Return of the Mojo?

I wouldn’t say that it’s back full force, but after a refreshing trip to the farmers’ market this weekend I began to feel slightly knitty again.

I’ve been filled with a certain amount of Leaving-Madison-Urgency recently and have finally bought something I’ve been meaning to get for a while now. Madison has one of the best Farmers’ Markets in the nation and there are a few crafty booths in addition to the produce and baked goods types. I’ve been wanting these since I first saw them years ago:

Adorable onesies from Bernie’s Girl. I do not now have a human infant, nor do I expect to have one soon – but I couldn’t leave Madison without my favorites!

Okay, now that the embarrassing stuff is over, on to the yarn! We also hit up The Sow’s Ear this weekend, and were delighted to find some BEAUTIFUL sock yarn by Sun Valley Fiber Farm.

I was actually the most attracted to a beautiful color called Barn Raising – a gorgeous handpainted faded pink with just a few touches of red. I ended up with two skeins of the above because they also had some great slipper soles – my size and with lots and lots of holes. I’ve been meaning to make myself some nice mukluks for years, and now with the Royal Assassin challenge I’m all over some Kettricken mukluks! (As we know, she loves the purple!)

Did I mention it’s 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, and 10% Cashmere? No? That’s weird, because it is completely my favorite yarn! I am loving of the MCN. Had to go back the next day to get a crochet hook small enough to go through the holes in the soles, but it’s totally worth it. I’ve made progress on my Brother Socks, and washed the yarn from the first iteration of the Brother Socks last summer (which I just found in my garden after searching for for 7 months!)

And I’ve also started my Rectangular Ulmus, which I’ve been salivating over for months.

I don’t know how I feel now that I’m going though – this pattern is the reason I opted for the double yarn club through Old Maiden Aunt and I LOVE Strange Rock n’ Rollers (the light green/purpley one.) This is a wool/bamboo blend and it is incredibly soft . . . . but I feel like the Strange Rock n’ Rollers is a little washed out next to Bitter Bug . . .

Here it is by itself – it’s so luminous! I was planning on knitting the lacy ends in this color, but I don’t know if that’s enough for such an amazing color!

What do you think?

Fantasia: Royal Assasin

I’m very excited this term to be running a workshop in the Ravelry group Fantasia! Basically, each semester people submit proposals for challenges based on books (fantasy and kid’s books, hence, Fantasia) and others turn in all kinds of projects loosely based on those challenges.

I have done a challenge for some of my favorite books, The Farseer series, especially Royal Assassin, which has one of my all time favorite characters, Kettricken. I have been working on a badge for the challenge, and I hope this works!

In other reading news, I have been absolutely consumed with mysteries of late. I’m all crazy for Mrs. Emily Pollifax and Miss Maisie Dobbs. I like a good heroine. Jorah’s traveling a lot next week, so I’m going to be fending for myself a bit. I have four new books to keep me company!

I really can’t believe how crazy about reading I’ve gotten – who knew that of my 26 Last Year’s Goals, reading new books would be the one I would embrace most heartily? And that it would be so expensive . . .

It’s worth it though. I do have to go – poor Mrs. Pollifax has just been left with her associate’s (dead) body and seen her friend kidnapped . . . she’s also had her passport taken away by the Istanbul police. To switch to a different detective series, Captain Hastings would say, “Oh, dear!”

Fantasia Badge Image

This term I’m participating in the Ravelry group Fantasia – books and crafts, my favorite! I’m leading a workshop about one of my all time favorite series, The Farseer, especially Royal Assasin. I’ve spent the last three hours bending Photoshop to my will, and I think I’ve finally come up with a workshop badge!

Not super creative I know, but I like it!

Mystery Solved!

Remember the end of this post from September?
Look what I found outside my front door this morning:

The sock I was knitting for my brother for his birthday last summer! I thought I lost it up in Door County and spent weeks tearing apart my house and car. It’s been lost in the garden for 7 months! That tells you how much I like to garden . . .

I’m very excited though. I’ll frog and re-skein and wash it and then I’ll have a whole new ball of Dream in Color Smooshy! Thanks for the free yarn, universe!