You know how your cat will often deposit a toy in his/her food or water dish after playing with it? Most mornings when I get up, I find a sodden paper ball in Lucy’s water dish and think “Awwwww, cute. But also slightly disgusting.”
This is what greeted me Friday morning when I got up and went into the kitchen:
Sometimes I really wonder what is going on in that little brain of hers. Yes, she is Lucy the Wonder Cat. She makes me wonder . . .
Perhaps she was jealous of the mysterious green thingie her daddy posted on his blog on Friday.
As he revealed today, that green thingie was an emu egg.
See his blog post today for a photo-essay on what we did with the emu egg.
But before we did, we let Lucy see it. She was intensely interested in it.
“This must be a do-it-yourself baby chick!”
“But how does it work?”
“Am I gong to have to hatch it myself?”
“And , um, what exactly is going to come out of it?”
Lucy has re-thought her desire for baby chicks.
So. On to knitting. I updated my sidebar to show finished objects for 2007 and at the moment there’s one pathetic little pair of socks listed. But soon there will also be a Bohus. Because I have finished the knitting on my Bohus and this afternoon will be seaming it! Pix tomorrow!
I started another sock, this in Opal 6 ply — dk weight. These socks will be for my brother, who has
giant clown very large feet. Hence the dk weight yarn. I love him, but there are limits to what I am willing to do. Fingering weight socks for very large feet? Um, no.
I made him a pair of socks for Christmas out of Opal 6-ply, which he received with cries of delight. Since his birthday is in a couple of weeks, I figured I’d crank out another pair for him, good sister that I am.
Opal 6-ply is labelled as a 150 gram skein. I wound the skein into a ball on my ballwinder and weighed it. 148 grams. Yikes! I’ve been gypped outta 2 grams! But no doubt the weight varies depending on atmospheric conditions and the position of the moon, etc., so I wasn’t too concerned.
I then split the ball into two equal balls — took the ball and started winding it back on the ballwinder until it looked to be about half, and kept weighing the original ball until my new nifty digital scale read 74 grams. I love my new nifty digital scale — each ball weighs 74 grams so I’d say that’s a pretty even split. I want to be able to knit til I run out of yarn for each sock because, oh did I mention? My brother has giant clown-feet.
I’m knitting these socks on a 2.75mm needle and boy oh boy, does dk weight and a larger needle size make things go fast. Even when you are knitting huge socks.
The Opal yarn is wool and nylon blend, which is why I like if for guy socks. It does really stand up to a lot of machine washing and drying and it wears very well. I haven’t been able to find much in the way of heavier sock yarns (like dk weight) that have nylon in them — does anyone know of any others?
Speaking of socks, as many of you know, the shopping cart for paying for your 2007 Rockin’ Sock Club was re-opened on the Blue Moon Fiber Arts website. I was able to pay for my sock club registration Friday afternoon. And I’m looking forward to a year of rockin’ socks!