I am woefully behind on my news for May. The weather has turned hot over the last few weeks and my motivation down. That has not been keeping me from shopping for yarn. I received several parcels over the last few weeks. I joined the Socks that Rock Club and have received my first shipment of a yarn called “Fairgrounds”. It came with a nifty little key ring sporting a skein of yarn and a notebooks and bumper sticker. There is a sock pattern as well, although I’m not so sure that I will use the yarn for that.
Debbie Bliss Book 3 and a ton of Cotton Silk arrived from Elann. I had bought the yarn in the hopes of making the Rougue Hoodie. The yarn is not elastic enough so I’m making the Split Cable Top in the Bliss book. I have managed to cast on the back.
I reordered some Damson Plum colored Peruvian Sierra Aran from Elann for the Rogue Hoodie. I have not decided when I will make time for that project.
In addition to the above, I received the new book “YNotKnit”. I had heard about it…where else…a podcast, don’t know who’s. It looks like a great book for perfecting the Continental method of knitting. I already knit left handed but I thought that I could use some more tips. The library has also been good to me. I have checked out the following books; “Loop D Loop”, “Knitting without Tears”, “So Simple Knits”, and "Readers Digest Two Stich Knits". I am reading the Elizabeth Zimmerman book and can understand why it has remained so popular. She’s such a great writer. I have not gotten to the patterns yet but her explanation of the knitting stitches and methods are fantastic.
Our family spent the Memorial Weekend camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. It’s been some time since we’ve joined the annual neighborhood trek into the “backwoods”. I forgot the amount of work, the setting up and taking down, that is involved. In between all the work I managed to cast on the Jaywalker socks. I cast on, frogged and cast on and frogged…something was wrong. The socks were so small. I finally figured out that I had to insert a row of knit between each zigzag row. DUH. Now I have to start again because the socks are too large. Maybe this will make a case for the gauge swatch.