First up, the love for socks is definitely back!


I just finished a pair of socks for the boyfriend’s brother (the fact that he is visiting town this weekend was probably a good motivating factor) – I got the second sock knit in 2 days! It’s not one of those huuuuge man socks, just a bit longer on both the cuff and foot than I do for myself. But, it is out of Lorna’s Laces on 2 mm. So I’m pretty proud of that. Photos to come.

The sock above is from the class on sock knitting I taught the last two weeks – the second week we did a short-row heel, so mine’s in the middle of the foot now. It’s Colinette Jitterbug, which despite it being quite thick, I’m knitting on 2 mm needles as well – and it’s still not really as tight a fabric as I’d like. The colours are awesome though, and it feels really lovely.

Today I went to that shiny, glitteriest of all stores, the bead store…Arton. I may have spent much more than I intended to. I did used to do a lot of beading when I was a kid, mainly a lot of daisy chains. I suppose I never really learned the “right” way with crimp beads and pliers and such, but my creations still turned out well! I’m embarking on a bit more of an ambitious project though…a multi-stranded, short-ish necklace out of mainly fiery red crystal and stone beads (with a few clear and gold thrown in) with a cool magnetic slide lock clasp and yes, crimp beads.

I have to go back tomorrow for the crimp beads, since I had no idea what I was doing when I was in the store and forgot a couple things. Like…proper cord. I did buy some, but it’s not quite right. So, tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

12 Responses to “the dark side”

  1. Kelly

    That yarn colour is beautiful! Can’t wait to see the finished socks. Not to mention the beaded necklace…

  2. The Procrastiknitter

    I’m so glad that the love is back! Good for you! I am in some severe love for the socks myself. Any hints?

    The colors look yummy! Can’t wait to see them finished!

  3. Kathy

    Those colors are gorgeous! I’m sitting here loving the yarn and then I realized that I bought the Jitterbug in that same colorway last November! Still unknit, but seeing it knit up has moved it higher on my list!

  4. Audrey

    I have a thing for teal. That yarn is probably the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Your brother in law is too lucky!

  5. Mary

    I envy you Arton! I found it once – when in TO for a meeting – was so excited to go back (for another meeting) the next year – in the summer this time – and it was closed for vacation!

    Wonderful knitting. I love the red lace cardi on Knitty. Thanks!

    Mary in PEI


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