Saturday, May 26, 2007

I got it, I got it!!!

Finally, after much twisting and ripping and cussing and cramping, I got it!
Ahh, Grasshopper...

There are a couple of glitches here and there - this is not a pattern that lends itself to dropped stitches, and since we got back from Mexico the dogs have been a little less understanding of my knitting than usual, hence the dropped stitches...

however, I am inordinately pleased with the fact that I figured it out, and it fits! I was up till 12:30 a couple of nights ago figuring it out, but still...

The yarn, STR 'Silkie', is a silk/merino blend which feels completely decadent on the toes, and I absolutely LOVE the colour... the problem was with my YO technique, as was suggested by Riggwelter and Lv2Knit in the comments, which brings me to another thing I love about knitting - no matter how much you think you know, you don't, and there will always be a humbling kick in the arse when you get cocky... so I turned to Eunny Jang's fabulous arsenal of knitting techniques, and discovered I have been doing my YO's wrong forever... always something new to learn...

Yesterday's mail brought a couple more sock kits, which also look totally yummy:
Sock Kits!

On the left, the latest from Pick Up Sticks, with merino/bamboo/nylon yarn from Seacoast Handpainted Yarn, and on the right, this month's offering from The Loopy Ewe, with another merino/bamboo yarn from All Things Heather...

We've had a scorching couple of days here in Southern Ontario, but the temps are much cooler today, with mondo-thunderstorms expected tomorrow... which means I will be getting myself out to a couple of garden centres today to buy flowers - I am SO EXCITED!! I'll be buying annuals to jazz up the front of my house a little (it's way too GREEN and so far the only thing with colour I've been able to grow is a hockey net)Eden Place, and hopefully some new, exotic but yet low maintenance and dog-proof perennials for the back (yes, I ask a lot of my plants).

and this? Well, this is what I was looking at 2 short weeks ago...
View from Cancun, looking towards Isla Mujeres
sigh...

the dock from our resort, with Isla Mujeres in the distance, and ocean, ocean everywhere... there's no place like home, though... right?????

7 comments:

Connie said...

Deirdre - your house is so pretty! Don't you love getting yarn in the mail? It's the best! Good job on the STR socks - I knit mine plain but now I wish I'd tried the pattern after seeing yours!

Wannietta said...

Is that the May or June yarn from Pick Up Sticks?

deirdre said...

I believe it's the May kit, at least, according to the club blog... I'm ashamed to say that I don't check, I am just so darned excited to get yarn in the mail!

Miss Scarlett said...

The pick up sticks yarn is stunning - yummy, yummy.

You have a truly Canadian garden - you've grown a hockey net!

So glad you are getting the weather you need to get out in the garden - it is so relaxing. Your house is adorable, it has a very welcoming, and calming look to it.

deirdre said...

Michelle, you are sweet to sat such nice things about my house - all I can see is what needs doing, and what's missing...

lv2knit said...

Deidre, if you want the Mitered Tote pattern, call The Yarnery in St. Paul -- 651-222-5793. They will send you a copy.

Riggwelter said...

Thanks for the link, I've been searching for a site that could tell me what I'm doing wrong. Well done for working it out. They look fab!