Monday, February 16, 2009

mid-winter pick-me-up

I have been suffering from the winter doldrums. There hasn't been anything exciting happening lately, the weather stinks, and I'm bored but not energized to do much about it. It's a common affliction around here these days. It's been a long time since we've had such a cold winter and everyone is so tired of it.

Today is a provincial holiday but Canada Post is under federal jurisdiction so the mail arrived. It was a lovely surprise - just right for a mid-winter pick-me-up!
There's the new Interweave Knits magazine, several sets of Hiya Hiya double points in fine gauge sock sizes from The Knitting Zone*, and Mini Mochi sock yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool. The rainbow colored yarn is already wound and ready to start a pair of socks. I was craving color and here it is! I really like the colorways of Noro sock yarn but I know that I'd never be able to wear socks made with it because it is scratchy. The Mini Mochi is new from Crystal Palace Yarns. It is washable merino/nylon single ply and is very soft. I don't know how well it will stand up to sock wearing but I will knit it tightly and hope for the best. I'm not very hard on socks so it will probably be fine.

The mailbox also brought a pick-me-up for Dan...
the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Not a lot of knitting/spinning to share. I did finish a pair of Cat Bordhi's Little Coriolis socks for the baby girl that my massage therapist and his wife are expecting in June. I used stashed Patons Decor which is acrylic/wool and is quite nice and soft for a washable yarn.

My third blogiversary is coming up in a few days. Stay tuned for details about a prize to celebrate!

*The Knitting Zone is closing the retail part of their business to concentrate on the wholesale side of supplying Hiya Hiya needles to stores. I stocked up because Hiya Hiyas are my absolute favorite needles.


Lovs2Knit said...

Goodies in the mail is always a great way to pick up your day! I can't wait to order some mini mochi but am holding off for now. The colors are gorgeous! Enjoy your new goodies. :~)

Suzy Girl said...

What a lovely mail box surprise for you!! I can't wait to get my copy of IK. Such pretty sock yarn too.
And love the lil' girl socks!! June will be here before we know it. :)

Aunt Kathy said...

I haven't tried the HiYa needles but I'd love to

Anonymous said...

That is a nice little pick me up.

Lynn said...

OOOH that's some nice mail!!! I esp like the Mini Mochi yarn. I'm trying to hold back because I have yet to cast on my malabrigo that I couldn't wait to get!!!

Darcie said...

My husband just came into my office to ask me to watch the chicken on the bar-b-que for him. Turns out the SI swimsuit model was coming on tv.
Made me think of your blog. :)
PS. I told him he could watch his own darn chicken.

Anonymous said...

I love that rainbow yarn!! Here's on in the eye for the winter blahs!! LOL!!