Monday, April 28, 2008

Home From the North

We are back from our weekend sojourn to the lovely state of Massachusetts. They are considerably behind us in flowers and foliage, but spring has definitely arrived there.

The kids were great, and the grands are so cute. But then, you knew that already. A got in some of his adult teeth, and it's a bit disconcerning to see those large front teeth. But he is a great kid, and super bright, and awfully silly at times. He's turning 8 in June. And the Princessa loved her birthday presents from us. This is one little munchkin with opinions, which she is not afraid to express. And cuddy and yummy.

Hey, Grandmas are allowed to brag.

Knitting news: I made great progress on the sock. Christine informed me that it looks very much like the monkey sock without the purl stitches. I have to say that the monkey pattern is in most stitch dictionaries. I had been looking at the pattern for a while, totally forgetting that I had already knitted the famous monkey sock pattern. Surprise! But the reason it's so well loved is that it's very pleasant to knit, and looks great to boot. Here's my variation on it: I reversed the pattern twice. This was not as easy as it sounds. My initial reversal didn't work at all, and I had to think out of the box (sock?) to get it to work. Decreases are in an entirely different place. I was so pleased when they worked out. So here it is:

I also made a bit of progress on the lace scarf. I'm not in a hurry on this. It's very easy, only 2 rows, but I tend to knit lace slowly. Still, I added a few inches.

I'm uber busy this week. I want to finish up the May sotm dyeing, print out the pattern, reskein the yarn, and send the packages out.

Then, I start on the dyeing for the Mystery Shawl group. I'm very excited about this. I'll keep you posted as I hear from Renee.

OK, heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to dye I go.

Christine - That's what I was trying to tell you, but couldn't verbalize it. This whole sock designing thing is really challenging. It makes you really think. My BIL asked me why I couldn't get a computer to design it all. I couldn't make him understand that this is a human matter. But then, he also made the comment recently: People really knit? He's a sweetie, but is a complete muggle.

1 comment:

Christine said...

What Monkey Socks? Your socks don't look like Monkey Socks no more!!


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