Mal Gals Unite!

I’m a yarnaholic on the road to recovery. Just kidding. I’m on the road to the yarn store!

I am very fortunate to live close to several Malabrigo Junkies. We try to meet up a few times a year (at least once every Malabrigo March). This meet up we had a special Mal Gal from Utah join us for coffee and yarn shopping. I know you’re thinking I probably don’t need more yarn if I’m trying to finish wips, and I don’t really. But it seemed like yarn was the appropriate way to mark the special occasion of meeting Utah Mal Gal in person for the first time!

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I purchased a few new to me brands and some old favorites. The two skeins on the bottom left are baa ram ewe’s Dovestone Natural Aran. This will be part of a new project coming in September with the Tidal yarn. I’m slowly massing a collection of sparkly sock yarn, and this brand is my favorite. Next, is a self-striping yarn that will look like watermelons. It’s Biscotte Yarns. Utah Mal Gal and I purchased matching skeins to do a Watermelon sock kal. Lastly, I picked up Malabrigo Sock in pearl, a newish colorway on this base. There wasn’t too much hesitation on purchasing this skein. Malabrigo March 2018 starts in just 192 days!

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Here’s some very special stitch marks Utah Mal Gal made for us! I’m saving mine for the Watermelon kal.

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Gracie says this was way too much excitement for her!

Stage Four Begins

There is nothing to fear, but fear itself. That and running out of yarn. ~ Crochet Magazine

Stage four of Tour de Sock began late Monday night. I’m yet to cast on or even wind my yarn and there are already about 100 finished pairs. Well, I did say I wasn’t competing. Good thing since I haven’t finished stage two yet. The new pattern is called Mosaic Marbles. I’m leaning towards the black and darker teal balls on the bottom middle. Or maybe the silver and teal?

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Last week, I had an abundance of knitting time while visiting my family in the Midwest. I managed to finish another pair of socks. That makes two completed pairs this month. Both pairs are for the British Hubby. Here’s my completed British Tea Latte socks. I love how well these match. I could take the credit, but the yarn did all the work. This pattern was a delight to knit. Easy enough to not need a pattern while traveling or watching a movie while still keeping my interest with the stripes. This was also my first time using a Zauberball for socks. It was delightful. I will be purchasing more in the future. This pattern is destined to be a staple in our sock drawers.

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This month our meowbox was campfire themed.

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Gracie was excited about the s’mores. Can you blamer her?

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Ernie was excited about the box. He tries to get inside every month. Maybe next month he’ll fit.

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Two projects completed this month. Casting on a new pair of socks seems the appropriate way to celebrate, right?

Adventures in the Midwest

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.

Last Tuesday, I was packing for my yearly visit to the Midwest to see my family. I grew up in the Midwest. The British Hubby says I’m a Midwestern girl at heart, but the longer I live in the PNW the more I realize just how flat my part of the Midwest is. I miss the trees and mountain views. Let’s not forget the rain.

 

I did have a chance to do some antique shopping with my mom. We found a flower pot made out of an old tire, vintage button bracelets and necklaces made from old silverware.

I also had a chance to take a lovely stroll along the historic canals.

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And watch the sunset over cornfields.

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Burt and Ernie wanted to come along, but I didn’t have room in my suitcase.

 

So they spent the week sleeping.

Up next, an update on my TDS and sock wips progress.

How many is too many?

Jobs fill your pocket, but adventure fills your soul. ~ Jamie Lyn 

I’m preparing for travel to the Midwest.  Right now it’s actually warmer in the PNW than it is where my family lives. Every time I travel, the hardest decision is what knitting to bring. Do I take one big project or several smaller ones? I’m always tempted to check an extra bag just for my knitting, but that just seems silly. Knitting has become my security blanket. I can handle any traveling crisis provided I have my knitting.

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Sometimes I even wind extra yarn to take just in case I’m stranded for days in a freak snow storm. (I know this is highly unlikely during the summer, but hey I’m prepared.)

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Burt loves winding yarn.

Stay tuned for my Midwestern adventures.

Celebrating Socks

It’s going to be a knock your socks off thing. ~ Brandon Reintjes

It’s the weekend! Today is another scorcher.  It’s 94 degrees here (that’s 34.4 in Celsius). The British Hubby is on his way home from an unexpected business trip. The kitties and I are celebrating life here with iced tea and socks!

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First, let’s give a big shout out to the first completed Wip of August! It is much too warm for these thick bed socks, but you know Winter is coming. Next time I make this pattern with thicker yarn, I need to go down one size on the pattern. These turned out a smidge big.

Next, there’s a few progress photos of the socks I’ve been working on.

  • British Tea Latte: Still working on the foot of sock two.
  • Shark Bait II: Working on the foot for sock one. I’m a little worried these might be a smidge big.
  • TDS 5.2.17: This is the second stage sock for Tour De Sock. Stage two ended today and stage three has begun. There are about 450 completed pairs of the stage two pattern. I’m on the leg of stage one.
  • Junkie U Socks: The Malabrigo Junkies group is doing “classes” to help folks learn new skills. I’m practicing my intarsia in the round with the free pattern, villiviini. I just finished the cuff.

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Burt’s tells me it’s cooler closer to the ground. Too bad he’s on the upper level of the house. I’m not exactly sure he understands heat rises.

I hope your weekend is off to a good start.

Excessive Sunshine

Some sunshine is good for the soul, but I always make sure I wear a big hat. ~ Miranda Kerr

I have a big hat, but I think this week there just might be too much sunshine. I certainly could do without the excessive heat. It doesn’t look like there’s a break in the heatwave in the foreseeable future. I’m trying to be optimistic about 90 degrees for at least the next 10 days (hey, there used to be some triple digits in there). My cold brew iced tea filters are keeping me hydrated.

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Naturally, I’m working on Christmas gifts in this heat. Above is a progress photo of Sunset Cable Scarf. Look how small skein two is getting. I might have another finished Malabrigo March project very soon!

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Gracie has decided this is the best pose to beat the heat.

The First Signs of Autumn

Each moment of the year has its own beauty. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

This week the PNW is going to have triple digit heat indexes with excessive heat warnings and fire danger. I can tell your jealous of this weather forecast. Apparently, the maple tree in our front yard is paying no attention to the heat wave. It’s decided Autumn is near.

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I love seeing the leaves change colors. I’m going to focus on those beautiful earth colors while the heat continues to climb this week.

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It’s the end of July. That means a group photo of my completed wips! I was hoping to have a few more completed, but it’s better than I did in June. Clearly, I’m mentally preparing for Winter since both projects are a completed pair of socks. Here’s my Glazed Lumberjacks and TDS 4.4.16. I’m sure I would be a bit further along with my wips if I wouldn’t have caved with some KALS, but where’s the fun in that?

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Ernie, “It’s never to warm for snuggles.”

Stay tuned for progress updates on my current sock wips in August.