Where to start?? Ok Goodies first:
Karen is one of the sweetest people I know. You probably already knew that, but it bears repeating. Who else would give a friend a wedding anniversary gift?? 😀 Look!
That is 20 balls of Icelandic Lopi! Over 2000 yards of feltable goodness, in blue, black heather, and natural. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEe ThangQ Karen!!
Shona is another Knitty pal who’s a sweetheart. She’s in Scotland and sent me THIS:
I was admiring a pair of socks on her blog when she decided to GIVE them to me! 😀 So there you see, the socks, the pattern she used to make it(her own design!), a keychain, Haribo gummies–yumm–and a little kitty gift card. I’ve never really been RAKed before but 2006 has been busy for me. So far I’ve gotten sock yarns with patterns(Bec), socks with patterns(Shona) and sock yarn and chocolates(Gundy). I’m going Sock crazy! 😀 and I love it!!
Now for Fun: Yesterday I met up with Karen at The Point for some knitting and chat. We’ve begun a mini-KAL I’d like to call Cook’N’Bean’s Picovoli KAL. We are both working on Picovoli, she in Knitpicks Shine and me with Debbie Bliss Wool/Cotton. Dumb me forgot to take a pic of my progress but here she is with hers:
And that doesn’t include the Lopi I just got.
Last but not least, some Progress. While I was typing this post I decided to just snap some quick progress pics:
That’s my Picovoli, already on the second ball of yarn. I knew I’d eventually find something to knit with the DB cotton/wool. It was just too pretty a yarn to not use. I’ve got to be more careful with buying yarns I don’t have a specific project for. Such a weakness I have.
These will be a plain old toe-up sock on 56 stitches with a provisional cast on. The yarn is Knitpicks Sock Garden, in Daffodil. It’s lovely to knit with; so soft. I can’t wait to wear them. I must remind myself to cast off the ribbing loosely with a needle two sizes larger than I’m knitting with. The last time I cast off a toe up sock the top end was tight and I couldn’t even get the sock past my heel.
Next up on the To-Do list: Nautie KAL news(see button under More Daily Insanity).