Somehow, this whole Poland trip seems like it's still so far away, even though it's actually just over two weeks. Which means that two weeks from today, I have to have the grandmother shrug completely done, and preferably, it should already be blocking. Eep.
Oh wait. For as much as I knit on this thing, and for as much as it seems to be staying exactly the same size, I'm actually pretty close to being done with the left front. Then the right front.. and picking up hundreds of stitches, and working miles of ribbing (since i'm making this long sleeved)... Oh. Maybe I should go knit some more.
Hi. Vox seems to hate me today. I had a post, and I started putting pictures in it.. but they wouldn't go. Then it told me I had no pictures at all. Try to get them via flickr? Ha, no, sorry, error message, we're so sorry, but life is unpredictable like that. You could try again, but it still might not work. (Who came up with that error message anyway?)
I finished a sock.
I also broke the yarn diet today, just a little. I drove out to the shop in East Aurora, looking for some more size 1 sock needles. (I did try to just find an online shop which would sell me the needles I wanted, and the sheepy gauge check I've been looking for, but the only shops that had both were out of stock as far as the needles went.) So off to the yarn shop. I had only been there once before, when I hardly knew anything about knitting, so I couldn't really remember anything about what their selection was like.
Turns out I should go there more often, as they have a great selection of yarns, books, and accessories. I flipped through that new Cat Bordhi book that I keep hearing about, but as I am perfectly happy with constructing socks the standard way, I didn't buy it. One pattern looked interesting, the Coriolis sock, but since I didn't care much for any of the other socks, I left it there, though I did not leave empty handed.
Emily took a picture of her sock yarn stash the other day, which seemed like a lovely idea, so I did the same this morning before heading out. I've been making a conscious effort at buying less typically me colors, the newer stuff is all on the left side, and I'm pretty happy with it. It's definitely not enough though - I want an entire bin of sock yarn. Maybe even two bins. (Luckily, I ordered three more skeins of Wollmeise before the Yarn Harlot blogged about it, and will be picking those up when I go to Poland in a few weeks. Then Rhinebeck is shortly afterward. I suspect I'll be able to work my way toward my stashing goals..)
There was a package outside my door when I got home, and this crazy book was inside. I believe it was a press copy, sent in hopes of being reviewed, and has probably been passed around a bit. While I doubt I'll make any of the patterns in there (crocheted egg ear muffs anyone?), it's good for a few laughs.
Dude. More of these keep opening. I almost feel like a proper gardener. Can you have a garden made up entirely of potted plants?
hi vox. i'd like to post with pictures please. if you would just be so kind as to acknowledge that i just uploaded a couple, and maybe even let me put them into a post? or even that i have ever uploaded photos? that'd be great. kthanksloveyoubye.
Friday morning it definitely started feeling like fall around here. The sky looks a little dimmer, the wind a little cooler, and the leaves are starting to change colors a bit. Much as I love summer, I haven't been doing a whole lot of knitting lately. Now however, with the weekend being slightly chilly, I've got the first FO in what feels like ages.
Not that I didn't love knitting these, but by the end, it seemed to be dragging on. Maybe two pairs in a row wasn't the smartest of ideas after all. It's still a super fun pattern, easy to memorize.. but it's time for me to be done with these. (Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Black Purl, if anyone's interested.)
As soon as I finished these, I picked up Hedera, which I'm knitting for the August Sockdown. These were started at the beginning of the month, but I haven't had much time to work on them until this weekend. Oddly enough, I was previously completely unable to remember the pattern, even though it's only a four row repeat. Now that I'm done with the monkeys though? I have no idea why I was having such difficulties. Maybe I can only remember one sock pattern at a time?
Nah. Too easy. That, and too sappy for me, thanks.
Anyhow, Boston! Mostly in photos, because I took lots, and because it's late enough that I'm likely not very coherent at the moment.
I'd never been to Boston before, but needed to visit, since it fulfills my requirements for a new place to move to. (Those are, if you're curious: a) driving distance from Mom. b) bigger than Buffalo. c) not NYC.)
While the hotel wasn't as supremely comfortable as I might have hoped ("Heavenly" beds, really? That thing I could barely sleep on?), it did have one very good thing going for it, aside from central location..
Anyhow... we didn't have much of a plan, but we did want to walk the Freedom Trail. This dude must have been completely uncomfortable.
The themes of this weekend:
a) Traffic. Lots of it, and mostly inexplicable.
b) Having to find the restroom (washroom) everywhere we went, because I had to pee all the time for some reason.
So yes, hi. Emily and I drove to Toronto this weekend, where we made fairly good time until running into Caribana Festival traffic. After a somewhat improvised detour, we made it to the beaches
Lunch in Kensington Market..
Sunday morning there was brunch and some more knitting,
Finally back on the road, after meeting the most incompetent parking lot attendant ever, I knit a round of the Monkey as we crept across the Rainbow Bridge.