Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jespere's Amazing Socks and German Yarn

Sometimes, a package shows up exactly when it's needed. I was having a pretty bad day until I got home and found a bag with a package from the Netherlands! I don't know many people from that part of the world, so I knew right away that I had received the gift of socks. Jespere, my pal from the knitty sock exchange, knit these beauties for me. I put them on right away and showed them off to my parents, who were appropriately impressed with the perfection of color choice, fit, pattern, and happy daughter who was sticking her foot in their faces shouting, "Look! Look at these amazing socks!"


They really do fit perfectly. The color is the prettiest red I have ever seen, and I'm in love with the pattern, the cuff details in particular. Thank you, Jespere! You really made my day.

Oh, and there were cookies and chocolate in that package... alas, they no longer exist for me to take pictures of them. Somebody ate them...
*looks away innocently while trying to wipe off a couple of crumbs*

And now, as promised: German yarn. I bought 4 skeins of Regia Silk so I can knit Clessidra and one other skein of fancy Regia yarn. The rest of the sock yarn? Skeins that cost between 1.99 to 5 Euros and were mostly bought at a grocery store that had gotten in sock yarn! In retrospect, I wish I'd taken pictures of the yarn on display, but at the time, I was too busy oohing and aahing and stuffing yarn in a basket to do much else.


The stuff in the lower left corner is crochet cotton. I'm usually not a pot holder person, but I found the most adorable book of pot holder patterns. Chickens, sheep, horses, coffee mugs... I'll be crocheting up a storm. Maybe some of them will even look like they're supposed to!

The purplish stuff on the right is a sweater's worth of the most beautiful shiny novelty yarn I've ever seen. And I'm so not a novelty yarn person! But look at these beauties. Here, take a closer look. Click on the picture, make them bigger, see why I couldn't resist. The fact that my mother's patient owns the yarn store and gave me a discount doesn't hurt, but I would have bought these at full price without a second thought.


The color is a bit lighter than I usually wear, but it'll be a pretty summery lace sweater. I can always creep it up by wearing black under it!

21 comments:

Cynthia said...

Yay! I'm so glad you like them and they fit! The pattern is really nice to knit too, I must confess I've made another pair for mother's day for my mom. She was saying all the time that she thought it such a "pity" that I was giving them away. I took the hint ;) It's a really fun knit. Not too complicated, not too boring.

And man, you really made out like a bandit there. I'm starting to think some German travelling is up somewhere in my future...

Sarah said...

Love the yarn in the grocery store idea...but man, I'd be broke! Talk about impulse shopping....

sgeddes said...

Sock yarn at the grocery! How cool is that.

I can't wait to see your sweater knit up with the novelty yarn.

Bezzie said...

You brought an extra suitcase for all that right?

My jaw dropped when I saw all that yarn!

Carina said...

Ah, and so you now understand my weakness for all things Gedifra. Darn that company--they make even frou-frou yarns irresistable!

Stephanie said...

I'm glad you made it back safely from your trip. It sounds like you had a lovely time- Goth Festival or not! :) And for me, 13 days to go... Aaah!

Zonda said...

Lovely socks!!! Oh, yarn in the grocery store..um..er..I'd forget the darn groceries LOL!!

Can't wait to see what you knit with the Gedifra...that is gorgeous!

Raeknits!_and_spins said...

Now that's a stash I am envious of! (And I'm not a stash girl!) So glad you had a great time, and glad you're back, too!

mjm knitting said...

nice haul.

those socks are perfect. love the color.

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

Nice socks! And nice haul, too! How fun that must be to shop for sock yarn along w/your groceries.

Jess said...

Those socks are awesome! Why can't grocery stores here have sock yarn? They have no idea the ammount of money they are missing out on...

Elspeth said...

Those are great socks! And nice sock yarn too!

Rain said...

Those socks are fabulous!

What a great haul from Germany.

LadyLungDoc said...

I used some Regia silk in that colour to knit my knittyboard sock pal's socks. I really enjoyed working with it.

Dipsy said...

Awww, that's some yummy yarn that you got for yourself! Actually I seem to love every single skein of it (yay, right on! ;)) - but that Gedifra one sure is the most beautiful one! It seems to be heaven to work with, and I can't wait to see how it looks once it's knit up!
Oh, and the socks are totally awesome too!

Poops said...

No. Yarn in the grocery store is just wrong. Do you have any idea what that would do to my grocery budget?!

pixieriot said...

yarn in the grocery store would be amazing, and completely debilatating at the same time, for me.

those socks are lovely!

p.s., i'm a brat and i tagged you in a meme. it's in my blog. :-)

Carina said...

Oh, and I tagged you with the 8 random things. Check the blog.

Becky said...

Beautiful socks and a great haul on the yarn!

Sue, aka seiding said...

I think sock yarn in the grocery store makes perfect sense. There are somes days I decide between more yarn or more food! ;)

I would not have been able to resist that novelty yarn either. I bet it look fabulous knitted up!

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