Thursday, November 16, 2006

Socks are afoot

My holiday knitting is well underway. I think I have now picked out yarn I like and that is machine washable for all those I plan to gift with hand knit socks this year. This was more challenging than you might think. It started with just a couple people and I went and bought sock yard to get started. Before I'd even started those I decided that I really wasn't feeling the love for the colors I'd purchased. Back to the drawing board, and the yarn store. I found new yarn I liked and jumped in. After knitting a good distace on both pair I realized that one wasn't superwash. I'm not going to give hand wash only socks to someone as a gift unless I know that caring for hand wash items is totally cool with them. The second pair got frogged when I realized I had misjudged the size of the foot in question. Oops! Do-over part 2.

I now believe that I have picked yarn for all my recipients (now up to 6) that I like and have accurate shoe size information on all of them. That brings us to the progress!

Here we have my various stages of progress. The pair waiting for toe grafting is Trekking XXL color 135. The pair just past the heel is Sockotta color 5618. The pair just started is Lorna's Laces Shephard Sock color 50 amish. The socks to be started later is Austermann Step color 6. All using the basic Harlot recipe and size 0 (2mm) addis. I have the rest of the sock yarn at home, this is just what I have in my bag at the moment.

I started the Lorna's socks last night. For the first time ever I knit in the car! Dramamine rocks, I just wish I had thought to try that years ago.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Catching up.

It's been a week! Here's the highlights...

Friday night the hubby and I bought a new car. His van had started having issues precisely when the warranty expired. Now we are the proud owners of a 2007 Prius with all the goodies except leather seats. He had the pleasure this morning of filling the tank for $20 with over 400 miles on the tank. Brilliant!

Saturday afternoon we went to a holiday open house where I purchased more candles. That evening was a Halloween gathering with friends. Very low key this year, not many costumes and not as many people as last year. Good times were had.

Sunday was big geek day. Characters were created, background stories were invented, dice were rolled and in the end much turkey was consumed. Mmmm autumn feasting!

Monday night the hubby and I had a meeting with a Real Estate investor to learn more about what she does and how we can get into that as well. I'm excited about things taking off in that direction.

Tuesday evening I spent in Ritual for Samhain. It was a lovely time spent in communion with the ancestors. I honored my aunt who passed in the spring and wore my Diamond Shawl for the occasion. Standing there swinging my arms back and forth I felt like I had wings. A friend commented that the way it moved, the shape and the color reminded her of a Luna Moth.

Wednesday I took the day off from work to attend the Women's Financial Conference. I snoozed and snuggled in bed longer than I should have and didn't hit the road quite as early as I had planned. Traffic wasn't too bad getting into Seattle and I made it there before things got started. There were some great speakers and much information. I will certainly attend again next time they are in town.

That brings us back to today. You may have noticed that I didn't mention much knitting in the last week. There wasn't much. I had a pair of socks to work on yesterday, but found that the speakers were so engaging that I took notes more than I knit. The countdown is on for all the holiday knitting I thought would be great fun and no problem last month before the van crapped out and life got crazy busy. We'll see if I can get it all done!