Pardon me, but have you seen my weekend? It was here, and then I blinked and it was gone…
The Knight was in class all weekend, one of those boring but required things where he learned what Federal form to fill out when during a BIG, ugly disaster. Yay for him.
Saturday was Vera day girls’ day out. MJ, Sis and I ventured out for some shopping and lunch. We all came home with a little (some, a lot) Vera. Sis did get a few items in Hope Garden, and MJ got quite a collection in Pinwheel Pink, but I ended up with Mod Floral Pink. I love the new Lisa B bag, and I discovered the Taxi Wallet is best-suited for my phone and ID. I like the look of Lisa B, but I haven’t carried it enough to bond with it yet. For now, it’s my daily bag. I can’t carry a camera in it, but my phone has a camera, and it sure is nice to have a light bag.
Last night I made dinner for the crew, had a meeting, and came home and frogged the scarf I’d worked on most of the afternoon. (Note to self: ripping back and picking up stitches isn’t as easy as it sounds at midnight.) I’ll be casting on again tonight, because I’m loving the Argosy pattern and the Silk Garden (#203) colorway. It’s too soon to tell about the square needles. They’re fine; I love palmwood, but the tip isn’t pointy enough for a love affair, and I haven’t sat and knitted for hours on end with them yet to know if they really do help with hand aches and pains.
Along those same lines, I had a couple of FOs over the weekend. We’ll start with the socks.
Pattern: Um… #1 was an altered version of Summer Socks. #2 was the brainstorm for what will become my own pattern, but I noted the most obvious changes in the project page on Ravelry. I’m not kidding when I say I had to ask THREE other sock knitters to help me interpret the original pattern (at the heel/cast on 24 part), and then I didn’t like the ridge that section made when I pickted the stitches up, so I took Gmarie‘s advice and used the afterthought heel method on #2, only it’s not for the heel, it’s for the leg/cuff section!
In short, I liked the CONCEPT of this pattern, but the pattern itself left a lot to be desired. A couple of friends are going to test-knit my adaptation and I’m going to knit a second pair so I can provide step-by step photos, since the construction is a bit unusual.
Yarns: Well, I loved the Heart & Sole so much I wanted to use it all up and make a pair for me, but I didn’t quite have enough. The first sock weighed 40 grams and I had 35 remaining, so I cast on with a similar Tofutsies colorway and used that for the toe and heel on #2. I like the colors together so well that I bought one more skein of the Heart & Sole and will do a simple, stranded stripe with both yarns at some point (2010, since I’m knitting socks from my stash this year).
Needles: Addi Turbo #2, because I wanted to make the fabric a little more open than I normally do for socks. 40″, because I Magic Loop all the way now.
Verdict: I wish they matched perfectly, but they’re to be house socks, so it’s all good. I allowed myself more freedom to try new things than I ever have before, and a pattern I hope others will find an easy, introduction to toe-up socks was born. I’ll be knitting another pair in *MY* version just as soon as I find my cotton sock yarn. (Hem, hem…)
Oh – and just so you know, they’re heel huggers. That awkward looking heel cups the foot and the picots just skim the ankle bone.
Phew! That’s enough for one post. More on the rest of the shopping and the other FO later.
How was your weekend?