May I geek out about a pair of socks for a second? The new issue of Knitty was just posted and check out the heel on this sock pattern. As a good friend of mine frequently says, awesome possum. I am all over these socks. Of course I have two projects on the needles and another two waiting in the wings. Not to mention a corset to crochet before Halloween, and Christmas is right around corner.
Shawn and I both entered some of our craft into the county fair this year, so on Friday night we journeyed out to the fair grounds (all of two miles - long trip) to see how we did and enjoy a corn dog or two.
Of my three entries in the textile exhibition, I took two first place ribbons, one in the children’s costume category and the other in the crocheted sweater category:
Thursday morning. I’ve already reheated my tea once and it’s not 9:00 yet. “One Day More” is on repeat in the back of my head for reasons unknown. (Ania, I can see you shaking your head all the way from Virginia - I like that song.) My current audio book file crapped out on me in the middle of a tense scene so until I can get my hands on a hard copy, I’m in suspense (that’s a flaw in my freebee library system). There’s knitting all over my desk but I’m trying to get something useful done before I plunge my fingers into alpaca.
I forgot something. I know, real shocker, right? But this one surprised me. Maybe I have a little bit too much on my mind.
For example, I've got a lot of knitting going on. I'm generally a fairly monogamous knitter. I prefer to work up one project at a time. That's not to say that I don't have a precariously-built pyramid of yarn balls stacked on my desk that are in the queue, but on the needles? One. Maybe two if one doesn't travel well. That's it. I'm faithful.
I don’t really do the con scene. As much as I’d like to, I haven’t figured out a way to fit it into my schedule or pocketbook. I do watch a friend prep for DragonCon every year and drool over her costume proceedings. (I don’t think she’s posted any pictures of her costumes – dude, get on it – but you’ll have to trust me that her Rockford Peach costume is one of my favorites of all time.)
While I was blocking at theater last night, I had a pair of socks blocking in the sink at home. I’m on a sock kick. This we know. So when KnitPicks came out with Imagination sock yarn, with names like “Wicked Witch” and “Pirate King”, I had to have some. Plus it’s a merino/alpaca blend. I have a dangerous affinity for camelid hair.
So Happy Friday. What a week, huh?
I started a new work project on Monday, the first step of which is gathering information from various local governments. Lots of phone calls and emails. Responses vary from, “Sure, have my data. Would you like a sandwich with that?” to “It’s a violation of national security for you to even be asking and operatives from Washington are bugging your house as we speak.” This is for the same data set, mind you. The Public Information Act meets Homeland Security, ladies and gentlemen. Please hold your applause.