Notes from the couch: Jersey Couture edition.
New spring break pullover! It’s stripy and wonderful — and super quick to knit. Dreamy, eh? All for only 3.5 skeins of Noro Taiyo in a kinda crazy set of colors.
I was inspired by the Equinox Raglan, but, in the end, the two don’t have much in common. And I’m okay with that. This one was knit with aran-weight yarn on US10.5/6.5mm needles — so a loose, almost airy kind of fabric that bloomed up very nicely after a quick soak.
(Okay, it might still be a bit damp …)
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 …
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
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.
p.s. I promise to stop with the Hipster-vision soon. Hipster-panorama.
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.
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!
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.
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!