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Gah, it’s hot out. So hot that I’m not really motivated to do anything. But, I was motivated just enough to take a photo of my new July socks. These are for Markus and named “Maurice Moss” after the nerdy character from the Britcom The IT Crowd. Markus is also a computer nerd/programmer. He developed Sconcho knitting chart software (which is free BTW so check it out) so I thought the name was fitting. And really, Moss is the funniest character in that show. It’s too bad it only ran for 4 seasons.

This yarn is DARK! So dark that I need some good back lighting in order to see what I’m knitting. The yarn is my favorite Fiber Optic Foot Notes in the colorway Espresso Batik. The stitch pattern is basically just a bit of swirly ribbing flanked with 2×2 ribbing, both front and back. This satisfies my love of ribbed socks without being too boring to knit.

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Pattern: Freshet socks (my own design for the month of June)
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the colorway chocolate night 033 (70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon)
Needles: US 1 – (2.25mm)
Rating: these turned out pretty good

I would highly recommend this yarn. The cashmere content makes these socks really soft and snuggly, and the yarn knits up very nicely. However, the socks grew a ton with blocking, so I would suggest knitting a gauge swatch. Hmm, yeah, that would have been a good idea…

I finished these socks on the 17th of the month. According to my rules, I can’t start my July socks until… you guessed it, July. I never thought I’d say this but I’m going through sock knitting withdrawal. WHEN WILL IT BE JULY?????

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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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