I have so much knitting going on. Now that I am finished with my Picket Fence Afghan, all my other UFOs have bubbled up from the tar pit of opportunity. Knitting is all over the place around the house. (What else is new?)
The Socks and Blocks Knitalong continues in the Lounge and on Instagram at #socksnblocksMDK. All the details are here. Please go have a ramble, post your own sockular efforts and blanket squares, and enjoy knitting in the company of fellow sockeristas and blanketeers.
Every time I return to sock knitting, I remember all over again how fun it is to make tiny little stitches. For me, knitting socks requires a totally different way of handling yarn and tension. I basically knit supertight, yank with righteous vigor when I switch from one needle to the next, and stop only to admire the endless shifting colors of my Barnyard Knits yarn.
Magic loop! This technique is so brilliant.
We have a bunch of Kim Formica’s scrumptious colors in the Shop, including the MDK-exclusive Getaway Set of 4 skeins of Barnyard Knits that are designed to be the summeriest colors possible.
This pattern is from MDK Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust, our one-stop guide to knitting socks.
This is an ancient Zauberball, not sure what color.
I show you this Zauberball simply to note the crazy things that happen with color in a Zauberball. It’s all about two plies of yarn that are shifting color all the time. The result is an ever-changing wonderment of color. These socks are not going to match, but they are going to be such good friends.
We’re now up to 14 different Zauberball colors in the Shop, if you’re thinking this looks like fun. I promise you: it is.
Meanwhile, at Camp Shayne
Son David (who’s 24, not 4) got to talking about making s’mores the other day, so with absolutely nothing else to do around this place, we loaded up on Hershey’s chocolate bars, graham crackers, and marshmallows.
Operative word here is “jumbo.”
We ordered Kraft Jet-Puffed Jumbo Mallows, thinking those were the time-honored size that fits perfectly toasted on a graham cracker.
Kraft Jet-Puffed Jumbo Mallows are mattress sized. Seriously jumbo. They are so large that all previous toasting techniques are invalid. The center is about a half mile in from the outside, so it’s a whole new art to toast a Jumbo Mallow. Melty fluffitude without incineration? We’re still working on this, hunkered down as we are around the campfire.
We awake with the scent of woodsmoke from the campfire—wait, that’s not true.
The toasted Jumbo Mallow o’erhangs the graham cracker, causes general mayhem and the need for mallow control while snacking away at the thing.
DAUNTING: Where do you start?
I’m not saying it’s a travesty—this is no Double Stuf Oreo nightmare—but it’s simply fair warning to those of you who are thinking about ordering up a bunch of s’more makings. It’s a lot of mallow, I’m just saying. Order with care, I’m saying.
What’s your latest feat of cookery? We’re looking for new adventures. Bragging encouraged. If your acre of cilantro has come in, that’s great. If you’re going minimalist (and yes, I had popcorn as entree the other night), I’d love to hear it.