Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Goodwill Haul!!

I was shopping at Goodwill yesterday for basket for the schools silent auction in April.  I make a point to swing trough the craft section as long as I'm there.  Yesterday, I scored!

The yarn with a label is Noro Silk Garden sock,  Approx $20 a ball.

Ball #1 (rewound by me) seems to be a tight twist fingering weight.  Very similar to Cascade Heritage Paint

Ball #2 (rewound by me) seems to be a halo-ey fingering weight.  So it likely contains some mohair or alpaca.  (Mohair is common in sock yarn as it lends strength and pill resistance.)  Very similar to Mountain Colors Bearfoot.

Ball #3 (rewound by me) seems to be a DK weight hand dyed.  It appears to be 100% wool based on a burn test.

So no matter how I slice it - it was a huge score for the $6 I paid for it!!

Knit on!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A bit dusty...

Yeah - blogging took a back seat for awhile there.  Not sure if I'll be posting much, but I have had the urge the last few years, I just never acted on it.

So yesterday, in a fit of cleanliness, I cleaned up my crafting room.  It wasn't completely spur of the moment.  I needed a birthday card in December and realized I had pretty much completely used my stash of cards - or at least my stash of cards that I liked.  Which made me decide it was time to rededicate myself to having a stash of birthday/sympathy/blank cards lying around for use when needed.

And here are some of the results:

I'm using mostly old supplies - and it feels good to use some of those up!!

And this last one makes me particularly happy.  Since I haven't stamped in awhile, I thought that using a sketch would be a great place to start.  So here is my version of CAS(e) This Sketch #205:

And sorry for the generally crappy lighting/angles.  It's early and a very grey morning.  I'll try better next time!

And as for knitting - there has been a TON!  In 2016, I set a general goal to knit at least 12 pairs of socks - or one per month.  Well, I crushed that.  I finished my 20th pair on Dec. 30th!  And I'm off to a rocking start for 2017.  I'm not sure if I want to voice it, but I would love to knit 24 pairs this year - or 2 per month.  Possible, maybe?  And as proof, here is pair #2 for the year, knit for a workout buddy who loves funky socks:

 Basic 60 stitch sock, knit with Knitpicks Hawthorne (in the colorway Goose Hollow) on US 1.5 (2.5mm) needles.  I added a 6 stitch cable to make them a little more interesting to knit.  This is my new go-to pattern I guess, because my 3rd pair like this is on the needles (and it's only Jan 24th!!)

Let's see if blogging sticks...

Knit on!