Anne gets a front-row seat, as does Caroline from Carodan Farm, and KSee and Robin can beam on like proud mamas. But that’s just a teaser; that will make more sense after I tell you about my change of plans yesterday.
The baby shower got bumped, not because I dislike the guest of honor, but because I had a chance to meet another blogger and some of her friends, and go to Stony Mountain Fibers, the LYS owned by a friend of my inlaws. You see, Firefly (aka: Rosanne) called Friday night to say that Robin was coming to town, and was there any way I could be tempted to change my plans? You betcha’. (I already had a dinner date with mom to be and two other ladies this coming Tuesday.)
I caught up with Robin and Mary for lunch and a quick trip in a local artists’ boutique. (Robin chronicles the trip nicely, including a funny shot of a pup in a pink sweater and matching sunglasses.) Then, we headed to Stony Mountain Fibers, where Margaret, another Charlottesville gal, joined us. I’d read her blog before too, and I’d seen her name along with a local knit night I keep meaning to attend. They – everyone except Rosanne and me – tested out the spinning wheels, and I now at least have an understanding of the spinning lingo. It’s a fascinating process, and I might take a class for curiosity’s sake, but I still maintain that I love to knit too much to get into spinning. Besides, can you see me spinning with Sissy around!?
So, while others spun, I shopped.
Robin found the FiberTrends sock pattern, and luckily, there was more than one copy. I am determined to do two socks at a time, so I’m going to try Magic Loop again. (I did my very first pair of socks ever via Magic Loop, and didn’t enjoy it. However, desperate times call for desperate measures.) That’s a 40″ #1 Addi over on the left, and then assorted yarns that wanted to come home with me. There were several colorways of Tofutsies I don’t have, but I left them for another day.
So, despite being full from breakfast, I’m eating crow. As I predicted, the Magic Loop version of two socks at the same time makes more sense to me than my beloved 2 circs method. I’ve frogged this version in favor of the Cascade Sierra Quattro I purchased last weekend, and yes, those are pedicure socks. I have two pairs I need to gift sooner rather than later. My technique isn’t pretty, but it’s working, and that’s all that matters. I’m hoping that by the end of the socks, I’ll have a system that works, and after another pair of socks, I’ll have to decide whether to invest in more 40″ wee sock needles or to take my new skill and try again to transpose it to the two circs method. Stay tuned…