Sunday, January 10, 2016

Knitting Potpourri - The Monkey Socks Pattern are finished

So Benne's weather finally hit VT. Thanks, Benne. ;-} Murphy & I walked at 6:30 this morning and I don't expect we'll venture out again til dark.

I saw a TV commercial saying that the new Harry Potter flick opens July 11, a mere 2 weeks away! Thankfully, I am working down the foot of Horcrux sock #1 so I'm sure the pair will be ready for the Big Day. I had been thinking of a companion gift to go with the socks and wondered how the Svetlana-inspired a/k/a Anthropology-inspired capelet might work in fingering wt yarn. Maybe doubled. Wish Lorna's offered some non-wools.

Did you see that Knitpicks launched a new sock yarn, called Risatta?
Content: 42% Cotton, 39% Superwash Merino Wool, 13% Polyamide, 6% Elite Elastic
Weight: Fingering Weight
Gauge: 7 sts=1" on #2 needles, 6 sts=1" on #4 needles
Amount: 196 yards/50 gram ball
Care: Machine Washable/Tumble Dry Low
$4.99/ball. Only the usual drab Knitpicks' colorways are available but the yarn looks intriguing to me since I am deep in the throes of sockmania.

The Monkey Socks pattern are finished. So why haven't I delivered them to the giftee yet? I guess I feel dopey gifting a pair of merino socks when it's 97F outside. It's supposed to be cooler by the weekend. They also seem huge to me. The foot measures 10" which Charlene Schurch says is a size 9.
Here's the leg detail which doesn't show the lacey holes that line each side of each triangle pattern:

sock monkey triangle pattern

These a pics show how the color pooled on each side of the sock in the gusset; at least it's symmetrical. I did have enough yarn to cut out the pooled parts but wasn't sure as I was knitting. Is it too ghastly?

Have you Elann Shawl-alongers seen Amanda's completed Elann Cuzco wrap shawl? For some reason (shyness, I think), she hasn't posted her photos to the KAL blog so go take a peek here: Amanda's Blog. She used Jayne's yarn in my favorite colorway, Green Tea. Bravo Amanda for completing your first shawl!

One of my favorite blogs in my Elann blog crawl is the hysterically funny Minnie's. You must go check out her adventures in dating, post-divorce. Minnie could write for one of the late night talk shows. Minnie's Blog.

Finally, today, something interesting in the Phil Spector trial: a defense expert.
I wiggled out of cat duty. My neighbors (now in Cape Cod for the week) found another friend, a cat lover and cat owner, to tend to their cat issues. I am handling mail and newspapers. Whew.
Jean's sister and BIL are in Corfu, Greece this week for a yoga retreat. Doesn't that sound like the perfect place to be right now?

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