Today Is A Good Day

15 Aug

After a succession of truly awful days, today was a good day. No, wait. Today was a great day. ACTUALLY. Today was an absolutely fantastic day that’s just going to keep on getting better and better. Have some photographic evidence:

Completed Socks

To be fair, these are actually from a few days ago. But still! I finished my first pair of socks. I am even wearing them right now, because it’s cold and grey and rainy out which means it is the perfect time to wear hand knit wool socks. I have every intention of knitting more of these because they are deliciously easy without being mind-numbingly boring, but I think next time I’ll take out a pattern repeat or two; apparently I have skinny ankles. They are absolutely wearable and I will never, ever take them off, but they are a little loose.

The heels are stripey and it makes my life.

The yarn, Fleece Artist Trail Socks, is so incredibly comfy and cosy and soft, and the colors are spectacular. I have since washed (but not dryer-dried yet) them, and they are still as beautiful as always. I love the variation from one sock to the other; the first is much more straight up purple and grey, but the second has some bluer sections, and just more light-and-dark than the first. Stunning. This might be my favorite yarn ever which would never ever mean I went out and bought a ton more today. *ahem*

Obligatory artsy sock picture.

Pattern: A Nice Ribbed Sock by Glenna C. (best blog ever, btw)
Time Span: 11 July to 12 August 2011 (all but the first two and a half inches of the first sock were knit in about four days)
Materials: 230.8 yards of Fleece Artist Trail Socks
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/a-nice-ribbed-sock

And then, two days ago, I cast on these beauties:

Rainbow socks!!

I stayed up until four-thirty in the morning last night finishing it went to bed at a reasonable time last night and the sock magically finished itself. I really, really love the pattern (see below for the one exception) and the yarn (which is nowhere near as splitty as people like to say it is) is absolutely lovely. And, since it only took me two days to knit the first, I’m hoping to have these done by the end of the week. I should have plenty of knitting time tomorrow if not sooner, so hopefully I’ll get to have a FO post soon. And in the mean time, strpiey goodness! I really have to say, during the worst part of the drudgery of the foot that goes on foreverrrrrr, the stripes definitely help to make it less awful.

Pattern loveliness exception: for the leg of the sock, after each repeat of the spiral pattern, you move the beginning of the row one stitch over, which you accomplish by slipping the last stitch on each needle one needle over. There’s no problem with this, until you get to the foot, where you have 16 sts on the first and last needles for the bottom of the foot (stockinette) and 32 sts on the second needle, which you continue to work in the spiral pattern. However. It just says to continue with the pattern, and doesn’t mention the fact that you can’t move the beginning of the row anymore. I kind of fudged it, and I think it looks fine, but I have no idea if I did it “correctly”, and it would have been nice for the pattern to clarify.

But other than that, these guys have been smooth sailing, and are a good mix of not-so-hard-I-want-to-rip-my-eyes-out and not-so-easy-I-want-to-rip-my-eyes-out. Plus, the pattern compliments the yarn perfectly. A good decision.

So remember how I said up there that I would never, ever go out and stock up on Trail Socks? Well…

Fleece Artist Trail Socks in Berry

Fleece Artist Trail Socks in Nova Scotia

I’m aware that two skeins isn’t exactly stocking up, and I already know what I’m going to knit with the blue-grey one (Kalajoki), but I also got this guy:

Iron Horse Farm Hand Dyed Fingering/Sock Yarn in Black

This is a superwash merino, cashmere and nylon blend from Iron Horse in Natick (also where I got the Trail Socks). It’s from their very own farm, and kettle-dyed by the owner (I think?) of the shop, who is one of the nicest ladies ever, and explained the entirety of the kettle-dying process to me today. The yarn is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo incredibly soft (more “oo”s necessary but restrained), it feels like butter, and the black isn’t solid at all, but more like soot. I’m thinking maybe Cinderella-inspired socks, or perhaps Spirited Away soot spirits will be my muse? I’ll have to see.

Then my mom and I went to the delicious bakery across the street for lunch (get the raspberry truffle and egg salad on croissant, trust me) while my yarn got wound, which they delivered to me in the cafe because they are absolutely ridiculous. So already a pretty good day, yeah? Then I got home and this was in the mail for me:

No stalking for you!

My package from the tiny owl knits Summer Swap! I had nearly forgotten about it was absolutely on the ball about it, but since packages aren’t due until the end of September and I have had such a rough couple weeks, I still haven’t gotten mine together yet (sometime in the next few days, I swear). But lo, here was mine, all the way from Vancouver! As you can see it has tons of goodies, plus a lovely letter from Paula (hi Paula! thank you!!!!). Here are the delicious (sometimes literally) details:

Another Coco to join my monster family! She’ll fit right in, I’m sure, as soon as I let go of her long enough to introduce her to the other monsters. This one’s a guy, and he always seems to be waving at me! He’s also much smaller than my other monsters, so this gives him an advantage in the cute department. Between the big smile and the wave, he is just about the sweetest monster ever. I’ll be sure to get a picture of him with his brothers and sisters soon.

Geocaching coins! I haven’t talked about it much here because I haven’t been in a while, but I’m actually quite the cache-r. I can’t wait to get it all registered and drop it off, I’m thinking in Concord. Coco just informed me that he’s invited himself on this trip, so I’m sure plenty of cute photo opportunities will arise. As soon as the weather clears up we’ll head out; as much as I love rain, I think my woolen friend is less fond of it 😛

This morning, as I was getting dressed, I thought to myself, “Man, I don’t have enough necklaces. And none of them go with this yellow-and-blue-and-turquoise outfit I’m wearing. *sigh*” And then! And then I got this super cute owl necklace. It’s on the back of a domino, and I cannot stress how absolutely adorable it is. And how well it goes with Jen, which I happen to be wearing today! Fate, I tell ya.

A picture frame for my cats, which I will fill and bring to college with me and keep nearby at all times. It’s hand-painted by a local artisan in Vancouver, which makes it extra special. Made in Vancouver, photograph from Massachusetts, and kept in Wisconsin. I’ve got myself quite the travelling frame!

Green tea KitKats from Japan. Need I say anything else? I haven’t tried them yet, but I will keep you updated.

And lastly, handspun, corespun yarn from Etsy. It’s so bright and colorful, I’m going to have to do something absolutely spectacular with it. I’m thinking maybe a hat, or maybe a monster? It might be a little thick-thin for the latter and I’m not sure I have enough for the former, but it will become something epic, I’m sure. How could it not?

And that, my friends, is how to stop a multiweek bout of terrible anxiety in its tracks!

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One Response to “Today Is A Good Day”

  1. honeysuckleblue August 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Did you say those are your FIRST socks? Holy smoke, they’re gorgeous. Great job 🙂 Socks are the best.

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