I've just joined another "blog". its the Slow Poke KAL and the premise is you just knit socks at your own pace and blog about them. I decided to do it since I've been having trouble with the second sock later. I've got one Java Rib completed but haven't cast on for number 2 yet. Which is stressing out my daughter as they are to be for her.
I ordered, and received Sea Wool Sock Yarn from Fleece Artist, and couldn't resist so I casted on the River Rapids sock pattern from "SockBug". I love the pattern and the yarn. Its great fun to knit with. Goes fairly quickly as it is a bit thicker than I usually work with and the yarn feels great in the hands. Will feel good on the feet as well. Now the question is will I keep these or give to my mother. She really needs a new pair.
I really wanted to show you a picture of all the roving I spun on my hand spindle, however when I went to ply it I got it all jumbled up and decided that life was too short to worry about yarn that wasn't all that great anyway and tossed the whole cop! The first cop I plied turned out quick nice and i was able to knit up a little ruffled wrist cuff thingy...I still have enough roving to do one to match if I get to it and spin it up. The stuff I just threw out was quite nice. I've getting better and better at the drip spindle. I am hoping it will help me when I get my new wheel.
I also joined a "Monkey" kAL as well. It starts tomorrow so i hope I'll be able to keep up with them as well. I still haven't decided yarn to use. I see that Cookie has done hers with a varigated, but I would hate to lose any of the pattern. I wonder how Lisa Souza's "Gendarme Colorway" would knit up in that pattern? Great blocks of color to stripey? I don't think I would want stripes with such a busy pattern. Hmmm...maybe I'll finish this River Rapid and try swatching for the Monkey Socks.
Work day tomorrow. I'm in the midst of trying to organize a First Aid team for the Mine Rescue competitions. I've known I had to do it all year, however have procrastinated enough that now it is upon me! So I'll be busy for the next little while, but may be able to get in some knitting during the practices.