Wednesday, September 12, 2012

on my needles this week

I needed something to knit while we were on the road last week, some mindless stockinette that would keep my hands moving while I watched the scenery. Before we left, I grabbed a couple of skeins of sock yarn from the sewing room and had to scramble for a set of good dpns. A dozen sets of Harmony sock needles (there's a reason for that) and I still had to pull a set from the toe of a sock I don't even remember starting....another sign that I need to get my knitting stuff more organized!

The yarn is Bernat Sox, in Pink Camouflage. I think this is the yarn I picked it up on clearance at Joann's months and months ago because the price was right.

The yarn is an acrylic/nylon blend. I like acrylic. I do most of my knitting with acrylic, unless it's lace or socks or something I'm going to felt. But I'm not loving this stuff. The colors are great, but the texture is bugging me a bit. I've happily knit and worn acrylic socks before, so I'll see how they turn out. Now that I'm home and can look at my knitting, I've got other projects I'd rather work on.

    The Whippet Hotel is a strange place full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them - he is the maintenance man's son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him . . . boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake . . . and so is Leo's own future!

While we were on the road, we listened to Floors by Patrick Carman. My daughter is an absolute genius at picking out books that will entertain the entire family -- six year old, seven year old, twelve year old, teenager, and both parents -- and this one was no exception. I can suddenly see why my oldest son has been reading every Patrick Carman book he can get his hands on!

Check out On the Needles over at Patchwork Times.


Denise :) said...

I love audio books -- I'll have to check out Floors. I'm sure y'all have, but I'd be remiss if I didn't make sure -- have you all read (listened to) the Redwall series by Brian Jacques? I adore those! And they, too are well suited for a WIDE range of ages. :)

Allie said...

I hope your socks turn out well for you! I'd love to learn to knit just so I could make socks. I'll have to check out Floors.

Judy S. said...

I had a skein of that yarn too and ended up donating it...didn't do it for me either. Sounds like an interesting author!

Mary said...

The color is pretty, to bad the yarn isn't living up to it.

Judy D in AZ said...

I'm just trying toe up socks-yours look so nice. I haven't tried acrylic yarn for my socks but now I'm interested-thanks.


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