Thursday, January 10, 2008

Is Gopher Wood Still Available ?????

......I think we need to build an ark. We have had so much rain in the last week, with more still to come. DD1 is worried they will have to use snow days for flood days, and she is not thrilled about having to make up any time at the end of the year. They used to allow 3 incorporated "snow " days into the school schedule, but have reduced it to 1 ... I think. Not much of a winter so far here, but it is early yet .... maybe we will get some snow worth mentioning sometime, we are definitely making news with the rainfall.

Well.... there is a crack in my pursuit of finishing the singletons. But just a crack. It is not broken .... yet. I have heard so much about this wonderful Dream in Colors Smooshy, but for some reason had not purchased any. That is until this week.... I caved. And surprisingly, I bought a color I would not normally purchase. But I was drawn to it. I put it in my cart, and then took it out of my cart. Then I left The Loopy Ewe site all together. About 15 minutes later I went back, put the same color in my cart, looked around, put numerous other items in my cart, then emptied my cart and again, left the computer. Only to come back about 20 minutes later. This yarn was still there. It must be a sign ..... right? So I clicked checkout and it was promptly delivered today. Into the Mystic is the color. I may have to wind this .... I have no control over some things in life. So far I have been strong, but I have only had it in my possession for an hour. It feels really nice. It is soft and "smooshy" but honestly, I have fondled, umm I mean felt other yarns just as soft. So I am thinking I will just have to knit it, to see what all the hype is. That must be the true test. And only then will I know...... you know, just to be sure I have not been mislead.

I have finished 2 more pair of socks. I am close to finishing 2 other pair. But darn, if I don't keep finding more of those pesky singletons. How does one cure oneself of the Second Sock Syndrome.

First: the Opal Fish. I know I started these over a year ago. I had forgotten all about them. When I was searching for a different yarn I found the lonely sock, and since I think it is the oldest singleton I have, it was the first to be finished. Just a simple 3 x 1 rib on the leg and a stockinette stitch foot. Size one needles and 68 stitches. And they match perfectly. Look how dark the picture is, and it was 3 PM when I took it.. Flash required even outside. But I couldn't go off the porch due to the rain.


Second: the Stone Barn Fibers in the Lamurple colorway. This is the Zig then Zag pattern, but with a short row heel. This yarn feels very similar to Cherry Tree Hill and Shibui. The design shows up better in person and in better lighting.
Speaking of Cherry Tree Hill, earlier last year I designed two sock patterns for Cherry Tree Hill in the Sockittome yarn. They are available now where their patterns are sold. Sockittome Lace and Simple Sockittome are the 2 I designed. I am so excited about this. I have really been enjoying designing and actually having then published.
Well I need to pick the youngest up from church..... and then maybe google that gopher wood. Have a great weekend and Happy Knitting!!!

16 comments:

trek said...

Looks to me like you are doing great combatting SSS.

Deb said...

Watch out for the Smooshy - you may never stop!

Dee said...

The Opal Fish socks are wonderful. I love that color.

How to avoid SSS ---- I ALWAYS start my second sock immediately after finishing the first. I know it's hard, but I think it's the only way. (Oh Gosh, I sound like someone's Mom don't I?)

Beth said...

I caved for the Casbah and it arrived today too. Oh My!

BammerKT said...

OOOOOOOO beautiful socks! I don't have second sock syndrome. I never let myself start a new pair until I finish the whole pair. I know! My halo is just glowing right now!

Karen said...

I understand the weakness you're feeling...I want to start some new socks too. But I NEED to finish at least some of the ones already OTN's. Love the socks you're finishing, keep going girl!

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

You knit so many PAIRS of socks that I can't imagine you having SSS. It's amazing!

hakucho said...

Good for you making pairs out of your singletons!!! Keep up the great work!

That smooshy is awesome...will make delightful socks I'm sure :)

Brenda said...

You seem to be beating the SSS quite well! The DIC Smooshy is a really pretty color. I'd be tempted too.

Allison said...

Oh thanks! Now another yarn I have to buy :-) What pattern did you use for boy child's gloves?

Shelley said...

That yarn looks soft and pretty! Love your socks as well. I really love that Fish colour Way of Opal's...never was able to get a skein of it though :o(. Oh well...

Angela said...

You are going to LOVE Dream in Color Smooshy! It is my absolute favorite. I have knit about 5 pairs of socks in it, and probably have about 5 more skeins in my stash. I want every color.

Cathy said...

Hey Monica
where did you get your sock blockers
Cathy - fromally from INDY, now in Ga

Karen said...

I'd love to have some of your rain and 50 degree temps for a few days. We have had several days of flurries and are headed back into the deep freeze again next week. Low of 20 below or something one night next week. Yikes!
Congrats on finishing your sock pairs! You will feel like you have a clean slate!

Jane said...

Love the Opal Fish socks. They look wonderful. Congrats on your CTH patterns. That's awesome!

Janice said...

You will love the Smooshy yarn! (How can you not with a name like 'Smooshy'?) All of your socks look great. You are such an inspiration. You must knit in all your free moments! Of course now you'll be building that ark......