Well this is a rare occurrence... a post on Friday and it is filled with fiber-y goodness...yarn that is... as you can probably tell from my meager postings I haven't been knitting a lot ...I've been cross stitching...but I did finally finish two pairs of socks.
First is this pair... the yarn is an old Opal...it is Antonia and it was a hand-dyed from Opal...the only time I've seen a collection like that. I bought 4 or 5 skeins and they flashed and pooled...some better than others. I LOVE yarns that pool ...now this skein is pretty typical of what I've seen before...the first sock (the one on the right) pooled ... the second sock (the one on the left) striped...
Second finish is a scrappy Frankensock... bits and bobs of assorted Opal yarns... I'm particularly happy with the green cuffs/heels/ toes...
And since I finished two pairs of socks, and that freed up two sets of needles, I did the only thing I could do and started two more pairs of socks... this may be why I rarely have an empty 2.75mm circular needle and to fix that problem I just buy another set... hey when you are gonna dig a hole, dig a deep one...LOL
So both of my new projects use those adorable mini-skeins from my Opal Advent calendars...the first sock is dark and dramatic (ohhh...I love alliteration ...LOL)...
And the second sock is soft and Spring-y....(yeah, I've gone over the edge)
I'm knitting both of these in big chunks of one skein and then the other. It is always interesting to see what patterns and stripes emerge with Opal yarns...keeps me interested.
And a little new yarn snuck in through the mail slot...and it might be the last skein to do that....(No I'm not going to stop buying yarn but the mail slot into the house will be sealed off when I get the porch enclosed with new windows, and a storm door, and installation is scheduled the in about 10 days).
This yarn is from an indie dyer I saw on Instagram... The Sheepyshire ... which you can find here. The colorful skein caught my eye and then I saw the name...Rusty Fender...well I had to have it...it reminds me of my brother, the car nut, and lover of old rusty stuff... and the speckly sparkly one called Rainbow Sprinkles jumped into the envelope for the trip...safer to travel in pairs, right???
Not sure what I'll knit with them...probably shawls...need to ponder patterns...(oh no more alliteration)
So today is a beautifully sunny day and tomorrow is forecast the same...which is very very good. Tomorrow is the memorial/classic car cruise in/party celebrating my brother's life. It will be a bittersweet day filled with tears and laughter. We are putting out a spread with all his favorite foods.. a Chinese buffet, some sushi, deviled eggs, peanut brittle and Killian's beer...quite eclectic...but just his style.
Hold those you care about close to you and let them know you love them...