And Happy Saturday to you! I’m usually working on a Saturday, but took some holidays to have a weekend break after a heavy week of class, and it has been such a cool fun day, much better than working for sure! I’m meant to be studying for an oral assessment next Thursday and then working on the essay due the week after that… but the day is not over yet! (nearly, but not quite!) I spent the morning at the markets with this lovely lady who will no doubt be blogging her market adventures this evening! I’m quite proud of myself, my willpower ruled today and I left the market without purchasing more than I needed to… One pair of earrings which I will show you in my next post, (I am crazily in love with them) one skein of alpaca sock yarn and one small calico bag to keep my knitting safe in my shoulder bag. *phew* It could have been faaaaaaaaaaaaar more damaging to my wallet, so I’m feeling quite proud!
I’m a recovering perfectionist. I think many of you might know that by now… I discovered the extent of my perfectionist madness when I get an essay back last year. I got 100% and still wasn’t satisfied with the mark…. which led me to realise that the marks were really representing something completely different which I needed to sort out! Hence, the new label, recovering perfectionist. Of all the socks I have made, my most recent pair are my favourite and I’m going to show them to you today! I usually love everything I make, but can always find something not quite right about it… not this pair however… I finally got the toe perfectly fitting my toes, and they are the first pair to score 10/10 in my sock satisfaction rating.
Want to see them? KB took some pictures yesterday when we got home… that is when Raymond is most (annoying) cuddly and wouldn’t stop rubbing himself on the socks. When I went through the pictures I realised that the photos in which the socks looked awesome, Raymond looked silly, and the photos in which Raymond looked lovely, the socks looked crap. So I picked the photos the socks looked best in, because there are many amazing photos of Raymond on here and these socks will only ever be in this post!
I was hunting for the ball-band before and resigned myself to the fact that I had thrown it away by accident and wouldn’t be able to tell you the details! That would have been a tragedy because I know many of you like the specifics… But how about good old Ravelry huh? It saved the day as I had already added the yarn to my stash and had completely forgotten I had done it.
So how about this yarn?! I L.O.V.E it. I’ve been eyeballing it at my LYS for ages and finally bought some and must admit, it’s my favourite sock yarn yet. It’s warm and toasty on your feet and the colours are so fabulously wonderful I can’t wait to start my next pair!
Yarn: Regia (click for the rav link) colourway 04455
Pattern: A good plain sock recipe by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee from Knitting Rules
Sock Satisfaction Rating: 10/10… it has made sock history in my drawer.
I notice it is a bit thicker than normal sock yarn, so I’ll cast on 60 instead of 64 and maybe knit a bit tighter… but I’ve only worn them once and have just put them through the wash today, so I’ll wait and see how they fit next time!
My post last week about the Book Depository had a lot of interesting feedback… one commenter told me about another online book seller that is even cheaper than the BD! No! Can it be?
Yes… Amazon.dot.co.uk is, it turns out! I checked out the books I had just bought and they were in fact cheaper, so thak you for that tip! Eeks!
OK then lovelies, I’m off to do some writing, some yoga and some knitting before cooking dinner. I hope you’re having a wonderful and relaxing weekend, see you in a few days!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX