Wednesday, November 14, 2007

One Down...

Well, I have finally finished the first of my Yukon Leaves socks! I'll have to cast on for the second one and get cracking at it soon...don't want to get second-sock-syndrome!

I am enjoying this pattern. It is an easy knit and doesn't take too long to complete a 12-row section. The only thing I changed from the pattern (other than doing it on 4 needles instead of 5 like it says in the pattern), was to do the normal toe decrease I do on most (or all) of my socks. This one had a totally different way of decreasing and I didn't know if I would like that, so rather than not be satisfied with the outcome, I chose to do the toe decrease I like.

I was afraid I might run out of yarn so I didn't make the leg as long as normal, but with the amount of yarn I had left over I think I would have been safe in doing one more reapeat in the leg and had enough to get through it. Sorry you can't see the pattern so well, but I feel the darker colour is hiding it some. It can be seen pretty good in real life though - just not so well in the pictures.

I am really satisfied with this colourway. I wasn't sure at first if I would like it because it is not something I normally gravitate towards, but while knitting it up I grew to really like it. This is the KPPPM yarn I got in Insa-Dong last month.

On Monday, I got the latest order from The Loopy Ewe. I ordered another one of Monica's patterns - the Victorian Swag Socks, and I think it is going to be really pretty with the yarn I chose. I ordered 2 skeins (or are these called hanks?) of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Flamingo Stripe (507) colourway. I've never used Lorna's Laces, but I've read a lot of good things about it. This yarn feels so soft and skishy (my word for squishy) and I can't wait to work with it. On a little sidenote, sorry for the way the picture is positioned. I tried the "no layout" selection to see how that would work...dont' think I like it because of all the space it leaves around the sides of the picture...

Here's a closeup of the yarn. As per usual, the colours are off a little in the picture. The lark pink is brighter, and the light pink is pinkier than in the picture (which makes it look closer to white). I don't know if this is a self-striping yarn or not, but I'll find out when I knit it up, unless someone mentions it in the comment section.

Also included in my order was a pattern and some yarn for the Loopy's Red Sock Kit, which makes a little sock you can use as an ornament or decoration or little "bag" to present some money or something small to someone. That was a sweet gesture to include it in the order. I'm going to have to knit that up soon as well!

In other news, I finally got my Fleece Artist yarn spaghetti all untangled. I'm using that for the last pattern of Monica's that I bought (Dancing Tulips) and I think it will look pretty in the colours of the yarn - it will look nice and spring-like I think. When I get that one started I'll take a picture to update the progress.

Well, I have today off as the kids who are going to high school next year are writing some sort of entrance exams today so classes at my school are cancelled (yay!). I got some knitting done already, but now I need to do some chores (darn chores). Me and two of my friends in the building (Sarah and Tamara) are going to venture to a Korean hair dresser today and attempt to get our hair cut and possibly coloured (Sarah might go for highlights). I hope it all turns out well for us. Anyway, must get the chores done before I meet the girls in a couple of hours for our excursion into the world of Korean hairdressing!

Happy Knitting!


Kelly said...

ohhhh love that new sock yarn!!!
Good luck with the hair cutting.... I just don't know that I could do it!

Knitting Mama said...

I own two skeins of Flamingo too, and not sure what to make with it, I was thinking of doing the Campanela for the Cure Socks, if I spelled that right. The socks that were made to raise money for the breast cancer walk. There is a KAL going on for that, but the socks are made in pink! The Yukon socks are nice!

Janice said...

Great socks! I love the colorway and the pattern! Also a very fun box from the Loopy Ewe! (I always love getting boxes of yummy goodness from Sheri!) I bet those socks will be beautiful as well!

Karen said...

Your "Swags" are going to look great in that yarn. I love the Yukon Leaves sock, such a pretty colorway. Happy Knitting!

Tara said...

Great work in the socks. And how cool is that that you're finding KPPPM in Korea?!?!

Rachel said...

I hope you'll post a picture of your haircut/color results!

I really love the color of the Yukon Leaves sock. Beautiful pattern and yarn. Like you, I tend to use my favorite heels and toes regardless of what the pattern calls for. It's nice how those can pretty much just be swapped in and out of any sock pattern.

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Nice socks! The yarn delivery looks like you're in for some happy knitting. ;-)