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Friday, March 09, 2007

Gotta Keep Moving On...

Today's Confession: It's amazing how thoroughly my mental health can be challenged on a daily basis, yet still has the amazing fortitude to lay it all aside while knitting or spinning.

It has been one hell of a week. I'm moving on. Enough said. Sort of. I am blogging after all.

Last week, after talking with a friend whom admires my knitting and says I'm "wasting my talent," [he's such a riot] I decided to knit him up a pair of socks. I've only ever seen his feet in shoes and deduced that in combination with his height I should be able to figure out how big his feet actually are.

Failing that, I asked him to measure how long his foot is.

Pattern: Basic Cuff down formula

Yarn: DGB Confetti - Colour 100.2400

Needles: 2.25mm [magic loop method]

I finished them up and sent them off with my husband to hand them over...and the verdict is "they fit better than store bought socks." It's one of those feel-good moments. Not gloating or anything...just a good feeling that you had the ability to make someone so happy just by doing something you love to do. I didn't realize how much I needed that until it happened.

In keeping with my knitting new year's resolution, I have once again picked up my Heere Be Dragone shawl.

Look, emerging wings!

This my friends, is the new version. I had to frog what was before. There is something to be said about leaving a project for so long and not being able to recapture the rhythm again.

I also spun up some Fleece Artist merino sliver. I was thinking of knitting this up as a single, but I'm not so sure about that now. I'm a little bit wary that I may not have enough twist in it, or visa versa...hell, it's probably a bit of both. It's 34 wpi though and I'd like to knit something lacey with it. Any suggestions on knitting with singles? I'd love to hear them.

As if all that isn't enough, I found that some therapeutic stash enhancing was in order. All for my mental health, of course.

I ordered some beautiful wooden sock blockers and a cute sock knitters notebook from
The Loopy Ewe
Such amazing service and products. I'm looking forward to ordering from them again.

Do you notice what's on the blockers?

Yes, another pair of socks finished. These are for my husband.

Pattern: Basic Cuff Down Formula

Yarn: Fortissima Colori - Colour 2425

Needles: 2.25mm [magic loop method]

Cabin fever is also the word of the day in my household and a little trip to Lettuce Knit in Toronto helped with that.

Along with a couple of skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd sock in the Glenwood colourway, a skein of Fleece Artist Seacell [a combination of merino, seaweed!] in a colourway I think is called Wild Flower. [Fleece Artist doesn't really name their colours, so I just borrowed the name from The Sweet Sheep] and three braids of Fleece Artist merino sliver. The wine/brown braid is actually Merino Silk and so soft. I can't wait to spin that up.

You'd think that would be all wouldn't you?

This next purchase I couldn't let slip by.

Superwash merino at CAD$4.72 a pound.

Yes, I wrote that right.

If that wasn't brilliant enough, if you buy 5 pounds, they throw in a pound of black superwash merino for free, so I of course, bought five pounds worth. I bought it Sunday and I received it today, so that is speedy shipping.

The seller is shpherder, A.K.A. The Black Lamb.

Lastly, [yea, I know, incredible isn't it?] I purchased what I think is a really cool knitting pattern called Fiber Fish Mittens. These are perfect for my daughter, a Pisces and has brought around some knitting excitement for me. I'm at the point where I need challenging or eccentric projects to wake up my knitting interest, except for sock knitting, of course. This is perfect. I think I'm even going to knit a couple pair of these for Christmas gifts.

Man, if you read all of this, I'm impressed. If not, I totally understand.

Keep On Knitting...


Donna said...

Sssshhhh. You're making me want to start my Dragon shawl. ;)
You're a sock making machine!!

dragon knitter said...

do they ship to the us? at that price, i'm seriously tempted. and i really need that dragon shawl.

Michelle said...

I'm quite sure that they do ship to the US, Minnie. In the description, she says that it needs recarding...but, let me tell you that it's minimal if any that it needs.

Donna, go on...start the Dragone shawl...I dare you. [insert evil laugh here]

Asa said...

Cool fish mittens - like them a lot, can't wait to see you getting started on those...

Lisa said...

WOW! You are sooooo fast!

Nice work on everything! Hope you have a great weekend!

marti said...

you sneak! :) i think that i must knit the dragon shawl.

Sunflowerfairy said...

I am seriously drooling over your shawl. I have the pattern, I just need more lace experience.

Sharon said...

what a wonderful knitter you are! Love those socks. Just checking out some blogs of fellow Bad Ass Knitters. Awesome blog!

Michelle said...

Thanks so much for the compliments, Sharon. You made my day!

Nancy said...

Isnt Laurie's fiber wonderful? She def ships to the US, cause I ordered 16 lbs of her fiber! I am gleefully rolling around in it, its so soft!