Guess what time I got up this morning? 7:48. I don't get up that early on days I have to go to work! But I was WIDE awake, and I knew if I stayed in bed I wouldn't get up until noon and the whole day would get away from me . . . so I got up. And I've been drinking coffee, knitting, and reading blogs ever since.
You've all been really busy, haven't you? Newsgator tells you how many unread post you have, and I had well over 250 when I started!
I found a new-to-me blog, Miss Twiss, by following a link and then another link. This blogger has successfully knocked off the Pringle sweater from Fall 06 which was THE sweater everyone and their mother wanted to knock off this season. Several yarn companies and designers have tried, I've already seen 2 other versions of this sweater, but hers looks the best. I'm am completely in awe. This is the sort of reverse engineering that's difficult even if you have the original in hand, but doing it from pictures alone takes some serious perseverance. I do not have the attention span. Go check it out! She's giving instructions for it piece by piece, which is sort of fun. If I didn't have 1,000 other things to make, I'd be making this.
And have you seen the new colors over at Cabin Cove Mercantile? Sorry if you wanted some of that Yankees color, I bought the last 2 balls. I'm picturing some Yankee stripe armwarmers and/or kneesocks . . . too cool. And the Yankees fan in me LOVES that a Boston person dyed and sold me this yarn! Isn't that perverse?
I also stumbled upon Bitter Purl's blog somehow, and started looking around like I do whenever I find a new blog with interesting content and good pictures (sorry, but if you've got no pictures I'm not sticking around long!). In this post she shows a finished sock in THE MOST perfect color and I went nuts trying to figure out what color it is, and what yarn. It turns out it is a Pureknits sock yarn color called "Punk" and she will have it up for sale soon . . . I am going to have to buy that, too.
It seems like everyone is handpainting sock yarn these days, doesn't it? Through Pureknits I discovered Yarntini, which has self-striping colors that are bright and fun . . . I feel like if I keep looking, I'm just going to find more and more.
All this sock yarn got me thinking about all my Koigu, and specifically my Koigu leftovers. I kept thinking what a waste it is to have so many bits of so many colors, and how there's really nothing pretty to do with those kinds of leftovers. I don't like projects that look like they only came into existance to use up leftovers, I want it to look purposeful and eye-pleasing. Somehow all this blog-surfing and thinking about leftover Koigu led me to a plan:
I'm going to knit knee-high socks with the leftovers. I have this image in my head of crazy-looking, non matching knee highs in every color . . . and then it hit me just how perfect this plan is! I'm always going to have leftover Koigu on hand, and I can just keep making more knee-highs, and mix and match them to wear since they won't match anyway!
I'm so excited about this idea I'm off to go dig up all the partial balls of Koigu and put them all together in anticipation of starting this project at some point. I'm not quite ready to start right now, but I know that when I get that itch I will want everything together and ready to go.
(the dizziness is still bothering me, in case you were curious. I'll keep you updated.)