Sockspiration

I got home from work on Tuesday, and all I could think about was my Turtlepurl yarn.  I bought it a few weeks ago in Toronto, and it’s been waiting patiently for me, alluring, perfectly wound into a cake.  The colours, the possibilities… So naturally, I got home, made a coffee, turned on the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (which I have been unashamedly marathoning), and started searching Ravelry.

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Yarn, coffee, and Ravelry – what else do I need!

 

I’ve had two sock patterns in my queue for quite some time, the Hermione Everyday Socks, and the Petty Harbour socks, but neither of them seemed quite right for this yarn.  I thought long and hard about the Petty Harbour pattern – I liked the pairing of a Canadian dyed yarn and a pattern named after a place in Newfoundland, but ultimately, with a vibrant yarn, I felt that I needed a subtle pattern, and I decided on Laura Linneman’s Afterthought Heel Sock, a basic sock which won’t disrupt my stripes at the instep.

The thing is, I really shouldn’t be starting another project.  I am more than two-thirds of the way finished with Gryffindor Scarf #1, and I really want to finish it within the week, and I have two other pairs of socks already on my needles! I have a very simple, plain sock that is excellent for when I’m travelling into the City, and the other is a more detailed, intricate lace pattern, which required full attention and only a few rows get done in one sitting.

But when you have yarn as pretty as my Turtlepurl is, just sitting, waiting to become something even more beautiful, the cast on was inevitable.

Just look at that sweet self striping action!
Just look at that sweet self striping action!

Works in Progress, and Works to Come

I am sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I am not a patient person, which is why my favourite kinds to projects to work on are usually quick with instant satisfaction.  But, inevitably, there comes along a project or two that take longer to complete.  That is what I am working on right now, two projects in particular that are not your average quicky project.

The first project I started in December, and at this point, I’m only about half done.  It is a pattern I purchased from one of my favourite LYS, and I know that it will look awesome once it’s finished, but the pattern is all ribbing. Inches and inches of ribbing.  I’m making it with a lovely colourway from James C. Brett’s Marble Chunky, so the only thing that is quieting my impatience is, well, looking at the pretty colours.  It’s not necessarily a large project, and it transports well, so I’ve found it to be a great project to take along to my knitting night on Wednesdays. Because the pattern is simple, I don’t have to concentrate on the knitting as much, and I’m able to keep up with the engaging conversations.

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My simple shrug

 

My other larger project is not quite as transportable.  In fact, it has some weight to it.  This project is an garterlac baby blanket for my sister’s friend, who is having her baby in March.  Over the holidays, we all got together, and my mum and sister so generously suggested that a blanket would be a lovely shower gift.  Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled to be making a gift for her baby, but the blanket was suggested with less than a month until the shower.  So in early January, mum and I went and bought numerous balls of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn, and I proceeded to start this blanket.  What has been great is knowing I have a definite completion date I have to hit, and the yarn is bulky so it’s knitting up fairly quickly.  However, all other projects have taken a back seat to this blanket.  And, I must say it has been lovely knitting this blanket because as I knit along, the project rests in my lap and keeps me rather warm!

Garterlac Baby Blanket - WIP
Garterlac Baby Blanket – WIP

Because these two projects have been monopolizing my time, I haven’t wanted to start new projects.  Once the blanket is finished, I will begin work on the projects in my queue.  There is always the excitment that comes from starting a new project, and I honestly can’t wait to *gasp* BUY THE YARN!

What do I have on the horizon?

  • My fantastic boss has asked for a pair of yoga socks.  Yay sock yarn!  For this, I’ve got my eye on the Yarnspirations pattern.
  • My dad has asked for a ‘Maple Leaf Hat,’ and I quote, “because, you know, the Canadian 150th anniversary is coming up in two years, and I want to be prepared.”  Thanks to a Ravelry search, I’m likely going to make a Maple Leaf Toque from A Fresh Yarn, but with greys, not white and black, and I’m toying with the idea of omitting the rolled brim and instead doing a simple ribbed bottom with ear flaps.  My dad would totally rock some ear flaps.
  • Finally, my mum has put the bug in my ear that she liked Through the Woods hood from KnitPicks.

Eventually, I’ll cast on my Midwinter Cardigan.  Pattern is purchased, yarn is bought… the only thing I need is more time!