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I finished the pair of Campfire Socks that I had been working on. And I broke a personal rule of mine…never knit socks for another person. Sounds selfish, no? I have reasons:
1. Not everyone appreciates handknit socks. You have to know a knitter to appreciate the time and effort put into them. Besides with the cost of the sock yarn that I like to use, not everyone appreciates $20 socks that you don’t just throw in the washer and dryer all willy-nilly.
2. Socks usually take a while to knit.
3. Fitting them to other people’s feet is hard. And if they are a present, it isn’t like you can have the recipient try them on to see how the fit is as you are knitting.
While I was knitting these, I decided that I would gift them to my Aunt Jackie. I know that even though she doesn’t knit, she appreciates hand made gifts and these just wanted to go live with her.
I think that they fit her pretty well. Thankfully.
The specifications for the socks can be found on this blog post. The only thing that I forgot to mention is that I used a new-to-me technique…the German Twisted Cast On. Some people might call it the Twisted German Cast On, but that has the potential to offend. My friend Amy showed it to me and then I came home and watched it on Youtube to learn it. It is now my favorite stretchy cast on.
Speaking of casting on…I started another pair of socks. This might be the summer of socks for me. I am really loving the sock groove that I am in and it is made better by awesome yarn.
Specifically Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Medium Weight. I adore this yarn.
I am knitting them on size 3 dpn’s using the Ampersand (free) pattern. The yarn color is called “Froggin”. Again, with the German Twisted Cast On.
We decided that it was time to get a new pellet stove insert. Cause we’re smart like that. Actually, the store that sells the inserts here was having a sale and we decided to not put it off any longer. Because really, who wants this big honking nasty thing sitting in their living room?
We got the Quadrafire Castile insert. We have actually had it for a couple of weeks and it works really great in our huge living room. We just load it with pellets, do a little bit of maintenance stuff, set the thermostat and that’s it.
The week before we had it installed, we got a new boiler system and hot water heater as well. I refer to it as our “furnace”, but Jim corrects me every time. A boiler pushes hot water through radiators, where as a furnace pushes hot air. Splitting hairs, in my opinion.
So, I think that we are done with stimulating the economy for a little bit…
Friends, I would like to introduce you to Gertrude…
She is one of my Mother’s Day gifts from Jim. She is an Ashford Traditional spinning wheel. She will help me make beautiful yarn. Because I needed another hobby.
We picked her up on Saturday and my friend that I bought her from gave me this big bag of Romney roving to practice with…over a pound and a half of wool!
So, I have been practicing…
I have been looking at roving on Etsy. Holy moley! Gorgeous stuff out there. Anyone have any recommendations on nice smooth fiber for a beginner that won’t break the bank?
My other presents (like that wasn’t enough) include yarn. Specifically, two skeins of Handmaiden Sea Silk in the “Paris” colorway, I believe. I can’t find the color name on the tag, so I stalked other knitter’s stashes on Ravelry. Please correct me if I am wrong.
And a skein of Malabrigo sock yarn. Mmmm, this yarn is super soft.
I have trained him well.