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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Socking along

Occasionally, over the last 5 days, I have come up for air from the tidal wave of Mystery Stole 3 emails, and I've done a bit of knitting. The Mystery Stole 3 group is already bigger than we've ever been before and apparently, we've put quite a dent in the world's supply of laceweight yarn in black and white - particularly Zephyr. Stephanie is doing her Represent! tour, collecting hats for charity and blowing the minds of bookstores and bars across the North American continent. I'm not exactly on tour (and no where near in the same league as Stephanie), but by leading a worldwide (at least 11 countries are represented so far) contingent of lace knitters in a crazed buying spree of black and white laceweight yarn, we're going to leave our own mark on the economy (namely, that no one will be able to buy black or white laceweight until Christmas or so). I understand that even the online bead community is wondering what's going on. My crazy idea 2 years ago to do a little Mystery Stole knitalong seems to have really taken off, and become a crazed yarn buying monster. Vive le Monstre!

So, when I escape from the computer, giggling in a demented, undercaffeinated kind of way (I'm actually misspelling my own name on emails right now), I've been knitting on two different things. One of them is the Mystery Stole (must knit enough to stay ahead of the Monster, I mean Group), which I can't show you and the other, when I can't form coherent thoughts, is this second waffle sock. See? I've done the leg and the little curly thing at the top right is the beginning of the heel flap. The stripe pattern is completely different from the first sock, but I still really love the way the colors are working together. By the end of this summer, I might be sitting here staring at nothing but the way the pretty colors blend together. Or I may be hauled off in a long sleeved white jacket - but it won't be knit of laceweight yarn - there's not much more of that available.



Blogger Soo said...

As long as the monster stays friendly (which I expect it will!) you'll be fine.

I confess to recruiting a few UK mystery stole-ers...22 at last count!

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Ebony said...

We are kind of a monster, aren't we. I've given up on trying the individual email thing and switched to the digest.

Good thing I bought a cone of Ebony Zephyr when Sara's Yarn was having a sale. It'd be impossible to get now. (Plus my name is Ebony, and it was impossible to resist)

8:37 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Ha ha! I had to unfortunately pass on the stole thing this time, but perhaps by next time I'll have things more in order!

8:45 AM  
Blogger Mette G. said...

I'm impressed that you have found the time to knit at all ;-)

And I'm so happy that I ordered my Zephyr from UK before the UK knitters bought it all ;-)

Mette in Denmark

8:52 AM  
Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

I think I got my order in on time because I got a confirmation ... and the beads also. I can only hope, huh? But I've got plenty to do before we start anyway. ;-)

10:16 AM  
Blogger Melissa Van Oort said...

I came across your blog through another knit blogger's link (splityarn making your Hanami stole), then I recognized the Mystery Stole along from other bloggers' I've seen in the past and thought that connection was pretty neat. Then I looked at your info and realized we live in the same town. Small world! I've enjoyed looking through some of your past entries and projects.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous junieann said...

The socks are great Melanie. I love the pattern. Nice change from typing emails all day.

You are right, the Group is a Monster. I went to Digest the 1st day I came home from work to 300 emails(g)I can't imagine how many you will have by the 6th of July. 2000 knitters perhaps? If that happens, I will send the padded laptop for you to bang your head on while you sit in your easy chair, typing. It's the one I got for my 200 knitters. Only a couple of dents in it.

Who knew you would create a tsunami of such enthusiastic knitters.

Hang in there.

2:42 AM  

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