Sunday, July 16, 2006

Yes, its good to be home!

Annelie is right, it is good to be back home even as it is very hot again in NYC, and work has problems of all sorts.
Had a very tough week at work, many hours + the jet leg all week. Not much sleep, and as a result I wanted to have nothing to do with chores this weekend and I managed to avoid my pile of paperwork, although I did arrange it neatly on my computer desk, all ready to be sorted out. Soon, pile-o’-papers, soon! Tomorrow-another tough workweek. Why am I kvetching?
I guess cause they say a pain shared is a pain cut in half and a joy shared is a joy doubled, so I’ll share the pain/burden, and the joy.
I joyfully finished my Meilenweit cotton multiringel socks. I do like the toe. But not the heel. I am glad I did it though, now I know. Speaking of heels and toes- here is a fantastic list and links to many different toes/ heels/ cast-ons/ cast-offs.
What? Oh the lavender Crocs? Yes, well, I forgot to mention that I got another pair for home…….. they do show off socks well, don’t they?

So I finished my Meilenweit, and I am hard at work on my Austermann Step. I really enjoy knitting with the Austermann, but for the summer, I like the wool/cotton combo- so I wanted to get some Rowan wool/Cotton in Paris, but it was hugely expensive. When I got home, last Sunday I got some Rowan Wool Cotton DK, Rich (911) from Angel Yarns. it arrived on Thursday! Can you believe it? Anyway, just in time, because I found this little sweater I want to make: Hopeful. I “heard” about it for the first time on Nina’s blog . I really like it, and if it will look as good as hers, I may make one in the bright green, or is it chartreuse? What more, the money you pay for the pattern all goes to charity!
My color is called Rich but it is all raspberry to me. Don’t you agree? It is a pleasure to knit, fun and quick, mindless (some shaping).

And on the socks front- I got motivated by Dave’s circle of socks- and here is my circle of socks… not bad if you consider that in January 06 I only had a pair and a half... I got a way to go, I know, (have you seen the Sock Bug’s circle?!?) but I am on the case!Finally I leave you with this lovely quote from Sigrid (garngamen) who says about buying yarn without a project in mind:
"I'm so in love with them, so yummy. Very inspirational to make something, but here is where I need help. It is one Kilo. Enough to make some length. Cabels? Open front? Hood? Hmm... This yarn needs to MATURE!”

15 comments:

Rain said...

You really are a sockamaniac!

The colour screams raspberry to me too. Hopeful is a lovely sweater and the fee is for such a great cause.

gail said...

thanks for your comments on my blog! Your socks are wonderful, and the toe looks great. From your comments, I assume the toe feels great as well. Happy toes are the benefit of homemade socks! I love your rasberry Hopeful top--what an inspirational story behind the pattern.
Tonight is my last night with the Barcelona knitters :(

Dave said...

Beautiful circle o' socks!

Annie said...

Hahhaha! Love your sock circle. I think I have more knitting to do until I can make a decent circle...

aija said...

Ooh, you're right about the raspberries, perfect!

trek said...

Oh those raspberries look scrumptious! Socks look lovely as well.

aquaknits said...

The Meilenweit socks are soo great! I've got a ball in the stash, and you're really tempting me...and WOW that sock bug circle is ALOT of socks!!

Alice said...

I've saved the heels and toes link, thanks.

I have to say it - those clogs are zany (but I like them).

Beautiful raspberry colour, that yarn. Really lovely and so is the Hopeful pattern.

I mustn't even think about the acquisition and maturing of more yarn....

Not An Artist said...

OOoh, I love your circle of socks! What a great idea, I'll have to steal that one ;)

Actually, I love the Meilenweit socks too -- what kind of toe is that? Inquiring minds!

Hilde C. said...

Oh, you've really made a lot of socks! I like the Hopeful, and the colour you've picked looks wonderful, reminds me of summer. Hope your workload will get smaller soon :-)

LadyLungDoc said...

The toes look interesting - are they comfortable?

Annelie said...

I just love that raspberry red. And all your socks. Beautyful!
Yesterday I started a "toe up"-sock but I couldn't figure it out and when toe part almost finished it looked toooo ugly so I ripped it. Instead I made a try casting on to two circs. And then my brain shut down. Don't know if it was the heat or if I was just to tired. But when I finished my cup of blueberry tea I will make a new try.

Garngamen said...

Wow, you make me blush again. Now I'm quoted in NEW YORK! Wow, I must get into the sock craziness. That really take care of those sample hanks of yarn.. Raspberry = Hallon (Swedish)a berry that taste as good as looking at your socks. You are amazing.

Anonymous said...

your phrase should say:
"A sorrow shared is but half the trouble, but a joy that is shared is a joy made double." -- its an old Swedish proverb.

Nina said...

Wow! Your "Hopeful" will be gorgeous! What a rich colour!!! If I should do it again (and I guess I will, because I like the neckline so much) - I would leave out the two hanging ribbons. Not because they are not nice, but because I tend to get them in my food all the time...