My goal was to finish a plain pair of socks in a week. It became obvious that this was a lofty goal when the first sock took seven days to finish.

photo 1They took 13 days. A pair of socks taking less than a month is worth celebrating, but less than two weeks makes me feel like a speed demon!

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Today I’m tired of blog titles. Or maybe I’m just grumpy because the super expensive cannon isn’t working. I really want a point and shoot camera. I think we bought way to much camera for this family and due to the price I’m way more disappointed in it when it doesn’t work.  Anyway this isn’t a whine about camera’s blog but today’s post is brought to you by the iphone.

I got some new fabric from etsy. I should not be stashing fabric, but alas here we are!

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I got my vesper sock yarn way before it was supposed to ship. Thats always a plus. These are limited edition six stripe colors.

photo 2 photo 1The colors are Love Story and Rainbow Love

In other news I’m so tired of cold weather. I know; how dare I complain about 60 degrees during the day, but March is almost over and here in Texas that means it should be about 80 degrees. Polar vortex or whatever isn’t supposed to affect Texas. We are immune to such things.

The dog rearing is going well except for when she hops on the couch after coming in from the rain. Or right now she’s got her dirty arse sitting on my shoulders while whining to go out and chase squirrels. All the big things are conquered. She’s seemingly house trained. She’s nipping and jumping less and she can sit and is learning up and down. She will be done with all her shots at the end of the month. We still don’t know what breeds she may be. She’s too fluffy to be a labrador. I fantasize about her being a Newfoundland but without the drool!

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Have a good week!

Finally

I usually hate yarn with lots of plies. I think I had one bad experience with it. I think it was Wollmeise. I found it splitty and rope like, yuck.  When I was in the Twisted PDX yarn club last year we got a skein of Hazel Knits Piquant Lite. It has nine plies. I was not looking forward to knitting with it, however I liked the pattern and the color of the yarn so I went ahead and cast on. I loved it. The stitch definition was awesome. It was also nice tactilely to knit with. I was smitten. Fast forward months and months ahead and the piquant lite socks are my favorite socks. They have held up to machine washing and drying soooo well. These are the socks I speak of.

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I kind of searched peoples stashes hoping to find some that I liked so I could save a few bucks on the shipping of one skein. I did contact someone about their skein but got no reply. So I just forgot about it for a few months. I would look at some on the Hazel Knits website but I was too cheap to buy any.  So to make a long story short I finally bit the bullet and ordered directly from the website.  I figure why buy a color Im not in love with from someone’s stash on Ravelry just to save a few bucks.

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I’m so excited and want to use it right away!

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Here we have Strawberry Lemonade (my favorite drink in the world so I couldn’t resist!) Love the color.

IMG_4925The yellow is Citrus Blossom. It was on sale and once in a great moon I’m in the mood for a good yellow!

You can see all those plies, but don’t let it scare you! I love this yarn!! It makes me question all those fluffy yarns in my stash. I want more and more of this. The order arrived freakily fast. I ordered it on Wednesday and I got it on Saturday. I did pay about three dollars extra for usps priority mail.

My love of yarn is back with a vengeance. I also placed an order with Knitterly Things. I NEED lots of self striping yarn.  I had one skein of knitterly things that I just cast on. So that left me with only one skein of Austermann Step. It was time to buy more.  One skein of that order is a pre order that wont ship until around March 24th. I’m assuming they are holding the other skein until that one is ready, and I think its coming from far far away like Canada. I’m patient though.

I was trying to knit a pair of vanilla striping socks in a week that ship has sailed.  I got to the heel flap on one sock in a week. I’m still going for a speedy knit so be on the lookout. Have a good week!

Think Pink

Latest Plucky Classics shipment came in.

IMG_4893I love it. My favorite colors are pink and grey (or gray) so this is right up my alley.

I was looking at my stash in Ravelry, and I have 47 skeins of yarn that I haven’t used, and 20 that I’ve used up.There was a time when I felt guilty about my yarn stash, but hey 47 isn’t bad. It’s comprised of about 99% fingering. I have some heavier weight yarn and some cotton that I haven’t added to Ravelry, but that yarn might push 47 up to 60 which still isn’t bad. I haven’t bought any yarn this year other than the Plucky Classics subscription. I’ve been more preoccupied with my orchids. I will have to update y’all on that. I’ve switched to growing my orchids semi hydroponically and I’ve had some blooms and such. Good times.

I’ve been trying to quilt my quilt. With the kids and the new dog it hasn’t been seeing a lot of action. It’s much easier for me to put my knitting down than it is to stop quilting.  I did do some work on it a few days ago. I will show you my wonky stitches.

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I really like how the quilting stands out more when you are hand quilting it. If I get better at it I plan on getting some thicker thread in other colors.IMG_4874The sad part of the quilting saga is that the quilting frame my husband built for me just didn’t work out in the real world. I tried it and there was no way I was going to be able to quilt on it. I had to run to Joanne’s and get a quilting hoop. Its made out of plastic and its working really well for me. I can’t wait until this quilt is done. It’s a small one so it all depends on how much time I actually have to quilt.  I have no set spacing for my quilting lines. I like to tell myself that not being neat and tidy with my quilting adds a special something to the quilt. Hahaha. The lies we tell ourselves huh!

I’m loving this week because my daughter is out of school for spring break. I can stay up late and sleep in a little bit. We went to the roller rink yesterday. It was her first time not skating on carpet or tile and she did great! I used to be quite the roller skater in middle school, but I tried to get out there yesterday and made it about half way round before I gave up. I have a bad back and I had horrible visions of falling and injuring my old fat self.  No more roller skating for me.

If you are traveling this spring break be safe and have fun. We will be hitting the park! No spring break travels for my little brood.