Tuesday, April 04, 2006

News from the Seaside

I am pleased to report that the sock pal knitting is improving. Both reducing the needle size and the number of stitches were necessary, but I believe the size is now correct. I'm enjoying the eyelet diamonds pattern, too -- there's just enough going on.

Words don't adequately express how delicious the Lorna's Laces is. This is my first time knitting with it, and it is such a pleasure. Soft, and with such lovely color changes. This colorway, Seaside, calls to mind the most gorgeous beaches, the sort with gnarly pine trees clinging to rocky shores.* It's nice that the yarn is so wonderful, because these needles, my only 2.25 mm circulars, were clearly forged of Satanium in the fiery furnaces of hell.

The Adamas shawl was going well for awhile, and then suddenly extra stitches began mysteriously appearing on my needles. Gnomes? Anyhow, last night, in a fit of pique, I ripped the whole thing. I contemplated starting an affair of my own with Kiri, and then I repented. I'll go back to Adamas when I've made more progress on these sock pal socks.

* As opposed to the sort with gnarly college boys clinging to their Rolling Rocks.

27 Comments:

Blogger Coleen said...

The seaside socks look great so far! I've never used Lorna's Laces - I take it it's as wonderful as everyone says it is?

9:45 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

They are gorgeous!

10:28 PM  
Blogger Bitterknitter said...

Glad to see your sock woes are diminishing! They look lovely, BTW. I haven't seen the Adamas pattern yet, but I can vouch for Kiri as a gentle companion on a first major foray into lace. Not that Adamas can't be beaten into submission ;-)

-Lisa

12:28 AM  
Blogger kim said...

Satanium...that's too funny...

1:30 AM  
Anonymous meg said...

Lovely! The diamonds do interesting things to the little stripes, too. I think I know more than I wanted to about college boys now, though :o)

1:50 AM  
Anonymous kris said...

oh i like those! gorgeous yarn and the pattern is very cool

7:39 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

They look very nice with that pattern - I agree, it's just enough going on. Good luck finishing them up!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Love those socks - what a great colorway. (Thank goodness it's not the gnarly college boy colorway!!) Damn those gnomes . . . when will they learn to keep your knitting alone?

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I'm sure the gnomes just thought they were helping. Silly little creatures.

Post after post about the wonder of Lorna's Laces on blogs everywhere is slowly chipping away at my no-yarn-buying resolve. That is a lovely colorway you've got there.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

I'm glad your socks are going well. I too have recently come to love Lorna's laces. Very interesting pattern too!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

The seaside colorway is gorgeous, and I like the stitch pattern you are using. Your sockpal with love them!

9:57 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Lace Gnomes are super sneaky. Hard to get rid of their extra stitches with the usual K2tog. Ripping is the only way to disinfect your knitting. You did the right thing. ;)

10:02 AM  
Blogger erin/pinkerbell said...

I LOVE the socks

11:00 AM  
Blogger Olga said...

oh! so glad you're making progress that you're happy with. and look at you, getting all poetic with the color description (tho' i indulged in my own flights of fancy with pecan trees the other day). can't wait to knit with my lorna's laces! i don't know about this adamas shawl that you speak of. what did i miss? besides you, of course. ;-)

12:32 PM  
Anonymous jillian said...

Lovely - that stitch pattern and yarn go excellently together!

It does remind one of beaches :)

12:55 PM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

The pattern really creates something interesting and exciting with that colorway. Great!

1:09 PM  
Blogger christine said...

Is this the LL colorway that you wanted to marry a few months back?

If so, I agree. Go get the license.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

OO, I like how the diamonds break up the pattern. Will have to see what that would do to yarn that wants to pool...

2:58 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Your sock pal is going to be so happy with those!

5:17 PM  
Blogger Philippa said...

They're lovely! Like marine honeycomb.

5:42 PM  
Blogger pearl said...

i just wanted to say i love you stuff. this sock is coming along nicely!

8:23 AM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

That pattern looks SO cool.

1:45 PM  
Blogger knittinmom said...

Those socks look great! And thank you for gnarly college boys - my official coffee-out-the-nose moment for today.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

they are wonderful! your persistance paid off big time! sorry to heare about the gnomes attacking your shawl! theose pests ca make us knitters go crazy!

11:45 AM  
Blogger Brianne said...

I have a few skeins of Lorna's Laces in my stash. I'm saving them for what? A special occasion? The perfect pattern? I'm not sure but I do know one thing. I take it out every time I open my craft closet and just fondle it for a while. ;)

11:51 AM  
Anonymous jess said...

I love how that pattern is working up in that colorway! I also love that colorway. Mmm LL!

10:05 AM  
Blogger trek said...

I like the LL and the pattern!

10:23 AM  

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