It's been a busy few days, dear readers. I returned to work on Saturday and had a lovely busy day. It was delightful to see so many people in the store. Sunday was social knitting day. Esmerel arrived early and we sat together and knit our Cedar Creek Socks. At one point I messed up row 3 of the repeat and she suddenly exclaimed, "You mean you don't do the twist on every row? No wonder mine look different!" She ended up frogging all her progress and started over. A little later my former neighbor Robin arrived with her finished pair of CCS. Then CJ came in to work on hers. We couldn't resist a Sock Club photo.
At the end of the day the store was taken over by a production crew shooting footage for Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez's mayoral campaign. I don't know much about San Jose politics and I don't vote in the city, but Cindy was delightful. They asked me to be in a shot with her, ringing up yarn for a customer and introducing her. It'll all be B-roll stuff, but may appear in a TV spot. We'll see...
Yesterday I drove to Sonoma for a "Go See". In the modeling world a go see is when a model has a face to face with the client to see if they like her look and sometimes also includes a fitting. The other surprise I alluded to a couple weeks ago is that I had gotten an email from a friend wondering if I would be interested in modeling for her company's fall catalog. Looks like it's a go, so I'll be officially modeling again as of the first week in May.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, I'm about to turn the heel on my CCS, but my arms started twinging, so I'm taking a couple days' respite. I cast on the Diamond Fantasy Shawl as consolation, figuring a different needle size might help. With this new flurry of sock activity I got curious as to how much sock yarn is actually in my stash. I pawed through boxes and baskets and gathered it all up into one place. Holy cow, there's at least enough for 40 pairs. Mind you, I'm only on my 4th pair ever right now. I'd better get knittin'! The whole pile was just too much for me to photograph, so I broke it out into smaller groups. Here's the STR - Back row LtoR: Waterlilies, Rolling Stone, Rare Gems, Tanzanite, Carbon, 5 hanks of Sandstone originally intended for a shawl, now I have other plans for it. Front row: 2 hanks Jewel of the Nile (old put up), Jasper, Moss Agate and Pebbles.
Ah, Trekking XXL, how I love thee! Emy and I constantly enable each other with this stuff. It's kind of a sick co-dependent thing, I think. I was a lame-o and didn't write down all the color numbers when I laid them out and they're all sleeping in their special little Trekking box now, and I'm lazy. Suffice it to say, there's not a bad colorway in the bunch with this stuff and I totally dig the Americana Socks that I knit last summer. I swatched the navy one that's in the center of the front row in a cute little 2x2 cable pattern.
This is the Koigu/Claudia's Handpainted Yarns sock yarn stash. I have lots more of each, but these are the ones that have been allotted for sock knitting. The neon colors at the top will be combined with solid black to make a pair of fair isle socks. The rest, well, we're waiting for inspiration to strike. Then again, I just got a copy of Sensational Knitted Socks, at last. So I have endless possibilities.
Finally we have the miscellaneous group. In the back row: Mountain Colors (there's another ball of that somewhere, in a different colorway), two hanks of Lisa Souza superwash, Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Charcoal and Motherlode. The three skeins on the left front are gifts from RAOK/Secret Pal. Next is some Fortissima Socka Colori and some Art Yarns Super Merino destined to become a pair of comfy house socks for me.
Last, but certainly not least, my Booty Pal's package arrived yesterday! Natalie sent me a darling yarn caddy. It's her own design, meant to be worn on the wrist. It has a small slit in one of the seams for the yarn to feed through. She hand embroidered a pink bow-bedecked skull and needle crossbones on it. Just perfect for sock yarn! The yarn is a fuzzy mohair boucle from Down Under. And mmmmmmmm M&M's. She's Canadian and I love that the package has both English and French on it. Thank you, Natalie!