Stunning Socks

I’ve neglected my knitting blog for so long now. Working full time and being a graduate student seems to have sucked the life out of me. Since I’m in between programs at the moment, and taking some time off, my crafting is picking up. This post by Knitting Sarah gave me some inspiration to share my latest socks.

These are afterthought heel socks and the yarn is the Atom colorway from String Theory Colorworks. I did also use one of their heel/toe mini skeins in chartreuse. String Theory is one of my absolute favorite dyers and everyone who has seen these socks has tried to convince me to give them to them. Alas, as much as I love them myself, I am giving them to my mom this Christmas. If they weren’t slightly too small for me I would very likely keep them for myself. Darn my big feet!

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Mohair

You’re pretty. You’re soft. You have a beautiful, fuzzy halo after you’re knit.
But I will not miss working with you when this shawl is done.
Or the wee fuzzies that float into my nose and mouth.
Mohair, you are beautiful and touchable, but you’re a pain in the neck.

Disappointing

Several weeks ago I went to Jennings Street to purchase gender neutral yarn for a baby sweater. After leaving, I decided to get a second skein of each color to give me more options of what to make. Jennings Street was out of one color and said it was on backorder so I decided to search around online for the skeins. I found all three colors from the same website and decided to order them. I also threw in yarn for another sweater I’m interested in making. Gladly hit “Pay” and started picking out patterns. That was March 31.

Flash to April 17 and it hits me… what happened to that yarn? Besides an automated confirmation email and the money getting taking from my account, I hadn’t heard a word about about. So I email the seller, assuming there’s been a mix up.

April 20. Still no reply email. I paid with PayPal so I decided that I had no choice but to file a complaint.

And today, April 24. The seller never replied to my email and they never replied to the PayPal dispute, so I had to escalate it to a claim.

I’m not naming the seller because I’d still like to give them the benefit of the doubt that they could still get it together and have a legitimate excuse. However, this whole thing really has killed my enthusiasm for the two sweaters I had planned. Especially since, this isn’t my first time dealing with PayPal disputes and I’ve yet to have it work out well. Usually, after the seller hasn’t responded for 10 days, PayPal refunds you the money. So I’m thinking I still won’t end up with the yarn I want and I’ll have to find somewhere else to get it.

That said, I finished the cardigan I’ve been knitting (which is why you haven’t heard from me in awhile). I’ll post pictures as soon as I sew the buttons on and give it to the recipient. Other reasons you haven’t heard from me include it being the end of the semester and I’m incredibly busy and that I’ve been working on my writing.

Things I’m Obsessed With Right Now

1. The Mindy Project. 

I am all about this show right now. Danny and Mindy are my favorite TV non-couple since the days before Jim and Pam got together on The Office. My coworker and I loved the last episode so much we relived it about five times at work today.

2. Erin McCarthy Novels

McCarthy is one of my favorite romance novelists. I have read a lot of her work but recently I’ve been going back to see what of her old books I haven’t read yet. She writes funny, sweet, sexy romance. Fantastic!

3. Chocolate! 

There are no words for how much I have been craving chocolate lately. Thank goodness for Skinny Cow.

4. My Squishy-Soft Brooks Farm Yarn

I started a bias knit shawl from some of the yarn I got at DFW Fiber Fest. I haven’t posted a picture of the yarn yet but it is this soft, variegated pink that makes me think of Mentos Fruit Chews. I’ll post a picture of the shawl-in-progress soon.

5. Game of Thrones Memes

Not the show or books themselves, specifically memes. I’ve watched every episode of Game of Thrones but I can’t seem to get into it. I’m not big on high fantasy, so I think that’s the issue. I really want to like it though, so I keep forcing myself to watch. What I do love, are the silly memes that come out.