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Pattern: Brezel Socken (my own design for the month of May)
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock medium weight in the colorway Saffron Jungle (100% superwash merino wool)
Needles: US 1.5 – (2.5mm)
Rating: sort of meh :|

So as it turns out, I’m not really a fan of knitting socks in medium weight sock yarn. I prefer a finer gauge for my socks. There are some design elements I would change if ever I decide to knit these socks again, like the transition from the cuff ribbing into the pretzel cable, the toe shaping, etc. Oh well, at least they are comfy!

Now on to my brown June socks…

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I’m calling my May socks “Brezel Socken” because the cable is supposed to resemble pretzels, and I LOVE German pretzels. The yarn is STR mediumweight in the colorway saffron jungle that I bought at MDSW 2011. When it comes to working with meduimweight sock yarn, I get a huge mental block because the gauge is much larger than I’m used to for socks. I decided to design a ribbed sock with a pretzel cable which runs down one side of the leg to the toe. Sock #2 has the same cable on the opposite side. I’m trying a gusset construction that I’ve never done before and I’m not sure I’m sold on it, yet…

Today some of my knitting buddies and I went to a brand new coffee shop/bead store in Regent Square called Biddle’s Escape Coffee & Bead Shop at 401 Biddle Ave. It’s a great cafe with a sweet front patio/deck offering lots of seating and shade trees. It’s a perfect cafe for hosting knitting groups. Too bad I’m like on the entire other side of the city from this shop because I’m sure I would go there quite a bit if I lived closer. (Thanks for the ride, Rachel!)

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I finished up 2 projects in the last week- my April synesthesia socks and the alpaca shawlette. I appear to be crushing on green at the moment.

Pattern: Ka’ana Shawlette by Jennifer Weissman (my project name is Estoy Enamorado after the song by Wisin & Yandel of course)
Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist in light green (color 4001)
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) and US 8 (5.0mm)

This was an impulse project. I knew I needed to knit this shawlette the instant I saw the pattern in the Ravelry database. The Alpaca yarn from my stash was great for this project. It’s soft, squishy and exceedingly warm. I haven’t yet decided who the recipient of this shawlette will be, but whoever it is will never be cold again, that’s for sure. I recommend this pattern, it was fun to knit. I may make another gasp!

Pattern: Cadence Socks by verybusymonkey (my project name is Bunny Manders after the sidekick in the Raffles stories)
Yarn: Fiber Optic Foot Notes in the colorway Meadow
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)

Somehow I ended up knitting sock #1 twice so the socks aren’t mirrored. They still turned out lovely and I just LOVE how this yarn knits up! Now on to my May synesthesia socks in orange…

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My “Bunny Manders” April socks are growing, albeit slowly. According to the pattern, both socks are knit exactly the same until somewhere in clue #3 where one is supposed to do something different on the second sock. I missed that part of the instructions somehow and ended up knitting two “sock #1s”. I guess my socks will be identical rather than, uh, whatever they’re supposed to be- mirrored? No matter, they’ll still be cute.

My sock progress has been hampered by a new shawlette pattern. It’s the Ka’ana Shawlette by Jennifer Weissman. I just knew I needed to knit it and wanted to use my alpaca with a twist yarn from my stash. I’ve named my project Estoy Enamorado, partly because it was love at first sight, and partly because I was listening to the song Estoy Enamorado by Wisin & Yandel while knitting this swatch below:

This is a night photo so the quality is poor and the color is off. It’s more of a lighter green. I’m partway through knitting the body of the shawlette and will take some better photos once it’s finished. Then maybe I can get back to sock knitting.

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More of the same… knitting on my Bunny Manders socks. Since this photo was taken yesterday, I’ve knit both heels and now I’m decreasing on the gussets. Yes, an exciting afternoon indeed.

To add to all the sock knitting excitement, I’ve just baked some Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread. This is a genius recipe. It’s really easy and delicious. Handy tip: make sure to put a pan under your bread pan because the cinnamon-sugar filling bubbles over the sides. Mmmmm…

Later I may mosey downstairs to the front porch to do some Zumba! But I’m feeling very lazy today so we shall see if that actually happens. Especially with a full loaf of cinnamon sugar bread calling!

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