How Not to Complicate Things: 1) Do what the pattern says. 2) Buy the needles. 3) Do not say “No” to more yarn. I haven’t exactly fallen down the rabbit hole this week, but I have inspected their den’s quite well, and usually come up with yarn or fabric or Squishy Mail!

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I think I love this yarn…now to pair it with cream or buy a small amount of gray?

Squishy Mail

I don’t even recall who to blame…I think it’s Midnight Knitter, who hosts the “Yarn, Books and Roses” blog. I was catching up last week, and she mentioned her Mixology shawl and in Mixology Finale with all of it’s colors. One of those colors was called Dubrovnik, by Madelinetosh. Since Dubrovnik, Croatia was my first port in the Navy and where I first experienced Beef Carpaccio (Car-patch-y-Oh), I was off to find this yarn. And I did. And then I clicked buy before I could second-guess myself or ask if my budget was playing nice this week. It’s not, but we made room for new yarn. It arrived today! So, excuse me while I squish this skein!

 

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I mean, who wouldn’t be petting and squishing right now…

Complicating Matters

Okay, I’m back from my squishing and petting excursion, but not for long. As I knit on the Stealth Argyle pattern by Eunny Jang, I realized I was getting near the needle change part. The needle change has me quite anxious. These socks are supposed to end up 14” tall…Do they know I have man calves? Apparently not, I may have to see how far I can get.

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So, I stopped at the local yarn store to buy needles (and ended up with more yarn, but that’s next week’s post as I was a bad bunny and didn’t get photos of the other yarn. I’ll post that next week, perhaps after I get more needles…So, I buy the size 3 Cubics by Knitter’s Pride. I’m starting to love the Cubics, and I’ve been careful not to break these yet…The dog can be a little hard on knitting needles.

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Is there enough yarn? We’ll find out…

I’m still not sure I will go to the full 14 inches on this sock. To be honest, it scares the daylights out of me. So, last night, I got out the knitting scale. I have only about 35-38 grams of yarn on the sock so far, and I have plenty of yarn (so the scale tells me) to knit these up as the pattern says. But I left the numbers at home with the scale and the newest yarn. So, I’m currently in a position to ‘just do what the pattern says.’ Most of you knit, you know how hard this is;-).

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The backside of this sock…

Yet, here I am, weighing yarn, determining if these socks should be fraternal or identical twins and thinking about starting the second sock before I finish the first…I mean, I can rewind the ball, right? (See why I stay in school so much…I don’t have time to consider these options when I’m in school). So, to wind again or not to wind again…and I have enough needles to pull it off; At least in size 2’s.

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I’m loving this low-immersion dye fabric as well…It makes a good backdrop with my pansies;-).

 

Alas, in the meantime, I’m thinking identical twins with opposing cuffs (out of necessity and preference), but we’ll see what story the yarn will tell in the end. In the meantime…don’t you love the low-immersion dye fabric background. (Yes, when money smooths out, I’ve found a potential new hobby, which will likely include yarn…no, I’m not starting a new blog for it). In the meantime, I’ll leave you to enjoy the photos and get photos of the latest yarn haul for next time…when I discover just how complicated these socks will really be. Until then, Happy Knitting!

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…I should be knitting. I’ve spent a lot of time quilting of late. I’ve also been studying my tush off to get through finals. I think it was worth it, though I missed a perfect semester by one A-. At least it was in the most challenging class. I even got a 100% on my last test in my Learning & Memory class (which was a pretty cool class). Now I wish I could remember what it was all about.

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I do think the heel is a bit wonky…but i’m hoping that is because of the needle set-up, not due to knitting failure…that would break my heart.

But I drowned those memories with a celebratory bottle of Chianti, and yes, I offered to share. However, I’ve made it back from quilt retreats and I’m not taking classes so far this summer…so I finally get to knit again. Yeah!

The dogs and cats enjoy this as the knitting takes up less of my lap than studying did. They feel less neglected when they get to “help” me knit. I’ve even got some neat photos of the sock I’ve been working on. Usually, I only get cat help as Briannag watches. This week, Briannag had to try to help…not sure if she was trying to eat the yarn or kick it all of my lap as she climbed on. She’s technically NOT a lap dog. (Don’t tell her that.)

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Latest progress on the stealth argyle sock…I’ll try to get some angles to show these off soon…

I will admit small concern that I’d feel like the leg was taking forever ask I knit this toe-up. I fear that will be true, but only because the leg is 14”…if she goes all the way. I may cry mercy earlier. However, the leg repeats are going about as quickly as the foot, if not quicker…but we’ll see if you need to remind me of that in 3-6”. In the meantime, I have to finish one or two more quilts and get some knitting done in the evenings to feel like I’m making progress.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

*Pattern is Stealth Argyles by Eunny Jang in Sock Knitting: Master Class by Ann Budd. I am not a master. I just don’t know enough to know better;-).

 

 

This week was the beginning of repair season…and back to the band concert…as well as two exams, versus the normal one exam per week. I’m always feeling behind right now…and am, but it’s also the beginning of Spring Break and I’m a bit studied out.

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foot of the knitted sock…I think I nearly doubled this sock in size this week.

So, let’s start with the fun stuff…a two hour long band concert. Festival is coming  (I have to check that term with my Dear James every year), and is technically done, I believe…or will be by the time you get to this post, likely. So, guest judges are invited, and the band’s performance is critiqued. This year, the band instructor decided to have the critiques done in the band room as the next band played, and she separated the high school concert band from the jazz band, so they didn’t miss performance. It was a reasonably decent compromise, as parents (and sometimes aunts) don’t wish to be at a band concert until 7PM, when it starts at 4PM.

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I can’t wait to show you what it does, and find ways to photograph those Stealth Argyles by Eunny Jang from Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting: Master Class.

So, What’s a doting girl to do for a planned hour and a half of band concert…my niece was in the third of four performances…and the band instructor told us she was aiming for 5:30 PM. I couldn’t do homework, and you guys all know knitting is portable. So, the socks came out, and I worked with the lower lighting, and made progress.

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They look lovely when done…now to find an intricate pattern for this green;-).

Then on Monday, I forgot nearly everything I planned to work on, except for the green Vanilla Latte socks I haven’t been able to wear for some time. I’m getting tired of shuffling pinks, so I cut off the new green yarn, and began darning the sock. Over half way through, I found the darning egg that’s usually in my bag;-). Yes, two exams in a week tend to throw me off. But I got the socks repaired, and test-wore them today. I couldn’t tell they had been repaired. I decided that was a success. So, here’s the picture…if you can’t tell where I fixed them, why should I?

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And a gratuitous picture of my feet once again…It’s been too long since I’ve had to photograph my feet;-).

As for the rest, I have to finish gifts by next week. So, I’m keeping up on the knitted socks, and working on quilting a gift (It’s only a table runner…I hope I’m not sewing on the binding Tuesday night when I arrive). Alas, I’m doing research this week and taking the knitting with me to my aunt’s house for a short visit. I’ll fill you in next Thursday when I return. Perhaps I’ll get back to some other repairs for some favorite socks. In the meantime, I’m going to have another drink, and quilt some more while making some tasty treats. Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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P.S. The hat is done…but that’s another story. If you like it, I’ll help you find the pattern;-).

…don’t believe me, check the quilting blog I posted last night. It seems to be a theme this week. Then, I decided I needed to get some sock yarn for repairs, and some nylon for reinforcement at my local yarn shop. Do I really have to tell you what happened? Of course I do! I’ve got pictures…DSCN3137

AS if you didn’t already guess…but this is what happened;-).

I walked into the shop with a green sock and a gray sock that are beloved and need repair. I found the reinforcement yarn to match the gray. I considered the green yarn for the repair, and I only needed one skein. Then there was a skein of multi-color yarn I’d used for another favorite pair of socks–which I managed to wear a repairable hole into as well. So, into my caring arms it went.

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I’ve been missing wearing these, they go with everything.

Then the shop owner got off the phone. And the trouble began. She’s not a good influence on me. She complemented the green yarn, and said how it’d make a great pair of socks. I almost wish I’d bought a contrast skein, but instead I picked up another 50g skein knowing I’d only need a few yards, so I may as well make socks. Perhaps I’ll find some fun contrasts to play with it later.

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These also go with a lot of my shirts and I was lucky to find a close match…

Then as she checked out another lady, I hear, “There’s a signature yarn on the table. I think there’s some sock yarn left.” She knows my name…she said, “sock yarn.” And to the table I went, and peeked into the basket, and there it was…Apple Orchard for Apple Tree Lane. It’s exclusive…and it’s pretty…and it’s mine. See…I don’t even know what pattern to knit with it, but it’s mine.

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Such a lovely green…I need more green socks.

And while I’ve been considering what pattern to knit and wanting to get back to knitting my own socks…I’ve nearly finished the C.C. Copycat Beanie hat. I’m so glad, I was getting bored with the pattern. It was only fourteen rows and three repeats…but six rows of purling and four rows of 1×1 rib in one pattern is just uncalled for. Someone hand me something with a bit of challenge to it…that I like. Alas, it’s nearly done…and I’m torn about the pom-pom…I’ll ask the gift giver and let you know next week.

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Then, and then…it’s piece d’resistance. Signature yarn for some lovely socks…

Now to find the right pattern for these babies. It’s a lovely little rabbit hole…come join me. Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

Picking a Good Join…

February 8, 2018

The CopyCat C.C. (Colorado Chick) Beanie  by Emily Ingrid is just over half-way done. Yeah! I’m getting there. But this weekend, likely Sunday morning…I’ll probably be looking at You-tube videos of how to do a join. I’m leaning towards a Russian Join. I’ve tried it once with a video and liked it. I tried it a second time, and missed something. So, this is only my third time joining without a knot…Weigh in fellow knitters. What is your favorite join?

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See that tiny yarn ball…I’ll be working in a join soon…Have a fave? Tell me…

Someone asked this question on the Addicted to Sock Knitting Facebook page and there was a multitude of answers. Is there a join for each type of yarn? Perhaps some research is due as well. Though I’m up to my ears in research, and about to be up to my ears in Virginia Woolf. I won’t have much time for more than a good five minute video that tells me exactly what to do…not why they love something.

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That means less progress on the Stealth Argyles sock, by Eunny Jang but it’s coming along…

So, I need to hit the books once again. I’ve made some progress on the Stealth Argyles socks by Eunny Jang in Sock Knitting: Master Class by Ann Budd. When I checked the pattern about when to start increasing for the heel, I was a little surprised, but I’m getting there…later, not sooner. The socks will come once I get this hat finished…only twenty rows until the decrease! Wish me speedy ribbing and purling, please! And feel free to chime in with your favorite join technique or good video.

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Rather nicely, too. I need to find more time for knitting…

Wonder if I can get my college books put on tape so I can listen while I drive…though it would be hard to take notes. Until next time, Happy Knitting, & Joining!

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But who can with this new addition…this is Smokey, yet to be given her middle name, which she will go by here. (Taken once the dogs were put in the bedroom)

I should be studying has become my motto this semester. I don’t feel as if there isn’t a time when I’m not studying for the next test…all while trying to keep up with my other classes. I’d tell you “Oy and Vey,” but my boyfriend insists this phrase doesn’t suit me. He’s probably right. In the interest of genuine…”Dammit!” Okay, grumbling over (for now).

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Perhaps I snuck in more than six rows…but I haven’t been counting…maybe I should check where I start increasing…though I have a little time.

In the meantime…I think I knit four to six rows on the socks, but I did make progress on the hat…as I sit here and think, 1) I should be studying, and 2) Why did that person use dark purple highlighter in the book they sold me? There’s also writing all over the margins that I don’t need. I know I bought it used, but she said it was in Very Good condition(which I hoped meant it was used by a person who never opened it). With as many marks as I’ve found, and as dark as they are, it should have been sold as “Good.” I hate when people ruin books I’ve paid a little extra for to keep them reasonably good.

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Putzer doesn’t care that there’s a new cat in the house…so long as she doesn’t bother him…

Okay, okay…enough about school… let’s get back to the hat and cat…(and no, the cat is not in the hat–she has not been given the opportunity. I got the provisional cast on removed and the brim knit to itself and have begun the pattern work. I’m over half-way through the first repeat. Yeah! (I think). I’m currently beginning a four row rib…I’m not in a terribly happy place. And I’m thinking of knitting this hat inside out in the future. I think it might get a bit easier and develop fewer ladders, which purl stitches don’t like to snug out as I knit. However, it’s coming along…and if I keep this up and use it during morning breaks or study breaks and between classes, I just may get it knit before winter ends.

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I have no idea why I don’t knit hats in the summer…so we’re ready for winter…perhaps its to give us hope that winter will end;-).

If not, the knitting of a warm hat will herald the end of winter, right? It’s not bad, and we get a little snow each day instead of a bunch of snow on one day this year, so far…but it’s gotten cold and windy again. Now, before I start complaining about winter, as I’m overwhelmed with school…she found me…sort of.

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Briannag is a big scary dog…who just wants the new cat to like her.

I had an offer for a kitten, but couldn’t get to them in time, and they’d let you pick them up, but none were definite snugglers. Alas, they had other takers…and my girlfriend posted on Tuesday night that she needed to rehome her cat, so I messaged her, and made sure I wasn’t obligated to pick up a barn kitty. She is not yet renamed, so she’s either Smokey, kitten or the cat until we learn her personality. She’s in the running for Scamp II…but Scamp would be pissed at me for years to come if I tried that. In fact, Scamp is guarding Mama now, though she won’t snuggle. I’m told Smokey Kitten snuggles, after she gets used to the rest of the clowder and two big dogs…which is an adjustment for her.

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Scamp isn’t sure what to make of the new kitty…but she will guard Mama, just in case. (But I can’t snuggle her…)

I may have to knit these guys a blanket yet with some old and useless yarn….or they’re own shawls(only after I start mine)…but in the meantime, they like my sweaters and I’ll keep knitting hats and socks.

Hello fellow knitters,

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The brim of the hat…soon to be folded over…

So, for the next three months(yes, only three months left of this crazy schedule–oh, sorry, that’s my reminder), I have scheduled a possible but crazy back to back set of three classes. Is my college kind enough to put them near each other? Not on my life. So, only three more months of dashing from class to class. I usually have enough time I don’t have to run, yet…which means I can knit, but some days the schedule feels tight if I even use the bathroom. And I was taught never to pass up that particular activitiy…never mind, you’re here for the knitting.

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…As I re-learn how to work with a provisional cast-on…

We’ll blame the Sam Adams Coffee Black Porter I’m testing as I unwind and prepare to hit the books. Alas, it is much harder to walk and read, than it is to walk and knit. Trust me, I run into fewer people knitting, and one of these patterns is quite repetitive…almost thankfully. Since today was warm enough to walk without gloves and extra ear protection, just barely…I decided to attempt a photo anyways….

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It’s truly hard to knit with one hand on the camera…but here’s a mock-up…

I’m just about ready to form the brim on the This hat is the Copy Cat C.C. Beanie by Emily Ingrid available thru the link.  hat…but we’ll save that for a study break, as it’s going to take some paying attention. I won’t be walking and knitting for this part. However, I’m enjoying a simplistic, quick knit…and I now “know” how to twist a stitch…maybe I’ll be able to recognize it someday if I do so again;-).

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Latest pair of socks…yes, that will be the bottom of my foot…

I also got in some appointment knitting on the latest sock…so that foot is seeing progress as well. I’m hoping to truly catch the stealth in the Stealth Argyle sock by  Eunny Jang. I’m still working up a pattern repeat at this time. I suspect I’ll be doing two of these though.

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And now for the visual interest…I believe I’m going to love these socks!

Until next time,

Happy Knitting!

 

But I can do the twist! I began a knit hat for a friend, after frogging the Russian pattern. I’ll come back to the Russian Bobble Hat translation one day, when I have more time. For now, this is the requested pattern, since the person I’m making this hat for still wants it…Darn it. Alas, I finally got a satisfactory cast on…or mostly so, and started knitting in a 1 x 1 twisted rib stitch. It’s going on forever.

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I really don’t like rib stitches to begin with…the twist is prettier but not helping me love this stitch.

I have never intentionally twisted a stitch before, and I was concerned about an upcoming twisted stitch sock pattern. I cannot say I have never twisted a stitch, but it is fascinating to do so intentionally. I’m not sure if I like it or not. I feel as if I need to knit a stockinette row just to remember how to knit properly.

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See these babies…they’re gorgeous, but they’re some big girls (only when put next to size 2, though…perhaps it’s all about perspective.

Now, back to the big part. When I knit socks, I usually knit on size 2 needles, occasionally I need to use a size 3. I’ve used 4’s for the sock monkey. Then I got out the circs for this hat. I just wasn’t feeling it. I don’t love circular needles. I struggle to knit well with them as I’m used to dpns and I have to switch to dpns at the end anyways. So, I put them on my caspian dpns size 8. I feel almost as if I’m knitting with pencils from kindergarten. (It’s not quite that bad…maybe it is).

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Knitting mash up, just so you can see the differences. I hope the bigger needles help this hat knit up fast…

These things are huge. I decided to do a side by side comparison so you get it…Look at this difference. I’m used to knitting with these itty bitty things that get lost easily, so I’m always on the lookout for where my needles are. Then I switch to these big bold babies. I do love the feel of them, but my, oh my, are they big. Of course, I’m going to go back to the two’s at some point, and wonder where my needles went! Does anyone else have this problem?

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The socks miss me….and my feet miss new socks…better get back to studying and knitting.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

Bring On the Toes…

December 21, 2017

That’s right, I’m at the toes…I may have four disappointing rows of stockinette stitch(I’ll find out when I recheck the pattern,) but I hit my goal to be at the toes tonight, so I can get these knit up by the weekend…I know, I know…get back to the needles.

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Do you see these babies;-)…they’re ready for toes!

I found the painting I thought I’d misplaced…my boyfriend knew where it was, which is good–because I don’t have time to make another…and while it would likely be better, I wouldn’t feel that way, until it was done. Instead, I would stress. But I’m feeling pretty good today, for two reasons.

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Almost there, can’t wait to gift these babies…Fraternal twins…

I got one gift finished this afternoon, and while I wish I’d done it a little better, and if I’d known how my week was going to turn out, I’d have focused on this one more. Alas, that’s not how it goes around here…but, but, back to the knitting…and some tears…I picked up Maeve’s ashes yesterday, and received a paw print they didn’t tell me about. It was sweet, as I watched six other people bring their mostly healthy and still alive pets to the vet and pretended to be okay. I’m not, I nearly lost it while running my errands, but we’re each allowed a little crazy (or normal grieving) at yuletide, right? I bake a little when grieving…here’s some of last night’s haul.

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Oatmeal cherry chip cookies…scream now if you really, really need these…perhaps I can message a recipe. Though I will need to send some to a fudge gifting friend.

Okay, okay, back to the knitting…so the emotional roller coaster of this week will be complete…

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We’re almost there. I think my favorite part is the gifting;-). (except for when I get to put them on my feet;-)).

See what I mean. Now I have to go knit the toes, and get these done in time to gift and hope her feet still fit them. Afterwards, which socks do I focus on? (Yes, I remember I need to get back to the hat for a friend, and I will), but do I go for the stealth argyle in teal and purple or create mock cables with burgundy and black…which matches a favorite shirt;-)? Decisions, decisions…but enjoy the gifting process this year, and the family that chooses to be with you. Happy Holidays…and to those who think I should say different, I say, “If your holidays aren’t holy, you’re doing them wrong.”

 

…went bust, mostly.

This week, finals nearly kicked my butt, until Wednesday when I drove through one of the worst storms of the season to turn in my last final paper for this semester. I also was up early, and knew the storm would get worse…so I ran errands early, before turning in my final and came home to knit.

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The sock from the back, at least half of this got easier…

I’m getting there, but I’ve been up early due to carpet layers(they’re noisy everywhere), and snow shoveling, which happens right outside my window. So, I’ve got some knitting and quilting done when I woke early. Now I need to keep making good progress, though my Christmas plans are up in the air, and I’m not sure when I’ll do what. The book exchange party was bust tonight, as my sister-in-law’s camp claimed illness…not sure which kind of flu took over. But I proceeded. I would have enjoyed their company or a gingerbread house creation party…

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My niece, Jessica with her birthday gift from me…another interesting book. (I liked the Michael Bedard book better, but this one kept me reading too).

In addition, it was Star Wars release night. (My youngest nephew bugged out, with notice, because he had tickets to see Star Wars as part of his Christmas gift). My friend from work was my funniest bug out…she was fully honest, and sent me a facebook message stating that she got distracted with beading and her husband had just walked in to remind her of it at 6:30…we began at six. I chuckled(as I’m sure I’ve never been guilty of this–sarcasm intended here) and invited over to my small gathering anyway. She was eating dinner, but would bring a gift to me at work on Saturday…Crap, now I have to find another good book for her. Wish me luck…

Alas, my dad showed up, and we had a good chat for a couple of hours. I think next time, I’ll try this on a Sunday night…perhaps more people will come. I wouldn’t trade the chat with my dad for anything…but I would have liked to share more books with more people. I did get some knitting done as I waited…and now I have two new sci-fi books to read, that I would not have read otherwise, and my dad has my copy of Michael Bedard’s The Green Man. I hope he likes it. It’s almost a young adult book, and I’m going to suggest he pass it to my sixteen year old niece when he finishes it. Partly because the prose is quite poetic in spots…partly because I love this book and hope it visits many people.

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Not my easiest pattern ever, but I’ve never done things the easy way…

In the meantime, happy knitting with few mistakes….We’ll see what I can make of mine…this is not an easy pattern;-).