Monday, November 7, 2005

Autumn in November

Over the weekend, I did many things.

This might have been my favorite:
Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina.
Cherry Tree Hill "Potluck".
Needles: US1 dpns.
This is the first CTH yarn I've used, sock or not, and I have to say I am in love with it. This colorway has been haunting me from my LYS for about a month. Autumn is my favorite season; the changing colors of the leaves is one of the reasons. I simply cannot find anything wrong with this yarn. The colors are gorgeous, the stitches are beautiful, the fabric is soft and firm at the same time. I spend as much time staring at the sock as I do knitting it.

I've been reading
January One lately, and Cara is using this pattern over and over again for her Socks That Rock, and that's what inspired me to use it. I'm glad I did. The pattern calls for 465 yards, and my CTH contains a scant 420 yards. My solution? Shorten the distance from heel to cuff. I've found that the longer-legged socks don't stay up well anyway. And these socks are most definitely for me. Greedy maybe, but I have lots of clothes to match. Besides, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE how it's turning out.

The one concern I have is that my lovely, gorgeous, precious CTH is having to share a project bag with the Lorna's Laces Liberty Chevron sock and yarn. Every time I open the bag, I hear things like, "Remember when you loved me?" and "I'm toe-up! You love toe-up socks!" and "Don't abandon me! I need a mate!" Sometimes the crying echoes long after the zipper is zipped. I fear the emotional anguish that might be inflicted upon my sweet and beautiful CTHJ by the bitter, disillusioned LLLC. I mean, sure, the LLLCs are for someone else, but I at least need to finish the first CTHJ to see how it turns out, right? Right?

Anyhow, what else did I do this weekend?

Anthony and I went to a movie. We saw the Disney Digital 3-D version and we got to keep the glasses. Cool, eh? It was a really cute movie. Zach Braff (of Scrubs fame) voices Chicken Little. My favorite character was definitely Fish Out Of Water, and if I could take any of the characters home with me, I'd want Kirby. More good news we heard at the theater: The Polar Express is coming back in IMAX 3D this Christmas. That was one of the highlights of my holiday season last year. If you need something to get you in the holiday spirit, I highly recommend it. The DVD comes out on November 22, but I'm still planning on seeing the IMAX version again. It is the most realistic CGI I've seen, and the 3D really enhances it. I'm looking forward to seeing it again.

I received gift #3 from Brenda on Thursday, and it was definitely worth the wait. She wrote a "little story with little props", and there were 14 tiny gifts to open as I read the story. One of my favorites was the knitted embroidery floss on toothpicks.I'm already gathering tiny things for a reciprocal story... perhaps a sequel? We shall see.

I opened #5 on Friday. Qiviut! It's yarn spun from the layer of down on musk oxen! I was looking at some of the brochures that came with this little kit, and you can order scarves and hats and shawls and sweaters made from qiviut... if you have a small fortune. I don't know where Brenda got this, but it's definitely the most unique yarn I've ever had. It's actually a little lighter in color than the picture shows. I can't wait to see how it works up. It came with patterns for three different hats. I'll be sure to post pictures when I make one. Thanks, Brenda!

I did some other crafty things this weekend, but I can't show you yet. I can show you part of it next week, the rest next month. Sorry for the secrecy, but gifts have to be like that, you know? Besides, my brother thinks I'm a rat, so I can only assume the same of him.

Sock class numero uno, part one tonight. I'll let you know how it goes.

1 comment:

Brenda said...

The Jaywalker pattern looks a lot like the toe-up chevron pattern. You probably could have converted it to a toe-up pattern.

You have the coolest friends. So clever. So creative. So thoughtful.

You can get more qiviut at But the yarn you got is the only one they sell.