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Brewer Burns

Friday, May 04, 2007

Leaving On A Jet Plane

I'm taking a little trip. I will actually be spending more time in airports and on planes than visiting the people that we're going to see, so it should be a perfectly miserable trip. Plus we're leaving the dog (you know, our child) with the neighbors. Totally freaks me out.

For a short time there I had four different projects on the needles. I've reduced that number down to two: Monkey Socks by Cookie A. (from Knitty) and Bed Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks. Why all the project chaos? I don't really know. Part of it is that I'm trying to knit from the stash and it's not really going very well. Part of it is that a couple of these projects are long overdue presents for other people. Part of it is that I kept getting frustrated with my projects and casting on new ones.

I'm knitting on the Monkey Socks pretty enthusiastically right now. I cast on for them because I really wanted to use up the rest of the Socks That Rock skein that I used to make Pomotomus (in the Sedona colorway.) I really love the yarn, and the color and the leftovers of that skein were really calling to me. Additionally, while I love my Pomotomus socks I rarely wear them out of the house because they don't fit into my shoes. I wanted to make a tighter pair of socks. I knew that I wanted to try casting on only 48 stitches for a pair of socks using the Socks That Rock. When I was flipping through my pattern stash I saw that the Monkey Socks were knit in repeats of 16 stitches, so I decided to try it out.

I really like this pattern. It's easily memorized and looks really good. Of course, I discovered all too soon that I didn't have nearly enough yarn to finish the pair, so I bought another skein of Socks That Rock in the Pop Rocks colorway. This colorway, I swear, has my name written all over it, and it incorporates the same peach color as the Sedona colorway. Best of all, I've finished the first sock and after trying it on I would say that I got the size just right this time.

Also, on the knitting front, I have a question for all of you. I have a small stash of handspun yarn. Most of it is pretty thick and thin and slubby. What should I knit with it? Do you have any pattern suggestions? I want to use it. I just can't decide what I want to do with it.


At 1:16 PM, Blogger Moni said...

Have a great trip! I'm going on vacation next week, too. It will be soo nice to have some time off.

As for the handspun yarn question..I'm actually wondering the same thing. Have you checked out Knittyspin? It's a section in every issue of Knitty. they usually have a pattern that incorporates handspun yarn:

At 7:49 PM, Blogger Romi said...

Bon voyage!


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