Thursday, October 25, 2007

Monkeys on my feet

In more than one way. I've been back from Europe for awhile, but the travelling hasn't stopped. I've been spending my days hiking around Northern California and just a few days ago bf and I came back from a week-long roadtrip to Pinnacles NM and the deserts of Southern California. My mind is still boggled by all the wildlife we saw - a bobcat upclose, a fox, bats, wild turkeys, a tarantula, weird bugs and tons of birds I can never identify. I'm having a hard time sitting still, and need to get re-aquainted with yarn, fabric and thread. Checking through my bloglines feed was a little daunting at first, but it really kickstarted my desire to pick up the needles again thanks to all the great projects I've seen there.
Anyway, here is a pair of socks, finished right before the big trip, that I forgot to photograph and blog. What with all the pretty monkeys out there, I needed a pair myself. A skein of squishy soft pureknits sockyarn in a barely there creamy pink was the perfect fit.
Monkeys1
Monkeys2
Pattern: Monkey socks designed by Cookie A., available at Knitty.
Yarn: 1 skein of Pureknits sockyarn in 'alabaster'.
Needles: US 1 bamboo dpn's.
Mods: I knit these toe up. In order to have the pattern face down as it does in the top-down version, I sliced the pattern repeat through the middle and tucked the left part onto the right side of the right part.

Now I'm just one sleeve away from finishing my Deep V-sweater from Erika Knights "Classic Knits", and I've started a pair of socks for bf with this Aloe & Jojoba sockyarn I've had in my tiny stash for ages. It doesn't feel as extra nice and soft as I thought it would, but maybe it'll feel good on bf's feet. I lost the ball band, but I think it's from either Regia or Lana Grossa.

24 comments:

the Lady said...

I'm glad you're blogging again... I found your blog a few months ago and totally dug reading it! Did you make it to Humboldt County? There's a lot of great nature and greenery up there.

Queen of the froggers said...

Monkeys are looking lovely! I am glad you have been enjoying the travelling but good to see you back blogging!

Maryann said...

Another new reader here, and I'm glad to see you back. Hope you're having fun in California as well.. BTW, your Monkeys looks super nice in that pink! Now, I just can't wait to see more of your other projects. ;o)

Esoteric Knitter said...

They're gorgeous. Glad to have you back. :)

JennaLou said...

Your monkeys looks so comfy!! I wish I knew how to knit socks... they look so difficult, but well worth it.

Connie said...

Welcome back :) And those socks look great (just in time for socktoberfest). As usual, the combination of your exquisite knitting and photography skills makes for total project envy ;) Can't wait to see the other projects you are finishing up too.

Elizabeth said...

Welcome home! It sounds like you've been off on some fabulous travels. Your pale pink Monkeys are gorgeous - haven't seen many of these in solids, so now I'm thinking hmmm... maybe a pair of solid Monkeys is in my future.

Heather said...

Those look beautiful and comfy. Welcome back.

lori z said...

yours socks are such a pretty colour and look like they are knit very well! congrats! enjoy them as the air gets cooler.

Lesley said...

Pretty socks!

Can't wait to see your V-neck sweater from Classic Knits. I actually have that book sitting next to me, open to that exact pattern! I wish there were schematics in that book, don't you?

Julia said...

Ooo lala, I like those very much!

The pattern really stands out.

Kara said...

Oh, Jess, how jealous am I about all your gallivanting?

Love the socks. They are perfectly pick.

maritza said...

Sounds like you've been having a wonderful time. Good for you! :)
All that wildlife you've encountered sounds amazing.

And I love your Monkeys here. Beautifully done. Welcome back!

Rippedoffknitter said...

Good to see you back and pretty, pretty socks. Happy knitting!

valentina said...

Yay! Great to hear from you again. I was just double checking if Blogger wasn't updating properly two days ago.

Johanna said...

I discovered your blog during your absence and was completely intrigued by your photography. And the knitting, of course! I kept coming back and back again to look at Flicca - what a surprise to see a new post today! So far, your blog is rather special to me in this internet world - gerade weil dieser Platz, ja, verlassen und trotzdem nicht abgeschlossen war, als ich zum ersten Mal vorbeikam. Vielen Dank für die offene Tür!

Best Greetings from Germany,
Johanna

Lolly said...

A bobcat up close?!? wow - that is amazing! Your travels sound wonderful - I am jealous, I must say.

The new socks are so elegant. I love that soft pink.

grannysmith said...

schön, dass du wieder da bist!

die socken sehen in uni sehr schön aus, ein hübsches pudriges rosa.

lieber gruss aus berlin

sabine

coco said...

I'm wondering if I can email you directly regarding your Flicca modifications. I am in SF as well (are you here now?) and really like the mods made, but my knitting brain doesn't work like others and I need INSTRUCTIONS!! Hence the reason I've been knitting forever and never get any faster or better at it! email jcovey (at) beehivecreative (dot) com. Hope to hear from you!

Nanda said...

like coco, i want to make contact with you, too! are you in SF? i am in oakland and love love love your work! i have tried to find you on ravelry and failed miserably, plus you don't have a way of contacting you on this blog. please let me know if you're on ravelry or some other way of contacting you. (sorry to sound like a stalker here, but i do love your work and we are neighbors, of sorts.) :)

seedless grape said...

Let me add to the welcome back wishes. Nice to see you posting again! Your monkeys are beautiful--I love that shade of pink. Gorgeous. Hope all is well!

yahaira said...

you're back!!! I've missed your posts and somehow bloglines missed this post as well.

yaiAnn said...

Hey! This never came through on my feeds! booo! But Yay! for the socks, and just in time for Socktoberfest, too!

sweetgeorgia said...

Love those socks!! Toe up, no less.