First a little housekeeping:
There has been an actual, full-sized cement mixer parked on the street in front of my house all morning. There are guys with no shirts and tattoos working in my yard (don’t get excited; all shirtless tattooed guys were not created equal), and there is an actual patio on the south side of the house. There is almost a whole actual patio on the west side, and rumour has it that by the end of tomorrow, there will be completed patios, no junk in the yard, a shed in its proper place, dirt installed and graded away from the house, and the gravel Mount Judy at the foot of our driveway will no longer be damming Lake-Next-Door-Neighbor at the foot of their driveway. Yay. All that will remain is fixing and priming the drywall in the basement, then I can (re)paint, we can deal with the new carpet (again), and the Playroom can take shape. Mike commented the other day that he’s way more impatient to get the basement done than I am, but I didn’t like to point out that while I am anxious to get it done, I am likely more patient because I knit. (I know, I know; I’m just as impatient about it as he is; maybe moreso; but am uncharacteristically not showing it. Inside I am a seething mass of impatient.)
Knitting? Did someone say knitting? Okay, since you asked.
I have almost finished Echo Beach. In a moment of weakness I agreed with the Wednesday Morning Ladies that I would ladder down the dropped stitches while they watched (what was I thinking?) so I won’t know until then whether I have goofed in the pattern or not. Assuming no goof, I will then bring it home and wash it and block it. Pre-laddering measurements: 42″long by 13″wide. I’ll post post-laddering measurements post-ladder, and then final blocked measurements post-block. I am curious how much it will grow. It could end up as a scarf.
Stitch markers where stitches will be laddered
I am halfway through knitting a pair of red socks. I have wanted a pair for years, and finally got around to it. I thought it would be a good chance to try out some of the techniques I learned at Saskatchewan Stitches from Lucy Neatby, but apparently my brain can only process so much at once. F’rinstance, did you know that in an ideal world, the heel of the sock would be centered relative to whatever pattern you’ve chosen for the leg? Also, were you aware that your caston point is generally found at the centre of the inside of the calf, or at the centre of the back of the calf? Not at the centre of the front of the shin? Sheesh.
Anyways, I have decided to continue on to the second sock, and not bother completely redoing the first one, as it’s going to be in a shoe anyways. I have promised myself that the second sock will address all these issues.
Knitting done, finishing to follow
Toe chimney; possibly the niftiest Neatby trick ever
The yarn is Knitpicks Stroll Tonal, colour Gypsy. Now that I’ve cast off Echo Beach, I think I’ll cast on sock #2 before the moment passes.
Last week I displayed an immense amount of self-discipline and finished off the Balkan Booties. I used flat hook-and-eye closures (5 per leg), and trimmed with cute buttons that look like black Smarties.
I suppose I should wear them, although if I can find a pair of inexpensive mannequin feet, I may just display them in my Playroom; an example of how not to knit intarsia.
All-in-all, it’s been a pleasant and productive week. Mike’s birthday, Father’s Day, patios, sock, wrap, laundry, desserts, the season finale of Game of Thrones and on it goes. Life continues. It beats the alternative.
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