I've also made some progress on my sock. It's slow going, again I'm just not motivated by the plain knit stitch around and around and around and again. I get dizzy just thinking about it. I think I'm doing better with the tension now and I decreased down to 60 stitches around the foot area. I've actually tried it on and it fits great in the foot area. As of Sunday it is about 1/2 inch from my toes which is when I start decreasing for the toe area and the end of the sock. Oh my, how exciting!
I've been knitting purely from my yarn stash lately and I decided to dig a little deeper this past week to some stuff I've had for quite a while. I found this orangey/yellow sort of bulky and shiny yarn and combined it with some Boa I bought a long time ago and viola. The scarf is pretty simple with garter for 3 ridges and then stockinette until I got tired, then back to garter and That's All Folks. The hat was fun. I cast on some circular needles and knit about 1 1/2" of ribbing then switched to just knitting so I would get a stockinette cap. Well, then I got to thinking and end up dividing the 60 stitches into 6 groups and I did a purl stitch at each start of the group. So basically I knit 10, purl 1, knit 10 ..., then, on the next row, I knit the purl stitch and then purled the next stitch instead. So what I ended up with is a really cool swirl pattern around the hat. The hat's a little loose on me, but I love em.
I also treated myself to a couple of knitting related items these past couple of weeks. I had some gift cards and Ebay money and decided I needed a treat. I got a super cheap copy of Knit Two Together with Tracy Ullman and a LYS (Local Yarn Store) owner from her neck of the woods. The book is a lot of fun and a couple of the patterns are intriguing. We'll see how adventurous I feel. I also got a copy of The Twisted Sisters Sock Workshop.
The most exciting thing I got is my new set of stitch markers.Aren't they adorable. I'm sorry, but these just totally appeal to a very irreverant side of me. I love 'em. They look especially adorable when knitting assorted baby gear. :) Sometimes, I am just so wrong. Anyway, I got these on Etsy at SeeJayneKnit's shop. She's got some great stitch markers and some beautiful looking yarn. She was great to deal with and I am thrilled with the markers. And also inspired....