Yarn Swap?

So, I have this skein of Trekking XXL yarn in colour 18 that’s just sitting here mocking me. I can’t seem to get it knitted properly, and I’m ready to send it to a new home.

Anyone interested in a trade?

It’s not that it’s unpleasant to knit, because it’s lovely, and the flecks of blue are sprinkled through in a beautiful way… it just won’t give in to me.



More Summer Socks (and mice)

My mice are adorable, and I really have missed them. ^_^ Sparkles, the new girl, is the cutest little grey mouse in the world. I’m in love with her. The two of them make me very happy.

I haven’t spent a lot of time at home recently, with a combination of soccer preseason (ow legs ow arms ow hands ow knees*) and the boy preparing for college. I’ve gone to practice in the morning, to J’s in the afternoon, and gotten home around 11. I went to work on Tuesday, and didn’t get home until quarter to 1 in the morning. Erk. I took a nap at J’s house that same day, too, while he packed.

It was great.

But we took J to college today and left him there to his own devices. I’m sad, but I’m doing all right. Soccer and a junior year in high school should distract me while I’m not busy visiting him up there.

So now I’m home again, working on the blanket (ah ha! how long has it been?).

I finished my Tye-Dye Goth socks yesterday afternoon, and immediately the next morning cast on a pair of Jaywalkers to take to J’s college. I finished the cuff on the drive up (1.5 hours) and had knit about 3 inches of leg by the time I got home this evening. I’m pleased.

But! I have sworn to work on socks at school, and the blanket at home. When school starts I’m going to leave the socks in my locker so I’ll actually work on the blanket if I want to knit ever.

My mice are adorable. There are two little round mouse butts facing me now as they sit together in the food bowl and stuff their little faces. Squee!

I’ll have FO pictures of the Goth socks later, when I get a chance to take them.

*i am a goalie, and love to throw myself on the ground

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis (the hat)

Finished: July 16, 2006
Time: 2 weeks
Cast on 12 stitches with the Magic Cast-On for toe up socks.
Divided onto 4 needles (3 per).
(Kfb, k1, kfb) x4.
Knit around.
(Kfb, k3, kfb) x4
Knit around.
Increase to 204 stitches (51 per)
Knit around until you’re bored.
K2P2 rib.
Cast off.
Yarn: Princess Maksoutoff’s Gown, superwash “Marvelous Merino”, by Raven Frog Fiber Arts.
Needles: Size 1 (US) dnps & circular

Alaskan Knitting

If anyone is interested, I’ve posted the first 60 picturees (of… 600) on my facebook, and have the link available for viewing said pictures. They are here, and I do a run through of the trip as I go. You don’t have to look at them, of course, but the pictures of mountains and glaciers are awful pretty.

The knitting I got done, however, was rather exciting.

The second day in Juneau, I discovered that the yarn shop I wanted to go to was in fact across the street from another shop we had been in, instead of eight miles away and therefore rather inaccessable by me. So I trotted in with J and browsed, chatted with the girl working there, and ended up buying two skeins of yarn, one longer one (superwash merion, woo!), at 275 yards, by Raven Frog Fiber Arts, called Princess Maksoutoff’s Gown, and another, smaller one, (Optim merino), at 154 yards, by Rabbit Ridge Designs, called Glacier. They’re so, so pretty. And dyed by people in Alaska, too, so local artisans. Not yarn I could get at home. Which was the goal. Score!

I’m in love with both of them. You’ll see Princess Maksoutoff in a minute, but I have yet to take a picture of Glacier. They’re so soft and wonderfully beautiful.

So I set off with my Tye-Dye Goth socks, one of which I turned the heel on in the airplane. I continued working on them throughout the trip, being my Summer of Socks socks, and got lots of pictures. It became a small “Sock goes to Alaska” series. ^_^ Here (left), the sock visits the Johns Hopkins and Gilman glaciers.

Here (right) the Glacier Bay National Park Ranger (a weaver), takes my picture. I’m wearing like three sweaters.

I have a few more pictures in this section, but they’re all very similar. The first one is really the best. I didn’t take a lot of pictures of the sock the rest of the cruise, because I kept forgetting, but when we got on the road, I remembered.

The sock goes on a road trip.

The sock stops for lunch.

The sock stops at a MUSK OX FARM.
And visits the Musk Ox.
Who, ironically, are neither musky, nor oxen. They’re more closely related to sheep. Nevertheless, I was unable to buy any more than one gram of qiviut, because apparently the Oomingmak Co-op does not sell it in skeins to other people. Lest they have any competition. However, it is sold, and I should have bought it in Juneau, where I saw it. Crap. The sock stops on the drive for a little picture taking and leg stretching.
On the M.V. Sea Lion, though, I started on a hat for myself with the Princess Maksoutoff yarn. It’s really gorgeous, and knit up beautifully. I’ll do an offical “Finished Object” post for it, but I’m calling it the Aurora Borealis hat. It’s splendid. Purple, blue, teal, and green, in a lovely blending between the two dominant colours, purple and green.

I’m really fond of it, even though it’s August.

I should be off, though, and go grocery shopping, and maybe get a new mouse. Guildenstern died while I was away, so I’m pampering Coney now, but I think I’ll get her a new friend before school starts.



I am back from Alaska. I have made enough dead cat jokes to no longer be sad about my dead cat. A little sad, perhaps, in that I came home to greet two kitties today, but no longer very sad. Thank you ye who thought of me for your kind thoughts. I appreciate the kitty love.

Well, it’s late, so no pictures today, but tomorrow as I start to get back on schedule, I’ll post sock pictures and Alaska pictures and Project Spectrum pictures.