Is anybody out there still reading? Really, it has been a long time.
Almost calls for a yarn-give-away contest:
Why did I disappear from blogland for so long
a) Iceland decided against internet technology and cut down all connections
b) I'm pregnant (as so many other bloggers out there!) and was indisposed
c) I stopped knitting!
Well, let's stop here. None of it is true but the fact that I was in a state of ailing. Nothing to worry though. At least not anymore.
But enough of that. I'll better jump right back into the knitting blabber.
First of all and most important (sorry, Melanie for letting you wait so long!)
I received my Sockapaloooza socks!
I love them, they are so squashy, comfy and warm. Perfect for roaming inside as is advisable in the approaching winter weather.
Melanie (visit her blog Dandelion Spinnery, beautiful name!) demanded for a some pictures since she forgot to take them, or more like hurried so much to have them sent off. She went through quite a frenzy to knit socks for me! Her first pair turned out too small for my giant feet. I was so sorry to hear about that, not only for all the work she had obviously put into the knitting but she also knitted them in handspun yarn. Wow! The second attempt was stopped by her after gathering that I am not really into blue socks. Gosh - stupid to say now - but I wouldn't have minded. Anyway, third time is a charm and Melanie surprised me with these beautiful grey-shaded luxuriously soft (and fitting!) socks! I really do love them and don't regret for a second having participated in the Sockapaloooza exchange. Thank you, Melanie, thank you Alison!
One pair of socks in, another - almost - going out. The last weeks of the fading summer have been dominated by the Toasty Toes sock exchange chez sheepandnocity.
Don't be fooled by the poor progress on the picture (and the green grass...) Both socks are knitted up to the desired cuff lengths. I am merely contemplating a cute hem or a clever cast-off.
The picture, however, was taken to compare a sock knitted with alternating bits of the skein (right side) to one knitted up just straight (left side). The former (advised) method in order to avoid pooling did not appeal to me. On the other hand, my sockpal said she is not very much for self-striping yarn. Are these stripes? Hard to deny... I do hope, she doesn't mind. I really did not see them coming - and they are not to avoid without terrible pooling effects. Sigh.
In other news, purely knitting related for now, there
I knitted an hourglass sweater from the Last Minute Knitted Gifts pattern book. The yarn was some silk blend, almost as requested for in the book. Only difference: in opposition to the Noro Iro (for approx. US$20/100g) the yarn did only cost me 13US$ per 100g. Okay, it's "only" Tussah silk but it knitted up very nicely. No picture of the finished sweater because I still haven't grafted under the arms and I cannot stop the body's hem from curling upwards. Damn...
Next big project will be a scarf. I already have some wonderful Alpaca lace yarn (Dicentra Design) from Teyani's Crown Mountain Farm.
I originally chose the yarn to knit an Icarus scarf. I felt, looking at the picture in the IK that the name Icarus calls for a more dramatic colour. Not quite singe-black maybe but a hot burning fiery sun colour. Paprika it is. What do you think?
Only problem remaining to get me started is the inexplicable disappearance of my IK summer 2006 issue.
But the time searching for it is better spend adding the finishing touches to my Toasty Toes socks. They will have to leave very soon!