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Category: yarn diet

Yarn Diet: False Start

While some people need to eat that huge piece of chocolate cake before starting a new food diet, I apparently need one (or three) last yarn purchases to prepare myself for months of stash knitting. Truthfully, I had intended to buy enough sock yarn to make two pairs of socks for my in-laws to thank them for all the babysitting they’ve been doing; however, I bought enough for three pairs! Bad knitter!

Lorna’s Laces (I’m in love) Shepherd Sock in Pewter for my stepfather-in-law,
Louet Gems in Fern Green for my mother-in-law
and Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Chocolate for me – the reason? I only own one pair of handknit socks. I don’t even know how that is possible. And with so much work to do in these two weeks, I’ve been bribing myself with the promise of lots of sock knitting. Some people eat chocolate, I knit chocolate colored yarn. At least I won’t gain any weight, right?
Finally, slow progress on Ida’s socks. I’ve finished the first one and started the second but now I’m just knitting a few rows here and there. I’ll pick them up again next weekend. Check out the cool striping!

Finally, go check out Kelley Petkun’s blog– she and her husband own Knit Picks, my favorite not-so-local yarn store! I found the link to her blog on the much needed, newly redesigned Knit Picks site!

Nancy: The Only Bush that Ought to be President

All politics aside, isn’t Nancy Bush the greatest?? I started the Child’s First Sock from Vintage Socks this week using some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport yarn in Boldly Red. I suspect that these socks will take a bit longer to knit because I stop to admire how the pattern is coming out every few rows!

The richness of this yarn was difficult for me to capture. Perhaps I’ll get The Photographer to take the FO photos!

Remember the Nancy Bush inspired socks? They might as well be called Elinor Can’t Read socks but nonetheless, I like how they turned out.

Pattern: mis-read Gentleman’s Sock in Railway Stitch from Nancy Bush’s Vintage Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish
Needle: US 2

I have finally finished a pair of socks for Aaron! I’m ashamed to admit that there are two other pairs of socks intended for him in the UFO pile. He was beginning to believe he’d never get a pair, I think!

Next, some stash expansion! First, J. Knits superwash sock yarn in ‘Newburyport’. I admit that I bought this yarn almost entirely because I used to live outside of Newburyport and I liked that the color was plum, as in nearby Plum Island! It was a total impulse buy, I admit it.

Next, some Koigu solid sock yarn that I bought yesterday on a quick trip to Kansas City. We were on the Country Club Plaza and when I pointed out that The Studio was only up the street, no one objected too loudly so I convinced them to let me pop in.
Given recent stash expansions, I have decided to go on a yarn diet. My last yarn diet lasted 14 months. I have incredible willpower. I need to jump back on the wagon because my stash is getting too big for my taste! I need to go track down one of those tacky tickers announcing how many days that it’s been since I bought yarn!!!

I’ll leave you with some really cool baby knitting: Saartje’s mom. Go check it out. I need to make a sweater just like that! I’d have to reconstruct the pattern but it doesn’t look too bad.