Annyeong haseyo. What are you up to this Sunday? Church? Catchin’ up on zzz’s? What about a run or bike ride? Or like me crafting? Whatever it is you’re doing today, I hope it’s relaxing and fun.
Kamsa hamnida for your recent visits. How wonderful they’ve been. I’ve been trying to be good by responding ໒(⊙ᴗ⊙)७✎▤ personally to you if you’ve dropped a comment.
As you saw last Sunday, I finished my first pair of socks for Box of Sox KAL 2017. With no sock WIP on the needles of course I CO another! I even knitted up a mini swatch because I had read in one knitter’s notes how her sock in this yarn expanded after a wet-blocking. Thank goodness I found that tidbit because this new yarn ended up having the standard 8 sts/in., one whole stitch bigger than the pattern’s gauge (9 sts/in). So my CO number (56) has been adjusted to a smaller number than what the pattern uses (64).
This is Erica Lueder’s Hermione’s Everyday Socks. It’s another sock pattern I have wanted to knit for ages. The yarn is indie dyer, Space Cadet, her Lucina base; the colorway is Gentle. When I saw this skein hanging in her booth at STITCHES West, it caught my eye because of this:
See the sparkles?! Aren’t they fun? This is the first time I’m knitting with sparkle yarn. I love it. You can see the tight twist it has.
I chose Space Cadet’s yarn to knit up for socks because it reminded me of Hermione Granger at the Yule Ball. Therefore I named this sock project, Yule Ball. This will be the second pair of socks for my Box of Sox KAL 2017 box. I’ll try to show that next time.
I’m also using Knitter’s Pride Karbonz DPN’s in a US 0 (2.0 mm). I used to be such a bamboo snob and thought these too slick in the past. But now, I believe I like these carbon fiber needles so much more. With Portuguese knitting the yarn slides better on them.
So like, um… m(￢0￢)m I haven’t fixed my Pink Flamingo on the Lawn jumper yet. I haven’t had the mojo to do it. I am hoping next week I will pull up my big girl britches and work on it.
Because I was facing the uncomfortable healing process after implant surgery, I decided earlier in the week to cast on a new accessories project. I wanted something easy to knit on while I recuperated.
Back when Susan B. Anderson published her Pioneer Girl pattern, my eyes were drawn to it like a bear to honey. I bought it and started knitting it up in a camel-cashmere light fingering. However, I ended up frogging it because I realized I wouldn’t have enough yarn and the company who had made it (That’s when I met the talented and sweet Gail.) had closed their doors.
I watch Espace Tricot’s podcast where Melissa and Lisa #espacetricot are always wearing lovely shawls styled wonderfully. It’s because of them I was actually itchin’ to knit a shawl! I remembered Pioneer Girl while perusing my Ravelry library. I noticed most of the knitters knitted it in a single color and maybe two used different colors. One of them knitted up the shawl like stripes in a blue and purple and the purple was used for all of the lace edging. This was inspiring for me because I have always been considered edgy, mostly due to my hairstyles but also honestly, I can be tough and have quite a potty mouth when my back’s raised up. I wanted to bring my edginess to Pioneer Girl. During some stash diving in my sock yarn bins, I came across these skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (The Radness) and Cascade Heritage (black). I thought they were perfect as the speckled yarn is fun and different and the color black is one I wear a lot + it has a tough and edgy vibe.
I’m using my Chiagoo Interchangeable circular in a US 5 (3.75 mm). The mini swatch of The Radness gave me 6 stitches per inch, what the pattern’s gauge is. The Cascade Heritage has a 6.5 sts/in gauge. When I switch to the black yarn, I will go up a needle size.
I love this WIP. Every time I look at The Radness I smile; it’s like a winter white with highlighter speckles of pink, yellow, and orange + those specks of black. It is so soft to the touch. This garter stitch section is super easy for any level. I feel relaxed when I knit it. I’m excited to get to the applied edging where the drama of the black will bring out those speckles and give the piece that modern edge.
This post is quite a mouthful, yeah? If any of you, especially those of you who are nonknitters, have any questions about what the heck I’m talkin’ about, pls don’t hesitate to ask. Have a good Sunday and TTYL. Annyeong kaseyo.