Today I got two amazing packages in the mail.
The first was a package of goodies from Kathleen
in Japan. She contacted me via Ravelry to tell me how much she enjoys the podcast and asked if I wanted anything from Japan. Because I am always up for something new and exciting I said I would love to try Japanese sock yarn. She said it would be underwhelming, but it is certainly amusing!
First off all, Cattleya is a very interesting name. It's 50% wool and 50% nylon and looks like it will be a nice hard-wearing yarn, if not luxurious. Besides, what other chance would I have to knit with genuine Japanese sock yarn?
She also sent an assortment of other Japanese goodies:
The magenta wool at the top, which I'm planning to share with Cathy, is from Iceland where she lived before (what a world traveler!) and she also included a pattern book, a pretty little ceramic mouse cell phone charm since it's the year of the mouse. I would fear to put anything that beautiful and ceramic on my phone, so I'll probably hang it somewhere in my room. And some Japanese bath stuff. She sent me a Japanese coin with a hole in the middle too! (There is no way she could have known my obsession with coins with holes in them, but I am beyond thrilled.)
AND (I know, it's too much) she sent some edible goodies to share with the rest of the FiberCult!
A *huge* thank you to you, Kathleen.
Now, the second package waiting for me was a prize I won as part of Sockin' It to Maggie
I got some delicious chocolate, some beautiful stitch markers, and a skein of very pretty Fearless Fibers yarn. The yardage on it is really good so I'm thinking I should save it for some nice tall socks.
Ok, on to non-mail topics... I watched The Illusionist
tonight while knitting on the Madder Rib socks and I loved it.
Also I got a Ravelry question about the method I use to knit my socks.
I almost always knit my socks two at once using the magic loop method. There is a really good tutorial on casting on (one of the tricky parts) on Sockbug here
. The only thing to watch out for is patterns where the beginning of the round changes or there are non-paired increases and decreases that cause a decrease over the join. These aren't impossible to knit using the 2-at-once-ML method, but IMO they're more of a pain than it's worth.
I did a tutorial a while back on how to turn the heel which is here
. Now get knitting and don't look back!
Listening to: Green Man ~ Type O Negative, What You Are ~ Audioslave
Labels: FiberCult, gifts, socks