Many thanks for your comments on my Noro blanket! thank you also for all the feedback on interchangeable needles – since I was borrowing the needles, I did not have the little key that many of you said comes along with the set, so that could be why I kept having problems…
Before I went to British Columbia back in February, I pulled together some yarns from my sock yarn stash and decided to make some socks. This was kind of a big deal because it had been well over a year since I had made any socks, or had the desire to do such. Socks are a great travel project, so I packed the yarn and started them at the airport. In no time, I had the colorwork chart done, and started to work down the leg – these are the Canada socks from Nancy Bush’s Knitting on the Road:
The random yarns are Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Socka in deep red and ivory, and the semi-solid gray is my old favorite – Tess Yarns Merino Sock.
Unfortunately, the sock bug was short-lived, and I went on to work on a number of other projects while this sock sat on the needles. I just needed to turn the heel before I could quickly finish sock #1, but it sat in the bottom of the bag for over 2 months. Finally, as I was sitting in my hotel room in Philadelphia last week (fresh back from my yarn shop + dinner date with Andrea) I turned the heel. Yeah, it was over in about 20 minutes. I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner…
Now, sock #1 is done, and the clock is counting down. I have to at least cast on for sock #2 in the next 24 hours or these socks will end up at the bottom of the bag again. I just know this to be true, because I know myself… and my eyes are already wandering and my fingers are already itching to cast on for *another* new project.
Luckily, I have a lot of knitting time right now (which sounds much better than “sitting in front of the TV time”, doesn’t it?) with the NHL playoffs… My team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, is playing some great hockey, and with games on every.single.night (and some afternoons) there is never a dull moment. I am moderating a bit and trying to do some other things (gardening! cooking! yoga!) but hockey is pretty much the big deal right now.
My friend Gillian over on the Ravelry hockey boards made my day – she sent these amazing Penguins cups that she picked up on a recent visit to her mother in Pittsburgh. They are holographic cups. I have a theory that whichever cup I choose to drink out of – that player will have a great night (lots of goals, etc.) and so far it’s worked – well, twice. So, it may be true!
The Ravelry Stanley Cup Stashbusting Knit-along/Crochet-along is going really well, and there are lots of great projects over there… and it’s giving me lots of inspiration to do even more stashbusting. I already finished the tank I started last week, and I am planning some baby knits, and maybe even jump-starting some holiday gift knitting. Since I enjoyed the recent Noro project so much, my eyes are wandering towards the remaining Noro skeins in my stash wondering what they will become… and the crochet practice continues!