Yesterday I had a grand adventure!
I got to ride a train.
I know many of my readers will say "So what? I do it every day."
But what many don't understand is that Seattle has abysmal public transit. If I lived in the city, there would be no train option to get around. Living in the suburbs like I do would give me a train option if I needed to get downtown to work. But I don't work downtown. I work 10 minutes from my home. So no need for trains.
But yesterday? I (along with three of my knitting friends) rode the train to Portland Oregon--about 3.5 hours each way. And then, when we got to Portland, we walked all over the Pearl District and shopped at yarn stores, and ate lunch out, and ate dinner out! A perfect day--even if did rain a bit on us!
I had decided that I was going to spend my day looking for special fingering weight yarns so I can make more socks! I can't believe that I finally tackled my first pair of socks this year, that I lived to tell about it, and that I want to make more. They are such a nice portable little project to have on the go. I am happy to say that I stuck to my goal--and came home with some beautiful yarn--some Lorna Laces, Madeline Tosh, a hand dyed, and some Shibui. Want to see?
As far as knitting goes....well, I have been working on my sweater for Lyddie and have made some nice progress--I just did not photograph it today. Oh, and the kitty project mentioned last week did not see any progress so no new pictures of it either.
I did cast on a pair of socks though! These are my Sweet Coriolis by Cat Bordhi. I am using More Twist For Your Sox, and hand dyed fingering from Myra at Fancy Image Yarns. I am totally in love with this pattern and think it is perfect for this yarn. I am really anxious to try her sweet tomato heel--I have watched videos and it looks amazing. The other technique used in this pattern is her hungry stitch technique-designed to help snug up those pesky ssk's which can be looser and sloppier than their sister stitch, k2together. I hated those sloppy ssk's in my first pair of socks--no matter what I did, they did not meet my personal standards. I am right now thinking that Cat is a genius.
The last little treat I have to show you is my mystery shawl kal ---designed and hosted by Michelle (Knit Purl Hunter). I am using Rylie yarn by Skacel in the color Abalone and I think this will be the most beautiful and drapey shawl when it is finished!
Happy yarn week everyone!