Eatin’ Crow

Anne gets a front-row seat, as does Caroline from Carodan Farm, and KSee and Robin can beam on like proud mamas.   But that’s just a teaser; that will make more sense after I tell you about my change of plans yesterday.

The baby shower got bumped, not because I dislike the guest of honor, but because I had a chance to meet another blogger and some of her friends, and go to Stony Mountain Fibers, the LYS owned by a friend of my inlaws.  You see, Firefly (aka: Rosanne) called Friday night to say that Robin was coming to town, and was there any way I could be tempted to change my plans?  You betcha’.  (I already had a dinner date with mom to be and two other ladies this coming Tuesday.) 

I caught up with Robin and Mary  for lunch and a quick trip in a local artists’ boutique.  (Robin chronicles the trip nicely, including a funny shot of a pup in a pink sweater and matching sunglasses.)  Then, we headed to Stony Mountain Fibers, where Margaret, another Charlottesville gal, joined us.  I’d read her blog before too, and I’d seen her name along with a local knit night I keep meaning to attend.  They – everyone except Rosanne and me – tested out the spinning wheels, and I now at least have an understanding of the spinning lingo.  It’s a fascinating process, and I might take a class for curiosity’s sake, but I still maintain that I love to knit too much to get into spinning.  Besides, can you see me spinning with Sissy around!?

So, while others spun, I shopped. 

Robin found the FiberTrends sock pattern, and luckily, there was more than one copy.  I am determined to do two socks at a time, so I’m going to try Magic Loop again.  (I did my very first pair of socks ever via Magic Loop, and didn’t enjoy it.  However, desperate times call for desperate measures.)  That’s a 40″ #1 Addi over on the left, and then assorted yarns that wanted to come home with me.  There were several colorways of Tofutsies I don’t have, but I left them for another day.

So, despite being full from breakfast, I’m eating crow.  As I predicted, the Magic Loop version of two socks at the same time makes more sense to me than my beloved 2 circs method.  I’ve frogged this version in favor of the Cascade Sierra Quattro I purchased last weekend, and yes, those are pedicure socks.  I have two pairs I need to gift sooner rather than later.  My technique isn’t pretty, but it’s working, and that’s all that matters.  I’m hoping that by the end of the socks, I’ll have a system that works, and after another pair of socks, I’ll have to decide whether to invest in more 40″ wee sock needles or to take my new skill and try again to transpose it to the two circs method.  Stay tuned…

18 comments on “Eatin’ Crow

  1. Gaylen says:

    Hope that crow isn’t getting stuck! Glad you are enjoying the process this time around. Well – the dogs are driving me crazy with their insistance that it’s past breakfast time. Guess I should go take care of that little situation. g

  2. kseelass says:

    as I told Robin, I sure wish I was there! You guys had a great time. I’ve been thinking about that book Tow at a time. What do you think of it as far as the teaching part goes?

  3. Anne says:

    lol. Yes, but I am QUITE sure that it’s easier now because you know how to knit socks already – learning the two methods at once is not a happy thing, I think. ‘sides – you can still use pointy sticks that make me want to cry AND knit lace, so I will enjoy some humble pie as you eat your crow. 😀

  4. nichole says:

    I haven’t seen that 2 socks book yet – how is it? I have the Magic Loop booklet that I bought over a year ago and have yet to read through!

  5. Robin says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished socks!

  6. Anita says:

    One of the ladies in my knitting group is doing 2 socks on 2 circs… looks interesting but I’m afraid I’ll just make a tangles mess out of the yarn balls! 🙂 Maybe after I see how you do with them I might give it a try….

    Like the new goodies, I got some this weekend too…

  7. Amanda says:

    Looks like you got some great swag on your trip!

    Hope things are well with you…

  8. grace says:

    o what a wonderful way to spend the weekend, good for you and all of the others!!!

  9. MrPuffy says:

    I’ll be interested in what you think. I’ve never knit socks on circular needles and am curious about it!

  10. Wendy says:

    I am quite happy with my dpns and socks… I honestly don’t get why people complain about them. I happen to love them. But I’ve been considering giving the 2 circs a shot for something different. And how cool would it be to do 2 at one time!!!

  11. Mary says:

    Glad you got to meet up with some friends.
    Pretty yarns! Great way to spend a weekend!

    Love ya!!

  12. Mary says:

    So nice to meet you, Chan! Fun times, yes?!

  13. JoAnn says:

    I bought this book also but haven’t tried it yet. Have only made socks on DPN so far. Need to get my courage up!

  14. Robin in VA says:

    I’m green with envy!!!

  15. […] Stop by to see Robin and Chan for photos and a report on what these ladies bought.  I confined my purchases to a few skeins of […]

  16. Bubblesknits says:

    I’m so glad you had a good time! 🙂 Let me know how the two socks on one circ works out. I always end up tangling the mess out of them.

  17. Natalie says:

    Sounds like you had fun. I really want that book. I hear it’s awesome. Your first try looks pretty good. 🙂 Can’t wait to see how it works.

  18. Oh No!! U SO need to add my name to the front row seats in you eating crow! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I actually don’t like how she does the 2 socks at one time method….but still like the book! ;o)

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