Whoops! Life has gotten a little hectic what with car stuff and visiting relatives and a lot of rain, but I figured it was high time for another blog post. This time I finally have some knitting I can show you - this was one of those secret projects I kept mumbling about a while back. The second installment of the Sole Mates sock club - Kells.
It's a top down cabled sock with cables that remind me of the celtic knotwork in the book of Kells. The sock pattern comes in 3 sizes, but also has a handy rib panel on the sides that makes it easy to customize the size.
I like patterned heels because I wear a lot of clogs and birkenstock type shoes and I like to look as good when I leave a room as when I enter ;-)
The yarn in this club's selection is the most gorgeous, luxurious yarn from Anzula Luxury Fibers. It's a custom dyed color just for our club - a lovely Tuscan/berry red.
There's a reason luxury is in their name. This yarn is the Squishy Sock which is a blend of superwash merino, cashmere and nylon. Deee-licious!
Signups for the Sole Mates Sock Club kits are closed, but if you like the pattern there is a pattern-only option that is still open. The pattern only option will remain available until the end of the club so you can join at any time and whenever you join you will get all the patterns that have, thus far, been released.
In other news, my tulips are mostly gone, but the mystery plants are in full swing, and, yep! they are wild roses. So delicate and fragrant! I am a lucky girl.
The weather here in Eugene has been very rainy and fairly chilly. I'm still wearing wool socks a lot of the time. I've heard from the locals that it is unseasonably wet and cold and I heard a theory that it is the volcano eruptions in Iceland that are causing colder weather. I am wondering if people elsewhere are also experiencing colder than usual weather. Volcano eruptions are known to cause colder weather, there was the year without summer in 1816 which caused widespread cold in Northern Europe, and North America which is thought to have been caused by a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. So it's not as far fetched as it seems. And it looks like there may be a second volcano eruption possibility in Iceland plus there have been eruptions in Ecuador and Guatemala too - it looks like volcanoes are in the news these days.
Fortunately rain is still a novelty to me (remember I grew up in the land of relentless sun) so I have been enjoying this unseasonable weather immensely. However, I am scared of how big and fast my precious weeds are growing! I did discover a very good use for weeds though...when your yard is soggy and swampy from too much sky water falling in too short a period of time, they make really good stepping stones to keep from falling in the mud! I've been yanking them out and making little piles that I very much enjoy walking on.
My pals the bambis have been visiting quite a bit lately. I used to have a theory that they only visited when the weather was sunny and fine, but I've been seeing them in the rain lately too. Which just proves that my theories are a bunch of baloney, I have no idea what I'm talking about! My dog Gwen has become the deer alarm. She likes to bark and growl ferociously from the safety of the house when she sees them in the yard. She sounds like she'd like to eat them! Well, the other day I accidentally let her outside when there were deer in the yard and I didn't realize they were there. She growled and raced toward them. Then, when she was about a hundred feet away she pulled up short and decided she didn't really want to meet a deer nor did she even want a tiny taste of one, not even one little lick. They looked awfully big all of a sudden and one had antlers and they all had hard sharp hooves. She turned right back around and decided to hang out with me instead. The deer barely reacted! They looked at her, moved a few steps away and then continued to munch. It's too bad they don't have a taste for poison oak because I still haven't dealt with that little issue in the yard and wouldn't that be lovely if something as pretty as a deer would eat something as irritating as poison oak. Sigh. In a perfect world....