Knitting

What, More Socks?! …And Some Food.

Being here in St. George and not having a job yet has been a blessing and a curse.  A blessing because there is actually time for things I never have time for – like reading, knitting, exploring, etc – and a curse because well, there’s no money coming into my savings.  Only going out.

In the last two days, I have finished a half-finished sock, and started and finished its mate.  I am really happy with the way the variegation in this yarn turned out.  This was my first time knitting with DK-weight yarn.  DK-weight is also known as ‘light worsted weight’.  Lately, I’ve noticed that they’ve changed the weight measurement on yarn from the familiar ‘sock/fingering, baby, sport, worsted, and chunky’ to the new (potentially easier but foreign) ‘super fine, fine, light, medium, bulky, and super bulky’.  Click here for descriptions.  I really wish they’d establish a standard measurement system that they intend to stick with.

So the DK yarn is slightly thinner than the standard worsted-weight yarn, and knit up beautifully.  One ball was exactly perfect for one pair of socks for me.  I think if I were knitting bigger man-sized socks, I’d need more than one ball.  Here’s the ball I used.  The brand is ‘Yarn Bee’, and it’s 56% wool, 22% polyester, and 22% PTT.  I had to look up what PTT is, and it’s ‘polytrimethylene terephthalate’.  Some sort of spun thermoplastic.  It sounds a little scary, but the yarn feels very soft and nice.

The color is ‘Creamsickle’, spelled incorrectly, like ‘sickle-cell anemia’.

Here are the finished socks, with a close-up of the fabric, and a picture of exactly what came from that ball of yarn.  There was very little left over.

The socks are knit using 4 double-pointed size 4 needles.  I think, upon reflection, next time I knit with this yarn, I will use size 3 needles.  I think a slightly tighter fabric would be even nicer.  Here are the needles, and a picture of all the things used to make these socks.  I left the yarn needles and the scissors out of the photo, because I figure they are obvious.  Also, there’s a picture of the sock in action, on an actual foot.

I am glad to be finished with these, as they have been on my needles since about November, 2010.  See HERE.

Rich and I also tried a new Mexican food place here in St. George.  It’s called Irmita’s.  It’s a little place, with a palapa-style roof, and a big patio with misters around the edges. Notice in the first photo that there’s a stack of sombreros.  They are for people to wear while they are dining there.  I love that.

I got three tacos – carnitas, chile verde, and machaca.  Rich got the carne asada burrito combination.  The carnitas and chile verde were GREAT.  The machaca (which is supposed to be dried shredded beef – and wasn’t) was suspiciously like the carne asada – tasteless and not grilled.  Also, Rich’s burrito came just as you see it in the (bad) picture…not rolled, and too full to actually roll it.  It wasn’t that great.  Bummer.  I would definitely go back for the carnitas and chile verde, though.

Thanks for reading, and for commenting!

New Stuff

New Stuff (aka: I haven’t ‘blogged in a long time, and lots of things have happened).

Cactus Kate ‘Blog anniversary.  January 20th was the 3rd anniversary of this ‘blog.  Can’t believe I’ve been at it for 3 years!

The Big Trip.  Obviously, since I am here writing this, Rich and I returned from our RV-retrieval trip safely.  It was a fun, stressful, trying, exciting trip.  We got lots of photos, and actually managed to post on our travel ‘blog (CLICK HERE) frequently.  I am really glad to be home, but I want to say that I really liked Corpus Christi, Texas – a lot more than I thought I would.  It seems like a pretty laid-back place with warm-ish weather, and good Mexican food.  It has colleges, birds, warm winters, palm trees, and WORK.  Everywhere we went, there was a ‘now hiring’ sign in the window.

Here are a couple comparison photos from this trip, and a similar or same photo from when Rich and I visited Texas in 1999.  First pics from 1999, then from 2011 (11 years seems like a long time, but doesn’t look like such a long time):

The Alamo

Caverns of Sonora

New Phone.  It was time for my phone upgrade through Verizon, and I decided to upgrade to a Droid X.  This is my first ‘smart phone’, and I am still marveling at all the things it can do.  It gets online, takes calls, has a GPS (a real one, not just the emergency location thing), is a mobile WiFi hotspot for other devices, and even lets me play Scrabble with Janelle.  🙂  It came two days ago, and I haven’t stopped playing with it.  Here is a short story, starting with the Fed-Ex truck arriving with my new ‘device’.  In picture #5, you can see how big this thing is compared to my old phone.

Socks.  I finally completed my first pair of ‘sock yarn’ socks.  Sock yarn is VERY fine yarn – almost like embroidery floss.  It took what seemed like forever to complete this pair of socks, but I really like how they look, and I will definitely knit with sock yarn again.  I am impressed with them.  I have already cast on the next pair of socks.  There are 2 pics of the finished socks, and 2 pics of the new socks.

Thanks for reading, commenting, and keeping me motivated to continue my ‘blog!  🙂

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