Friday, May 26, 2006


I found time to go to Full Thread Ahead yesterday. And they had the right colorway of the DH sock yarn. Wrong dyelot, but since they're both already knitted to the same spot, the two socks will still look relatively the same.

The DH tried the socks on yesterday, before I finished the first one:

Is it me, or are they kind of thick? I'm worried they won't fit in his shoes. He was between two sizes, and I went for the bigger size, so they're already a bit big. They're awfully cosy, but since the man is never cold, I wonder if he'll get much use out of them. That, of course, means that they'll last for years and years, which is always nice.

Now I have to share Alimum's genius, since I just saw this on her knitting blog:

How fantastic is that? There's a fuzzy white bikini in the same post, it's almost too fabulous to wear. Alimum is the person who knit me the purple mohair scarf before I knew anything about knitting or how much effort something like that takes to create. She is divinely talented and a very good writer, so her blogs are fun to read.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Not much to report... the knitting world, anyway. Professionally speaking, things are crazy, with two final student performances in the last week, plus preparation for my next directing gig (Taming of the Shrew). Throughout all this, I've been stuffing the DH socks into my purse. There are some issues with the DH socks at the moment:

1. I stopped just short of the toe on sock #1 because I weighed the yarn and was about halfway through it. I'm nearly to the same spot on sock #2, and it definitely looks like these will be yet another pair of contrasting-toe socks.

2. Unfortunately, this Cherry Tree Hill yarn comes in really small dye lots, and I've never seen this particular colorway anywhere but in this one beautiful skein. Solution -- blue or brown toes! Cherry Tree Hill makes a nice indigo yarn in the same weight.

3. Full Thread Ahead, the only place I know of on the Peninsula to buy Cherry Tree Hill, closes at 6 on weekdays, thus making it impossible for me to get there after work. And I'm gone over the weekend. When will I get my yarn? What if I run out of this skein before I get a chance to get over there?

Yes, you know what will happen if I run out of yarn. I will start something else. And if I start something else, the DH socks will languish, toeless, in a drawer until who knows when.

I do have a triumphant FO to boast about, but I can't say anything about it here until the end of the month, after a certain birthday. Let's just say it's very cute, and was much admired at the San Mateo meet-up on May 10.

I think my next project will be the Peter Pan toddler sweater for CNITU2 -- the goal is to make it to fit next winter. Yes, I'm starting the Christmas presents now. I've been a knitter for almost 2 years now, and I'm learning a thing or two.