“It Never Rains in Southern California”

q8~The lyricist for that song must be someone who has never lived here and must have had a “no-rain-in-Southern-California” dream.  It’s one of those cold, yucky, gray, drizzly, day that we do get here – sometimes!  I know those of you elsewhere are thinking “what a baby”.  I’ll agree.  It does mean I’m not outside dyeing today. Durning our Northwest Trip it was COLD- rain, sleet and snow!  I have tons of sun hats, but very few winter hats.  I was complaining about my cold head and wonderful sister Barb made this hat for me:

We saw the yarn at Acorn Street Yarn shop in Seattle.  The yarn is Odisea by Fil Katia.  The pattern is Urchin by Ysolda Teague.  She also made one for herself in the darker color way.  Barb has dark curly hair and I have blond straight hair.  Where’s the justice?  I hate pictures of myself but laying the hat flat just did not do it justice.

Have you ever started a project that you just HATE?  While on the trip we decided it was time for us to try knitting socks.  We’ve knitted booties, but not socks.  I purchased a wonderfully soft yarn by Debbie MacComber.  It’s Petal Sock yarn color way Blueberry.  I poured over tons of sock patterns, I knit quite a bit of lace but wasn’t sure if I wanted a complicated pattern for my first pair.  I’m not even sure what pattern I decided on, but I do not like it.  After hours…… sigh……  I’ll have to quite worrying about turning heels, picking up sides, or whatever and find a pattern I really like.  This is what I have:

After a whole day of spinning yesterday, my hands begged me to take the day off today.  I plan on practicing the long draw again tomorrow.  I did order a book Celia Quinn recommended, Handspinners Handbook by Bette Hochberg.  With postage it was about $10.  What a good deal.  I’m anxious to see all of the tips.  I downloaded the iSpin app that quite a few members recommended at the workshop yesterday.  Now I need to spin something so I can try it. lol