Gasp! Some actual knitting content…

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Reading Update
Murder of a Botoxed Blonde by Denise Swanson. Yet another Scumble River mystery, featuring school psychologist and police consultant Skye Denison. Loved this quote from the book: “Chocolate is the catnip of the female world.”
Moon Called and Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs. Werewolves and vampires and fae, oh my! Well-written and set in the Tri-Cities area of Washington, this is definitely a series I’ll keep reading. The main character is VW mechanic Mercy Thompson, who is a “walker” (she can turn into a coyote, but isn’t controlled by the moon). You really have to ignore the covers on these books – they feature an extremely tattooed Mercy, wearing revealing clothing. However, as far as I can tell from the books, Mercy has one tattoo (a pawprint on her stomach) and she spent about 2/3 of the first book in a t-shirt with a cocoa stain on the front…
Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Kitty Goes To Washington, and Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn. I picked these up on vacation in part because they were used and were by a Coloradan (it’s common for my souvenirs to be by local authors). I’m glad I did, because they were good – I’m already looking forward to the next one (out later this year). They feature werewolf talk radio host Kitty Norville, and the first and third books are set in Colorado.

Knitting Update
I finished my June Sockamania socks last night! (We got the pattern late, so we have until Saturday to finish June’s socks.) Since I didn’t finish May’s socks, I was especially pleased to have these done.

The yarn is Kraemer Jeannie that I dyed this spring. I like the color (very Project Spectrum), but I hated the yarn. Not only does it feel too soft and loosely twisted to wear well (even if it does have nylon in it), it was also extremely splitty – especially with my Inoxes. Turbos would’ve been perfect – too bad Addi doesn’t make a 2.25mm Turbo… Anyway!

“Socks, socks, socks, socks. Ho hum.” -Mayhem

“Oh no! My toes are dirty! Please, no one look!” *mwmph* -Mayhem

45 thoughts on “Gasp! Some actual knitting content…”

  1. Oh wow! Knitting!

    See, when I see knitters like you finishing up socks so quickly, it motivates me to finish up mine that much quicker (oh, wait for that!).

    Mayhem, do you know where that paw has been?!

  2. You do know that I live in the Tri-Cities WA don’t you? Well technically in the stepchild 4th town of West Richland, but yes Patricia was a local. She’s since moved back to Butte Montana.

  3. Great socks! You did a marvelous job dying the yarn. I hope the yarn wears better than it knit.

    Mayhem doesn’t quite seem in the spirit of summer of socks.

  4. Yeah for finishing on time! The socks are lovely looking, even if they aren’t your favorite yarn.

    May needs a pair for her four paws.

  5. Nice dye job! Sorry about the yarn being sub-par, that’s never fun. But I think that they look great, even if they weren’t so fun to knit!

  6. Oh, May, dontcha just hate it when they catch you in “mid-clean-up” with that flashy thing? Why do they think this stuff is so cute? (At least it didn’t go off in your eyes this time…)
    HUMANS!

  7. I haven’t touched my newest pair of socks in days. I think it’s because I hate the yarn. You finishing yours just shamed me into touching mine again.

    Happy?

  8. I like the colors and the pattern for the socks, even if the yarn isn’t one of your favorites. I hate splitty yarn.

    I think May is trying to tell you she needs some socks to keep her toes clean. 😉

  9. Good thing Mayhem doesn’t have white paws. I know she thinks her paws are dirty, but let Charlie show her dirty white paws after a trip in the attic last night. Does May like to walk on your sink and leave her footprints??

  10. Congrats on finishing June’s socks on time. It makes me feel better when other knitters occasionally don’t quite keep up–reminds me that I’m not alone. I’m sad the the Kraemer turned out to be such a dud. I live the light worsted.

    BTW: You now have the “Option” of getting real metric sizes from KnitPicks. Circulars or DPNs.

  11. The socks look great, love the colors you dyed, but too bad about the yarn quality.

    I was so behind… but wow, I’m amazed by all the yarn, fun, and people in your Estes vacation! I had no idea Brown Sheep had an outlet, I totally want to go!

  12. You might also want to pick up the first two books that are out by Vicki Pettersson (Zodiac Series)out of the current authors.

    And for classic urban fantasy – Charles de Lint and Emma Bull

  13. KnitPicks makes 2.25mm circulars/DPNs. With your eyes closed, you won’t know they’re not Addis. And actually, they’re pointier.

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