The latest commuter socks are done, despite spending a lot of time not knitting on the ferry. My knitting has been helped along by finally listening to Welcome to Night Vale, which is absolutely as good as everybody says it is and which has been a great companion to my knitting.
These are just a pair of plain vanilla socks, although you may notice one is slightly larger than the other. That’s because I apparently took leave of my senses when I measured gauge on the first, and then just kept going. I’m trying to run again, so I’m almost certain at one point I’ll have a swollen foot and will appreciate it.
The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Shenanigans, and it’s a bit more saturated than these photos show. I’m very excited to wear them soon!
One of the things keeping me busy of late has been a visit from Mary. (I will be talking in a lot more detail about some aspects of her visit later.) Mary and I met in college, and she’s one of my oldest and dearest friends. She also has impeccable timing, because her visit happened at a time when I really needed that kind of friend.
As a brief summary, we got up to all sorts of shenanigans, including a zipline tour of the Redwoods (!), exploring the Sutro baths ruins, searching out hipster food destinations in the Mission, and getting matching tattoos. Well, mostly matching.
We also went out and flew a kite, which was super fun. I’ve had the kite since childhood, but we never managed to find the right time to go fly it growing up so I really had a great time finally flying it.
The hardest part of her visit was her leaving. It’s so quiet here now, and I’m back at work which is much less fun than adventures. I suppose I’ll just have to find time to squeeze in some more shenanigans.
I have been knitting, but not nearly as much as I ought to be. It’s been a combination of busy, distracted, and working far too many hours.
I’m still knitting away on the current pair of CAYA socks. They’re absolutely gorgeous and the yarn is divine, but I just cannot seem to go faster. it has sped up a bit since I printed out the pattern. I usually use the Kindle app on my iPad to read patterns, but this one is all charted and wasn’t so easy to read. The printed pattern is much easier, and I can use highlighter tape to keep track.
At any rate, I’m halfway done with the pair and I’m starting in on sock number two. Here’s hoping it picks up speed.
I also cast on for a new project. I know, I’m not done with this one, but I have two friends who are expecting this fall and that means time to start in on the baby sweaters.
As it’s a gift, I’m again being somewhat secretive, but I am excited to start in on a darling cardigan for one of the babies.
I did spend a lovely Saturday at home knitting, the first in a long time and it was quite nice. So glad to have fun projects.
The blog hiatus for the past few weeks was entirely unintentional. I have no excuse for it, really, other than to say it happened and I return now.
Needless to say, it’s been a busy few weeks around these parts. A lot of things going on, some good, some not so good, some good and then not so good in turns. But all of them meant a lot of time being busy and spending a lot of time in my head.
At any rate, I’m full of ideas and adventures (past and future) and hope to be tweaking this blog to get a bit more balanced picture of all the different things in life I’m talking about here. Hopefully some of you have stuck around to read this and are still here!
My commuter knitting has been hit or miss these days. My workday has gotten longer as of late, and I find I’m often too tired to really focus. I’m also wary of knitting while I wait in line at the dock – I can just picture dropping a DPN and watching it roll away into the bay.
That said, the socks are still coming along! The first one is inexplicably slightly too big — math, how does it work? — but not so much that I was going to rip it back. I’m trying to start running again, which means I’m almost certain to have a swollen foot or ankle at some point, so it will work for that?
I’m making the second one a tad smaller though. Matching is entirely overrated.
The yearly schlep the cats to the vet adventure is over, and the vet informed me that despite a year of dieting (and scheming to steal food every chance they get), my cats are still overweight.
For reference, the small black cat in the picture? That’s Padma, and she’s 10 pounds and large by most cat standards. Fred, the big fluffy orange guy, is weighing in at a whopping 21 pounds these days and it is not good.
I’m reducing the amount of ridiculously expensive diet dry food they get, and replacing their regular canned food with ridiculously expensive diet canned food.
I’m also trying to think of ways to get them to exercise – but how do you get a cat to cooperate? Half the time I wave a toy, they just watch. Or Padma will come frolic while Fred ignores the whole thing. I do have his favorite feather toy somewhere, so perhaps I’ll try to put him through his paces a few times a week.
Also, if I should disappear? It means they got tired of the diet and ate me instead. Send help.
Somehow it’s June already, which is mostly terrifying but also exciting. For a lot of reasons, not least of which is that season two of Orange is the New Black is about to come out.
In a fit of excitement, I decided to re-watch season one and knit, which led to a lot of progress on the current pair of socks. They’re very nice, but complicated enough that I tend to get easily frustrated.
I do like the colors very much together, which is a nice surprise. I was worried when I bought them, since ordering online is always a bit of a chance, but they are working out great so far.
More CAYA socks are done! Hooray! I’m now working my way through Hive ’09, the first group of initiates in the tradition.
I knew as soon as I saw a ladybug sock pattern, I had to knit it for Ladybug. Not only do they suit her name, they are a perfect shade of red for her style, which always puts me in mind of a glamorous vintage bombshell with red lipstick!
The ladybug spots and antennae are stitched on at the end, which wound up being a bit of a challenge — I went with a minimal spiral, for socks that could be professional with a touch of whimsy.
The pattern is Ladybug Socks by Samantha Roshak and the yarn is Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Ruby Love.