I'm still here, slogging away in tax season hell. This was another particularly heinous week and I'm so glad I have the weekend off. Yesterday was bright and sunny, although cold. Dad tilled my garden last week so I was able to get my onions planted. March 29 planting in my garden, that may be some sort of new record for me. It was so nice to get out in the fresh air. I put in 10 rows of onions this year. I planted a variety of sweet onions including Candy Sweets, Texas 1015s and Walla Wallas. Candys have always done pretty good for me, I'm interested to see how the others do. It will be several weeks before I plant anything else out, until it starts warming up some.
I've started a new pair of socks. Another toe up pair, these using the Lime and Violet Sasquatch sock yarn I got last year in a color called Darvoset.It's knitting up very pretty. I'm also trying to finish the cotton V-neck tank I started last year. Man I hate knitting with cotton. I don't know why I keep talking myself into trying it again. I can stand it for about a day or two, then I just want to chuck it. I'm knitting the neck band now and hope to finish the damn thing this week. Just to be done with it. It actually doesn't look too bad, and the fabric does feel nice. I'm just not happy knitting it.
Which brings me to the new KnitPicks summer yarns. They've got a new yarn called Comfy. It's a cotton acrylic blend that comes in a gorgeous subdued color palette. For a few tremulous moments, my mouse was poised on Add to Cart. Milan would be fabulous in the Blackberry color or maybe Flamingo. But then I made myself remember all my cotton-cursings and stopped myself. The little devil on my shoulder keeps saying, this time will be different. But I'm not letting myself be tempted. At least not until there is some chatter on Ravelry about how this yarn behaves. At the very least, I'm going to restrain myself to one ball the next time I need to order from KP so that I can try it before committing to a sweater's worth.
The yarn diet is in the home stretch. Only 17 days to go. Easy-peasy. Although, I must say, it it hadn't been for the wheel and my fiber pimp, opps I mean Jen, keeping me busy, I might have caved a month ago. I'm about 80% leaning towards the Elann Superwash Worsted and 20% towards KP Swish for Milan. It will probably all come down to which color strikes my fancy the day I breakdown and order.
Speaking of my fiber pimp. Check out the new goodness I got:This is a batt I bought called Cozy Stripes. Jen said it was inspired by a cold rainy day in the mountains and wanting to feel cozy. The colors sure feel warm and cozy to me. Along with the batt, she sent me two test batts of Harry Potter house colors, Gryffindor of course!I've started on the first batt already. This one had the gold and burgundy somewhat blended together. It's spinning up a bit barber pole, which is really awesome. I'm going to do a whole bobbin and then probably ply it with a black or brown solid single. I'm afraid plying it on itself will just end up looking orange from a distance.I haven't opened the second batt yet. The gold and burgundy are layered in this one. I'm interested to see how different or similar it ends up compared to the blended batt.