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I’m very happy to have my May synesthesia socks behind me so I could start my June socks. Last weekend I searched through my stash and realized that I didn’t have the right yarn for June. So off to the LYS I went in search of a brown sock yarn that a) contained nylon and b) was not madelinetosh. Tough, that. I guess brown is not a very popular sock yarn color. But in the end I came home with some exquisite Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the colorway Chocolate Night. The staff at Natural Stitches and I decided that this color is definitely more brown than burgundy, so it was all systems go for my June socks! And here they are so far:

I’m calling this design Freshet. The diagonal swirl across the ribbing reminds me of a raging stream that jumped its banks.

fresh·et (noun):
1. A sudden overflow of a stream resulting from a spring thaw or heavy rain.
2. A stream of fresh water which empties into a body of salt water.

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This afternoon I took a break from knitting to do some Zumba! on my porch. I realized that I didn’t have any songs by my favorite duo Wisin y Yandel in my Zumba! playlist, so I added some new material. I’m pretty happy with this new and improved lineup but whew I’m exhausted!

1. Follow the leader – Wisin y Yandel (feat. Jennifer Lopez) (warm up)
2. Zumba he Zumba ha – DJ Mam’s (feat. Soldat Jahman, Luis Guisao)
3. Las mujeres – Grupo Gale
4. Danza kuduro – Don Omar
5. I need to know – Marc Anthony
6. Pegate – Grupo Treo
7. Yo no se mañana (salsa version) – Luis Enrique
8. Lovumba – Daddy Yankee
9. Beautiful liar – Beyoncé (feat. Shakira)
10. Shake it up – Mara (feat. Barbero)
11. Latinos – Proyecto Uno
12. El amor – Tito “El Bambino” (cool down)

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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 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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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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When we last met I had just started on my light green April socks which I named Bunny Manders. They contained a lovely leafy stitch pattern and would have been beautiful socks. However, the stitch pattern was so incredibly frustrating to knit, plus the socks were so tight that I couldn’t fit them over my heel. So I said tschüss to my leafy socks and I ripped them out. Now I’m knitting Cadence Socks by verybusymonkey (though I’m still calling my project Bunny Manders). Many of verybusymonkey’s designs are right up my alley, and these are especially cute. This pattern was originally a mystery sock and I’ve just finished clue #1 today. So far so good!

And then I did some Zumba! on my front porch. My twice-weekly class is great but it just isn’t enough. So I put together a playlist, danced up a storm, and now I’m all Zumba’d! out. All the songs/routines are from last semester’s class except for the Daddy Yankee song. I choreographed dance moves to that one and it’s a killer routine if I do say so myself. ;)

1. I need to know – Marc Anthony (warm up)
2. Zumba he Zumba ha – DJ Mam’s (feat. Soldat Jahman, Luis Guisao)
3. Yo no se mañana (salsa version) – Luis Enrique
4. Danza kuduro – Don Omar
5. Beautiful liar – Beyoncé (feat. Shakira)
6. La despedida – Daddy Yankee
7. Pegate – Grupo Treo
8. Latinos – Proyecto Uno
9. El amor – Tito “El Bambino” (cool down)

For those of you in the Pittsburgh area who are looking for a fitness class to join, I got your class right here:

Zumba!
4:30pm-5:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday
Northway Christian Community Church on McKee Place in Oakland (between Forbes and 5th Ave).
Only $5 per class. Drop in, no registration or experience necessary. Fun will be had by all!

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And my March socks are done!

Pattern: my own design I named after the song Síguelo by Wisin & Yandel. Because why not.
Yarn: Pagewood Farm Denali hand dyed sock yarn in the vibrant colorway orange spice
Needles: US 1 – 2.25 mm (the regular size 1 needles)

So here’s the deal. I like the stitch pattern. It’s fine. I just don’t think I’m cut out for bright orange socks. Three pairs down, nine more pairs to go…

I started my light green April socks today and I’m not naming them after a reggaeton song this time. Yes, shocking, I know! I’m calling these socks Bunny Manders after the sidekick in the Raffles stories by E. W. Hornung. Raffles is a gentleman thief in London during the 1890s and Bunny Manders is his naive companion. Great reading, even better TV series. Go watch it. I’ll wait. I’ve got some knitting to keep me busy.

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My everlasting knitting work
Is lying by my side,
And though it is a homely thing
I gaze on it with pride;
For while my fingers o’er it played,
My thoughts have journeyed wide.
~Anon, between 1850-1870

I quite like the first stanza of the poem My Everlasting Knitting Work. There isn’t much information available about this poem other than it was published around the 1850s as a broadside.

Now may I present to you my homely knitting-in-progress, the Síguelo socks. If you haven’t noticed, they are bright orange. I could wear them to go hunting1. Or to do road construction2 on I-80.

I’m past the gusset decreases on both socks. Perhaps the next time we meet they will be finished?

Footnotes
1 I don’t hunt.
2 I don’t do road construction, either.

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