Noro!

Phew. Spring break–even if it’s still winter, technically–didn’t come a moment too soon.
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I’ve spent some time knitting … we’ll see if this version of a stripey Noro pullover comes together.
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps …

socks! glorious socks!

Another pair of slouchy socks.  This time in Cascade 220 turquoise pebble (darker) and pacific (lighter).

And a bit of morning sunshine to show them off.

At the moment, these socks are all I really want to knit.  They’re so simple, so fun, so budget-friendly … and so quick.  Pretty much everything it feels like the rest of my life isn’t.  I mean, dissertations take forever.  So a sock in an evening or two?  That feels like accomplishment.

A row here, a row there: voilà! a finished sock.  I find it all very satisfying.

These are destined to be a gift.  And I’m not sure there’s anything cozier than worsted socks.  Even on a Monday …

Alice approves

Alice approves.
… these socks.

They started out life as that extra yarn my advisor gave me.  A box-full of Cascade 220 in various heathered shades … one or two skeins of each color, so not a lot to work with in terms of cardigans or large projects or what have you.  I dithered.  Finally, last week it hit me: socks!  Cozy, woolly, slouchy worsted socks.

The King of Socks, if you will

turtle & celery

And I decided to get stripy with it.  Kind of a melting transition pattern from the main color into the contrasting color, which is how they got their name: turtle + celery.  They are quick, easy, cheap, and totally addictive.  My pair for ladies’ feet took less that one skein of two colors.

I’ve already got at least two other pairs planned … just from the advisor yarn.

turtle & celery

p.s. I promise to stop with the Hipster-vision soon.  Hipster-panorama.

ho hum.

The blue table is back!  It’s a glorious sunny day here in Nashville — which feels a bit odd after a couple of weeks of Washington winter drear — and I decided to take full advantage of the surprise.

What you might not be able to see: this is the almost end of the last chart of Leaves of Grass … so close to the knit-on edging.  So very far from a finished shawl.

I really am in love with this yarn.  It’s woolly and colorful and very tweedy.  Perfect.

I bought some more in another color — thistle, a slightly shocking purple — and am already daydreaming about one more gigantic shawl.  Or maybe a cardigan.  Or pullover.

merry happy!

From my corner of the world to yours: here’s to relaxing, restoring holidays full of woolly love, handknit warmth, and maybe a festive cocktail or two!

laundry!

Alice had to stay behind in Nashville, unfortunately, so no Northwest Christmas for her … though I doubt she would have relished the opportunity to meet my parents’ gigantic (but very sweet and flail-y) new dog.

Life in Washington is trucking along … and it’s good to be back.  Catching up on neighborhood gossip and all those “do you remember so-and-so from high school?” stories.  Even though I haven’t really lived here since heading off for college (in 1998! oh, how time flies), it’s still home.  And I suspect it always will be, this damp old mill town.

laundry!

As always, thanks for reading.  Over the years (5: how could that be?!) this space has become another little home, so important to me and my crafty life in so many delightful, surprising ways.  So onward into 2012!