- December 18, 2014
- tags: props
The Chez Violence Home for Wayward Knitting Props is adding a wing. Or maybe it’s just a room? However we’re justifying it, I am now the proud owner of a Nifty Old Trunk.
Some time, when I have a bit of free time, I really must see what I can find out about our friend E. L. Bergan. The tag says he or she sailed from South Hampton to New York on the Queen Marry on 4-2-49 (my guess is that is February fourth, but it could be April second). This feels like it should be enough to start investigating. But on the off chance anyone reading has an E. L. Bergan as a relative and wants to end the suspense now, do let me know!
Sock the first is done (that’s him, smugly pleased with his blocked state, there in the background). Sock the second has a leg, a heel, and even a gusset. He only needs 43 rows and a toe to be finished (yes, yes I do count rows and keep an obsessive mental tally of how much is done versus how much remains…it’s totally a valid lifestyle choice).
With any luck, the finishing of the socks will coincide with the holidays. That will mean The Boy will actually be home during daylight, and I can get some lovely modeled shots and get these out fairly early in the new year (fairly early meaning ‘still winter around these parts’ not ‘your Christmas lights are still seasonally appropriate’).
These are growing on me the more I work on them. Of course by now I’m starting to get a bit itchy for some lime green or maybe some orange, but as far as stately browns go, these are awfully pretty. Christine does good yarn!
There is no sun. The sun is gone. The sun will never shine again. It will be gray, and probably sleeting, until the end of time. This means I will never get a good picture of this sock. We’ll just have to accept this and move on. We can console ourselves with knitting.
I’ve still got to get The Boy to try it on to make sure it’s the right length before I graft the toe. But I’m pretty sure it is, which means I’m pretty sure this counts as a finished sock. That’s worth a blog post, whether or not the sun ever shines again.
Now that the books with goody bags have found their way to their new homes, I wanted to do a little post to show everyone what was in there (seriously, I’ve been getting questions from folks asking). If you’re one of the folks who is waiting to open your package for some reason and doesn’t want the surprise spoiled, you should run away now!
Now, my natural inclination was to fill these things with a bit of actual glitter. But because that would have led to swearing and cursing of my name (not to mention vacuuming…and who needs more of that), I restrained myself to just using glitter tape. That seemed much more civilized.
Starting on the left there is an adorable tape measure from Spud & Chloë. If you’re anything like me, your tape measures are always going missing (I assume your tape measures and my tape measures are all off at a swanky party together without us). This one so cute it should be easier to hang on to!
Next up we’ve got Allure fiber wash from Bijou Basin Ranch. Everything Bijou does is amazing (I just may have some more of their yarn on its way to me for a new project), and I was so excited to hear they’d launched a fiber wash. I’ve washed several of my own projects in this, and I love it.
Then we’ve got a super handy needle gauge from Knitter’s Pride. This is another one of those things that non-knitters just don’t understand how we could need so many of, while knitters know you always need about two more than you currently have. I love how portable this one is and plan to tuck it in my travel knitting bag (because despite the best intentions, I totally cannot tell a 1.5 from a 2, and that leads to all sorts of headaches).
And finally, a wee baggy of my very favorite stitch markers. I find them super useful (light weight, removable, don’t snag, fit anything up to about a size 9 needle). I tucked about two dozen in each baggy, but if you’re the sort who needs a lot of stitch markers, you can find them in bulk (around 300 of them for under ten bucks) over here.
They’re all things that have a happy home in my knitting tool kit, and I hope they’ll be useful in yours! Many thanks to the fine folks at Spud & Chloë, Bijou Basin Ranch, and Knitter’s Pride for donating these goodies. And tremendous thanks to all of you who were lined up to get them when the sale opened (crashing the server has now moved from being a source of panic to being a source of tremendous amusement). I’ll have to see what sort of fun I can put together for next time!
The sock has grown. It’s funny how that happens when you actually sit down and knit on it. But despite the growth, it still may not be the most exciting thing in the world (a few more inches of plain ribbed sock is still plain ribbed sock). I’m holding out hope for the additional swoops at the toe to wake me back up again.
Meanwhile, you can all distract yourselves with the adorable project bag. It’s from Three Bags Full, and it’s marvelous. I’ll have to show them off better in another post, but there are wee pockets and elastics inside to hold your various notions in place. And the bag is plenty big enough for both socks (even though I’m using two full skeins of heavy yarn to make nice fat socks). I totally love it.