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Saturday, November 04, 2006

assault on the senses, ahead


I know, I said I wasn't going to the yarn store this weekend! Anne's manLace pattern has been haunting me though, along with my unreasonable cashcotton fetish... I had hoped to find some 4 ply in Vivid there today (I thought they had it) for a scarf-sized manlace/hypotenuse for myself, but no. (Not enough Blue Sky Alpaca Alpaca/Silk sportweight either, but I was really wanting the cashcotton instead.) Oh well :) At least I snapped this photo of the Koigu there-- blurry as I had to hurry, the fellow fiber enthusiast (not pictured) in front of it was there for a good 20 minutes and I only had time for one surreptitious snap :)

(This is a selection of the koigu colorways available if you win my socktoberfest sock yarn contest...) They do have the purple (lower far right) and the beautiful orange (3rd row from top, 3rd from right) along with the speckly pink (??) I bought earlier (remember those pics are a little brighter colored than irl), and I almost caved to some grey/white (bottom row, 3rd from right)... but I was good. No telling what I'll buy next week though if I don't find that cashcotton for myself.

I'm loving the feel of the cashcotton though, finished up another pair of one-skein footies socks from it...

Plain Vanilla Footie Socks
Started: October 27, 2006
Finished: November 3, 2006
one ball of RYC Cashcotton 4-ply, shade 905 (imp)
50 gm/197 yd
US 1.5 (2.5mm dpns),4 -- 8 sts inch
64 st width, for 9.5" long foot

Same everything as last time, except the BO is a little looser... I couldn't remember if I'd used a US 2 or 3 for the bindoff in pattern, so I used the 3 and it feels looser. I think for the next pair I'll use US 2's again. The color's "imp" but it reminds me of lucuma ice cream at mitchell's in the city. The cashcotton in general reminds me of ice cream, even the thick texture of it.

On a bit of a sock kick again...

Boyfriend Socks by Alice Bell
Started: November 3, 2006
Interlacements Tiny Toes, Pearl Grey
US 1 dpns (2.25mm), 4

Same as the purple-blue boyfriend pair, except grey and for my dad :) I'm loving this yarn; Interlacements does such deep, saturated colors and it really really works for their solids (my jury's still out on their variegated sock yarns, have a pair of those in progress for my walkaround knitting). The solid colors are just so there, so dense. Its not variegated or even tone on tone, there's a little, tiny variation in the color as handpainteds are wont to do, but just... solid. I love it.


This color in particular has snagged me-- its... luminescent. Of course I'm still loving the pattern; I have a final set of red skeins of the Tiny Toes in the stash that I may use to make a pair for myself (when the holiday knitting dies down, of course!)

Speaking of holiday knitting...

Lizard Ridge afghan
3 panels (of 4) complete
Noro Kureyon, colorway 116

Tell the truth, I am feeling the burn on these. The last/3rd panel (I'm not sure which is which in the photo!) had me counting every other short row, wondering how fast it would be complete. I think I may start another panel tonite, but will be juggling it with the boyfriend dad socks to try and stave off the burnout. (Don't worry! I *will* be finishing this project!)


The complete panels sit here on my desk just like this, within constant sight, daring me to finish :)

One more, a public service announcement...


"Beds are for sleeping, not yarn."


Unknown said...

My heart started beating fast; I actually thought you had that wall of Koigu in your house! LOL...wouldn't that be something. The lizard ridge looks freaking amazing - I can totally understand the feeling of burnout; that is a very intense knit you are doing there....and large.

Both socks look yummy. Love the colour of the sockettes. As usual, fantastic stuff Aija.

m. said...

Aija - You are incredible!! I can't believe you've knit so many socks AND gotten so far on your blanket. Keep up the great work - you WILL finish! :)

Elspeth said...

Man, they have a great Koigu section! I'm going to have to get out to Oakland soon!

lexa said...

All that Koigu... did you hear the drool hitting my keyboard?

Cute little munchkin!

Vera said...

I love Koigu. Every skein is so lovely.

The BF socks are great. One of these days, I've got to do a toe up pair.

Dave said...

A wall of koigu. Wouldn't it be fun to decorate your home that way? LOL

Your Lizard Ridge is phenomenal. The colours are so rich and deep. I love it. Seeing it layed out like that really shows off the garter ridges.

Jerry & Maxy said...

swoon...all of it!

MeowGirl said...

mmm, wall of koigu. love the socks--the cashcotton pair looks comfy and snuggly. the lizard ridge panels are amazing.

HPNY KNITS said...

BF socks for dad look fantastic. its a great color. I love all shades of gray. The lizard is spectacular! just stunning. sure its taking its toll- its a huge project, but you can do it!

Karen said...

But Lizard Ridge looks so at home on the bed, so does your little guy. That is really gorgeous. And your dad's socks look great too. You go girl! And a wall of Koigu, what could be better!

Anonymous said...

Let me wipe the drool off my lips before I post . . . What a beautiful wall of yarn!!!

I love the afghan. It's one of the coolest patterns I've seen! Can't wait to see it finished!

Unknown said...

Fantastic progress on Lizard Ridge! Keep going!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, Lizard Ridge is amazing. Just beautiful. You can do it :)

Acornbud said...

Wow that is some awesome yarn porn! Sigh;) Your Kuryeon project is amazing. Can't wait to see it done! The boyfriend socks are pretty...a very tempting pattern.

soapy said...

WOW!! You must be knitting in your sleep now!! I lvoe those colors of your lizard ridge! ANd the pic of all that koigu!! WOOHOO!!! Nice lots of colors! nice socks too!

Jeanne said...

Great picture - I thought it was your Koigu collection! I can't believe how fast you are going on lizard ridge - it looks beautiful!

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Would you believe I've never knit with Koigu? Ah but the lure of looking at them on a wall still pulls at me!

Liz is looking incredible!!

Alison said...

Oh, my! That is a wonderful wall of yarn. Can't breathe:)

Beautiful socks and I can't wait to see that finished blanket!

Anonymous said...

Your Lizard looks spectacular! I haven't done an afghan or throw in years and years, but suddenly it sounds like a good idea ...

Jen said...

huh... cashcotton for socks. maybe that will solve my dilemma of a smooth yarn that's mostly cotton that I can use in lace knee high patterns. thanks for the tip and your lizard ridge is looking really nice. Keep picking away at it and pretty soon you'll have a giant blanket that is just gorgeous!

Sheepish Annie said...

My eyes!! They burn with all the beauty-overload from this post! The Lizard Ridge is just is everything else. I must rest now.

Melissa said...

My lord! Yarn overload! Simply gorgeous.
The blanket is looking great and the boyfriend/dad socks are awesome as always.

Anonymous said...

Wow, your afghan is really coming along, it looks great!

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