Monday, February 18, 2008

Half done

Half seems to be the reasonable state of things chez DearKnits lately. I'm managing to get about half the things I've got on my To-Do list each week, I've reached the halfway mark on two of my current projects, and I feel half-awake half (!) the time.

I've finished the first Embossed Leaves sock. I think I've waxed poetic about this project long enough, but here's the abridged version: love the pattern, love the yarn, love the needles. Well, truth be told, there's one teensy detail that's got me miffed in the pattern. Here's the thing: you're supposed to cut the yarn after you've shaped the heel, before you pick up the stitches along the selvage and begin the gusset decreases. I like knitting my socks in one long stretch of yarn, so the cutting is kind of ticking me off, but I'm not really a confident enough knitter to just say "whatever, that's wrong, I'm doing it my own way) and just keep on knitting, you know? Maybe I'll be bold and do just that on the second sock. Heh! Take that, world! :) I ended up knitting six and a half pattern repeats for the entire sock, instead of seven and a half (I'm using bigger yarn and bigger needles). They fit perfectly, they're nice and soft and delicate. Perfect indoor lounging comfort socks.

I've also reached the halfway mark on my beloved, sadly neglected Cluaranach. I've placed the first half of the stole onto waste yarn, and now I've just got to do the whole thing over again! At the rate I've been going, I should have a lovely, warm stole around June. You know, when you really NEED a warm stole. *Sigh* It's really a lovely knit, I've just been preoccupied with other projects, that's all (the first person to mention Josephine in the comments is banned from this blog. Shhhhhhh!!!). Unfortunately, all the pictures I took this morning are sheer crap, so you'll just have to use your imaginations.

Phil is in California this week, wouldn't you know it. He found out Thursday he was going Monday morning (can you say last minute?). I was actually supposed to pick up his passport today, but he went on Friday afternoon and it was already there, waiting. So can you believe it? He got his before me, which means I WENT TO THE PASSPORT OFFICE TWICE FOR NOTHING (I still haven't received mine, which was supposedly issued last Tuesday).

So, what's on the table for this week? Well, obviously, choir's out (and darn it, I had a board meeting and everything, oh well). More baby food to make, I've got to run to the bank and buy some Japanese yen, more list making (doctor's office, medications, stuff like that), and more day trip planning. We leave in less than 2 weeks!

This morning I've got a few errands to run, then Maxime and I have our Aqua-Mommy class. Hopefully I'll have a bit of knitting time this afternoon (but I won't hold my breath). See you all Wednesday! :)


Sereknitty said...

Nice job on the sock!

Mrhide said...

Actually since the passport was there on friday, it was THEN booked on friday afternoon ! Hello From Santa Cruz :) (ps: my new shoes are KILLING ME so I'm wearing dear's latest complete project and may actually tell "the class" today that I need to take out my shoes.. to show off the sock! )

Sereknitty said...

I get almost all of my yarn off ebay ... mostly from 2 sellers who are in England. One is Jannette's Rare Yarns and the other is Cucumberpatch UK ... they mostly deal with mill ends, or discontinued DB, Rowan and Jaeger yarns, but do have some others as well.

Knit & Purl Mama said...

The sock looks great! Love the color too.

I am so happy that I renewed my passport before it expired, I was able to do "drive-thru" renewal it was simple! But now I have no where to go! LOL