So, I was on this huge awesome roll of blogging for the last couple months. And then work happened.
As many of you know, I work in a municipal lab testing wastewater. It's a pretty good job. You can't beat the amount of sick time you can earn, and I get floating holidays coming out my ears. Sure, the poop factor is nasty, but I think it is part of the charm of my job. Most people have boring jobs no one wants to hear about. Me? I have a job where I can tell stories about used condoms falling on my arm (seriously....happened just last week).
Anyway, the job is pretty ok, and a major perk is that we are getting a brand spankin' new lab. Actually, it's done now, we are just tying up some loose ends before moving in. Because of this lab move my knitting time has gone out the window. I am working 11-12 hour days by the time I get home, all I can do is sit on the couch and bitch about how much I am at work. :)
So, hang in there. I am going to be trying to get back into the swing of blogging but it might be another week or two. I even have knitting to show off (that I finished awhile back). And, I am knitting a wee tiny bit. I have been making every effort to knit at least two rows on a baby sweater every day at work.
What have all of you been knitting? Have a good weekend. I promise I'll be back very shortly....knitting like crazy. :)
This week's Sunday Night Etsy Site is another shop that I have purchased things from in the past. It's Whimzy Pinzy!The bag above I just could resist a couple months ago when it was on her site. Perfect for sock knitting on the go. And, when I stopped by there before writing this post I oohed and aahed over the 'Sheepless Sock Yarn,' which is a bamboo/cotton blend:Might need to be adding some of that to the stash soon.
So, as you saw on Monday, I recently finished some Curling Tendril Socks as my March Stash Sock of the Month kit.
And, since I used the Artisan Sock yarn by Hazel Knits and it was new to me, I thought I would review it. Because, you know, I like to do that kind of thing here on the ol' bloggy blog. :)
As I have mentioned before, I bought this yarn at Sock Summit back in August. While I was first drawn to the sample sock knit out of this yarn, it wasn't long before I made my way to the mecca that was the Hazel Knits booth. And wow. It was amazing. Lots of color, lots of squooshy yarn, what's not to love!? I picked this colorway because I loved how it looked all knitted up in that sample sock. And, I was super happy that when I knit my own socks with it, it came out just like I remembered. Lovely with soft subtle color changes, just the way I wanted it to be.
When knitting with this yarn I found it be super easy on the hands. I mean, yeah, it's yarn, it's merino and nylon how bad can it be, right? But, I do think there are lots of yarn out there with that make up that are scratchy when you knit with it and the softness is found later after it's all knit together and washed. Not the case with this Artisan Sock. So soft while knitting it.
The other thing I really loved about this yarn is I found it to be very non-splitty. I don't know if it just how I knit or what, but it is not often that I can really say that I find a sock yarn to be non-splitty. Yarn is usually splitting on me like crazy when I am knitting with those little double pointed needles. Aha! Not the Artisan Sock.
I can't remember for sure what I paid for this yarn at Sock Summit, but the Hazel Knits website tells me that the yarn sells for $23.00. Super reasonable for sock yarn at 400 yards. As most of you know, that is about average. I actually would have been willing to pay a little more than that for this yarn. It's that good.
So, yeah, I think you all need to go get some Hazel Knits Artisan Sock as soon as possible. I plan to acquire some in the near future. And, I am imagining knitting it into a fantastic shawl. It's so soft and non scratchy, I think it will be the perfect yarn for those sock yarn shawls I am OBSESSED with.
Note: I was not compensated for this review. I just knit with this yarn and loved it so much I thought I would share my thoughts on it. I purchased this yarn during Sock Summit. For more information, please see my disclosure policy here.
Well, I have managed to be three for three on my Stash Sock of the Month Club I made for myself. It's been good on many levels:
1. I have been knitting the sock yarn stash. 2. This little self imposed sock club has been keeping me interested enough in yarn that I already own that I haven't really bought any sock yarn this year. Just one Zauberball because I really really wanted one for a long time and the new LYS in Arlington Heights had them. 3. I am knitting new patterns! I was starting to get into a knitting rut in a big way.
So, anyway, here are the March Socks, Curling Tendril:I love the simplicity of them, while still being just fancy enough with the winding lace on the leg. I love them! I loved the lace pattern so much that I continued it down the heel flap. I love the mirror image of the heels! These socks totally remind me of the Hedera-eque socks I knit almost two years ago. And those are one of my fav pairs of socks! So, it's nice to have these new babies. :)
So, what will next month bring? Who knows!? I have lots of good kits ready to go, and can't wait to see which one is randomly selected. :)
P.S. Stay tuned for Wednesday when I review the Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn that I used for these socks. You won't want to miss it.
Well, it's not ALWAYS about the yarn over here. I have been known to buy things on Etsy not fiber related. :)
Tonight's Etsy site is a good one: Doll Closet. If you have a little girl in your life who loves those American Girl dolls, you have to check out this Etsy site.
I have looked at how much the American Girl doll clothes cost from the actual AG store and it is not pretty. I mean, little girls abuse these dolls with love, things get lost, etc. and that is a lot of money to spend.
That's why you need to run over to Doll Closet for the perfect gift for that AG loving girl in your life. She makes these clothes so well, and they are very reasonably priced. And, they fit that doll perfectly!
So, my brother, Matt, is always asking that I knit him Nintendo/video game things. I did make him a Mega Man helmet, but I long to knit more things for him. Every now and then I find myself searching Ravelry for that perfect video game project. And, you know what? There are lots of good ones out there!
Ok, my spinning wheel has been getting quite the workout lately. I can't seem to stop. Spin, spin, spin. That's all I really want to do these days.
So, here is yet another skein of yarny goodness that I spun up recently:It's some Yarn Love Marianne Roving that I picked up at Sock Summit. It's the colorway Sock Star, which was their custom Sock Summit colorway from the Dye for Glory contest. This colorway was my absolute favorite (I also have a skein of their sock yarn in the same colorway) in that little Dye for Glory thingy. This is by far my favorite thing I have spun so far. It was so soft and easy to spin and I love the way the colors came out when I plied it. I ended up with about 165 yards of a 2 ply yarn. Still kind of thick and thin, and I think it falls mostly at a heavy worsted.
Someday I will figure out how to be a really good spinner and I will know all the lingo and stuff. Right now, all I know is I like to make pretty yarn. That's it. :)