Saturday, January 05, 2008

Monkey Business

So the last time I was between sock projects, SJ strongly recommended this pattern, but with her modification

Pattern: Monkey socks by Cookie A
Yarn: Yarn Love Juliet, Darling colorway. 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon. Purchased from The Loopy Ewe
Needles: KnitPicks 2.75mm 16” circs
Started: 22 November 2007
Finished: 28 December 2007
Mods: Changed all purl stitches to knit stitches per SJ’s recommendation
Destination: My sister-in-law Erin as a slighty belated Christmas present.

The pattern was fine, but I was just about to the heel of the first sock when I realized that I was hardly going to be able to get the damn thing over my heel.

Since I wasn’t really liking the yarn anyway (they have changed their base yarn since I bought this, so YMMV), I changed tactics and decided that this particular pair should go to someone with smaller feet than yours truly.

I have another pair of socks from New Pathways on the needles that I am excited about, and that’s what is going to work with me tonight.

My other news is that as of yesterday, I’m employed! OK, so it’s part time and not in my career realm, but I’m working at Bloomin Yarns!

So far, I have learned that I really want to knit either the Tulip or Rocket sweater with Dream in Color Classy, which I am winding into smaller quantities to kit for those two sweaters.

At the end of the day, I switched to a shawl kit with Kidsilk Haze. It just confirmed my belief that I will never ever knit anything with this yarn. It’s the spawn of the devil. It sticks to everything, has its own wicked field of static electricity and is just not my thing in any way, shape or form.

The good news? Apparently, I’m not allergic to mohair. I couldn’t remember if it was angora or mohair that had made me sneeze before, but after winding four balls of Kidsilk haze into smaller quantities on a niddy-noddy and then into center-pull balls using the swift and winder, not one itch or sneeze or drip of the nose.

Well, I need to go get myself organized for work tonight. Buh-bye!


Jenn said...

Woo, congrats on the new job!

floribunda said...

Lovely socks -- my feet are a size 9, by the way! Congrats on the new job, although it sounds pretty dangerous. Do you think you'll take home any pay in actual money, or will it all be in yarn?

turtlegirl76 said...

Me, on the other hand, I'd be itching all over after touching that stuff.

The socks look great!

SJ said...

Sooo jealous of your new job!

I hope your SIL really likes the socks. I love how they turned out! I hope you'll be able to find a thicker yarn to make a pair that will fit you.

Yvonne said...

WOW, congrats on the new job! That's so cool!!

Jess said...

congrats on the new job! How fun! Don't spend your paycheck in one place... wait. yes. you should. :)

Beth said...

Oooh, those are really pretty socks and gorgeous yarn. I've been thinking of doing the purl-less monkey myself.

Congrats on the new jobs!