Too Cool to be Square

Sunday, February 15, 2009

So I read over on Lab Cat's blog today about square needles.  Have you heard of these?  I'm intrigued.  I'm bummed that the circs and DPNs will only come in aluminum though since wood is so much easier on my hands.  Maybe the squareness would make up for it?  In any case, I've bookmarked them in my Thinking of Buying folder.

I knit a little this week!  The combination of tests and only having the stupid annoying thumbs left on Leah's (my sister) mittens put me off it the last couple of weeks.  Does anyone else hate knitting thumbs or fingers on mittens and gloves?  They're just so fiddly!  Especially with the stranded colorwork.  Anyway, I did finish one thumb and plan to finish the other today.  

Then they definitely need a good blocking.  Once I get them in the mail, Leah's hands can be warm again and I will have to order more yarn and start on her hat.  To match the gloves, it will be the Swirly Hat by Joanne Jongsma.

I'm also still thinking of starting a pair of socks for myself.  Maybe tomorrow.  I have the day off from school and will be meeting with a couple of friends for an afternoon of knitting.   I think my Fibranatura Yummy sock yarn needs to be knit into some pretty socks for myself.  I just need a good pattern.  I'm thinking about the Circle of Friendship socks that Jenna made once with yarn I gave to her (because I bought this yarn while I was visiting her in her new home last summer) but I'm a little worried about pooling.

Speaking of Jenna, look what she sent me!  

The long-awaited Malabrigo sock yarn in a luscious brown.  (I love brown.)

70% superwash merino, 30% alpaca, 3-ply

It was an early birthday and late Christmas gift.  I'm really late blogging about this because I received it in early January... but it's been in my yarn drawer in my desk and I take it out and admire the handspun every once in awhile when I'm studying.  I'm always so amazed by Jenna's handspun because she is fairly new to spinning and it's just so beautiful and perfect.  I think she's a natural or worked her ass off when she got her wheel to learn how to do it right.  Actually, I'm sure it was a combination of both, knowing her and what a hard-worker she is.

Okay, this post got super long and I apologize but when I actually have time to post I like to try to catch you all up on what's been going on, fiber-wise, with me.


JennaKate said...

Those mittens are AMAZING! Your colorwork looks so neat and even - gorgeous color combo.

I'm glad you like the yarn. The Malabrigo reminds me of your coat you search so long and hard to find. We talked about that coat a lot during your quest! And thanks for the kind compliments on my spinning. It was a joy to spin with you in mind!