Back from my big knitting weekend with my best friend Rebecca. So much fun! We knitted our fingers to the bone, did a little shopping, and caught up on some serious gabbing. It was just so nice to get away and be carefree. Heaven knows when she'll get the chance again, she is due with baby number THREE in August. So, I'm glad we managed to make it happen - nothing like a knitting getaway!!!
I will certainly be sharing pictures of my purchases (just for you, Asa!), but I'll save that for another day when I don't have knitting to show. I always overestimate what I'll actually accomplish on a trip, but I did make some progress.
First of all, the Scale-Skin socks for the Hogwarts Sock Swap are finished. Woot, woot!
Oh, I hope she likes them!!
I will definitely use this stitch pattern again. It is very easy and everyone who saw these socks in progress remarked upon the texture.
I didn't have time to wind the Ruby Balance yarn before I left for my trip, so I packed my handy-dandy swift and ball-winder in my suitcase. Surprisingly portable! Our hotel room had a convenient vanity to clamp onto, so I wound up a couple of skeins to get started on my top-down v-neck tee. (Rebecca was dazzled by the technology.)
I am enjoying this yarn so far. I am not a fan of cotton yarn, but the 50% wool gives it a nice soft hand and it slips easily along the wooden needles. I hope it will be light-weight enough for warm weather. My nurses keep our office freezing anyway, so a little warmth won't be a bad thing.
On top of the socks and the top-down sweater, I also added several inches to my miter concoction. A box of Denim Silk arrived from a nice lady in Alaska while I was away, so now I have plenty of yarn to complete my vision.
Here's a question: since I am now making the back one solid color, should I bother to miter it, or just knit it side to side? I've got a little time to ponder, let me know if you have a strong opinion.
On a final note, I got my Sockapalooza pal assignment today! I got an international pal - she's from Australia! I have already sent her an email from my super-sneaky anonymous email account.
Alison is very adamant on the official Sockapalooza 4 website that we should not send our packages early. She wants everyone to get their socks right around the same day. The problem is, I don't know how many in-transit days to expect between here and there. Anybody got an educated guess? This is my first Sockapalooza - I want to get it right!