I have been loving some video podcasts hosted on YouTube for the past few months. Due to my work and parenting responsibilities, I have been doing a lot of my running on the treadmill lately and video podcasts make that time go by much faster. Some of my favorites:
My current favorite knitting project is Whispers by Veera Valimaki. This lightweight summer t-shirt will feel very comfy in Madeline Tosh Merino Light. The colorway is Georgia O’Keefe, a mix of emerald green, grey, and hunter green. I plan on wearing it with a long black or gray jersey skirt.
Mostly when I knit, I like to knit stockinette in the round. It is peaceful, it is comforting, it is mindless. I can knit while my husband drives or in the movie theater. I can knit while I read a book or watch a YouTube video. Plain, vanilla socks are my go-to knitting when I need a soothing knit. The socks I just made for my sister fit that bill exactly:
1.5 inches of 2 x 2 ribbing (twisted rib if I am feeling sassy), about 6 inches of leg, put in some waste yarn for an afterthought heel, 6.5 inches of foot, put in a toe, pick up and knit the heel. Boom, sock.
However, sometimes I want a more flavorful sock. A sock with toppings, you could say. Then I look to Hunter Hammersen, the queen of flavorful socks. I own lots of her patterns and a couple of her books and am a true fangirl. The next of her patterns that I plan on knitting is Marooned. I already have yarn for it, and am just waiting until my quick worsted weight house socks are done. After all, a little salt really brings out the flavor of vanilla.
Another video podcast that I have been loving is the Stitching Between the Pages podcast hosted by Robin. Based in Chicago, she talks about knitting, books she likes, tea, and her cats. The way I have just described it does not do it justice! She is utterly charming and worth a watch is you are not familiar with her show.
Last summer, my sister and I competed in the Rocket Chix Triathlon. This is an all female, sprint distance triathlon on the campus of Louisiana State University. This year, we are headed back for more and my only goal is to improve my time from last year. I have already been working on my running speed, but the next step is to get my bike tuned up and get back on the road. I will be taking care of that chore this weekend. Happy training!
A few weeks ago I made my mother a pair of worsted weight, around the house socks. I used Knitted Wit worsted yarn in the Monet’s Garden colorway. They knit up SO quickly, and were so beautiful. I had a hard time giving them to her, but she is my MOM, so I passed them on.
However, the last time I was in my local yarn store I found myself at the intersection of another skein of Monet’s Garden and a huge sale. It was fate. Knitting fate. The best kind.
Soon, my mom and I will have matching socks. That will make a good picture! Happy knitting.
Today’s entry is a collage of my current projects in the works! Enjoy. I am sure you will be hearing more about all of them soon. Don’t forget: You can still enter to win a mask pattern like the Dragon mask below from Daisey at Oxeyedaisey. Just visit her shop and let me know in the comments which one is your favorite. Drawing is April 30th.