My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Archives for May 2009

Happy Odd Day

Today is Odd Day, one of only six this century that will feature three consecutive odd numbers.

I dunno, I sort of feel that every day is Odd Day. 😉

I am still knitting along on the Rick-Rack Sock.


Again, not a lot of progress as my time seems to swallowed up by a lot of non-knitting tasks these days. And very annoying it is, too!

And tonight I’ll be setting this up:


My new printer.

Lucy Sez:


“Dibs on the box!”

Rick-Rack It Is

The voting has been somewhat close but since Rick-Rack is in the lead as I write this, the name of the new sock design is now Rick-Rack Socks. The fact that I voted for Rick-Rack has no bearing on this outcome whatsoever.

And I have turned the heel on the first Rick-Rack sock.


And lookie here!


More Numma Numma yarn. 😀 This is the “Gumbo and Greens” colorway. Words cannot adequately express my love for this colorway.

In Other News

Remember a while back when I said I had no interest in getting a Kindle?


Yeah, I have a Kindle. I’ve had it for a week now.  A couple of weeks ago I got to play with one and decided it would be a very handy thing to have for travel. And since I have a lot of travel coming up this summer and autumn, I bought one. I’m using it for my lunchtime reading as well.

I find the display quite easy on the eyes — no glare to speak of. You can adjust the text size if the default is too large or too small for you. I fiddled with that a bit and decided the default is just right for me.

It has a rudimentary web browser built in, which is nice. And no monthly connectivity fees, which is even nicer.

My one complaint about it is that there are a lot of books that I wish had Kindle versions available that don’t. And I expect are very unlikely to have anytime soon. For example, the novels of Iris Murdoch. I do own all 26 of them in hardcopy, but I’d love to have electronic versions as well. Same for the novels of Barbara Pym.

Of course now that I’ve bought a Kindle 2, Amazon has announced a newer version — the Kindle DX, which will be available this summer. No, I don’t think I’ll ditch the one I have for the newer version. One drawback of the new one is that it is considerably larger than the current version. But if Amazon comes out with one with a touchscreen and a more robust web browser? Yep, I’ll be all over that!

Lucy Sez:


“Oh boy! Dinner!”

Time to Vote

What Should I Name This New Sock Design?

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Here is the sock in its current state.


Not a lot of progress since yesterday because I wasted a lot of prime knitting time last night trying to resuscitate a dead printer. (The printer has since been declared a former printer, and a new one has been ordered.)

Also, I’m working on a very cool stealth project which will be revealed . . . in the fullness of time.

But, anyway, I am happily knitting along on my To-Be-Named sock. In answer to a comments question, the yarn is a multi-ply — 8 plies, if I’ve counted correctly. I’ve found it to be nicely non-splitty.

Alrighty. Back to the knitting.

Lucy Sez


I had a nice day today because Ms. Jackie was here to play with me today. Momma thinks she’s here only to clean, but I know she really comes to keep me company!


I did indeed finish my Bluebell socks yesterday (erroneously identified in yesterday’s post as Honeycomb socks), and had a photo-shoot.


Honeycomb to the left, Bluebell to the right. They look very happy together, don’t they? The “Two-Fer” pattern will be available for sale from The Loopy Ewe soon.

I started knitting a sock with the Numma Numma “The Usual” that Allen gave me at the Spring Fling. (The colorway is indeed “Cherry on Top,” as correctly identified by clever reader Frances. Hey, Frances!)


This is awesome yarn, people. It’s a new base for Numma Numma and I love it. I also love the semi-solid nature of this colorway. It’s variegated enough to add some interest to the plain bits:


And solid enough so that fairly fancy stitchwork shows nicely.


This new sock needs a name. Whaddya think I should call it?

Just for Fun

I saw this on a blog today, so of course I had to take the quiz. – Anti-aging

To answer one of the questions in the above quiz, I had to take this quiz: – Intelligence Test

The graphic is somewhat offensive, but marginally amusing, I think.

I’ll take that $2.45 million in small bills, please.

Lucy Sez


“I’m smart enough to know it’s time to eat!”

Best Laid Plans

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley.”

— Robert Burns

My plan was to finish the Honeycomb Socks and start something new this weekend. Instead, the weekend has been a series of naps. I’m close, though.


Speaking of naps . . .


Lucy is definitely on board with the plan!