Saturday, September 23, 2006

Progress---On Almost Everything

I'm feeling a bit better. Not perfect, but I'm definitely on the mend. Thank you to everyone's kind words.
I went to the Doctor on Thursday, and I was expecting her to tell me to go back to work on Friday, but she said I had the flu and vertigo, and I should spend the rest of the week, and the weekend in bed. Oh man!

I'd entered the worst part of being sick yesterday--when you're too sick to do anything, but you're too bored to do nothing. My big adventure yesterday was going down to get the mail. Yeah,I know, really exciting.Anyhoo, I managed to finish my Whitby socks from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush. This is the first project I've completed from it, and it was easy. The stitch pattern was really easy to read on the actual sock, so I was able to knit them without looking at the pattern. This is a big thing for me, because I haven't been able to do this in the past.

This is also my first time making a top down pattern into a toe-up pattern. I was a little concerned about getting the cables right when I made it toe-up, but I figured it out, and it looks exactly like it's supposed to.Here's something interesting---I knit almost both socks with one skein of Lorna's Laces Shepard Sport (the color is Periwinkle). I had no idea that this yarn would go so far! I reason I knit these socks toe-up, was that I was concerned that I wouldn't have enough yarn, and I wanted to make them as long as possible. I realize now that I was worrying for nothing!

I used 3mm Addis for the magic loop. I think I could have gone up to a 3.25 fairly comfortably, but by the time I realized that, I'd already knit enough that I didn't want to start over with bigger needles.

The final verdict on the Whitby sock? Go knit this pattern. It's both fun and easy. What more could a knitter ask for?
I got my matches for two separate swaps I'm taking part in---The Knitter's Tea Swap II, and the Chocolate swap!

I'd heard about the Knitter's Tea Swap just after sign ups closed for the first one, and I made sure I got on board for this one.

The Chocolate Swap? That's just a darn good idea! Thanks Abigail for coming up with it.

Everything for my Chocolate Swap pal is almost done. I just have to get the yarn. While I was out yesterday finding a few more goodies for my Chocolate Swap pal, I also grabbed a few little things for my tea pal.

Oh I almost forgot. The Chocolate Swap isn't a secret swap, so I can tell you who I'm sending stuff too, and who's sending me stuff. Her name is Lori, and she lives in Alaska. Just up the coast, right? Hehe. She seems like a fabulous gal, so go check out her blog.

So here's the challenge I'm giving myself---Remember the yarn I dyed a while ago with the reds, and blues, and greens? The stuff I made my RPMs out of. I have a ton of it left, and I love this yarn so much that I want to make another pair of socks with it. They're going to be ankle socks, and I want to get them finished by the end of the weekend, or at least by the end of the month. There's my challenge! We'll see what happens!

I know it's late and we all want to get back to our families, but I have to mention one last thing---

I am obsessed with argyle right now. I don't know why. It's never happened before. Last night Stu and I were driving, and he was showing me one of the places he was working, and it just happened to be on Argyle Street. This spawned a half-an-hour monologue about how much I like argyle, and why I like it, where I've seen it lately, etc.

If he didn't already know I was nuts, he'd definitely think I was nuts.

I've even got that argyle skull and cross bones button image as my desktop background.

If anybody needs me, I'll be in therapy!


Abigail 1870 pearl said...

I'm so glad your feeling better.

The Whitby socks look great.

BTW I get 2 pairs of socks out of 2 hanks of Lorna's Laces. One long pair and a pair of anklets.
Thank you for the compliment.

Cyber hugs....big cyber hugs:D

Spinny Bunt said...

Glad you're feeling better. Socks look awesome!

Lori said...

Weehoo, those socks are bee-yoou-tea-full!!! (I had too much coffee today)
Glad you're feeling better, and your package is in the mail!

Ragan said...

Your socks are lovely! The color is great with that pattern. That illness has been going around, I had it all last week. Bleck.

Anastacia said...

great socks! I love the Knitting on the Road socks book.

lexa said...

Love those socks! Gorgeous color, great pattern... I do love cables!

Teri said...

Yum yum, great socks Chrissy, and I love the color!