Monday, May 4, 2009

tooting my own horn

i'm throwing any self-restraint out the window: welcome to the most narcissistic blog post ever.


there are a few things i can do really well. a few of them, just in case you're still reading:
  • a side-kick that can plant a heel into the nose of an adult at standing height
  • coax the thickest, most plentiful foam out of a pitcher of steaming milk
  • make a damn good guacamole -- even for a gringa
  • justify any shoe purchase
  • research random bits of info, regardless of pertinence
but i have never been good at inciting love fests over at ravelry. until now. (and yes, i know that there are projects that have been favorited hundred of times, but remember, this post is all about me and my fabulous WIP.) my newest project has been loved on so much in the last three days i'm beginning to feel a little light-headed.

i had e-mailed sarah, my favorite yarn dealer, a few months back, asking her to dye up a yellow-ish yarn in anticipation of may/june's project spectrum feature color. she happened to just have a couple of skeins of "honey wilkes" in her gorgeous merino/cashmere/nylon base. (amanda had commissioned the color, so i should properly thank her, too!) i took sarah up on her offer right away...

it was hard to wait for may to come round. even with a really gratifying project going for march/april's project spectrum, i couldn't get the honey wilkes out of my mind. i was itching -- positively itching -- to cast on. from the beginning, i was all set to knit netherfield. then i realized the pattern is written toe-up, which is not something i know how to do, nor do i care to learn how to do (yet). i pulled out my two favorite sock pattern books, more sensational knitted socks and more sensational knitted socks, and leafed through. as soon as i'd spotted it, i knew it'd be perfect: crosshatch lace.

it really is just the most perfect harmony. yarn+pattern=love.


i kitchenered the first toe last night and will cast on for the second sock as soon as i'm done here. like other things lately, i'm utterly consumed with this, gorging myself on the obsession of the pattern and yarn.

and those socks from the first round of project spectrum? well, they're lovely, and they'll have their place in my wardrobe. but they're no crosshatch lace... more like the sturdy jacob to my exquisite edward. ;)

green stems, also a more sensational knitted socks pattern, and dream in color smooshy "happy forest".

22 comments:

Jodi said...

Hey, toot away! The yarn and pattern combination is just stunning. Plus knitting with Sarah's yarn is always heavenly. :-)

t does wool said...

I agree...go ahead and toot...lovely colors,lovely socks...and that kick of yours...wow...sounds lethal!

Cara said...

That crosshatch lace sock is gorgeous! It's perfect for that yarn. Thanks for sharing.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

You forgot to write that you sure can write a blog post....a study jacob to my exquisite edward! I just love it!

And yes, I heart those socks! Honey Wilkes (a color I would break my yarn fast for in a heartbeat!)and that pattern...gorgeous!! Toot away!!

tiennie said...

Oh my. Crosshatch lace is gorgeous!

Holli said...

I raveled your Crosshatch Lace and yes, I'm still in love! Beautiful work.

Hilary said...

Wowza. You are SO allowed to be narcissistic about those socks - they are gorgeous! I mean....just wow.

Mrs. L said...

That guacamole really is good...and I totally forgot to buy avocado's yesterday, how sad is that!

Seriously cute socks.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love the socks, really beautiful. Also lived the Twilight reference :)

peaknits said...

Toot away! I favorite-d those socks too:) Nice work - simply perfection! And exquisite Edward indeed! Read on!

kim said...

You are definitely allowed to toot your own horn with a project this incredibly gorgeous. Really nice job!

a friend to knit with said...

i was wearing a big smile on the entire time i read this.
and i am just so darn happy to see you lit over in bloglines!

PrincessPea said...

They are fabulous! I can totally see why you've incited a lovefest over on Rav!

Lynette said...

that yarn/pattern combination is perfect. i LOVE the stitch definition. toot loudly and often!

amanda said...

ah there's nothing like a Ravelry lovefest to make your day. This one is well-deserved. They are gorgeous!

Philigry said...

to dief for! both pairs.

Regi said...

Both pairs are lovely. I too love Sarah's yarn and should really join her club because every time I try to catch the yarn in the store, it's already been taken. :)

TD wool design said...

gorgeous!
i'd toot too! :)

Sandy said...

You are hilarious, and i love your list of what you can do so well! :)
I will agree, you make gorgeous stuff!

Renee said...

Crosshatch lace is stunning!!
Toot-toot!!! Bravo!

Alison Boon said...

sometimes you just have to holler. With every reason too.

a friend to knit with said...

just blew the dust off for you.
you know, just getting you ready to blog again now that the kids will be in school. :)