The socks are done! They are currently blocking on the porch and will [hopefully] have lovely photos taken of them tomorrow. I have this fantasy of laying on the grass with my stockingd feet propped up on a tree but I think the neighbors might ban together to have me kicked out for scaring their children.
In the meantime, I received a lovely package today. It actually arrived yesterday but was delivered to the apartment office because I was not home and they were afraid to bend it to fit in the mail box. It's Coastal Knits! I know there are blog reviews and podcasts and everyone is all excited, so I won't do a proper review here until I knit one of the patterns (though I already knit the Rustling Leaves Beret that was part of the pre-order package and absolutely love it). One of the lovely things about this book is the photography. I am now dying to own each of the sweaters in the exact colors and go visit the locations. I know, a little too over the top crazy, right? But they're just so nice! My sweater addiction is back and I want to make them!
The problem with wanting to make sweaters is that I can't afford the yarn. Oh, I can sometimes and occasionally I find a good deal, but I don't have the stockpile of sweater yarn that a lot of knitters seem to. In fact, despite my possession of a dedicated yarn cabinet, I don't own all that much yarn. And I certainly do not have the quantity and range of yarns I would need for such nice sweaters. But as I was feeling sorry for myself and wishing I had the money to go crazy buying sweater yarn at SAFF (could still happen. I'll be a nice skeletal size if I blow all my money and can't eat. Plus, I won't need as much yarn), I realized that I have a few ratty old thrift store sweaters that I keep on hand for at-home winter layers. And they are machine knit in pieces. Couldn't I frog the yarn and reuse it for my own knitting? Then I'd be just as warm, maybe more stylish, and be able to knit sweaters!
So I started with this.
Over three hours later it looks like this.
Somehow I could not find a way to undo the seems and thus have to unravel the pieces from each other. It's taken a good portion of a Jim Butcher audio book to get this far. But I'm determined. The idea of owning enough of a wool angora blend to knit a cardigan is enough to keep me going. I'm just going to be working on it for a while.
One thing's for sure. When I do finally get to knit with this yarn I will make sure I learn how to properly join yarn. There is no way on this earth or any other dimension that I am going to weave in all of these ends.