I’ll admit it: I’m a Hallow-weenie when it comes to Hallowe’en. I’m the cranky old lady who turns out all the lights and pretends she’s not home when the trick-or-treaters come around.
It all started many years ago. I lived in the U.K. when I was a kid and back then (wa-a-a-a-ay back all those years ago) there was no trick-or-treating on Hallowe’en. We lived in a village just outside London where a few other American military families lived as well, so I think we trick-or-treated amongst ourselves, but it was really not the same.
And when we returned to the U.S., my brother and I considered ourselves far too old and mature to dress up and go out on Hallowe’en.
So my current lack of interest can be traced back to my deprived childhood.
I live in a high-rise condo where there are few children anyway. In past years the condo association would host a party for the kids on Hallowe’en, but I’ve seen no mention of it this year. But they do have signs in the management office that you can post on your front door if you want trick-or-treaters. Because the only treats I have are sock yarn, I won’t be posting a sign on my door.
Though can you imagine the reaction if I dropped a skein of sock yarn in a kid’s bag?
Speaking of sock yarn . . .
Here’s the second Diamond Gansey sock.
Yesterday I mentioned that a pattern like this should be knit in a solid color yarn to show the texture. There was a comment asking if one could use a hand-dyed tonal as well. I think you’d have to be really careful and be prepared for disappointment. As another comment, Liz in IN said:
Sometime a tonal colour variegation adds enough to the look that it offsets any loss of crispness. But for a gansey-sweater or sock-solid colour yarn is the way to go, imo. It’s all about the stitches.
I tend to agree with her.
Liz went on to ask:
Speaking of splitty yarn-have you found that you can tell by looking whether a yarn will be splitty? Some yarns, sure, it’s pretty obvious that it’ll be a fight to the finish. But I’ve been surprised, too: some (v popular) yarn that I figured would be virtually split-proof turned out to be…not so much.
The answer for me is . . . sometimes. I wouldn’t have thought this Louet yarn would be splitty, but it is a little. I think how we knit and hold our yarn contributes to the “to split or not to split” factor as well. So your mileage may vary.
Okie-dokie — no blog entry tomorrow, as I will be busy with some special guests. I may or may not be back on Sunday, or I may wait til Monday to return to the blog.
“What? Momma’s not taking me out trick-or-treating tonight? Bummer”