Wednesday 3 February 2010

Making Plans & finishing the dreaded socks

Hurrah! I finished the Lace and Cable socks! On Jan 31st to be precise, thank goodness. What a slog they were to finish. It must be my least liked pattern for a long while.

Pattern: Lace and Cable Socks from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson
Needles: 2.5mm dpn
Yarn: Koigu Premium Merino, 2 skeins

Yeah. The less said about them the better. Although the yarn is nice and soft. We'll see how they get on.

So, my prize from The Constant Knitter arrived yesterday. Yummy Garnstudio Drops Alpaca:
2 skeins of pink
2 skeins of cream
and one skein of a really dark foresty/mossy green.
Yum! Thanks Rosemary!
I'm going to make these mittens (I hope)
Norwegian Snail Mittens from the Knitters Book of Yarn, by Clara Parkes, to replace my poor dead Druid Mittens.
Aren't they yum? I've loved them ever since I saw the ones Aileen made, which prompted me to rush out and buy the book in the first place. I hope I've picked nice colours!

I knew I wouldn't last until the Ravelympics to cast on something, so I succumbed to the beauty that is Bex socks from Sock Innovation by Cookie A.
I don't know why I torment myself with such difficult patterns, but *sigh* aren't they just gorgeous? I'm using Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering for them in a fabulous jewel shaded tone of green. Just lush.
Speaking of Cookie A, I think I may be heading to Knit Nation in July! I was originally going to go to the UK Knit Camp in Scotland, but to be honest, funds would be too tight and I prefer the classes at Knit Nation. It's in London, so flights will be cheaper, and the classes I want to do are on Friday & Saturday.
One of the clinchers is that Wollmeise will have a stall at the marketplace! whee!
So, if I'm sneaky, I could fly over on Thursday evening after work, and maybe catch a west end show and a visit to iKnit! I'm thinking of going to Avenue Q. I've wanted to see this show for AGES. Muppet type puppets, filthy humour & music. What more could you want?
The classes I'm thinking of taking are Estonian Lace with Nancy Bush (Nancy Bush!!) and Design your own cuff down socks with Cookie A (cooookie! I'm singing the cookie monster song right now)
My dream was to go to Rhinebeck on my way to Florida, but I'm not sure I could pull that off this year. Maybe next year, if I cross everything.
Good knitting!


Tara said...

"C" is for cookie, that's good enough for me!!! Nice projects, I've yet to knit out of that book. Oh well, I'll get there eventually!

kelgell said...

Go Norweigians! I've started some norweigian house slippers. ^^ The design for your new mittens looks great. Cute. And the knitting even thing in London...sounds like you'll have a blast!!