Last week was one of these weeks where no matter how much I work, I seem to accomplish very little. Yuck.

Friday before last was the first of a series of warm spring-like days, and I went to two LYS, The Yarnery, and Borealis Yarns. The former because I was sent there in search for a specific pattern. No luck there, but I didn’t leave the area without a stop at Cafe Latté for a yummy snack. I went to BY for the Crystal Palace “Party” I needed to finish Mom’s scarf, but they did not have Jet Black in stock. The clerk said they would be ordering more and it should arrive next month. That store is somewhat dangerous for me, because the “Party” yarns are stocked right next to a veritable Wall of Sock Yarn. Just a little teeny bit came home with me.


The maroon and gold stripes in this colorway just scream U of MN, and I’ve already personally renamed the colorway “Goldy.” I plan to knit socks with this for someone else, but I’m so tempted to get more for myself.

Is it silly that I covet a certain yarn based solely on the name of one of the colors? I’m sure you can guess which one. :)

I also like the two patterns released in the recent KnitBits Newsletter. I wish they showed the front of Wanda, though. (Would it look good on me?)

I didn’t make it to the second round in Sock Madness, but thank you everyone who left “good luck” comments! I tried my best but two little things called work and sleep got in the way. By luck of the draw I had been assigned to the “Stephanie’s Traveling Socks” division, and it was the first one to close (Tuesday noonish)! Here’s a mini diary:

  • Saturday: Busy with errands, finished both toes.
  • Sunday: Knitted through most of the day, finished the insteps and heels on both socks.
  • Monday: Worked all day, then knit one leg/cuff.
  • Tuesday: Division closed!
  • Wednesday: Frogged all of what I had knit.

Yes, you read that right. My Mad Cows are no more. There was too much coordinating brown in the handpainted skein for a good contrast. I do like the painterly effect achieved, but I decided I didn’t want socks with this effect right now.

It was lots of fun to see the great combinations people used for their socks. (Solid with solid, solid with variegated, solid with self-patterning, variegated with variegated, etc. There’s a Flickr pool, too.) I think the handpainted yarn I used would work better with a light color, like white, cream, or even pale green. So back into stash they went, for now. Someday I’ll try this pattern again, but there will be more patterns released during the tournament, and I might want to knit some of them.

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4 Responses to “Miscellany”

  1. Amy Says:
    March 19th, 2007 at 7:16 am

    Not silly at all. Why do you think they put so much thought into naming the colors?

    Love that Cascade. You should definitely have some for yourself.

  2. Chris Says:
    March 19th, 2007 at 7:27 am

    Other than the silly name, I enjoyed knitting the Sassy Stripes socks I made a few weeks ago (they were in a traveling rib pattern). You should get some of the yarn for yourself!

    What plugin are you using for your pictures now? I like the popup aspect.

  3. Deb Says:
    March 19th, 2007 at 9:01 am

    I used to work at one of those stores!

    Uberlieferte books- literally a strike of luck via email from the Netherlands. All I can say is form international knit buddies! Do you have the Liesl Fanderl series? They’re great– more like Barbara Walkers’s anthologies than U.S. aus dem…

  4. Guinifer Says:
    March 19th, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Here I thought you were going to leave me in your dust! I’m sure I won’t make it past the second round of Sock Madness – Stephanie’s group appears to be the most competitive of the three groups.

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