Monday, December 17, 2007

Shawl? What shawl?

The ugly sock is not all by itself any longer. I started on it's ugly companion straight away and now there are one and a bit ugly socks. I think I might give them to my Dad for his birthday.

See how well thought out the jolly pink background was :|

Then I got all sidetracked by the Yarn Harlot's Earl Grey socks which I decided would make a rather nice Crimble pressie. As long term readers of the blog will know, I am not good at knitting to a deadline and I really should have known better to even attempt to start making something as a gift after, ooh, sometime around the middle of October. There is no way on this planet that I am going to get these babies knitted in time. However, this might be a good thing as they are turning out to be just the right size for me! I can feel myself getting more and more attached to them by the (tiny) stitch. The Garnstudio Fabel sock yarn is very nice and soft and I am thinking that the grey would be very practical indeed. Another argument on the side of me keeping them for myself is that I have had a horrible cold lately and might have impregnated it with illness. I saw a book with a funny title in Waterstones the other day, a survival guide and collection of anecdotes about flat sharing called 'I Lick My Cheese' ... I think I might adapt it to 'I Cough on my Yarn'...

I reluctantly let go of some of my non-germ-affected yarn from Ally Pally to a good friend of mine for Christmas, I decided that I could spare one of the two lovely skeins of Jitterbug that I bought, but I needn't have feared, for more yarn has arrived to replace it!

A big thank you to Itgirl for my 'Hands Across The Sea' swap package which arrived a week or so back. In it, I received some very interesting American foodstuffs for the making of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and some packet mixes for American biscuits, although I need to find out more about this to know what to make them to go with.

There was also American yarn of the sock variety:
And the scrummy lace variety:
The Lacey Lamb is very soft and fine indeed. Be assured I have coughed slightly near it.


Kai said...

The ugly sock doesn't actually look half bad in that light. With the pink background.

Have to say I prefer the grey socks though, and i definitely think you should keep them for yourself, especially with all those 'germs'! :)

Lovely gifts from your pal there. :)

Hope you're feeling better soon honey.

clarabelle said...

Ugly sock looks jolly nice in close-up and I hope that all the Ug haters are eating their words now. And I do like the Earl Greys and might have to chase that pattern up pronto.

The germ-impregnation-excuse trick is brilliant!

Queen of the froggers said...

I quite like the ugly sock now it is knitted up. Have a great christmas and I hope the cough has gone. x

TutleyMutley said...

good to get the sickness bugs out of the way before Christmas comes ay? I had the dreaded Norwalk. want to compare symptoms? Nah, OK!

wanders off to sneeze all over stash (good idea, Helen!)

Anonymous said...

... I kinda like the 'ugly sock'. =D It's not the most beautiful self-pattern in the world, but it's cute.

Perhaps I'm just weird.

Mm, those Earl Greys are loooovely.

Piglottie said...

The ugly sock is, ummm, interesting :) Love the grey sock though and lovely new yarn arrivals!