Yarn Along

book + chocolate + a bubble bath = my idea of a good time!

book + chocolate + a bubble bath = my idea of a good time!

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I was craving a page turner and an addictive knit, and I sure got what I asked for!

Last week I could not put down these rainbow leg warmers.  Each stripe knit up so quickly, that it was easy to say “oh, I’ll just keep knitting till I finish the next stripe.”  And on and on until I’d knit a pair of leg warmers in a week.  I may have been motivated to finish them while G was also captivated by them; she kept wanting to try them on and asking me when they would be done.  Such a rare, sweet response to my knitting!  My hands have been feeling a little sore since these came off the needles, so I probably overdid it with my enthusiasm.  Looks like I’ll need to cast on a new project in some thicker wool. You know, to rest my hands.

I heard about this book on a podcast, and was lucky enough to find it right away at our used book store.  Such a deal!  Part mystery, part ghost story, this suspenseful novel spans decades and characters, and had me instantly captivated. I can’t wait to see how all their tales weave together and what the ending brings.  I’ve been taking it into the bath with me, and going to bed even earlier to read it.  Last night I definitely stayed up past my bedtime, I was so hooked!

Warning: a child dies and the mother grieves intensely, which isn’t for everyone.  I’m not sure if it’s the writing or my pregnancy hormones (likely both), but it can be a bit of a tear-jerker.

Reading: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Knitting: Rainbow Legwarmies, my own pattern. Ravelry notes here.

At The End of the Rainbow

At the end of a rainbow, you typically find a Leprechaun and a pot o’ gold, right?  Well in my fantasy land, it’s a pirate chest full of sock yarn and finished socks!

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  • Pattern: The Yarn Harlot’s Basic Sock Recipe (free here)

  • Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn in color 182, 250 yards

  • Needles: US size 1 32-inch Addi Turbos (holla, Magic Loop!)

  • Mods: None.  This is a choose-your-own-adventure sock recipe that urges you to knit to your own guidelines.  It’s my go-to pattern for plain socks.

I was really excited to try my hand at knitting up some Noro socks.  I love the colors, and was particularly enchanted with this colorway.  Who doesn’t love a little rainbow on a rainy spring day?  The colors were magically blended together, and it was a joy to watch them mingle and change over the course of 2 socks.

If you have heard that this yarn is scratchy, it is.  Not unbearably so, but it’s no merino to be sure.  That said, I didn’t mind knitting with it one bit.  My problem came later, after I finished the first sock and tried it on over and over again.  It stretched out and stayed that way.  There is hardly any elasticity to the yarn, and I fear that over time the socks will become malformed, better suited to an animal with stump legs than to a human with flat feet.

But I’m wearing them anyway, because they’re just so darn cheery.

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They are a little itchy, though.  A long soak in some Eucalin and a blocking softened them up slightly, and I hear that the yarn really blooms and softens after a proper washing.  We’ll see….

My other note is that the skein is fairly generous at 462 yards.  I could have easily made a pair of knee socks from this.  Instead, I think I’ll make wrist warmers with the leftovers.

Enjoy your weekend!