That’s what Lucy keeps telling me. The poor little thing! All these beguiling mousies coming into her home and None of Them Are For Her.
I keep reminding her that she hardly touches her own mice — her favorite toy is a wadded up piece of paper. It doesn’t matter. Because she’s a fickle little princess, she wants what she cannot have.
Oh, by the way, I have to hide the raffle tickets, too. Because they were enclosed in the packages you sent, Lucy finds the catnip scented paper most beguiling.
I spent a fair amount of time last night labelling and stuffing Mouse Bags. It’s so much fun to see all the different mice you guys are sending. The filled bags are looking cute!
Speaking of mice, I received packages full of rodent goodness from Melissa in Topsham, ME, and from Shirley in Folsom, PA. Thank you thank you thank you!
I started a sock in a yarn I’ve not used before. It’s Silja, 80% wool, 20% nylon, made by Gjestal in Norway. Sportweight. These socks are for my Dad (who wears a size 13 shoe) so I’m not knitting in anything finer than sport, lest I go mad.
Got the toe done, did about an inch of the foot on the train yesterday morning, and realized it was too big — my Dad has narrow feet. So I ripped it out and started over. Sigh.
Did I ever tell you how much I really really hate to rip out? It just seems so counter-productive. But I knew that damned sock would be too loose, so I bit the bullet and ripped.
(People on the train were probably wondering what kind of a moron spends 90% of the trip kntting feverishly, and the last 10% ripping out all progress.)
I did a gauge swatch — 6.75 stitches/inch on size 2.75mm needles and thought 60 stitches would be just right. But my knitting gauge was wa-a-a-ay off from the swatch gauge, something that doesn’t usually happen. So down to 52 stitches I went!
And I am not using my beloved Pony Pearl dpns. I find that on any size larger than 2mm, the points are too blunt. I’m using a set of Brittany birch needles, which are okay, but they are an inch or so longer than the Pony Pearls so they don’t fit as nicely in my purse.
I know. Bitch, bitch, bitch.
Here’s the sock
Did a bit on ol’ Max, too. See?
Cat asked an interesting question:
I was just sitting here, knitting, wishing I had your photographic memory. This occurred to me: do you remember the pattern during the project and then forget it? Or could you pick up some yarn and start knitting, say, “Foolish Virgins” from memory? Inquiring minds, etc.
The answer is . . . the easier the pattern, the longer I remember it. Also, stuff I’ve knitted more than once I remember. I’ve knitted three Na Cragas and three St. Endas. I could probably pick up one of those designs and knit them from memory.
But an extremely complex chart like Foolish Virgins? Nope. Outta sight, outta mind.