Monday, June 20, 2016

Uncle!

You know how I said I've been learning things as I knit socks?  Well, I've discovered something that has brought me to my knees- 9 inch circulars.  It's not a happy tale.

But, first, I'll tell you about the pretty yarn I'm using.  I don't know if I've posted any of the new yarn line I have been hoarding.  When Regina mentioned she'd be dying yarn on her podcast, I was excited for her, but I thought it might be out of my budget to order from Germany.

Then she announced her Vikings Colorway collection and I had to order.  Yes, I'm one of those people who buy yarn because it's inspired by something I like.  I was pleased to see that her yarn was actually very reasonably priced and ships faster than most yarns I buy in the states.  So I got some more.  And then some more.  Anyway, this is her Hydrangea Garden colorway, which has nothing to do with raiding and pillaging, but I had to have it.  Did my little phone pick up how beautiful these colors look together?  It's like summer, slightly faded by the sun.



That's not why I cried, "Uncle!"  That was a win.  My knitting stint with 9" circulars, however, was not.  It just didn't work for me.  Maybe it was the fact that I was beginning my sock in a dark theatre.

They showed The Godfather at the Jefferson Theatre for classic movie night and, since I'm having my own little vacation, I had to go.  It was the perfect experience for this movie.  It was packed and everyone laughed at the right parts- offers that can't be refused... horse heads- and it was as if I was seeing it for the first time.

The tiny circular did make it easier to transport and not lose stitches.  But, I kept knitting on them until the cuff was finished, well after the movie, and I was still having flow problems.


I think it's because I need the leverage of longer needle tips to flick in English style and get a tight gauge without hurting my wrists.  My wrists have been aching a little for a couple of days and I think it's from the tiny circs.

So, when I got to the heel flap, I switched to my long magic looper and am finishing with it.   I have successfully knit all of my socks this year on 0s and 1s without RSI, I don't want to muck with that now.


Maybe I'll try again one day.  But this is Staycation Week for me, so I'm doing only stuff I like, the way I like.  Here's a peek at one of my packages from Herbstblatt Regina.  There's a Hydrangea mini skein, which is what hooked me, a colorway inspired by Floki from Vikings (which is totally how I look if I wear makeup to knit outside in summer), and Vanilla Cupcake.

(ravelry, kollabora, instagram, and flickr)

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