And welcome to my Sunday post! My goodness, what a Sunday we are having here! I’m sleep deprived today, as we had the most roaringly intense wind storm all night, I had heard on the radio that there was going to be very strong wind around the lower half of the North Island, and yes there was! Then early this morning the rain came, bucketing down, lightning and thunder too… I barely slept a wink! I’m still a bit of an earthquake scardey-cat after everything this year, so every time the wind shakes the house or I hear a rumble (think thunder or big trucks) I get quite nervous. Believe it or not, I still went to the vege market this morning after dropping KB off at work! In the pouring rain I bought my several tonnes of fruit and vege and as I reached the car the rain stopped. Lovely! It’s back and I’m having a cozy day here at home, blogging, knitting, hooking, writing assignments and cooking. Usual Sunday stuff, I love it.
A few posts ago, I mentioned that I was waiting for a parcel to arrive in the mail and I was stupendously excited by it. Well, it arrived a week and a half ago, but I got sidetracked with blogiversaries and other things, so instead of showing you what arrived, I can show you what I made with it!
A month or so ago, I found a lady named Sabine who dyes yarn and sells it on felt which is the NZ version of etsy and madeit and other online shoppy things, and I’m sure you can imagine I was very excited about this! I stalked her felt shop for about two weeks before I purchased some sock yarn called “lilac time.” (Best thing about felt? You pay by bank deposit so someone like me who has no credit card and doesn’t ever want one, not even for the purpose of buying yarn online (!) can still partake in the joy that is online shopping!) A couple of days later, Sabine’s yarn had arrived and I joyfully ripped open the box and was amazed at 1. How lovely the colours were and 2. How amazingly different they were in real life! Gosh shopping for yarn online is really hard, like Sabine says in her caveat, all monitors show colours differently, so what arrives might be quite different to what you order. I was not disappointed however, because while the colours are quite different to my usual palate, they are particularly lovely and are the colours that faeries would knit their socks out of for sure….
Knitting with this yarn was a lovely experience and as you can see from the beautiful even stripes of colour, Sabine is a particularly talented dyer as there was no colour pooling at all.
And guess what.
I learned kitchener stitch. Yes I did! After moaning that I was unable to do kitchener and would need someone to show me, I was inundated with hints from kitchener-legends, thank you! I was given step-by-step instructions, kitchener mantras and links to helpful webpages, it was great. The lovely Ali (thank you Ali!) left me a link to this awesome YouTube video which I found sooooo helpful I saved it to my favourites bar for super easy access! Thank you Knitwitch! You are so fabulous to put your tutorials up for everyone to learn from! I appreciated it so much, so if you struggle with kitchener, go and visit her, she will sort you out!
(Grrr as I proofread the post I spotted not one, but TWO bits of Raymond fur on my sock in that picture…)
I’m still working on perfecting the toe… I took the first sock of this pair to the party Raymond was kicked out of the other day and was too shy to take off my other sock, try this one on while it was still on the needles and check the length in front of a whole bunch of people I’ve only just met, (that’s just taking it too far!) so I knitted a centimetre too far (bugger) but that’s not too bad, they ended up fine, if not a little square-toed!
I’m pleased to tell you that the pair I’m currently working on are toe perfection but more about that next time!
So! How about some sock details…
Yarn: “Lilac Time” by Curiouser & Curiouser… visit her Felt shop HERE her colours are lovely and I’m sure of you twist her arm she will post overseas! She said she was having another dyeing day in a few weeks, so hopefully she will be doing a lot of sock yarn!
Pattern: step-by-step cheat sheet for socks, p.144 of Knitting Rules! By Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Sock Satisfaction Rating: 8/10. They lost two points for the toes, but 8/10 is still an A so these socks should still feel good about themselves.
So there we have it, socks number 4! Each pair is getting easier, it really does take about five tries at something hard to perfect it (for me anyway!) and I’m hoping that I don’t get sick of socks as soon as I make the perfect pair! I’m having a blast with them and I hope you’re enjoying popping in to see my creative buzz as much as I am showing you.
OK then, I’m off! But before I go, don’t forget to enter my blogiversary giveaway HERE and thank you so much for all the love that came my way in the last few days! I had lots of comments from people who had never commented before which is funny in a strange way because I’m amazed at how many people like to read my creative ramblings, that there are all these people around the world who know me but I don’t know they know me… the strange business of blogging! Anyway, it was lovely to hear from so many new people, and I’m really excited about sending out a love parcel to someone, so don’t forget to enter!
Alright then lovelies, I’m off to cook lentils and chickpea goodness! Wishing you a lovely rest of your weekend and a blessed beginning to your working week,
lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX