I had to go to town anyway…

I had to go to town anyway, so I dropped in at Knits by Nana. I was hoping to buy Berroco’s Norah Gaughan Vol. 3, Woodland Gothic/Art House. Also on my list was the fall issue of Rowan, which I have read is a super-duper anniversary issue. (I’m a Rowan virgin, having only read about them on line.) Neither book has come in yet. Sigh.

Not to despair, I had my mostly-knit modular vest in my bag, and was on the hunt for a big square button. Would you believe they had square buttons that were way too big? I had been concerned that I wouldn’t find one large enough. Many were considered, but this shell rectangle was chosen. The only knitting that remains are the front lower bands.

Actually, I finished during the Olympics this weekend. Vest has had its soak, and is drying.

It just didn’t feel right to purchase only a button. After all, we are trying to drive less, and here I was, in a yarn store, with lovely things available, within reach! So I trolled through the sock yarn room. I did have a chuckle with the proprietor, recalling when she opened she hadn’t stocked any sock yarn, and now she has a sock yarn room.

This yarn caught my eye. It is Online Supersock Afrika, color 89. I had good luck knitting with Online before, nice stripes and generous yardage. More importantly, my olive socks had worn out. (They were the only pair to wear through since I began knitting socks in 2001.) These should fit the bill. As you can see, knitting has begun. I had a meeting to attend Thursday night, and this simple K3, P1 rib was mindless knitting. I used the sock for car knitting Saturday, and found this yarn has a very long repeat. See that plain white bit, followed by a solid gray (the elephant part of my Afrka socks, as I think of it) that began the cuff? I didn’t come across this combination again until just before the heel flap. These will definitely be fraternal twins.

Yes, those are new needles, too. After Wendy Johnson’s strong recommendation of Hiya Hiya needles, I decided to try a 40″ #1 for magic loop knitting. It came with lagniappe, too (Louisiana French for a little something extra): there was a tapestry needle inserted in the package. The 40″ length features 4.5″ bamboo needle shafts. Were they any longer I wouldn’t be able to trade the first two cast-on stitches to unite my beginning circle. Otherwise, they are delightful. If I hadn’t been so greedy for cable length and had purchased the 32″ needles, it wouldn’t have been such a squeak.

Then, as I was checking out, my friend, Dez Crawford, came in to Nana’s for a circular needle. It was great to see her for a moment, but we couldn’t linger, as she had to pick up her DH, and I had groceries trying not to melt in the trunk. Go see her delightful blog at http://www.mambocats.blogspot.com. She is currently knitting a series of baby blankets. Three of her nieces had babies at the same time – a whole new batch of “mambokitties”.


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