Learn to love life-lines...and know that Stash is a good thing

Re-Started: 17th June 2007
Finished: WIP
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise superwash sockyarn, colourway "Iris Sibirica"
Needle: 2.5 mm/ US #1 Addi Turbos circs
Pattern: JayWalker by Grumperina on MagKnits
Modification: I'm doing this using the toe-up version modified by Natalia Knits and I'm also using the Magic Cast-On instead of the provisional cast-on suggested

Do you remember this JayWalker? After about two months away from it, I think I'm ready tackle it again. So I cast-on for the umpteenth time. This time, however, I'm doing the smallest size. I usually do one size up but as it turned out, it's a bit loose with the Wollmeise. I don't know why. But now that I'm doing it in the smallest size, it fits perfectly...not too tight and not too loose. But because of the change of the number of stitches, the colour pools a bit...but hey, I've learned to like pooling, especially in Wollmeise. ;-)

And for the record, I've actually frogged this try once already. That's why I'm saying that lifeline is my new best friend, because this time, I'm not going to re-do the whole thing ever again. I inserted a lifeline right before I started doing the gusset increase.

I had to frog it because I did something wonky with the heel turn and it didn't turn at all....seems like I haven't yet really mastered the art of heel from toe-up. This time when I'm finished with the gusset increase, I'm going to put the lifeline in again...so that I don't have to re-do the whole gusset increase should the heel turn fail again.

Recently, I was asked by Marmys whether I would like to do a swap with her, since she's been dying to get her hands on some Wollmeise. And of course, I said yes. ;-) So I sent off a hank of Wollmeise to her....

...and yesterday I received her package with not one, but THREE hanks of absolutely yummy gorgeous yarns!

That's the Blue Moon Fiber Arts "Socks that Rock" lightweight in "Puck's Mischief". Oh.My.God! I've been drooling over that colourway for a couple of days now. You see, I'm also doing a swap with Socktopus...and he said that he could get me some STR. I had been scouring the BMFA website to see which colourways I would like and the first that really caught my eyes was "Puck's Mischief". Imagine the delightful surprise I had when I found that exact colourway in a package!

Yarn Pirate: Blackwater, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

The second hank is Yarn Pirate's "Blackwater". Peepz, this is Yarn Pirate! The stuff that sends Bockstark Knits (aka Ms. B) off squealing in delight! And I just got it out of the blue!

In the note that Marmys wrote to me, she said that Georgia (aka the Yarn Pirate) "named this yarn (and created the colourway) in honour of her late father, so...that makes it extra special." And indeed, it is extra special!

The last hank is Miss Babs "Rock Wall"...and WHOA! This stuff is downright squishy-able soft goodness! I've never heard about it before...but I'm sure to be on the look out for that now....and the website's going down in my sidebar. Marmys sent this hank to me as an extra for the reason of my "just for being such a sweetie about swapping" with her in the first place. Wow! That is such a lovely thing to say. *Go Kiwis!* I mean, I didn't even think twice about it.....I think I have more trust in knitters than other people. ;-)

Marmys actually said that the Yarn Pirate's "Blackwater" seems to "incorporate a number of [my] favourite colours" (I'm sorry about using all these quotes, but this is what happens when you spend your times writing up seminar papers and formally quoting a lot of texts. It just spills over in my normal writing, too). Actually, yes, "Blackwater" does incorporate a lot of my fav colours. However, this doesn't apply only to "Blackwater" but rather to all of the hanks she sent me! She's got a great eye for the sense of colours that I have!

Anyhow, now I feel like such a dork for having sent only one hank of Wollmeise and got three gorgeous hanks back. So, I went off to find some other stuff for Marmys yesterday. Got a skein of something already, but I'll go and have a look for one other thing today. ;-)

Finally, last Saturday I was reading through some blogs when I came to Wollhuhn's blog. She had a link to an online German Indie Dyer....and of course, I ended up clicking on it....and crashed. It was Drachenwolle. Within five minutes or so, I got the order through for four hanks of sock yarn. I mean, come on! 400 metres of Wool-Silk-Ramie mix for EUR 8.90 each, I just couldn't resist! I just hope that it'd be delivered today. I was actually expecting it yesterday and already wrote to Christiane (Wolldrache). She wrote back and got me laughing. The shipping service she uses is called "Hermes"...and well, she was saying something along the line that the God must be having "lame wings" again. *LOL* Well, I'm waiting (im)patiently for the batch to arrive! ;-)

That's all from me for today. Hope you guys are having a great week!

Current Mood: Good and chilled
Food for the ears: "Seasons in the Sun" - Westlife, listen to the song on my Vox


Knipper's picture

Thanks for those great photos of the gifts in the mail. What a great idea to move stash around - swapping yarn and hopefully what has been sitting around will make it on to someone else's knitting needles. Your current project looks great and sometimes the colors pool. On the feet it is not so bad - worse when it is a sweater and decides to meet at the most unflattering part of the torso. That is when I remind myself that I am supposed to alternate strands but usually, I forget and just plow ahead. My Lornas Laces worsted has taught me to make the exception and knit with alternate strands. I have not had the toe up experience yet with socks but I like that tip to use the life line. Thanks for passing that along.