Sunday, November 15, 2015

Year of Projects 5: Week 20

KNIT. SOCK. LOVE. : BFF • Clandestine • Cusp • German Stockings • Gothic Spire • Hedera • In and Out • Lissajous • Marilinda • Mona • Monkey • Pointelle • Rhombus  Sake • Stalagmite • Stricken • Thelonious • Twisted Flower • Wedge

COOKIE A SOCK CLUB: June #1 • June #2 • August #1 • August #2 • October #1 • October #2 • December #1 • December #2

VANILLA SOCKS FOR CHARITY: July • August • September • October • November • December • January • February • March • April • May • June

This blog post is actually mislabelled. Absolutely nothing has been done about my Year of Projects list in the last two weeks; not more than a handful of stitches. Oh well.

Gavin and I spent most of last week in Cocoa Beach, Florida. It was unseasonably warm with hot sunny days in the eighties and nineties - which suited Gavin just fine - and we stayed at a Motel that was right at the ocean - which suited both of us just fine. It was a great week!

The highlight of the week was meeting Dee of Tangled Up in Sticks and Strings on Wednesday. Dee's mascot Flo had some influence in choosing my gifts, I'd guess! There's a beautiful skein of Lorna's Laces in a "Flamingo Stripe" colourway along with a Florida flamingo-themed mini Starbucks cup ornament. Too cute! And so appropriate too, because if you follow Dee's blog you'll know about Flo the Flamingo and you'll know that Dee likes her 'Bucks!

While visiting with Dee we visited Knit N Stitch in Cocoa Village - where I came away with more yarny goodness - and lunched at Pub Americana. It was all fantastic. As a vegetarian I'm very appreciative of a pub where you can pick your own protein! I had a Portobello burger, if you were wondering. Gavin and I also each enjoyed a pint of Oatmeal Stout craft beer from the Cocoa Beach Brewing Company. That was fantastic too... so good in fact that it prompted a visit to the Cocoa Beach Brewing Company tasting room later in the week for more!

If you had asked me yesterday I'd have told you that I was considering the Vanilla Latte pattern for that skein of Lorna's Laces. But today I'm feeling more inclined towards Mystik Spirals. I love the last pair of Mystik Spirals that I knit from scraps, but I think I'd love the pattern even more in self-striping yarn. Fun!

While at Knit N Stitch the staff directed me to a selection of locally dyed yarn by The Fiber Seed. I picked out a short-striping "Hollyhock" colourway. No pattern in mind yet, but suggestions are welcome!

I had another skein from The Fiber Seed in my hands, but when Gavin pointed out this ball of Fame Trend I went with that. It doesn't look or feel like sock yarn - it's very soft, seems underspun and has a very fuzzy halo - but it's very similar to Katia Darling from which I knit one of my very favourite pairs of sock ever, so I'm optimistic. I picked up a set of bamboo needles - which made it through airport security screening without any trouble - and cast on a pair of simple ribbed socks. I can't wait to get these socks on my feet!!!

Looks like there won't be any progress on my Year of Projects list this week either!


Anonymous said...

I am glad you had a good vacation. It was great meeting you and Gavin.

Steve and I went to Tampa this weekend and what do you know, another skein of Fiber Seed ended up in my stash. LOL

Lucy Bowen said...

Sounds like you have been having a splendid time and picked up some gorgeous yarn to boot. I can't wait to see your next mystic spiral socks.

Becki said...

It sounds like a fun trip and what beautiful yarns you got! Can't wait to see your new Mystik Spiral Socks. :^)

Ruth said...

Sounds like a great vacation and I love that Flamingo yarn and think it will make a fantastic Mystik Spiral pair of socks, I can't wait to see those!

Sam I Am...... said...

What a great vacation before Winter! I love all your yarn picks and I want one of each! I searched for the Hollyhock on their website but didn't find it. Maybe I'll email them. Hollyhocks hold a special place in my heart from when I was growing up. I also love the sock you cast on with that gorgeous yarn and all of a sudden I am a "pink" gal. Never in my life have I had any pink anything and all of a sudden I can't get enough of it. I want it all and I visited Sticks and String and what a lovely gift you gave her. You are very talented and very generous too. Wonderful projects and yarn....the Mystic socks look a little difficult for me but you go girl! I can't wait to see those yarns knitted up....yummy!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I like all of those yarns!

Stefanie said...

How fun to meet another knitter. Cocoa Beach is beautiful. Good for you both on getting away and soaking in some sun and waves. And it's a bonus that that area has a LYS! Very cool to score locally dyed yarn.

Frieda said...

I'm so happy that you had a great week in Cocoa Beach . The condo we rent is right next door to where you stayed . I can't wait to get back there . Dee is a fantastic person , I just love the gifts , perfect choices as a souvenir of Florida ! I have also been to the yarn shop you visited , wonderful place packed with all sorts of temptations. You made some wonderful yarny purchases , have fun knitting them up .

Caffeine Girl said...

Your trip to Cocoa Beach sounds wonderful! And you are so lucky to have met up with Dee! You certainly returned home with some great yarn!