Here is July in a nutshell: Getting promoted (yay!) meant moving offices away from most of my colleagues (boo!) to an office in the basement (double boo!) which at first appeared ugly (boo!) and was shockingly muggy (double boo!) until a hidden switch was flipped from “winter” to “summer.” The office turned out to be quite nice after a paint job, furniture rearranging feng shui, and some attitude adjustment from yours truly. As my friend’s mom would say “You can do this, or you can do it and enjoy it.” In other words, attitude is everything. And new yarn helps.
I am not much for the impulse buys, but while I was in the throes of The Big Office Move Which I Was Just Sure Would Negatively Impact My Enjoyment Levels, I thought “I have to get my hair cut anyway, perhaps I’ll just pop into the yarn store down the street and see what their Kureyon looks like.” You know, take the edge off. Surprisingly, because they don’t carry a lot of yarn to begin with, my ExtremelyLYS had Kureyon 170 – my current Kureyon fave. I have plans to make a striped sweater like Michelle’s, but I settled for one skein to start a Lizard Ridge (or a Lizard Ridge yarn collection, depending on when I decide to cast on). I am battling between “afghan squares as summer knitting” and “I promised Cable and Rib would be done this year.” Sigh.
My real impulse buy, because I have already admitted I am not over the self-striping sock yarn, was a skein of Online Supersocke Tropic, in what Knit One Purl Too’s Yarn Evaluation Specialist (aka my husband) is calling “hippie, crunchy granola colors” for a pair of Lucy Neatby’s Timberline Toes. I love these colors because they almost don’t go together, yet the overall effect is pretty harmonious – the beautiful in the unexpected. Plus, there’s pink. If this is not enough for you, there are additional sock pron shots here, including a delicious shot of the garter stitch short row heel, turned at several LaGuardia departure gates while a recent flight was delayed. Dear American Airlines: Thanks for sucking the last bit of excitement out of air travel for me. On the bright side, passengers boarding other flights were complimenting the sock, so it wasn’t all bad.
The biggest surprise for me was the fabulousness of the picot hem. I have admired many from afar, but for one reason or another, had not picot-ed until this pair of socks. I’m in like Flynn now; it’s easy and fun, plus I think my first picot hems and the bits of garter stitch elevate these socks out of the “plain vanilla” category. Hooray! There’s a poll here, just for fun. If you can’t see it in your feed reader, please click through to vote!