Thursday, June 21, 2012

Not for lack of content

I have been sorely neglecting my blogging duties. In fact, there are a few things I meant to blog about but haven't managed to get around to yet. But since it's now officially summer, I think I shall make a summer resolution to blog more regularly.

But first, let's get caught up!

A few weeks back, I saw that the lovely Sarah of Cephalopod Yarns was offering free yarn in exchange for knitted items to be donated to Afghans for Afghans. This just happened to coincide with the Puget Sound LYS Tour, which meant I needed some simple car knitting. So I grabbed a couple random skeins of worsted weight yarn and cast on for some hats!

Charity Hat #1
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Purple Club
Started: 5/19/12
Finished: 5/28/12

Charity Hat #2
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool in 0790
Started: 5/20/12
Finished: 5/27/12

This year I teamed up with my knitting buddy Monica and we did the full LYS tour, going to each and every one of the 21 stores in just 2 and a little bit days. We hit a few of the most local stores on Friday evening after work, and did the majority on Saturday and Sunday. It was quite a bit of fun, and this year there were even commemorative stitch markers!

Since dashing off a couple of hats, I've finished two pairs of socks! The first are from a skein of self-striping yarn that I dyed in a class by my friend Stephania of Three Fates Yarns

Stripe Class Socks #1
Pattern: my plain ol' socks
Yarn: self-striping BFL High Twist dyed by me!
Started: 3/16/12
Finished: 6/11/12

I've also finished a secret pair of socks which I can't show you, so I'll recycle the picture from my last secret socks.

Instead of dark sock-shaped blobs under the tissue, just imagine that they're more golden in color. ;)

Pattern: "S"
Yarn: MacKintosh Yarns Celtic Sock in Coreopsis
Started: 8/7/11
Finished: 6/14/12

These socks took nearly forever, but they're pretty complicated. I had to figure out the trick to knitting with big charts... audiobooks. Now that I've got a dedicated sock-knitting audiobook to listen to at all times, I hope to get through some of my more complex socks a bit faster.

Well, I think that's enough for today. Stay tuned for more in the upcoming weeks!

Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
    Crystal Palace Maizy
    CTH Supersock
    Dicentra Designs
    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
    Gloss (KP)
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
    Valley Yarns Franklin
    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

    To check out:

    Sophie's Toes
    The Spinning Bunny Yarns BFL

WIPs and FOs