Man it has been awhile. I have been knitting up a storm so I could have something to share with you. After I finished that blanket I started on finishing pair of socks that I had started back in September and had to put down to begin gift knitting. They were the Riding on the Metro Socks from Wendy D. Johnson in her book Socks from the Toe Up. I have been working through this book and am almost done with the lace portion. I am now working o Sheri’s Posies Socks, but more on that later. I was surprised, I only had one sock to finish and I got it done in about a week. We are still firmly in the middle of winter here in Oklahoma and they have been keeping my feet warm, especially today, since it is March 2nd and it is snowing outside.
After I finished the Riding on the Metro Socks, I started on the Greenery Beret (I’m calling it the Mint Sorbet Beret) by Melissa LaBarre from the Weekend Hats book by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre. This hat only took me about 3 evenings and was so quick and easy to make and yes, I wore it yesterday, because It is still hat weather. I knit this hat out of Bijou Bliss Bijou Spun yarn %50 Yak Down and %50 Cormo, It is so soft and a beautiful mint sorbet green, hence my name. I found this yarn at the Bijou Bliss booth at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last May, I think what I love most about this yarn, besides it softness and unique use of Yak was that it is from Colorado. My home state and I must say, I have an extra fondness for anything from Colorado.
Last weekend, I went to visit my mom in Las Vegas, it was a nice 4 day weekend, nice to be back in Las Vegas and to see my mom again. We had a good time around town and even took a quick trip to L.A.. And of course, on my trip, I had to take some airplane knitting, so at the airport in OKC, I cast-on Sheri’s Posies Socks, again from Socks From the Toe Up. by Wendy D. Johnson. I am knitting these from MissBabs Babette fingering in Gotta Love Me. A beautiful rich hand dyed red yarn. I got this yarn also at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last year. What I love about these festivals is that its a great way to find yarn that you have heard about, but don’t always find in your LYS. I had heard of MissBabs before but I had never seen it (yes I know I can go online and intend to in the future.) So I was excited to see the booth at the festival, and no, this was not the only skein I bought. The bad thing about airplane knitting however, is its easy to get distracted and mis-count, as I did on my way home, I ended up having to frog the sock and start all over. Fortunatly, because the weather, I am almost done with the heel flap of the first sock. (I set it down for a bit to talk to you guys.) Also, while I was on the plane to Las Vegas, I got called a “Socker?” The man sitting next to me said he had never seen anybody knitting socks before and I said, oh yes, there are quite a few of us (if only he know about Ravelry) and he said, wow, so there are a few of you “Sockers” around. I just smiled to myself and went back to my knitting. Yes, just a few of us “Sockers” and knitters.
So here I am, knitting and keeping my feet and head warm in this lingering winter weather and hope you are all doing the same and keeping safe and warm. Just remember, in a few months, we will all be bitching about the heat and wanting it to be cold again so we can wear our hand knits.
I will talk to you all again soon.