Wednesday, July 11, 2007

2 packages in 2 days!

My Secret Pal was the best. You can find her blog here but it is mostly in French, just so you know. I received two final packages this week, one right after another.

The first package was more yummy French yarn + yummy almond nougat:

So far no set plans for any of this but the brain is in motion. The royal blue yarn is 100% bamboo, 2 skeins of 89 yards - ridiculously soft. The tweedy-looking yarn is 52% cotton, 37% linen and 11% bamboo. 4 skeins @ 87 yards each. Plus the nougat, one bar of which has already been consumed.

And package the second:

Knitpicks Telemark (100% Peruvian Wool) in colour "Aubergine" 3 skeins @ 103 yards and 2 skeins of Knitpicks 100% Merino Gossamer, colour "Red Hat". No plans yet for the red hat, but the Aubergine just might do the trick for a scarf pattern that has been brewing in my head for a while. I thought about using it for this scarf, but I don't have quite enough yardage. Beautiful, eh? Check out her other patterns, they're gorgeous. I also picked up this pattern from her and I'm seriously eyeballing this one as well. But I think my to-knit list is long enough for the time being. That and the yarn budget is stretched thin lately. I'm going to try and get through this amazing stash I've accumulated before I buy anything else! (Yes, I know, the dreaded yarn diet...)

Speaking of de-stashing:

The first Monkey sock. I'm past the heel and I have to say that this is a truly addicting pattern. And that's coming from someone who is a self-proclaimed non-sock knitter. This is, by the by, the destashing of the schaefer anne yarn for anyone who's keeping score.

And the close up on the stitch pattern:

And, finally, a pic of the lacey rib anklets on the sock blockers:

Just in time to force me to continue destashing, there's going to be a Wheat Ear Cable Yoke KAL!


PHD Knitter said...

What a great secret pal! Your yarn packages look yummy. I have to admit I am loving knitting the monkey socks as well. Way to destash!

Lone Knitter said...

Oh, wow! A French secret pal? What fun. It looks as if you got spoiled!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Love your Secret Pal swag, how fun. And I agree that Monkey socks are completely addictive. What size needles are you doing them on? I ask because I have some Anne that I want to use and was thinking of using 0s...

gradschoolknitter said...

Yeah, I don't think I'm going to have much trouble going on a yarn diet considering how much my stash has increased as of late. I just have to figure out wonderful projects to showcase this yarn with!

As for the Monkey Socks, I'm using size 2 as recommended in the pattern but I've also paired it with a single strand of bamboo, the same (colour and everything) that was used to make this hat. It makes a bit of a bulkier sock, but they're going to be super warm and comfortable... and I just didn't want to mess with the gauge / charting of the monkey sock.

Kasia said...

Your socks look great! I wish I was more fluent in knitting socks ;) I am still learning, I guess :P Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I think that I will have to call Swiss and double check with my favourite bord-to-death hotline ;)