Friday, January 13, 2006  


I know, it's been forever since I last posted. But I have a really good excuse. See?

Yeah. Those are my books for this semester... all $602 worth of them. Gotta love law school.

But there has been knitting! I've managed to "finish" all of the pieces of the Ireland Cardi - (another sleeve is hiding because it wouldn't fit in the picture. But it's there.) Now, all I have to do is figure out all the shaping and decreases and everything. I'm thinking that I may want to, you know, block the pieces first, so I can check the measurements before I make myself crazy with graph paper, a calculator, and a pencil. But first the two sweaters that are currently taking up all possible blocking surfaces in the apartment need to dry.

But that's ok, because I have other things on the needles (of course!) The last week of classes enabled me to finish my jaywalkers... I made them short (just the way I like them!) and only used 1 skein of Lorna's Laces in Icehouse. I had to play with the numbers for the foot because my foot is, apparently, MUCH narrower than the foot for which these socks were designed. But with a few minor modifications, all worked out, and I *love* the stripes.

Jaywalker Socks


Lorna's Laces SS in Icehouse
Much fun to knit. I had to make the socks smaller, but that was easily accomplished by reducing the knit sts to 5 instead of the 7 called for between the "interesting stuff." I increased back to 7 for the ankles. Also, (of course), these were knit toe-up with my standard short-row toes and heels. Did I mention that I LOVE the stripes?

And somehow, without trying, I just about nailed it with the yarn amounts. This is what I had leftover from that 1 skein - so now I have an entire skein (and a smidge more) to play with for a future pair of socks.

So that's a finished pair of socks. But since naked sock-needles are unhappy sock-needles, I immediately cast on for the next pair. These are made out of Koigu KPPPM (color P852). And so I don't forget next time, 52 stitches (at least in this slip-stitch pattern). The photograph doesn't do the colors justice - these socks make me so happy that I'm almost giddy when I'm knitting on them. (either that, or Holly left the 'happy gas' on in the shop!)

And yes, that IS lawschool reading keeping the sock company. And a new project name is born - I dub these the Dismissal With Prejudice socks.

Yes, I'm fully aware that I'm completely nuts. But I'm in good company - see? Here we have Holly demonstrating the great lengths we go to for customer service - two phones, two phone calls, one Holly. She's good.

Abby wants to point out that she's good at her job too - all of the shrubs in Old Town are now certified "bird-free." Or at least they were at about 4:00 this afternoon.

Cricket, on the other hand, continues her important work of "holding down this book with her butt." (It's a tough job, but...)


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