This ‘n’ that

I hope you had a relaxing New Year’s Day! It was fine here, (but cold!!)and we had a nice day visiting with a good friend.

Craft-wise, I have some updates!  Having kept the heat on my drying handspun, all day yesterday, it dried pretty quickly. Before washing:

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And after:

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It’s very squishy and soft, and looks nicer after washing, although it’s still very thick/thin. I wonder if it would be nice knit up in a simple garter cowl, after dyeing.

My trio of Magic Coffee Baby Hats is done!  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/magic-coffee-baby-hat (Pssst, the Wee Boy is the second baby pictured!  He was a sweet little hat model….)

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The rainbow one is my favorite, but weaving in all those ends was no treat.

With gift/deadline knitting done, I’ve picked up my neglected Monkey socks and took my Pop Blanket out of hibernation.  I’m determined to finish these two languishing projects soon.   But there is a big distraction looming!  My sock KAL group is knitting a hat this time around, so I’ve been poking around in my stash for appropriate yarns. The pattern is called “Breaking the Waves,” so I thought grays and blues would be appropriate.   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/breaking-the-waves So far I have this:

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But I likely have more possibilities in my stash– this was pretty much just yarns I had  readily available. Apparently I have a thing for blue. Seriously, if you ever catch me looking at blue yarn, jab me with a knitting needle!!

Sock Sunday, non-sock version

Today was our monthly Sock Sunday meet-up!  I started out working on a snowflake, which, of course, was neither knitting nor socks.  I made some good progress, then had too much trouble with the pattern to continue crocheting socially.  I might actually turn to the chart in lieu of the written directions in this case!  This is a first!  GULP!

Let it snow!

Let it snow!

Today was our photo shoot for our “Cultural Heritage” themed KAL.  Most of us knit the Eisern pattern, although you might notice that some of us skipped the twisted stitches in the solid section, due to lack of visibility of said twisted stitches or possibility of crippling carpal tunnel.

Mostly Eiserns.

Mostly Eiserns.

A friend and I took turns photographing each other’s Eisern FOs, as I realized I only had taken sock selfies!

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Tonight I’m spinning the locks that I’ve finished drum carding.  It’s not going amazingly well, and I’m realizing that I much prefer to spin fiber that is already prepared.  Carding isn’t really my thing, and I prefer spinning fibers that are well-prepared.

Productive

Today was a more productive day than usual!  First of all, I sewed up the last strips squares for my quilt top– meaning I have four strips to sew together, then to the bigger piece that’s waiting so patiently.

Ready to become part of the whole quilt!

Ready to become part of the whole quilt!

I took a quick trip to my LYS, Imagiknit, to pick up some yarn I’d ordered for my POP blanket.  And I found some nice things, including these adorable Mochimochi Land kits for knitting these teeny tiny creatures.

Mochimochiland!

Mochimochiland!

And this!  3 feet of fiber for spinning!  If I can work down my fiber stash, and this is still at the shop, I will be super tempted….

3 feet of fiber!

3 feet of fiber!

Their selection of local yarns is getting to be very nice.

Local yarns

Local yarns

This yarn was so thick, it was about as big around as one of my fingers.

Huge yarn!

Huge yarn!

And a trunk show– I’m not sure if this was just Coco Knits or if there were other designers featured here, but they were lovely samples.

Coco Knits

Coco Knits

And later, at the beginning of Knit Night I had this:

Beginning of Knit Night

Beginning of Knit Night

And by the end I had grafted the toes and woven in the ends, with some admiration of my even floats along the way.

My best floats ever?

My best floats ever?

Finished Eisern socks!

Finished Eisern!

Finished Eisern!

Cute bottom.

Cute bottom.

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My plan is to focus a little on my POP blanket and the quilt, now that these socks and Halloween costumes are finished.   But I am also feeling the need for an instant gratification project, maybe a hat or some kind of cowl.  Hmmm.