Thursday, May 03, 2007

Contemplating the New Skeins

Cindy asked in my last blog "How many skeins of lovely ShiBui sock yarn did you buy at Knit/Purl?!" Oh, Cindy, I had my hands full of ShiBui, then I spotted the above skein and it was love at first sight.

This is Fleece Artist's Superwash Merino in Fruit Punch.

I decided right there and then that the theme for the afternoon had to be "tropical," so I reached for some Sangria:

In the book that is coming out in August, my heroine wears red wool socks--very unfashionable for her--but perfect for me. So I've had my eyes peeled for a red that I liked so I could make a pair just like hers. I'm even thinking that one pair of red socks might not be enough . . .

As for my tropical indulgences, I brought them home and wound them right up. I just love yarn when it is all caked up and ready to be knit:

Now they are living in my knitting basket for the time being. This means that while I'm knitting these,

I glance over from time to time at my basket and consider what I am going to do next. Please don't everyone at once shout out the obvious answer: Knit Socks with them. Yes, I am a sock knitter. I have to keep practising that because I am not quite used to it yet.

Of course, as I am knitting this fun pair of stripes and solids, that are partly from my stash and a skein I scored on DeStash, I am also searching my brain as to where I put my copy of Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks. Don't you hate it when you can't find a book?

Speaking of books, while at Powell's, I found this book. I've never read it, but I would like to get better at making sure a sweater is going to fit before I launch into knitting it. Has anyone else read this book?


tiennie said...

Beautiful yarn! Yes, you must knit socks.

Cindy said...

Okay, if you're going to pass on the ShiBui yarn, you picked a great alterantive! I haven't gotten any of that yet, but I did pick up a couple of skeins of Colinette Jitterbug today that I'm dying to turn into socks. THe sock bug has definitely bit me in the arse! :) Glad you got time to visit POwell's, too. I haven't seen that book before.