I’ll share one of my recent finished objects. There are others, but I have yet to photograph them.
These are the Wayward Socks from Cookie A’s 2012 sock club. This is the first year I signed up for a sock club and I joined two — Janel Laidman’s Knitterati Club and Cookie A’s. This yarn is from Alisha Goes Around and it was positively scrumptious. It’s made of merino, cashmere and silk. Just lovely. I did make a giant whopping mistake. I somehow didn’t move the stitches around properly in preparation for the heel so when I went to continue the pattern onto the foot of the sock part of it wasn’t there. I decided I wasn’t going to rip back and that I’d love these socks anyway. I do.
Here are the current projects that are taking my knitting attention.
This is the Jaywalker Sock that I am doing for the Sock Knitters Anonymous February challenge. I’m hoping to get the second sock done before the end of March, but we’ll see.
It’s a little further along now and it’s a pretty simple pattern, though I have to say that my Signature dpn’s were not the best choice for this pattern. I’m hoping to get them done quickly so I can cast on the March pattern from the Janel Laidman club. That pattern is a very intricate cable/travelling stitches affair — definitely a better use of those sharp Signature dpn’s.
This is the March shipment from the Knitterati club that I’ll be using for that complex cable/traveling stitches pattern. I just love the bright green (even though I have a lot of green socks already) and I REALLY love the little project bag! Those little bags that both Knitterati and Cookie A’s clubs have been sending have been so useful!
These are the Twining Socks that are a pattern of my own creation. The March challenge for SKA is cables/traveling stitches, which I thought would be a perfect chance to design my own pattern using the Twisted Stitch Knitting book I bought after Sock Summit last summer. I cast on and started before receiving the March pattern for Knitterati, which I probably would have cast on instead. Still, I’m having fun designing this sock and it’s going to turn out pretty interesting as I’m making it up as I go. I’m taking some notes, but there are already things I know I want to do differently on the second sock.
Oh well, they’ll kind of match.
The yarn is Nerd Girl Yarns from her Fringe event. Mine is the “alternate universe” and it’s called “Walter’s Bean Bag Chair.” I signed up to receive this yarn after hearing rave reviews of Nerd Girl Yarns, though I know nothing about Fringe. I’ve watched a couple of episodes, but nothing that helps me to know what Walter’s bean bag chair is.
The other project I’m really enjoying right now is my leftover sock yarn blanket.
This project is so nice and mindless I’m really enjoying working on it and thinking about the socks that I knit out of the yarns. My leftover sock yarn bag is bursting at the seams, so I really need to get going on it.
I’ve been using this soak soap for blocking my handknits recently and I just love it. I want to try the other scents now, too.
The one last thing I want to share is what’s new in my musical world. On a little bit of an impulse, I bought a new baritone ukulele.
I bought this Kala Mahogany Baritone Ukulele that had just fantastic reviews. I’m just loving the deeper sound it has. It’s much more guitar-like which gives it more flexibility than the concert ukulele I’ve been playing. I’m once again uke-obsessed.
To that end, I’ll leave you with a couple videos I’ve found inspiring lately. Currently these songs are being added to my repertoire.