Monday, August 18, 2008

A Picot Edge

My girlfriend, Debbie W., loves a picot edge on her knitted socks. Her version of The Galvez Sock sports a picot edge and looks so nice (see debyknits on Ravelry)! So, I decided I would try the picot too! The yarn pictured is ONLine Supersocke 100 in an orange stripe colorway. (I can't find the darn label) The picot is definitely fun to do and makes a really nice top edge. I have cute little orange picots peeking up over my green stripe in stockinette. I am really hoping I can duplicate this for the second sock. I did pay attention to where in the colors I started my cast on. At least, I think I did.....
What great Fall socks this is going to make! I have been daydreaming about Fall and fireplace weather. It has been so hot; can't even begin to describe it!
Joe and I had a busy weekend. We really hadn't anticipated it as we have tried to stay pretty low key on weekends since our marathon of company a few weeks ago. Saturday we had tickets to THE Kenny Chesney Poets and Pirates Concert at Reliant Stadium. There were several people with him - Keith Urban, Leann Rimes, Gary Allen and Luke Bryan - so we knew it was gonna be several hours of music. We left home at 2pm and returned at 1am. It was a GREAT concert, to say the very least! As one of Barbara's little grandsons' would say, "we got a great day" and I got a Kenny Chesney Tour t-shirt! Joe held up pretty well although he did realize that he doesn't have nearly enough "padding" on his backside for sitting that long. We saw George Michael a couple of weeks ago at Toyota Center and we saw Tim McGraw at Cynthia Woods. Having said that these are all favorites of mine; George Michael has been the best performance; really incredible. Tim McGraw is realllllly nice to look at... Sunday turned out to be a family day as all of Joe's kids AND grandkids were in for the day. Willies was the lucky restaurant that got all 18 of us (9 children; including 2 - 2yr olds and 1- 3 yr old) for lunch! Everyone was fairly well-behaved most of the time! We got home in time to watch Monday night baseball; my favorite program to knit by.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Crystal Palace Yarn's New Panda Soy

Finding a box of yarn in your mail box is one of those fabulous joys in a knitter's life! (the walk back from the mail box always includes shrieking and the happy dance with lots of twirls) The box I received was from Susan at Crystal Palace Yarns. It was full of full of Panda Silk, Panda Silk DK, AND.....the brand new, not yet available, Panda Soy sock yarn! Susan has requested a sock pattern in the yarn pictured below. It is called Cocoa Mint #2001. It looks just like chocolate mint ice cream according to my friend Barbara! Experiencing Panda Soy will be an absolute MUST for every sock knitter. Panda Soy is so soft; it glides along my needles like a dream. Even though it is loosely plied as other Crystal Palace Panda yarns; I don't find that to be a negative aspect at all. It seems to make this yarn even softer! The colors in the pics below are not exactly true to the yarn. There is more mint green and less blue in this colorway. I will take more pics as this design project progresses. I have begun to swatch with Panda Soy. Below is a mini sampler of stockinette and garter to see how the colors fall in the knitting. I really like how they look in reverse stockinette but forgot to snap that picture!
One more snapshot for good measure! If you are a MarketStreet DayKnitter; you will be seeing this yarn on Thursdays!