I am knitting socks in an insanely bright and fun colorway.
(Psssst! Did you see that The Loopy Ewe is now carrying Cookie A. sock patterns? Woo-hoo!!)
I’m doing my usual toe-up pattern and have incorporated the texture pattern from the Blueberry Waffle Socks that has been available online since the dawn of time. Instead of increasing stitches to accommodate my fat ankles, I have switched to a larger needle size for the leg.
The Scarlet Fleece sock yarn is wonderful to knit. It feels like 100% wool, but has some nylon content for strength and wearability. It’s cushy and soft and a pleasure on the needles. And the colors are amazing. I have several skeins of it in stash, of course.
Onward . . .
Thanks again for all the great Cromarty comments!
There was a question about how to size it up (The Cromarty pattern is one size only). I think this could easily be achieved by adding a couple of the small cable motifs at the sides. Or a bit of reverse stockinette stitch. It’s just as easy to size down — just remove a couple of the smaller cable motifs.
A number of you knew that my new lace project is the Alpine Knit Scarf from Victorian Lace Today. That’s the name of the pattern, but I think it’s too large to call it a scarf. Just my opinion. It’s really a rectangular shawl, at 18 by 65 inches. And mine will be wider than that, judging from its unblocked state.
I’m using Morehouse Merino laceweight in a natural cream color. This is fabulous laceweight. It’s a single, and has a nice rough-hewn look to it, but it will block out beautifully. I purchased it about 18 months ago (still knitting from my stash — woo!) and forgot about it.
My Stitch ‘n Bitch calendar had a page devoted to it yesterday — made me smile when I tore off the page. Good timing!
Here is my progress so far:
No, I did not knit this insanely fast last night. I was off work yesterday to take care of a number of odds and ends. One of them was a trip to Wiygul Automotive for routine maintenance on my car. So I had some “sit and knit” time there while I was waiting.
I actually like going there. The place has a very good reputation and guys who work there are extremely nice. Of course, they always tease me about the low mileage on my car (less than 7500 miles in over three years) and call it “The Virgin Honda.” And a couple of them come back to the waiting area and check on my knitting.
Car Guy: Have you finished my sweater yet?
Me: Actually, I’m knitting a lace shawl (holds up work) but if you think you’d like one, I’ll make one for you.
Laughter all around.
Lucy would like to thank everyone who emailed me about the pet food recall. Fortunately, Lucy doesn’t eat any of the foods listed on the recall.
Bonus pic of Lucy’s incredibly fluffy tummy (she was on my lap while I took this picture):
By the Way
What does it say about me and my housekeeping abilities that when I hauled my vacuum cleaner out this afternoon to vacuum up the big chunks it took me a few minutes to figure out how to switch it on?
Yeah, that’s what I thought.