Monday, August 16, 2010

Shock Sock

 Those of you who hate pink, turn away quickly!

All right, I warned you...
Yarn:  Koigu Premium Merino, Colorway 115025, which I can only describe as shocking, shocking pink!
Pattern:  My own dotted Swiss socks.
Needles:  #1 (2.25mm) dpns.
 Comments:  I do hope your monitor gives you the true color of this yarn!  I love this color when tempered with navy blue.
 Each skein of this yarn has only 175 yards, so you have to take that into account when planning which pattern you are going to use.  However, a little of this color goes a long way, so you probably wouldn't want to make them knee highs.  I used two skeins and did not have a lot left over.
Washing by hand is recommended, as the water turned quite pink when I did so.  Makes me wonder how much the socks will fade over time.  If you must wash them with other colors, use a product called "Color Catcher."  It lifts any loose dyes and holds them so that they don't transfer onto your other clothing.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Roses Aren't Just Red

After a day working on the book, we went to dinner at a local spot.  It was a balmy summer evening as we were leaving, and a young man came by carrying dozens of roses.  The Judge bought these for me.
 Aren't they just lovely?
Have you any idea if these beauties have a name?  They are a soft yellow at the bottom and that intense red on the face.  And they were at least four inches in diameter when fully opened.

Oh, and some shocking pink knitting...