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In which I knit with pond scum

I've been really bad about remembering to share finished projects. Which means I start losing track of what I've made, how I made it and who I sent it to. Oops.

As soon as I finished Mom's Christmas present I started on her birthday socks. Her birthday is this Sunday and she likes looong socks so I knit my little fingers off. In fact, I had to stop for a couple of days because two of my fingers started swelling. Poor fingers. I knew I really wanted to do the embossed leaves again and I had this lovely bronze/amber/green yarn Mom bought (don't let the name of the colorway throw you, it is beautiful) and handed to me to knit for her. "Will you make me socks out of this?"

Who can say no?

Despite the terrible staging of the photograph (Winter in the Pacific Northwest is grey and if someone has a trick for photographing lace tubes without wearing them, I can give up the stuffed-with-soup-cans method) you can see how pretty the colors worked with the leaf lace. There was a notable moment when I was done with the leg and about to embark on the heel when I realized I had the wrong number of stitches on one of the socks. I began to tink back figuring I couldn't have made the mistake too long ago or I would have noticed. Number of stitches is pretty important with lace. Most of the time.

This is a very forgiving lace pattern because after tinking down an entire pattern repeat I had the presence of mind to take a good look at the sock to see where the mistake was. It is a good thing I didn't keep ripping down because I found the error waaaay down in the first repeat at the very beginning of the sock.

D'oh! This is where my comfort level with errors come in handy. I'm OK with that little oops. Leaves in nature aren't perfect and I got the socks off to Mom in time for her birthday. She was surprised and loves them. That is way more important than a perfect leaf.

I didn't want to give up the yarn just yet though so I broke out my Cat Bordhi book and started working my way through her learning socks patterns. I pre-ordered this book and have been carrying it around like I carried around Absolute Beginners in high school. I was torn between being excited about starting the socks and enjoying the anticipation. I finally decided I couldn't wait any longer.

I didn't have quite enough yarn to finish the socks (I knit it down to the last two inches) so I made it a design feature with some left over Midsummer Night. I love how it ended up looking. This is the Little Sky sock.

Pictures aren't great because I took them inside this morning while it was still dark. I wanted to take the socks into work to a work buddy who has a baby.

I like how the increases are featured in the design. I think it would be fun to play with color in this panel. Like little baby spats.

The stunning thing about Cat is that she is this wildly artistic, engineering genius but I like her too. She is cool and funny and genuine. I get a little fan-girl around her.

This is going to be a conflicting weekend. I have my Cat Bordhi socks I can't tear myself away from and I'm in the middle of a great book (Lonely Werewolf Girl) but the hovel house needs to be shoveled out in preparation for a Grandparent weekend next week.

Anyone taking any odds on the housework getting done? Trust me, I'm not getting any help from anyone else who lives in the house. Especially anyone that may have a fetish for kleenex boxes.

No help at all.


Hi Laurie,
This is Julie's mom, remember me? Julie got hooked on knitting and mentioned you had a blog. I have been enjoying reading your current and old posts. I just got my own computer and started my own blog and flickr site to keep in touch with everyone and post photos. New photos of Julie and kids on www.flickr.com/photos/jans09parade
Good to know that you are doing well.
Best regards,