Monday, June 24, 2013

 Summer in the City


Got an unexpected day off this week so I should be basking in the sunshine, working on my tan - right??? Well, nooooooooo .  .  .  .  it's raining out there. It rained on my LAST day off too. It must've been 105 in the little tin box office out in the paved parking lot on Saturday when I went to work, it rained yesterday but did improve & today, it's back to rain, when I'm off!  Not complaining too much mind you, I'm safe & dry in my basement apartment.  I, too, have been watching the news about all the flooding to the east & across the prairies in the past few days. So shocking to see downtown Calgary under water!  I'm counting my blessings even in the rain.

Not a lot of knitting going on around here other than sock knitting. I have two pairs on the go at the moment but one resides in the car for those moments when I'm waiting for a train - more often that you'd expect when you take the Industrial back road to & from work!, waiting at the school crosswalk - I go through at least FOUR in the morning unless I leave an hour early, waiting at the drive thru - Tim Horton's has got to be the SLOWEST ever but the steeped tea is the best or waiting for trucks to back up - I take the Industrial back road. The last two FLAGS series Regia sock yarn in blue, turquoise, yellow, orange, purple & red are being used in the current house sock. I do NOT know what possessed me to buy 10 balls of the same color! Maybe I had a plan at the time but I forgot what it was. I managed to give away three pairs of socks & two balls of yarn in the end which leaves me with leftovers & two big balls.  I should've made short summer socks but they ended up as extra longs instead. They're top down, the gussets knit on either side of the flap as you go heel and a three needle bind-off at the toe. Car socks are now being knit on TWO CIRCS so the stitches stay on  even if I cram the sock into a purse.

The other pair are thick Kroy socks for Fall when my floors freeze - I have a cement floor with tiles stuck to it so it's COLD most of the year - and I love thick, warm socks!! They're actually past the heel & almost to the toe but I forgot to take a new picture!! My pal Karen scrounged around & found me several balls of Kroy in her stash - thank gawd for friends who like to circulate their finds - I never buy any because I can't go into the store that sells it! They keep all the Perfumed Items at the door so I can't go in. Maybe it's a good thing. I really, really like Kroy yarn & Kroy socks. This is the latest in the series of pink, orange & brown patterned socks & now, the colors I missed, all in one sock.

 Lately, these days, I've been working my spinning muscles. Suzie Pro now sits in front of my TV chair in all her glory with a sample bag of a new blended color product from Sunrise Fibers. The owner has her fibre pin drafted in two or mo
re colors that blend softly as you spin. Or you can separate them to spin if you like. I'm experimenting with doing both & will see what happens when I knit it into a swatch at the end. I'm just warming up for the Tour de Fleece coming up rapidly in July. Anyone else thinking about it yet???

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