I was recently reminded of those old games we used to play in the car as kids. You know what I mean – the ones where you had to find all the states on license plates? Or count the number of VW bug cars? Or find all the letters of the alphabet in signs (damn that Q – we always hoped there would be a La Quinta inn nearby!).
The theme of a lot of those games was connections. Each thing you found or said was in some way connected to what came next. So here are my connections.
I just finished knitting a beautiful shawl for my friend Helena in Wales. The finished shawl is so graceful and majestic – I think of it as eagle wings, but Wes called it the bat shawl, which I’m SURE Helena would appreciate.
The Pattern: Agatha
The Yarn: Sanguine Gryphon’s Kypria in A Fateful Plan and Wedding Gifts
The Needles: US 6’s
Coincidentally, as I was knitting Helena’s shawl, I was also making myself socks out of some sock yarn that she had dyed! The socks are simple, stockinette socks with a short row heel. Plain and simple. The yarn is a bit rustic – it feels like sturdy, warm wool. They are so cozy to wear and I love them – I’ve already worn them several times since finishing them! I cannot recommend the yarn highly enough, and this particular colorway just resonated with me!
The Pattern: My own plain vanilla sock
The Yarn: Midnight Sheep Superwash Sock in Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
The Needles: US 0’s
Socks! The connection this time is socks. This week I received a delightful gift, a love bomb if you will, from my friend Kippi. A while ago, perhaps 6 months, there was a particular skein I lusted after inexplicably. It was called Pickle Jar and was bright green, and wasn’t (and still isn’t) my best colorway, but I wanted that skein and some Pickle socks with a fierce passion. Well Kippi snatched that skein out from under me (all the while trying to talk me out of buying it for myself) and made me pickle socks! Thank you Kippi – you are a wonderful friend!