You might say this is why I'm happy to be a knitter. It has been dang cold around here the last few days, with the temps no higher than 18 and the morning lows hovering around zero. However, it's better here, in the Salt Lake Valley, than in Cedar City, where sister Neena lives. A few storms have left 40" of snow and temperatures in the subzero teens. Brrrrr...stay warm sis!!
The Utah mountains miss Laurie and Mr. E. Every minute we were together we never stopped talking. It took several attempts for Smith and Mr E to get our attention, as Laurie and I were more interest in our conversation on spinning than thoughts of food. Camera's were at hand, but the light was never really good enough for pictures, the good memories are stowed in our head and come to mind often.
Over the weekend a few ground breaking events of the knitting/spinning variety happened. Not only did I cast on a sock in my handspun, it also happens to be a TOE-UP! And, even better, I rather enjoyed it. The 'round toe' method is from Sensational Knitted Socks and it was worth working through the fussy beginning to insure every bit of my handspun can be used and the made socks as long as possible. My handspun, toe up socks...ground breaking.
Look at the way the pink stripes around the toe! You would think I'd planned it that way. But, it's just one of the lovely, serendipitous things that happens from time to time. The yarn is more textured than I would like for socks and I can't say it's all that fun to knit...but it is my own yarn.
Another ground breaking happening was more sock yarn came to my door. This may not seem like such a ground breaking event, but it did put my current sock yarn stash at record levels. I'll not be joining any 'Knit from Your Stash' Alongs, or even 'Yarn Focus' challenges. Each yarn I purchase is done with forethought and I only buy what I love and want to knit. There is no time limit on yarn, as it seems to age very well. The newest entry in to my sock yarn collection is from Mama E’s C*eye*ber Fiber Warehouse. The handmade bags Erin sews up are the perfect size for a pair of socks, or some fiber and a spindle, and I just had to have one. So I had her add this beautiful English Garden sock yarn.
Also, from the Loopy Ewe came this fabulous colorway of Claudia's Handpaint, Freesia. I've looked at this color for about 6 months and when Sheri had it in stock, I snatched it up. I may start knitting with it now as it is just so hard to see dark colors (like Smith's Garter Rib socks) while at Stitch 'n Bitch. My old eyes and the dark corners of the Jitterbug Coffee Hop just don't get along well with dark knitting.
Did you hear (of course you did unless you've been hiding under a rock) that Cara and Blue Moon have given away 30 skiens of STR? Friday I called for every sock knitter to show their finished socks, and socks in progress, to everyone and spread the word that we sock knitters are everywhere, in.great.number! Lucia has taken my call to heart and is having a contest for those of you who would like to PROVE that you're a public sock knitter. Check out her post and have someone capture you in the act!