Back in September, I finished my Pink Clouds socks. At the time I talked about how the yarn (Claudia’s Handpainted) didn’t seem that special to me. After three months of living with the socks, this yarn is on my ‘never again’ list. I wear these socks once a week or once every two weeks. They’ve always been hand washed. And, yet, they look like hell. The color is fading/wearing off the bottom of the socks and they are pilling like mad. I am so disappointed in this yarn. The cost for this pair of socks was $22.
At first, I thought I might be expecting too much from my socks. But then I remembered my Pinky Purple socks. I’ve worn these socks weekly since March and they are also hand washed. They have some slight pilling on the foot, but that’s it. They look nearly brand new. The yarn for these socks was Knit Picks Sock Memories. The cost for this pair of socks was $6. The old saying “you get what you pay for” does not apply to sock yarn.
I am enjoying my vacation from work this week. I’m watching a ton of movies on TCM and knitting a Central Park Hoodie. This is my first sweater ever and I am intimidated as hell. But, I’m knitting on and figuring stuff out as I go. So far, so good:
The girls have been lounging around:
Sam’s been keeping an eye on the kitty:
Kishka fell asleep like this last night:
She’s also gotten really tired of all the pictures I’m taking:
The end of the day:
The end of knitting the socks:
What: Pinky Purple Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Sock Memories in the color Grandma
Needles: size 1, Susan Bates aluminum dpn’s
Pattern: My own that was inspired by Knitty’s Thuja and with technical help from Sensational Knitted Socks*
Date started: 2/22/07
Date finished: 3/8/07
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: my feet!
* Pattern details: CO 72; 5″ leg; 8″ foot before toe decreases.
Kish isn’t impressed with either:
The pinky purple socks are coming along nicely. One is ready for the toe and the other is well past the heel:
Waiting in the wings is my newly acquired yarn:
I took the girls for a walk at sunset this evening. I didn’t take my camera and the sunset was spectacular. It started out with a soft pink sky, then everything turned golden and by the time I arrived home, it looked like this:
The walk wore out the girls. When we arrived home, they both tried to play with a toy but immediately fell asleep:
Today was a spectacular Colorado day. It was cold and windy, but there was not one cloud in the sky:
Felicia and I hit the road to Pueblo this morning. Our destination:
Colorado Fiber Arts is the newest yarn store in this neck of the woods. I was very excited about this road trip because I was hoping that this yarn store would be better than the yarn stores in Colorado Springs.
I was not disappointed. Colorado Fiber Arts is now my favorite LYS. They are well lit, have plenty of space, great prices, friendly staff and a wide selection of yarn, notions and patterns. On top of all that, they are supporters of Warm The World. Colorado Fiber Arts is everything that the four LYSs in Colorado Springs are not.
I didn’t even think of taking pictures in the store, but Felicia did and you can find them here. I did, however, take a picture of what I brought home:
That bright blue yarn is going on the needles as soon as I decide on the pattern.
Today I was telling Felicia about my poor man’s swift:
It works better than you might expect. My only problem came the first time I used it. I wasn’t paying attention to how fast I was winding the yarn and the shade flew off the lamp. Flying lampshades + sleeping dogs = freaked out dogs.
The pinky purple socks are coming along:
The nights have been quite cold lately. Kishka has to be sure to keep her nose warm:
A gorgeous sunset finished off a wonderful day:
The socks. They have heel flaps.
I should be farther along on these socks, but I ran into technical difficulties. While knitting the first heel flap I was totally engrossed in an episode of Man Moment Machine. When the show ended, I looked at the heel flap and discovered that it was totally mucked up. I’m not quite sure what I did, but the stitch pattern was not what I thought I was knitting. So, I had to rip it and start over.
What does the color pink make you think of?
Rosy cheeks on a cold winter day.
Name something you thought you had lost, but later found.
The green and white checked blanket that was on my bed while I was growing up. A few years after I left home, I asked my mother to send it to me. She couldn’t find it and we assumed it had been lost to the sands of time. A couple of years later, she came to visit me in Colorado and surprised me with the blanket. She had found it packed away in the basement and it was one of the best gifts I have ever received. The blanket is torn and tattered and I don’t even use it anymore because it’s in such horrible shape (one tug by a dog and it would be dust). However, I like knowing that it’s stowed safely away and there whenever I want to see it.
In 3 words, describe this past week.
Lack of sleep.
What are you obsessed with?
What kind of perfume or cologne do you like to wear?
I don’t own perfume. This admission may require me to turn in one of my X chromosomes, but I’ve never been a perfume kind of girl.
Now, for more Kishka Chronicles. Besides taking forever to eat her meals, she also like to flip her food bowl.
This habit of hers can actually be quite adorable. It’s also maddening because I’m always stepping on dog kibble.
I took the girls with me today while I ran errands. They both love the car, so it was quite a treat for them. When we arrived home, Samantha tried to chew on her Nylabone, but immediately fell asleep:
Kishka contemplates life:
Today’s Saturday Sky:
There’s been a lot of knitting (and TCM watching!) around here.
The Grapes of Wrap shawl:
The Pastel Rainbow socks:
And introducing, the Pinky Purple socks:
I recently bought the girls a new toy and it’s been quite a hit:
Have you ever watched a cat take a bath? It’s darn cute: