We spent July 4 weekend visiting our friends in Chicago for one last hurrah in the city before moving to PA, and to celebrate finishing my dissertation and getting a job in style!
We went to Moto, and I enjoyed my first culinary experience with molecular gastronomy. I love watching these scientific innovative cooking techniques on shows such as Top Chef, so it was great to actually have the opportunity to taste the food.
Our menu was also a cracker that we could eat,
and every dish had a play on food and personality.
Among my favorites were the Vichyssoise, smoking with liquid nitrogen frozen topping,
and pork belly featuring a dehydrated, ground up, reconstituted, and then reshaped mushroom. It was amusing to think about food items enjoying this process to make their flavors stand out, but it really worked! Philosophically speaking, I’m not sure if it was a mushroom that we were eating…
Anyway, we had a great time!
So the next topic is the 52 pair plunge on Ravelry. It is a relatively informal group wherein you take on the challenge of either knitting 26 pairs or 52 pairs of socks in one year. When I took the plunge last year, I wanted to sign up for the 26 pairs, but that group was already full, so I thought what the heck, I’ll try for 52. I exceeded 26, but came well under 52, finishing at 34 for the year. Still, I got a job and wrote a dissertation in the same year, so I think this was a significant accomplishment. This year even if I don’t make it to 52 pairs, I’d like to exceed 34 pairs which seems doable, though I keep getting side tracked with other knitting, like 2-color shawls.
We got June off this year in between plunges, which helped me get a head start. In June I knit 3 pairs of socks almost to completion, and finished them off quickly last week.
The first pair is Stricken socks by Cookie A from the Knit.Sock.Love book, knit in Hazel knits artisan sock in the colorway Rick’s Cognac. I love the pattern on this sock, though the yarn does distract from it just a little bit. With a more solid color, these stitches would really pop.
The second pair are a plain vanilla sock knit in Vesper self-striping colorway Far Away. I got this club color in a trade, making it my only 4-stripe skein of Vesper. I like the four stripes! As usual, I love knitting with this yarn because I love the small stripey goodness of it.
The third pair are Rhombus socks, also by Cookie A and from Knit.Sock.Love
. These are knit in Sanguine Gryphon’s eidos colorway Transcendental Idealism. I have been collecting eidos for awhile, but this is my first time knitting with it. It makes a great sock yarn and has a nice tight twist. I am in love with this color.
The final topic for today is a progress report on my Camp Loopy project 1. I finished it! I knit the shawl a little longer than the pattern called for to use up the extra yarn. I really like the way it came out and my choice to use only a little bit of yellow due to my yellow-phobia. I’ve decided to use the leftover yellow when I crochet a bugga baby blanket.
The pattern is Akimbo, and the yarn is Sanguine Gryphon bugga in the colorways Golden Orb Weaver (blue) and Oleander Nymph (yellow). The 20% cashmere in this yarn makes it one of my favorites to knit with, and the finished product is always warm and cozy.