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Monkeying around

I managed to drag myself away from playing with sourdough starters and baking bread long enough to finish my latest Monkey socks today. The yarn shade is called Pier, so I call the socks Monkeys on the Pier.

No Purl Monkey Socks

Shaped toes on handknitted socks

Pattern: I’ve used the No-Purl version of Cookie A’s Monkey Socks pattern = although as usual I’ve just done my standard heel, and my new standard shaped toes.
Yarn: Morris Empire 4ply, bought from The Granny Square in Newtown, Sydney (as a little present to myself before I went into the hospital – which is just around the corner from the shop).

So, that’s one pair of socks off the needles. I’ve still got two others on the go – one, a plain pair in brown Trekking yarn, is about 40% done and will be the next to be finished. Probably. Then I might get back to the experimental Brangian socks, although whether they’ll be finished or frogged I’m not sure.

I’m going to be working full-time at the local uni for first semester, starting in February, so my knitting time will decrease, and therefore I’m going to be strategic about what I choose to knit. It’s a interesting challenge, knitting from stash but at the same time making sure I fill up gaps in my wardrobe. I have quite a few hand-knitted socks, but, for example, I only have one pair of red socks, and they’re dark red and lacy. Fortunately, I have some Bendigo Luxury 4ply in my stash, in the beautiful Ruby shade. I have a great pair of plain, basic greenish socks – but a lacy teal pair would be good, too… and I do have more Empire 4ply in a deep teal πŸ™‚ So, I can certainly keeping my fingers productively and strategically employed for a while!

Oh, and about that sourdough… this fruit loaf didn’t rise as much as I’d hoped, but it is still scrumptious (especially toasted with butter and marmalade):
Sourdough Fruit loaf

Now, I’d better go and make a sourdough chocolate cake, as we have visitors coming this afternoon!

4 Responses to Monkeying around

  • Tam says:

    I remember when it was a fun thing to do to give half your sourdough starter to a friend with instructions to increase it and pass it on… Mum made quite a few nice loaves, but we never thought of sourdough chocolate cake!!

    Nice monkeys, and I do like that custom toe πŸ™‚

  • Kylie says:

    The socks are gorgeous! Lovely colours in the yarn πŸ™‚

  • Bronwyn says:

    Tam, I wouldn’t have thought of it, either, but I saw it mentioned on a forum, and went googling, found a number of recipes, and decided to try it! I’m having a slice right now, with icecream, and it’s definitely a recipe that I’ll do again.

    Thanks, Kylie! I’m not big on variegated yarns, but I like the colours in this one, too, and I’m happy with how it turned out πŸ™‚

  • Jan says:

    Those socks look lovely, beautiful shade which goes well with the pattern. I haven’t checked your blog since a couple of days after the operation so am pleased you’re back home. If’ I’d known you were at that hospital, I could have got you anything you wanted from the Granny Square. I’m around the corner in the other direction to the hospital.