Sock Madness is a time gobbler, isn't it. Once the knitting begins, housework, social interaction, even meals and personal hygiene can suffer. And that is why I've been so silent on the blog this past month. Round 2 kicked. my. butt. Right to the curb. I started and restarted and restarted again and yet again. But 80 stitch cast on with size 0 needles and crisscrossing cables and... well. I drop a key stitch, one that travels ever so silently back down through a couple of crossovers over multiple rows by the time I figure out it jumped ship. I've tried to drop down and pick it up without ripping all the way back but ... yeah, I'm a better felter than a knitter. So I gracefully pulled out of the competition and joined the cheerleading team. The pattern is gorgeous and I will eventually get them knit, just not in a timely enough fashion for the competition.
Which means I've had a bit of time to play with other things.
Sweet things like baby bunnies. Remember these little boys at three and half weeks old? They grew while I was knitting. They are now just about 8 weeks old. Two of them, the pointed whites, will be leaving for new homes later this week. The black buck and the blue buck with white nose and toes are available, and as sweet as they are cute. The black one, along with one of the pointed whites, lives in the house for the moment since I have hutch repair ahead of me. The get run time every morning and after they've worn themselves out galloping around checking out every crevice and dumping dvds on the floor and tasting the broom and getting the dogs all a dither, they like to sit on my feet like little fuzzy slippers. I will miss that when they leave.
I've also been playing with fibers a bit. One of my favorite fiber mixes to blend is merino and angora. I usually start with purchased merino top, which is just so silky sweet and soft and ever so lovely slipping so effortlessly through the fingers on its way to the bobbin. But in my stash diving, I found a long forgotten pink (or maybe a light cherry red) roving I had processed at the mill and decided to try blending it with my newest roving back from the mill, black merino from an exquisite fleece I purchased at New England Fiber Festival last November. I drizzled in some gold glitz just for fun. People tell me it looks purple in this photo but it really is more cherry red/pink. I entered it in a contest Strauch Fiber Equipment and The Woolery are co-sponsoring on Facebook. If you are a Facebooker and want to support my batt, follow that link and vote for it. You have to "like" The Woolery's FB page before you can vote but the option is there through that link. When I made the batt, I had a a little extra left over that didn't make a full batt, so carded it as a sample for me to spin. This blend is a different texture for me, still yummy soft but loftier with a cheeky bit of bounce to it. I wasn't sure how it would spin. Today at spinning guild, I spun that sample. Turns out I quite like that cheeky bit of bounce. Guild members suggest the yarn would make a nice sweater and I am inclined to agree. I have enough of each of the separate fibers to card up a sweater's worth for me, and I think still have lots left to offer for sale, so that seems to be the plan forming on my to do list.
One last bit of fibery fun I've been working on is the pair of simple cable socks I started way back last August. I only have the toe of the second sock left to knit. Photo when that's done and my tootsies are grinning in the new pair of handknits.