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Friday, June 23, 2006

PSA: Socks, Friday

No knitworthy content today*, so I'm stealing a page from trek and declaring it a PSA: Socks Friday.

1) Have you seen Eunny's new sock pattern for sale? I want to use this and some black Louet Gems Pearl for it...



I worry though that the dark bits in the gold (they're dark blue, not black) will coincide w/ the black Gems and make the pattern not pop as much on the boundaries where the black & blue meet. I really like the idea of using this gold though... what do you think?

1a) Alpaca Fleece is having a Xmas in July sale, 15% off all in stock yarns (min. $20)-- which include Louet Gems Pearl. They stock Brown Sheep, Louet & more at good retail prices already.

2) Keep your eyes peeled and your paypal open for the upcoming Dragon Scale pattern from Theresa (The Keyboard Biologist). I've been waiting for this one, the heel and toe are superman.

3) Anne at Knitspot is helping to promote Claudia's MS ride in a major way. For each of her readers that donate ANY amount to Claudia's Knitters Against Multiple Sclerosis ride, she's donating another $10 on top of that (whatever the amount), AND is holding a drawing for some "Grandma's Blessing" Briar Rose sock yarn from the readers who donate as well. Of course, for each $10 you donate to Claudia, you'll get an entry in the world's largest prize pool, (or does that distinction lay with Cara's Spin Out fundraiser for Heifer International??) Take that, Ed McMahon!

I must stop fantasizing about poking older men with pointy objects.

4) Mark your calendars: Visit Snooze's Etsy Shop, Perchance to Knit, this Saturday 6/24/2006. She's having a storewide 50% sale... rovings, handspun, handdyed superwash sock yarns, meow! Only on Saturday, don't forget!

5) Reviews of the new Knit Picks Options needles are surfacing...
...nice review by Alyssa at Words & Wool
...nice review at All Things Heather
...upclose macro pic of Addi vs Options tip comparison, from Clara of Knitter's Review
...received and reviewed opinions at Knitter's Review
...asking KP's customer service for 16" & 40" cords at knittyboard (how about 2.25mm & 2.75mm??!)
...Knit Picks has had a surge of orders and are currently running 7-14 days late on filling, knittyboard

6) Speaking of Trek, have you swapped with her for a sock bag yet? She has some new fabric that is totally making me want to go raid the stash and swap again... I'm in love with both the new pink retro fabrics. Someone swap with her for those before I do, please :)

I do really like my sock bag though. To be honest at first, I thought it was a bit frivolous to have/need a bag for socks in progress. Now though, both of my current WIPs are housed in bags and I love it. Its very efficient in keeping yarn, needles, sock and pattern together in one place and it also reduces the eyesore of millions of little projects with pointy needles stuck in yarn everywhere. I love it. It is also very well made too.

7) "Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it." I never fancied myself a Daisy, but it totally slipped. No excuse, especially with The Fold and The Strawberry Tree (and probably others!) having solstice sales, *and* I even wished Stacey a happy official summer! (ST's sale is still on through Saturday.) How cool is it that yarn/fiber stores celebrate the solstice?

8) Watch this space for a knock your handknit socks off contest. Really. Soon.

9) Leave me a comment! Trust me.
Doesn't matter what you say, say anything!
Come out of the woodwork! I don't bite, unless you ask nice :)

That is all. Go swelter with your loved ones.


*Opal Krokodil 31 - Yarrow Ribbed sock is about 4.5" long. Ugh, my grandson is going to wear these at his college graduation by the time they're finished! Labor of love, let me tell you. Pomatomus the Second has one repeat of foot chart b down. Pomatomus the Elder had 3 chart repeats + 5 rows before toe decreases, so its not long but its too hot to knit. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of acid dyes for the Morale Booster/Builder Stockings. I've already decided to mod the top with a long 2" picot folded hem, slip in elastic between the folds, and k2tog the provisional cast on with the subsequent row for the top part. My jaw dropped when I read the stocking is 26" long before the heel is worked... Yall know they're like the equivalent of 2 giant sweaters, knit on US 1's, right? Oy. Crazy keeper of crazy land is right.

37 comments:

HPNY Knits said...

the gold koigu is lovely, but I think 2 plain colors will be better to show off this complex sock. there is so much going on there, you don't need the varigated yarn.
thanks for all the links and tips. just what I need.... more sales..
:-)

Heather said...

Holy hyperlink, Batman! That's a lot of links! I have to agree with HPNY, though, about the two solid colors as opposed to the variegated. Don't get me wrong, I ADORE variegated, but I do think the simplicity of the two solids would be much more striking, and a little less busy. Really can't wait for the pictures of it in progress!

Stariel said...

Thanks for all the comments on my blog! You're making it very hard not to buy yarn. ;)

Alyssa said...

I'm thinking you may be better off with two solids, however, the gold variegated would look pretty darn cool. I think it has enough contrast even in the dark blue areas to keep the pattern popping, so if that's what you like, I say go for it:)

I love my Trek bag so much it's goofy. One of my cats even carried it to me while I slept the other night and my knitting was safe and sound.

trek said...

I am very much interested in the Dragon Scales socks!!!!!

Deb aka Fearless Fibers said...

So many great links! I'm never going to get any work done if I keep reading your blog :)

rose said...

Thanks for the PSA. I need something to keep me occupied (or at least looking busy) today. So many links to go through!

Sonya said...

I'm thinking 2 solids too, but the Koigu colorway is just gorgeous. Thanks for the compliation of KP's needle reviews. I ordered a set last night and am now driving my husband crazy wondering when they'll arrive.

Karen said...

I think there would be enough contrast. I say go for it! Of course, you could always do a little swatch with them and see how you like it first.

I am going to pretend I didn't read about all those sales here. I am trying to be good! ;)

Liz said...

I love that new pattern from Eunny...But I'm holding out for the argyle sock pattern. I e-mailed her about a month ago and she said it would be up eventually (month or two) because she had promised it as a prize in someone's contest.

Great links too!

rene said...

I think the only way to be sure about the koigu is to put the two skeins together and see if maybe they breed a swatch. :) I rarely swatch for socks, but that awesome pattern would be worth it.

Thanks for all the needle reviews. Needless to say, they are tempting me. :)

Jerry & Maxy said...

That is some pretty Koigu! I do agree with hpny knits that I think Eunny's pattern will better pop with solids. But I could be easy convinced otherwise :).

Lovely post, linkster!

Grace said...

Hey, thanks for the cool links! Happy belated solstice. (I missed it too!)

Areli said...

Wow! Thanks for keeping me so up to date. You really know what is happening everywhere in knitting land :-)

I have been eyeing the new Knitpicks needles, and reading everything I can on them so all your links are great.

Sherry W said...

I just sent Claudia my $...matching funds, how great is that!!!!!

Rachel said...

The gold koigu and black gems will look great together. I think it will really make the cables pop and give it visual interest, too.

Thanks for all the links! I managed to spend some $ before I even finished reading the post.

PBnJ said...

Hi. I love reading your blog and seeing all the beautiful things you create. Happy Knitting!

PBnJ

Rachel said...

Er, I mean the koigu and gems will give it additional visual interest beyond the visual interest of the cables. You knew what I meant, right? ;)

insaknitty said...

such an informative post! and I love that koigu - those colors are beautiful. btw, I am dying in this heat and my hands are sweating so much when I knit that I think it's making the needles kind of sticky. nasty, I know.

Dave said...

That's lovely Koigu -- I think I'd let it shine on its own :-)

Do you realize that that if you'd spent the time knitting instead of hyperlinking you'd have one-eighth of an incredulously long sock? LOL

lexa said...

Holy cow, you should hire yourself out as an advertiser! You must have been a copying and pasting fool with all those links! Great job! Thanks for keeping us up on all the goodies going on.

Bee said...

I love the gold Koigu! The pattern from Eunny is absolutely gorgeous, but I think that using a navy blue in the solid color yarn will make a more striking combination. The navy blues will really make the gold pop!

Pauline said...

I agree with you about KP Options needles. I wish they will carry 1.75mm, 2.25mm & 2.75mm in 40"

Trillian42 said...

Gorgeous Koigu! Love that color. And that's a fabulous pattern!

adrienne said...

Oh, thanks for the link to the dragon scales socks, they're lovely!
And I think 2 solid colours would work better, but it would still be super cool with the Koigu :)

the kitchener bitch said...

I agree that two plain colors is what you're shooting for. It's going to look a lot better that way. Nice Koigu though! I envy your sockiness.

Chris said...

I am overloaded! So much great information!! I started to boggle out after I went and purchased Eunny's pattern. :)

Did you catch the 50% off sale on Addi Turbos at Knit Picks today?! Whoa, baby.

Roo-Bee-Faye said...

So much to do now and so little time! But thank you! Also, thanks for the camera advice, I will definitely use it when it comes time to make a decision [something I am very bad at by the way]. I have been recommended the Knit Picks Merino Style by others as well for a sweater. I'll have to check that out, thanks! I am loving your blog more and more each day!

Snooze said...

First, thanks for the shout out...it's 2:45am Saturday morning (i'm up rillllly late) and there's almost nothing left in the shop. Wow. I almost wish I could magic more yarn to sell. Wow.

Second, can you really knit those socks? I took a long look and another and another and I was so impressed and terribly afraid. Perhaps I'm better off with a spindle than with needles. I can't imagine knitting them and you're gonna do it. Wow. I will monitor your progress closely.

Anyway, thank you again for everything~

Meow.

aquaknits said...

That is just STUNNING Koigu! Don't know if it would work for eunny's pattern or not, but I can't wait to see you knit something with it.

It must take forever to put in all those links, but I love checking them all out. :)

Erica said...

Great linkage today. You kept me pretty busy, but I managed to keep the credit card out of hand. Lots of bookmarks instead.

rene said...

You know, Eunny's pattern does suggest using a variagated yarn for a background color and a solid for the cable. Have you considered using the Koigu for the background and the black or a gold or something for the cable? Just thinking out loud (if you count the clicking of the keyboard.)

anne said...

thank you SO so much for passing along the word about the knitspot $10 challenge! i really appreciate it!

Elspeth said...

Look at all those comments! Those Knit Picks needles look interesting, but I already have 2 Boye sets and a Denise set, and other needles. I'll probably buy it anyway. How about you?

Stacey said...

I love the idea of gold....what about dyeing up some solid? (I do think the dark bits will obscure the pattern)

The needles....ugh - I may have to break down and order some after the rush is over. The Addi's are killing me with their blunt tips!

Melissa said...

I love the yarn!!
Thanks for the review links for the new Knitpicks needles. I just ordered a set of the DPNs to try out on a swap package. I can't wait to use them.

Diane said...

Hello!

I just started reading your blog last week and have been lurking. I must say, you have the best luck with fiber bloggy contests. All that lovely yarn, all that lovely karma floating around in blogland - *sigh*

... but I digress. I've added you to my "list of pages to read every day" folder in my favorites, so expect more from me in the future!

<3

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