Holiday, knitting

Just back from a week in Cornwall, and I didphotograph the triskell cable socks, or rather, asked R to. This is theview from our front door, and I know it didn’t come out in the photo,but some of the blue in the background is sea as well as sky. (Sorrythe socks themselves are so dark – the photo was taken from insidefacing out, so the lighting’s funny.)

I’ve had a couple of requests on Ravelry for the pattern for these, soI’ll try and get round to finishing writing it up and post it.

I took Wisp with me, but didn’t even touch it – bored already! My otherholiday knitting plan was much more open-ended: my sock yarn stash andpatterns for socks and for toys…

St Austell, our local town, had a wool shop. Just a little one, andmostly containing either boring crappy acrylic-mix or stuff like DebbieBliss that I’ve seen in the flesh before and can get easily online. I’dgone in for some stuffing for toys, which they had, and they also had avery small amount of sock yarn. Nothing I can’t get easily online, no,but things I hadn’t seen in the flesh before… In recovery from theexpense of the Lorna’s Laces you see above, I bought one skein ofTrekking XXL in tweedy blues, and one skein of Opal handpaint in darkgreens, reds, purples and blues (I nearly got the other Opal colourwayas well: flame-coloured reds, yellows and oranges). But I’m not allowedto cast on with them until the Favourite Socks book arrives (althoughthat leaves me with no current project that isn’t stalled or not yetready to go OTN).

So, stuffing for toys. Did that tell you what I knitted on holiday? Ilike making toys from sock leftovers – I once made a dinosaur for Jfrom leftover Curious Yarns sock yarn. In Cornwall I made Nautie fromleftover Lorna’s Laces Valentine and purple Cherry Tree Hill, andstarted Norberta from leftover LL Rainbow and a no-name dark green. Ilove Nautie – so much fun to knit, and looks really cool, but I’m notsure about Norberta; I think my gauge is off, because she’s not asrounded as she should be – more sleek than chubby – and her spine wasway too long. The spine is cool, though – looks like a Pride rainbow:-) And I don’t like the garter stitch. So I might not bother finishingher. Photos of both Nautie and half-Norberta to come.

Next on the planning list is a Cthulhu hat to be first player marker for Arkham…

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