(this is at 1 pm today, ugh)
though the bitter cold of the pre-christmas week is gone, there’s still a definite chill in the house almost constantly right now. we’ve had plenty of damp and rain this week, with intermittent flurries, but no real snow yet (though all the surrounding regions are struggling to get out from under the brutal winter weather)
maybe today is the day. seems like when we have this in-between weather, the house just can’t stay as warm inside—i feel cold almost all the time. we do have a few defenses
mmm, soup for dinner—or any time—i feel warmer just thinking about it. we keep a good-sized bucket of it in the fridge that can be heated at a moment’s notice. hot vitamins in a bowl just can’t be bad.
and then of course, we are headed to sunny, southern california next week, so we will have our day in the sun.
yep—winter TNNA is once again in san diego this year, so we’re taking full advantage of the opportunity to visit my good friend kim and her family for some fun and relaxation and SUN. she tells me it’s going to be in the 70s next week out there.
bring. it. on.
i’m still being very loyal to my one big (secret) project this week but i can tell you that it won’t be for much longer—i am honing in on finishing it in the next couple of days, yay. interesting that so many people told me it reminds them of a food—it is named after a vegetable. and the yarn color constantly makes me think of lettuce.
after that, i’ll be free for a while to work on public projects without restrictions, so i’m thinking now about what to get on the needles to travel with and what lies beyond. besides the poppy socks (which are three-quarters complete now) and the wiggle scarf (about halfway there or a little more), i’m playing around with a new sock yarn from mona and stephanie at dye dreams
this is a lovely merino/nylon sock yarn called dream sox (ravelry link; the yarn isn’t in their shop yet, but you can see a description on ravelry)
it’s the same weight as lorna’s laces and araucania ranco, but it has an extremely silky texture and a little more twist, so i’m finding it’s a bit more responsive and springy on the needles with a beautiful hand.
i’m working out a sock design for the first installment of their new four seasons sock club.
i chose to work with this lovely rose tonal blend because we are aiming for a february release time; what better way to brighten up february than with a little rose? i’ve been swatching away and i think i found a motif i want to work with
it’s a rather large panel of twining leaves that i’m hoping will look spectacular traveling down the leg of a sock. i’m considering scaling down the size of the leaves by a couple of sts, but i’m not sure yet—maybe, maybe not. at any rate, it’s one of those patterns that promise not to let me pout it down once i get started (we love that!).
that’s definitely going on the needles today so i can really dig into it when my big secret project is done.
speaking of socks, you know how i normally abhor mending or salvaging socks, right? and how i’ve often made fun of david for sewing up sock holes and adding (shudder) patches to his beloved handknit ones?
well it seems my day has come
i’ve only worn these socks once or twice—see how brand-new they look? they’re my warmest, bestest defense against especially cold days, so i reserve them for that. but when i went to pull them on last week, i not only found a hole in an odd spot in the center top of the foot
i discovered it went right through to the bottom as well. what??
i knew almost immediately what the culprit was—not a moth, not a mouse, not wear and tear.
it was the laundry chute.
david adores the laundry chute—it’s just one of those old-house gadgets that he’s smitten with. the chute does not love me or my clothes, however—countless t-shirts, knickers, and lounge pants that belong to me get mysteriously snagged in the chute (this has never happened to david’s clothes).
so far, nothing truly important has been ripped, though i hate it when it happens to an old, soft t-shirt. this however, is different—this is my knitting and it’s new and it’s a favorite. plus, the yarn is handspun—i just can’t throw it out when it’s hardly been used. it must be fixed. luckily, i have some leftover yarn
while i’m at it, i’m also going to fix another nearly-new pair of handspun sox in which the heels inexplicably blew out after only a few wearings
this bugs me too, but i have a feeling that though the yarn is cozy-warm, it just wasn’t right for heel wear. in this case i’m going to nip out the heels completely and replace them with an alpaca/border leicester blend that should wear a lot better.
it means i’ll have to do both heels even though just one of them is worn, but it’s worth the trouble.
this is a good project for TV knitting, maybe tonight. i think i can take care of both pair in one sitting and put these back into circulation again quickly.
alright, now, i’m going to go knit soon. but first i want to show off an FO that janet brought to class on monday—she’s been working on her honeybee stole off and on for about a year, but really picked up steam with it in the fall
doesn’t she look pretty in it? janet bought the kit from wooly wonka fibers when it was released in august, 2007. we are all excited that she’s finally going to wear it—the question is, what will she knit next?