So I totally let time and other hobbies get away from me, and then Mr. Texturedknitter got sick and stayed home for a few days, because around here every third person seems to have swine flu, and we’re all trying our best to not make it two-thirds. Fortunately he seemed to just have a cold, and even more fortunately, he was nice enough not to share it with me. But I find it impossible to concentrate on anything when he’s around to distract me and tempt me into goofing off, so I’ve got a big ol’ picspam that’s been accumulating.
When we left off, I’d just photographed but not yet posted the first finished Knotty or Knice sock:
I renamed my project to Sunshine Socks, because every time I wanted to photograph them, it was raining.
Using one of Yarnorama’s dyed silk blanks:
These are great fun to work with, because while there’s some drafting of the silk fibers involved, there’s no spinning or even twisting of the fibers necessary… you just pull it out to the right thickness, and knit. Someday I’ll learn how to batch dye these for myself.
I haven’t made much progress on the lace blob. I did start a sekret holiday project, which I won’t be able to post until after Christmas. But I found myself dissatisfied with the pattern I was using, and I decided to write my own pattern instead. That might possibly show up on Ravelry before Christmas, because unlike this blog certain persons can’t just blunder into Ravelry and have the surprise spoiled.
I also started a pair of Starflower socks for the October SKA challenge, but after turning the heel I’m not sure I love them. My policy is to not knit socks I don’t love, so I’ve set them aside for a few days to consider, and instead cast on Cookie A’s Clandestine socks from the fall Knitty, which is one of this month’s socks on the Sock Innovation KAL board. So far I’m liking these very much:
Shrubbery Cat quickly lost interest when it became clear I wasn’t out there to dispense treats. (And then I felt guilty and went back inside to get treats, because I’m a sucker.)
I have two episodes of the National Parks special yet to watch, and fall tv is stacking up on the Tivo, so I’m hoping to get in lots of quality, undisturbed knitting time this week. Which should also guarantee the chances of rain (at least 20% each day this week), and we do need the rain, so that’ll be good too.