Today I managed to make it to work while forgetting my iPod, my keys, my phone, my wallet, and, worst of all... my knitting.
Well, not all of my knitting. It's not that bad. I just forgot to bring a new ball of yarn for the sweater I'm working on. I just finished the last ball moments ago. So, now I'm stuck cruising google for sock yarn. It's a good thing I forgot my wallet, too.
Other than the inspiring Durrow, I've been knitting socks. After frogging those destined to be my first pair out of sheer boredom, I finally finished a pair! I still haven't gotten good pictures of them (they barely fit over my poor, swollen feet), but will post as soon as I do. They're the embossed leaves socks from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks book.
I'm hooked. I've already dyed my own self striping sock yarn using Kool Aid and the handy tips from both Eunny Jang and streets and yos (more details to come). There were a few hiccups that resulted in me having to untangle the entire 440 yds of Knit Picks merino/silk blend by hand. Yeah... so, apparently, it's a really good idea to tie off your skein instead of just dumping in loose yarn. But, it's so soft and pretty that I didn't mind untangling it by hand. Interestingly, the single packet of strawberry Kool Aid that has been aging in the back of my pantry was much more vibrant than the three packets of grape mixed together.
I had fully intended to take a picture of the ball once it was all untangled, but I slipped and cast on a Jaywalker instead. It's gorgeous and enchanting - both the pattern and using my own dyed yarn. I've even turned the heel. Only...
Well, it doesn't fit. Maybe it's the pregnancy-swollen feet. Maybe it's the fact I hate gauge and, ahem, didn't check it all that closely. Now it's sitting at home (with my iPod, wallet, keys, etc), thinking about what it's done. Maybe I'll frog it tonight and start in on 2s instead of 1s.
Next up... pictures of everything I've talked about, plus... hand spun! Yes, I have two skeins of handspun. And, one of these days, a new baby.