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Quick sock update: I envy those who seem to be able to churn out socks like there’s no tomorrow. I am still knitting away at the basic sock and I’m only halfway through, about to do the heel. I know that it’s my first proper sock, it’s man-sized (so fairly big) and knit using tiny yarn and tiny needles, but it would just be nice not to spend 2 months per sock, which seems to be the time it’s taking so far. And I think I’m spending an OK amount of time on them amongst the busyness that is life – I get a few evenings a week, and any time during the weekend knitting it. Maybe I need to ramp it up a bit more. I don’t know! But I am enjoying it none the less, even if it is taking a while…

It snowed!

It snowed over the weekend!

Onto the acquisitions. I purchased some yarn from Knit Picks with these baby booties in mind. Again, I seem to be going back to knitting things for other people (the sock earlier isn’t for me, which you probably got from the fact that the socks are ‘man-sized’) and when I found out that one of Alvin’s cousins is pregnant, I just have to cast on a pair of the cute little booties! There are so many colour combinations from different people’s versions, so I had to follow suit and get some variegated yarn to make them. I don’t know if she wants to know the sex of the baby or if it’ll be a surprise, so I covered all bases (of course I did, it meant I could buy more gorgeous yarn!):

Knit Picks Imagination in 'Damsel'

Knit Picks Imagination in 'Damsel'

If it’s a girl, I’ll use Knit Picks hand painted Imagination yarn in ‘Damsel’.

Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted in 'Lullaby'

Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted in 'Lullaby'

If it’s a boy, Knit Picks Hand Painted Stroll yarn in ‘Lullaby’.

Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted in 'Summer Vacation'

Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted in 'Summer Vacation'

And for either, Knit Picks Hand Painted Stroll yarn in ‘Summer Vacation’.

They are such lovely, squishy, soft, colourful yarns, I can’t wait to knit with them! I’m thinking of starting the multi-coloured ‘either girl or boy’ booties first, so that whatever happens, there are some finished booties waiting. And then I’ll get on with the blue and pink ones. There are quite a few cousins who are settling down, so I can see myself knitting a whole line of multi-coloured booties :)

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Just before we went to Paris, I took advantage of the free delivery on Great British Yarns (one of the newsletter subscriber offers) and bought some Knit Picks yarn. I’d heard a fair amount about Knit Picks yarn (mostly from Kristen’s Yarngasm podcast!) and was so happy to find out that Great British Yarns sell Knit Picks to the UK. They have so many colours and I was particularly happy that they had the hand painted imagination yarn.

Knit Picks Yarn

Knit Picks Yarn

From left to right: Knit Picks Stroll in Aurora Heather (they are like fir tree green, you can’t really tell by the picture – 3 skeins ordered), Knit Picks Imagination in Unicorn (2 skeins ordered) and Knit picks Palette in Orange (3 skeins ordered). Two of the colours were on my Knitlist for October, so it’s nice to have a few items I wanted! They are all going to be knitted to make socks for other people. I daren’t talk any more about it in case those people read this and spoil the surprise! But just to say, these will be post Christmas gifts – I’ve got Christmas gifts still to finish!

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