As I write this post, the scent of those gorgeous little flowers is wafting up my nose and I love it! They totally brighten up the beginning of winter. KB hates the smell of them, yesterday she said she thought they smelled “like snot” which I thought was a bit ridiculous… what does snot smell like anyway? Your nose? Anyway, at the market yesterday morning they were $1/ bunch which was amazingly cheap, so I bought four bunches and love the uplifting colour thrill they are giving me every time I walk into the lounge!
I’ve had a few people ask me about my toes…. the sock variety, and instead of e-mailing people individually I thought I’d blog about it and hope everyone reads this post. So if you’re not interested in sock toes, please skip a few paragraphs until I start writing about something more relevant!
Because I have non-pointy toes, I noticed that when I did my decreases right down to a point and kitchenered 8 stitches together, the toes weren’t as comfortable as the faery socks I made at a party… remember them? I accidentally kept knitting too far and had to do a very abrupt decrease because I didn’t want to rabbit them. (Putting 64 stitches back onto DPN’s? No THANK you!!!) Sooooooooo, on the latest pair, I knitted until I reached the bottom of my little toe, then did a row of garter stitch to give the toe some definition. KB and I agreed that without that definition, my feet look like something out of a Dr Seuss book. (yes, we have far too much time on our hands…. not having children means we have the energy to discuss highly important topics such as these!)
Then, I decreased every second row, as per usual, until there are about 22 stitches left on needle 2, then I decrease EVERY ROUND until I have 12 stitches on needle 2, then kitchener them all together.
Result= nice rounded toes.
I hope that was helpful for you! I started knitting a pair to test this new toe method, as you can see I finally had a try with my Zauberball which I have been dying to use but holding off because once I use it, its gone! Madness, but you get it don’t you?! I cast on my stitches on the bus and noticed that it was particularly splitty… eeks… but carried on anyway. When I got home, I did a yarn search on Ravelry and discovered that it has some pretty negative feedback happening, but I decided to bravely carry on with the socks and see for myself if I loved it… Because quite often, people only comment if they have something negative to say and people who were happy with it probably didn’t bother!
And let’s face it, the colours are divine, oh my goodness, by far the most beautiful blending ever! But sadly, after five inches of sock, I noticed that my finger was getting rubbed raw, so I rabbited it…. More rabbiting… I swear I haven’t finished a project in soooooooooo long! It’s driving me crazy! I found this yarn very slippery, especially on steel needles, so it might be better on bamboo DPN’s which are a bit ‘grabbier’ and the slip factor was causing the finger rubbage which was deeply unpleasant. Anyway, it’s in my stash again, awaiting its perfect project, I’m sure if I try knitting something flat with it, it will be fine. I’m grieving the socks I was going to make though, because to look at, this yarn lights my fire!
Anyway, I’ve got a project happening right now that I’m in total love with, it’s gorgeous, colourful and at my skill-level so will not be rabbited! 16 pattern repeats and no mistakes yet! But that’s a story for another day… Do you know (and I know you do) I love finding blogs which are on my vibe, which I love to read, and I like to link to them so you can go and visit and enjoy them too! I’m loving visiting Carole at Gingerbread Girl right now, as her blog is full of rainbow happiness and knitting and crochet goodness, so visiting her brings a smile to my face when I see she has popped up a new post! So make sure you hop over and say hello.
What blogs are you loving right now? Leave a link to them in the comments below so we can go and enjoy them too!
OK then! I’m off to bed, it’s way past and I have new books to start reading and knitting to do before I fall asleep, which will happen very soon judging my my attention span! (or lack of…)
Wishing you a wonderful week!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX