in part due to intermittent internet access. Probably rock-solid while I was out. Also in part due to the cats and I having the house to ourselves. It's very quiet indeed, and I get to drive his car (Polo TDi) which I must confess is quieter (and nicer) than mine (ancient Polo 1.4). Don't tell my car I said that, or it will seek revenge. I must remember to do 'Six Weird Things' sometime. I want to prove I'm weirder (is that a word?) than the majority, which is in itself a bit strange.
*** Prizes! ***
First, my sincere apologies for not posting this earlier. Mrs J (Sue) and Alice have won birthday prizes... parcels on the way as soon as I know where to send them. I promise to include only nice stuff. Well, stuff I think is nice. Anyone not wanting chocolate should speak now or forever hold their peace.
His sock saga continues. I think I established that the colour of the Amalgator Socks is part of the problem. Persuading him to think about colour and then put his thoughts into words and speak them is a bit like extracting hen's teeth would be if I could find a toothed hen. Are all men like this? Fortunately I know he likes blue and he likes the feel of the first socks in Cherry Tree Hill yarn. This information was filed in the back of my mind when I went to the Tuesday evening spinning session in a village about 10 minutes away. There are spinners and knitters everywhere, just out of sight, and I never knew it. About half the 15 people there were spinning; the rest were knitting or crocheting. As the only person present who does two socks at once on two circulars, I've been asked to show this to the sock-knitters next session. I was tempted - still am tempted - to investigate the other two-socks-at-once technique, but that would be showing off. Wouldn't it? So his next socks, in CTH 'Green Mountain Madness' will serve to show how to tighten the cast-on *and* if I knit fast they could be a homecoming present. In return for the yarn he's bringing back for me :-)
But all this and spinning too means MY next socks are delayed. And that's hard, because I really like the way they look so far *sniff*
All soft and sproingy and amber. I like amber even more than treacle. I wonder, would a half-hour spent knitting my socks tonight really matter? I've got nearly three weeks to finish his. On the other hand, I could just try that sock-in-sock idea. Who knows, it might be even more effective than the two circulars. I owe it to myself to try it sometime...
Almost forgot: the pattern is Cookie A's 'Monkey' in Kirsty's 'Seat by the Fire' hand-dyed sock yarn. Incidentally, if you're in need of a cool and complex sock pattern, check these.