Friday, December 27, 2013

On the Needles for the end of the 2013

Hello -- I hope everyone had a nice Christmas - lots of good food and good company. It was lovely here. I fixed a well received prime rib dinner which we ate noon and by 2 pm I was snoozing in my chair in a food coma. We are having the left overs tonight with the prime rib returning as sliders on those yummy Kings Hawaiian rolls. Can't wait!

I did get a little knitting done in between the food prep and finishing up presents. One solitary sock...


Now this is old old yarn - Opal Rendezvous. I wish they would make more like this - thick stripes, thin stripes, several colors. I just LOVE it! Actually this is the 2nd pair of socks I've made with this yarn. It was one of the first pairs of socks I ever knit and I have been wearing them very regularly for several years. I noticed the other day that they were getting a bit thin on the sole and I was sad that I would have to retire them. But a quick scan of the internet yielded a ball of this yarn on ebay. I quickly grabbed it. Yesterday I got to thinking that having another ball would be lovely, but alas, it is no where to be found. Glad I got it when I did.

However, it isn't all gloomy here because a Christmas present to me, from me (I am such a good gift giver - LOL!) arrived. Five skeins of Blue Moon Fibers Socks that Rock... and oh do they rock my world.


From left to right we have Free Range Chicken, Honey Cocka, Sunshine Superman, Chickabiddy, and Crabby McHappypants. Someone at Blue Moon is on a chicken kick and there are several new colorways with chicken names... so it was destined that some should come and live at my house, right? (Shake your head up and down, up and down. Good.)

The hard part is deciding which one to knit first... and what to knit.  I love socks from this yarn even though they don't do well with machine wash and dry. But they are worth the extra effort.  I have been perusing Ravelry and found a couple of ideas - this hat called Sockhead, and this cowl called Willow, and this cowl called A Grey Loop.   All of these are free patterns.

I read with interest Judy L of  Patchwork Times resolution of "knitting the stash" in 2014. I'd like to do this, but I figured a little stash enhancement before Jan 1. wouldn't hurt. And perhaps a trip to my local yarn store before the New Years Day may be on my calendar.  Now just as Judy isn't sure she can stick to this, I too have my doubts about my behavior. I do pat myself on the back that I don't buy nearly the amount of fabric and yarn and paper goodies as I use to ... kinda like a drunk that has cut back from a couple of 6 packs to less than one... I'm better, but not there yet.  I don't make New Years resolutions, I prefer to call them New Years suggestions... which have a teeny tiny sliver of possibility of  coming to fruition. I promise that I will do it but I promise to try to try... and that is the best I can do - LOL!

Happy knitting-
carol fun

14 comments:

krayolakris said...

I'm so glad you adopted some of Blue Moon's chickens!! Love them all. Great pattern ideas too!

withajoyfulheart said...

That's it! I'm decided! Too many other people can knit socks...so why can't I. If I could just get the hang of knitting right side out??? 2014 must be known as the year of the sock! Right? Love, love, love your new yarn...I just love anything "chicken"!

Beth said...

What a wonderful meal! Great socks and yarn too.

mainelystitching said...

My feet are envying anyone who wears those gorgeous socks, and my hands long to feel those gorgeous yarns! :)

Marsha said...

I love the crabby McHappy pants. Stash like crazy before the new year, I says.

Debbie said...

All those free projects look great...I loved the willow cowl. I definitely think you need to enhance your yarn stash before the New Year.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

One sock is one sock! Your Christmas and post-Christmas dinner sounds perfect! I am always so afraid to cook a fancy roast, thinking that for sure I will ruin it. Where I live, the older knitters try to convince me to re-enforce my heels and have shown me how to do it - I think I am going to have to start to do that because I do wear through my heels after several years and darning leaves lumps that I just don't like. Cheers! Evelyn

Ramona said...

Your striped sock is great! I love the yarn. And socks that rock yarn.... Wonderful!! Happy knitting!!

QuiltSwissy said...

I totally love that sock! I need to get back into socks again. I did two pair last year and love them.

I love your yarn.

Barb said...

I love all your yarn colors and the socks too! You will be having a yummy dinner tonight!

Kris said...

Oh, my gosh, Carol!! I love, love, love your new sock yarn and the names are sooooooooooo cute!! Favorite color is Chickabiddy and favorite name is Crabby McHappypants!! Can't wait to see them done - and one day I am going to get my first sock done for your perusal!! :-))

Stephanie said...

I'd buy the yarn not only for the gorgeous colors but the names!!! Handmade socks make for very happy feet. Happy New Year!

Catherine said...

Love that sock and those yarns!!

LuAnn said...

I love those sock yarns and the names that go with them. There is nothing that will keep my feet warm better than hand knit socks. Love your Stitchery projects in your other posts, too.