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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Winding Down...

Well, we are pretty well one day closer to the Olympics being complete - including the Knitting Olympics. I still don't have any updated pics on my scarf, but I can tell you it's getting there, and hope to be finished it soon and have a pic of it to show. I must say that I've enjoyed seeing everyone's progress (at least on the blogs I've visited) on their olympic challenges. So many nice patterns and pretty yarn choices out there!

I'm getting anxious to work on socks again. I still have the 2nd green sock for my nephew to do and I'm hoping to get it done by the weekend, but I'm not 100% sure if I will or not. The only time I'll have is tomorrow (providing I finish my olympic challenge scarf in time), though my nephew will be up since his parents are working and I don't know if that will give me time, as well I can work on it Saturday evening. My main priority now is to get the scarf completed though.

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased some more sock yarn (to feed my sock knitting obsession) and I really want to get to it. Here are a couple of pics of my purchases:

The sock yarn is all Patons Kroy, there is a hank (I think that's the right term) of 80% wool 20% nylon, 2 ply in blue jean, from Briggs & Little Woolen Mills, 2 sets of DPN's (2.5 mm and 3.0 mm) and I also picked up a free pattern leaflet for basic socks.

I'm not sure what the hank will be used for just yet. Does anyone know if this would make up into socks well or not? I honestly don't know if 2 ply is thicker than 4 ply...and you think I would just compare thicknesses while I have it in my hands, but no I didn't do that...and to do so would cause me to make a 3rd trip to my room to get the details. So, I will either check later or wait for someone to tell me, LOL. So, if 2 ply is too thick for socks I think it will probably go toward a children's hat.


Here's another pic, this one showing my baby, Tinker Belle a little clearer. She wanted to inspect the yarny goodness, hoping for a loose end to be sticking out with which she could grab and run with to play. However, there were none so she made do with sniffing and attempting to chew the entire thing. Didn't work though - I caught her and got her down...AFTER I took the pic of course!

And yes, she is up on the table. I tried to get her down several times while trying to get pics taken but she kept jumping up immediately. She's stubborn like that...but not to fear, it was washed clean after the photo shoot, so no need to get all grossed out or anything. And don't hold that against me...please. Besides, what's a little cat hair between friends anyway eh? ROFL!! I'm kidding...don't be offended, like I said, it was cleaned well...the table that is.


Hmm...do I post this and let everyone out there think I'm gross or something because the cat got up on the table, or do I just shrug it off and not worry about what anyone thinks...hmm...what to do, what to do....

Edited to add: LOL @ the comments from Amy & Ruth about my buying sock yarn. I should explain that to my knowledge there is no LYS around here, we mainly buy yarn from places like Walmart or Michael's or some other craft store. And, for sock yarn, there isn't much selection that I have found. Michael's didn't have any! So, a lady there (at Michael's) referred me to this store that is about 20 minutes out of the city where they have some yarn. It isn't a very big store, and believe me they sell sock yarn! Well, they only have one kind, Paton's Kroy, and they had about 8 to 10 colours/patterns to choose from at most. The sock yarn goes FAST, so when you can get it you have to get it. I grabbed what I could! Found out a friend from school works at this store and she let me know when the order came in so I could go get some.

The balls are only small, 50 grams, so in order to make two socks for an adult and have enough, I need to buy 2 balls of whatever colour. That is probably why it looks like a lot. I did have left overs from when I did my green/blue/yellow pair (pic of that pair a few posts down), and I am just wondering if there is enough to do a pair of children's socks or not. I have been thinking of trying to make those cute little sweaters and socks that Ruth and some others had made at Christmas, but haven't quite decided on that yet.

Anyway, just wanted to elaborate on the amount of sock yarn lol...some of them will be made into children's socks, some for me...




7 comments:

amylovie said...

Wow! When you buy sock yarn, you buy sock yarn!

Amy

Sharon said...

Rocky gets up on the table all the time, bad cat. I am not grossed out by it at all.

Here in Australia 2ply, if you can get it is actually thinner than 4ply and if you use it you knit it double. However in the UK 2ply is usually shetland wool which is equivalent to our 4ply. Confusing isn't it??? So as to your 2ply I would do a google and see what comes up.

In reply to your comment on my blog about the Opal sock yarn, here in Australia we pay $20 AUD which I am thinking would be about $14.00 US so if you still have to add postage and exchange rates on top of that it works out to be a bit expensive.

Ruth said...

i echo amy's comments... hehe.
yea, i've been watching the olympics on and off. tonight is the ice skating long performances and i'm going to miss it because of SnB!! argh!! hopefully they'll do re-runs of it. =P

Shelley said...

LOL Amy & Ruth...yeah, I've edited my post to explain about the amount of yarn...lol. Besides, I am a newly addicted sock knitter so I needed to feed my addiction!

Wonderland Knitter said...

Cats and yarn, table or no table! I have so much help with one of mine I just give up! So never worry. What would yarn be without a cat or two to mess with it!

kittensmittens said...

Ophie has helped supplying different "fibers" on every one of my projects...

btw, the yarn you dyed looks great. I love bold colors like that.

Rachel said...

I don't think there's a cat owner in the world whose cats don't get on the table. If they tell you otherwise, either they're lying or their cats have them fooled. :)

Congrats on finishing the Irish Hiking Scarf! Can't wait to see pics.