Can I hear a "whoop whoop"?!?! Finally a very LOOOONG combined 50 inches later, I am finishing my toe decreases on Sock #2. I hope to get hubby to model them tonight, after I kitchener the toes. HOORAY! Well in time for the Oct. deadline, too. I know it is only one pair, but I will keep knitting and sending more, although my next pair will be for my Jason. Hope to hear from him soon as well -- just sent him a package w/ a bunch of neck coolers and I am wondering how they will work for him.
(Actually loosely modeled by me -- kitchener still to come.)
In other knitting progress, I am on the final stretch of my ZigZagger sock, as modeled here by my rather cold feet (Sereknity Sock Options Gothic Rose colorway). This will be the only lonesome sock knit -- I need to save the rest of the skein to finish my gauntlets -- but had to knit it to write the pattern. My feet are begging for me to knit them some socks, tho, as I only have ONE PAIR OF HANDKNIT SOCKS AND THEY ARE TOO GLORIOUS FOR WORDS. My children have more than I do! This will definately be my next cast-on.
I had actually cast on a few pair recently, but I have been in a major ripping out phase. I cast on Jaywalkers w/ BlackPearl Lorna's Laces -- ribbit! Couldn't get jazzed about the colorway after working on the Big Black Socks. Then I cast-on in lovely red Baby Ul to knit Studio Socks found in a 2005 Cast On Mag. Ribbit! I kept making silly mistakes in the lace -- think I was missing yarn-overs -- that I will write off to the nasty head-cold I had. Lemme see, what else? I have decided to frog the pink angora scarf I started to re-cast with larger needles to accentuate the lace -- yeah, I have about a foot and a half done of that -- into the frog pond!! And lastly, and not too significantly, I frogged the original ZigZag sock begun w/ Angora Valley Monarch Sock Yarn in favor of using my own so as to get the correct guage for Sereknity yarn.
Projects in the queu? A Rogue Sweater for me, and a Debbie Bliss Jacket for Rachel.
I bought 20 balls of Debbie Bliss Merino Aran at Webs when I travelled to see Miss Stephanie, and should have plenty left over to make an adult sweater as well. The Rogue will be done in this FANASTIC 100% wool yarn by Universal I purchased at A Knitter's Garden -- isn't it gorgeous? And so soft -- comparable to Cascade 220 in weight and price and much softer, too.
On the business end, my warping board bit-the-bullet today after I convinced it, with much cajolling and cursing, to hold a full pound of fingering weight merino superwash. Yup. 1lb. 2240 yrds. It wasn't happy. So, after this big batch of Goody Gumdrops, I won't be able to do any stripes for a few weeks, until I get a sturdy permanent board built. (The last was made from scraps and too-thin dowels, so no real surprise, just a bummer.) I'll be dyeing again tomorrow, and hope to get last week's items listed in the shop -- I also am working on a new batch of needles, including DPN's for a few new kits. I'll post pics of all the colorways soon. Hubby threatened to give me "hours" for work soon -- I was still working at the warping board when HE called ME to dinner. Ooops! Guess I'll have to start behaving myself.
Like that'll happen.