Modified Monkeys

I finished the Modified Monkeys last Saturday. These are knit in Gypsy Girl Creations fingering weight, in the coloway Flower Child. I thought. When I tried them on, one of them was 3/4" shorter than the one that actually fit. What the heck? The number of pattern repeats matched, so near as I can figure, my row gauge must've changed. They looked the same. But they were different. Alas, I had to frog the toe of the offender and knit a few rows plain and *then* start the toe decreases. Here is an on-the-foot shot. Man, is it ever hard to take a semi-decent picture of your own foot!

The other modification I made (beside reknitting the toe) was to knit all of the purl stitches. I wish I could remember where I first saw that idea, to give credit where credit is due. It was a nice change from the first pair of Monkeys, shown below, before all of the ends were woven in.

These were done in Claudia Hand Painted Yarn, fingering weight, colorway Sharks.
I did the cuff on Addi 2.75 mm needles and switched to 2.5mm at the heel flap for both pairs.
Next up? More socks, of course. I'm debating between starting Thuja socks for my brother for Christmas and another pair of RPM socks for myself. Decisions, decisions. There is plenty of STR in the Sock Yarn Collection to accomplish both.


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August Loopy Loot

Well, when last I posted, I mentioned a little Sneak-Up over at The Loopy Ewe. Here it is, a month after its arrival, and I finally had the ultimate combination of a)No Rain and b)No Work and c)During the Day.
Plus, there was another Sneak-Up last Tuesday, and, well, the mailman *might* be stopping at my house today. Just sayin'.

Without further ado, my August Loopy Loot:

Misty Mountain Farm Crimson Tide

J.Knits Happy Anniversary to Ewe

J.Knits New Jersey

Lime & Violet Dreamsicle on the Pavement

I have come to the conclusion that I am a Yarn Collector. And I'm OK with that. I will have no guilt about "stash", because this is my hobby. There are so many wonderful yarns out there, and my knitting time is sooooo limited, that for now, I'm happy to collect. What I actually get to knit with is a bonus. Some day I will be able to try them all.

All of these goodies were waiting on my doorstep the afternoon that I returned from the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan. It was about a 2 hour drive from here. I'll leave you with a little sheepy goodness until I write more about that.