Monday, November 27, 2006

Now with actual knitting content!

The Tofutsies sock yarn finally arrived - here she is!While I am dying to work with it, I promised SWTC that the sock pattern I am writing will ensure that the sock knitter will be able to get a whole pair of socks out of one skein, so the first thing I want to do is ball up the yarn into two equal skeins so I won't get carried away and use more than half a skein for the first sample sock. Hopefully tomorrow - I need a scale. And here we have Red Scarf 2007!
Of course it looks much lovelier on BB than in the close up. Don't ask me what the yarn was because I already forgot... something red with some black and tan accents, sort of fuzzy, very soft, mostly acrylic with some wool thrown in for good luck. Okay Norma - I found the darn label - it's Dover Indena! Made in the basic 5 st x 10 row basketweave pattern with a garter stitch border on all four sides. Yummy, warm and long, and best of all finished!

I have been knitting away at the Highland Shawl from Folk Shawls. The pattern is much smarter than me and I am forever frogging and making corrections. But it will be SO luscious when it is done. I have a few more repeats on the center triangle, then it will be time to pick up the trillion stitches along the outside for the border. I have to do the socks first though...

I also added a bit to the Pi Shawl made of sock leftovers, and started the second Baby Ull glove - there was quite a bit of sit around and knit time at the Oireachtas (step dancing regional event). The Kid and her team did very well - they didn't win but they aquitted themselves with grace and technique beyond our wildest expectations. I was proud of each and every one of them. The Kid is already talking about wanting to qualify to go next year as a soloist. Sigh....

We never got Thanksgiving dinner - we were off to my niece's house when she called to report that her two boys might possibly have the flu and didn't I think it would be better to not expose the Kid to that less than 24 hours before her big event? I agreed that was a fine idea, so we high-tailed it to the hotel, flopped in bed and got a movie (Material Girls with the Duff sisters - not really my tasted but the Kid was enthralled) and room service. I did finally get the leftovers my sisters saved for me on Saturday for lunch - better late than never. Friday was all dance all the time, Saturday was a small local (to my parents' house) holiday parade followed by a craft show and some more family time, and Sunday we drove home and did all the laundry from the weekend.

Back to work, and hopefully some more regular blog posts now that Oireachtas is over for the year.


Norma said...

Damn. Well, that answers that. I was going to ask you what the sweet yarn was. It looks GREAT! Thanks -- off to put it in the gallery.

Mary Lou Egan said...

Cozy lucky bear. re. the scale, the dudes at my local postoffice are always willing to weigh my stuff. I did get a scale for my birthday, but it isn't quite a precise as the PO.
I'll be interested to hear how you like the tofu sock yarn.